Students Receive Picture Perfect Tips from Industry Expert

An award winning photographer visited the college last week to deliver a professional masterclass to Walsall College HE Photography, Graphic Design and Media students.

Freelance photographer, Gurvir Johal who has received national and international awards for his work, including a prestigious Loupe award, delivered a session to students with tips on how to best position subjects for photo shoots and different lighting techniques that can be used to create effects.

As a successful entrepreneur, he also gave the budding photographers and creatives an insight into how to set up and run a thriving business, before answering questions on a number of topics including pricing strategy, marketing, networking and tips on how to stand out in a competitive industry.

In addition, students had a chance to view Gurvir’s portfolio of work, which included some of his award winning collections.

Walsall College Photography Lecturer, Ian Male commented: “As well as learning the technical skills in the classroom and practical skills through the projects they do, it’s important for students to get a wider understanding of the industry and how the latest techniques are used in practice by professionals.

“This was a great opportunity for photography students as well as students in other creative areas where photography may be an element of the career they are aiming for, to learn tips of the trade from an expert and find out about one of the career options available to them once they’ve achieved their degrees.

“The students were very inspired by Gurvir and gained some valuable advice that they can apply to their own work and careers.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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