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College first with iPhone photography course
by Katie Burton
A college is offering a course in photography using the iPhone - the first of its kind in the country.
'iPhoneography: An Introduction to Photography with the iPhone,' will run for 5 weeks in March at Kensington and Chelsea College and will be made up of weekly evening classes.
As the only college in the UK to offer it, students taking the course will undergo a unique experience, with the chance to learn a range of techniques to capture and create images using just an iPhone camera and a selection of sophisticated apps.
Students will also be introduced to the ever-growing iPhoneography community where enthusiasts share and discuss their work.
Richard Gray, the tutor who will lead the course, said: "I developed the course after discovering there were a lot of people who had an iPhone who didn't really know how to use the camera.
"With the right apps and skills, the iPhone can be a powerful creative tool.
"iPhoneography is a great levelling force within photography. No longer do you need expensive or complex equipment to produce great images. All you need is a passion for photography and a creative mind.
"The traditional photographic world has no idea of the vast range of creative processes that can be explored on the iPhone. And its accessibility means every moment of the day is now an opportunity for a photo."
Mr Gray hopes that the course will provide an ideal way for people with limited photographic experience to join the often inaccessible world of photography.
But the course has been met with some scepticism, with one blog claiming that iPhone creators Apple must have sponsored him to Mr Gray to run it, while others have dubbed it a 'mickey mouse' course.
The tutor, and keen photographer continued: "This course was solely my idea, and making photography accessible should be celebrated, not scorned.
"I don't want to replace traditional methods, but I think the iPhone has real value in the photogeaphic world, and the quality of its editing material means that even some professional photographers use it to process their work."
Mr Gray will be providing a taster of what is on offer as part of the course at Apple's Regent Street store on Wednesday (15) at 7pm.
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