The LSP Picture Research course is recognised as being the UK’s leading training course in this subject. The course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in picture research and picture editing, those in the early stages of their career or those who require refresher training to keep up-to-date with any changes affecting the industry. The project-based course is highly enjoyable and stimulating, with an emphasis on the practical issues relevant to the industry. The course keeps abreast of new developments, with special attention paid to the impact of digital technology.

About the Tutor:

Helen McFarland is a Picture Editor and Researcher of fourteen years’ experience, currently Picture Manager at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd where she runs the Cover Art picture desk, working across all UK trade divisions. She read English Literature and History of Art at the University of Cambridge followed by a Master’s degree in Art History at University College London, since which time she has held positions at various major publishing houses including Laurence King Publishing, Dorling Kindersley and Time Out.

Her career as a picture editor and researcher spans books and magazines, creative and editorial across a huge range of genres including fiction, reference, history, celebrity, biography, lifestyle, children’s, travel, architecture and design. Experienced in both in-depth research and commissioning new photography/shoot production, she also has a keen interest in copyright law and the evolving nature thereof in today’s rapidly transforming publishing environment.

Helen aims to equip students with a broad creative skill set and sound practical knowledge base which will enable them to work flexibly throughout today’s changing and multi-disciplined picture industry.

Picture Research CPD-certificated course 2-day intensive starts Thursday 5th February 2015

Duration: Two full days
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Location: 118A Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BH – 5 minutes from Notting Hill Gate tube station
Fee: £530 + VAT (15% discount for BAPLA members saving £95 off the course fee)

Picture Research CPD-certificated course 10-week/part-time starts Wednesday 26th January 2015

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: 69 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JS – seconds from Notting Hill Gate tube station
Fee: £530 + VAT (20% discount for BAPLA members saving £127 off the course fee)

WEEK 1: Course Overview

  • Description of the course and its content.
  • Introduction to the Picture Research industry
  • The Picture Researcher’s evolving role
  • Brief introduction to copyright and intellectual property
  • Setting of course projects and discussion thereof

WEEK 2: Image Sources 1: Stock Picture Libraries and Press Imagery

  • BAPLA, CEPIC, stock agencies and picture libraries
  • Picture researching online.
  • Explanation of metadata and watermarks
  • Legal: Royalty Free, Rights Managed, Creative and Editorial imagery
  • Explanation of press material and how to use

 WEEK 3: Responding to Briefs and Reading Pictures

  • Different types of briefs and how to interpret them
  • The language of pictures, visual style in relation to medium and genre
  • Picture editing and selection
  • Guest contributor: TBC

WEEK 4: Practical Skills

  • Image formats
  • Image software and manipulation
  • Photoshop, Bridge and InDesign
  • Legal: implications of image manipulation

WEEK 5: Image Sources 2: Museums, Galleries and Archives/Copyright law and related IP issues

  • Handling original material
  • Using fine art imagery
  • Legal: Introduction to Intellectual Property including copyright, personality rights, design rights and trademark law.
  • Use of ‘copyright free’ sources.

WEEK 6: Non-print Picture Research

  • Imagery for websites, apps, social media, blogs etc.
  • The future of publishing: e-books
  • Legal: Evolving copyright law – discussion of case studies
  • Guest contributor: TBC

WEEK 7: Project management 1: Deadlines and Budgets

  • Establishing basic requirements of the project
  • Budgeting a project
  • Negotiating fees
  • Managing the workload and schedule
  • Guest contributor: TBC

WEEK 8: Image Sources 3: Photographers and Illustrators

  • Commissioning photographers and illustrators
  • Managing photoshoots, putting together a creative team
  • Budgeting a photoshoot
  • Legal: photographers’ rights, model releases, different types of photography contracts

WEEK 9: Project Management 2: Captions and Credits

  • Indentifying and acknowledging images
  • Rights clearance
  • Maintaining records and databases
  • Course projects submitted

WEEK 10: Working in Picture Research

  • Libraries, agencies and archives
  • Publishing and media
  • Freelance and self-employed
  • Guest contributor
  • Group discussion of course projects

Further details and online booking:

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