Digital photography - Improvers

Course details

Digital photography - Improvers DV1068 Tuesday
20.04.21 12 £116/£63 Gearies
Digital photography - Improvers DV1069 Tuesday 19:15 - 121:15 20.04.21 12 £116/£63 Gearies

How will this course benefit me?

This course is for extremely keen photographers who have a firm grasp of the basics, and want to build on their knowledge further. By the end of the course you should have one or more images you are really proud of!


What are the entry requirements?

This course is suitable for those who have successfully completed our Digital SLR Photography for Beginners course, and for those meeting the following criteria:

  • You must own a digital SLR camera, lens, and memory card reader/USB stick.
  • You will already be confident using your SLR’s controls and menus. You must be familiar with focus points, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how they are used to affect the picture and exposure. You will be comfortable using Manual mode. If not, you will be more suited to our Digital SLR Photography – Beginners course.
  • You must have no trouble producing sharp and well-exposed images
  • You must be confident performing everyday computing tasks such as manipulating files and directories, using the web and email, uploading files, attachments, etc. Basic knowledge of image processing software is desirable but not essential.
  • Internet access outside class time is required. We also have a student work room you are free to use any time during the course, free of charge.
  • You must be enthusiastic and willing to spend at least 2 hours every week on the assignments set
  • You must be willing to show and discuss your homework images as part of a weekly group critique.


What will I learn?

  • How light quality and direction affects photos, including common portrait setups.
  • Benefits of RAW images and how to process them.
  • Shooting for black and white.
  • Using the histogram to judge exposure and during processing.


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?

You will already own a digital SLR and at least the supplied kit lens. You may also want to purchase a wide-aperture lens, which can cost from £80-150, or a telephoto zoom, or a tripod, depending on your favourite subject matter. These are not essential however.


What can I progress to next?

Digital SLR Photography – Improvers Part II


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.