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What if…

What if … I can’t go outside to photograph. Below are some tips and suggestions of some aspects to explore and photographers to look at.  The list is by no means exhaustive, so please do add and share. Some courses/assignments are more dramatically impacted than others, so do talk to your tutor.  Use the forums to share and connect with other students. 

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Stay creative

Choosing and continuing to be creative is a really important act of self-care.  Whether you write, draw, sew, sculpt, paint, photograph or play an instrument, you can improve your mental wellbeing.  Over the coming weeks OCA will post open, creative content that everyone can get involved in.

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Demonstrating physical processes

One of the functions of keeping a learning log is to demonstrate and reflect on your process of making a final selection of images for each assignment. This process can involve reflecting on and documenting any physical work which reveals your critical thinking

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Student stories: Craig Sinclair, Photography.

Photographing another person is a collaboration. Realising that the camera helps but a good photographer can make an image using any camera; the gear isn’t as important as you are led to believe in all of the advertisements.

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Student stories: Michael Colvin, Photography.

“One of the most important lessons I learned while studying with the OCA is not to give up. That when an assignment does not work out first time it is not a failure but a work in progress. Once I experienced this a number of times I realised that I could work through problems and my confidence in my own abilities grew.”

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Student stories: Timothy Van Zundert, Photography.

I came across the OCA by chance and it initially seemed too good to be true. I wouldn’t have thought that a creative degree was possible from home. By this time I had found an interest in photography and the idea that I could undertake that in my own time at my own pace was enticing.

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Student stories: Richard Down, Photography.

“The ‘piece of paper’ would have been nice to have but what is more important is that I have enjoyed the journey, I have met some talented people, created some interesting projects and am continuing to work at creating unique pieces which express how I see the world.”

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Student Stories: Ghada Ahmed Al Qassimi, Photography.

“Before OCA I tried other online courses similar to OCA but the difference was that OCA offers rich contents and broader art information. Other online courses concentrate more on techniques only.”

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