About the Course
Still stuck in the 'Auto' mode on your camera? Want to take better pictures? This course is for beginners who own a Digital Camera and want to learn more of its functions. Learn how to operate your camera in manual mode, make correct exposures in a range of situations and understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and more. This course will give you creative control over your camera thereby encouraging you to take photographs with intention, rather than letting the camera do all the work. This intensive, creative course will increase your confidence and you will soon see your skills - and your photographs - improving.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Understand how a DSLR camera works
Choose the right shooting mode and camera settings for particular shooting situation
Make good use of different focal lengths
Understand the exposure triangle
Expose images correctly using semi-automatic or priority modes
Understand and experiment with the aperture, shutter speed and ISO controls
Recognise and use different composition techniques and the visual elements effectively
Class format and activities
You will work in the studio and on location to take photographs against projects that allow you to control camera functions, experiment and practice. Your work will be shared with the class and feedback is seen as valuable to your learning. Advice will be given on camera gear and types of equipment that may be useful to you. A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped photography studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects as well as provide assessment and feedback on your progress. Projects will regularly be given to allow for the sharing of your progress, some use of web based presentation tools will be encouraged.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Ideally students will own a camera that gives access to manual controls. A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!
What you can do next
Additional courses to advance your knowledge and skills from this course will be available soon. A portfolio can be built to potentially support application to a FE or HE course. We offer a range of courses in Adobe Software skills including Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, browse our website or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.