Digital photography - Beginners

Course details

Digital photography - Beginners DV1066 Tuesday 16:15 - 18:15 22.09.20 12 £116/£63 Gearies
Digital photography - Beginners DV1067 Tuesday
22.09.20 12 £116/£63 Gearies

How will this course benefit me?

This course is aimed at those with a very keen interest in photography, but who are puzzled by the technical aspects. Do you own an SLR, but have no idea how to use it? Love taking pictures, but can’t get your SLR to do what you want? Then this course is for you.


What are the entry requirements?

  • For this course, you must own a digital SLR camera (DSLR) and kit lens.
  • You must have everyday computing skills, such as working with files and folders, using email and attachments, web browsing, and using Windows/Mac OS. You will be confident using a mouse and keyboard and working with applications.
  • Internet access outside class time is required: assignment images are submitted via Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Internet and computer access at the Gearies site outside class time is available at no extra cost.
  • You are expected to attend every week for the 12 weeks and to commit to attempting all assignments set to ensure progression.


What will I learn?

  • You will learn the fundamentals of photography, and learn where the most important controls are on your own camera.
  • You will learn to control your camera in Manual Mode, using aperture and shutter speed to affect your images.
  • You will learn basic camera and photographic terminology
  • You will gain camera handling confidence
  • You will learn about composition and what makes an interesting subject. This course is not simply about learning what buttons do – you will leave a better photographer!


Please note:  This course is not a substitute for your camera’s instruction manual. While cameras share many common features and controls, the specifics are make and model dependent. You are required to bring in your camera’s instruction manual each week for reference.


How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a combination of basic technical teaching, hand outs, demonstration and practical projects. This will involve the use of a Smartboard and PC, cameras, props etc. The techniques taught will be practised in class, but it’s up to you to apply these techniques outside of class for the weekly assignments!


Guest Speakers

On all our photography courses, we like to invite in a guest speaker (usually in the final week). They will be a working professional photographer who will show a selection of their images, talk about the stories behind them, and what it’s like working in the industry. This will depend on their availability.


Field Trips

We usually do not run external trips on the Beginners or Improvers Part I courses, due to

the dark evenings. We do however always have a field trip on Improvers Part II, where

learners undertake a supervised photography walk in nearby Valentines Park.


How will my learning be assessed?

Initial assessment will be made by Q&A, and a classroom based practical. Assignments will be set weekly, and images will be submitted and graded using our online e-learning tool Moodle. At least 2 hours’ extra study per week is required, please ensure you can commit to this.


What are the extra costs?

A digital SLR camera, lens and memory card are essential for this course. Also, any books that you may find useful. A memory card reader and/or USB stick are very useful for transferring pictures to the PCs at the Institute.


What can I progress to next?

Digital SLR Photography – Improvers Part I


Health and Safety requirements?

During this course you will use computers and photographic lighting. If you know of any pre-existing medical conditions, you must let the tutor know at the start of the course. These would include epilepsy, a hearing impairment, a visual impairment, back/knee/joint problems and arthritis. None of the aforementioned will exclude you from the course; prior knowledge will allow us to make the correct arrangements for you.


You will need to follow the tutor’s instructions on health and safety procedures given at the first session.