Digital Photography

Ref: C3843045

This course will introduce essential techniques, principles and skills in digital photography through a combination of practice, theory, sharing and reflection. It will also cover the main concepts of digital photography, how to use digital technology and photo editing software, how to read and critically assess your own and others' photography and encourage you to develop a portfolio of photographic work. You will be encouraged to develop and expand your skills in areas such as elements of composition, working with different subjects and light, controlling settings such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO, better understanding of exposure, focus and depth of field, and how to process your images using photo editing software. We will also explore the history of photography by looking at important photographs and their work in different genres considering style and aesthetics. Every week you will also be set practical exercises that will contribute towards your portfolio of images.

Course aim

Digital Photography will encourage students to develop their photographic skills and their confidence with a digital camera. Through learning about principles of photography the course will allow students to apply these in their own work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use compositional elements more effectively in different types of photographs by developing knowledge and understanding of framing through exploring subject, line, shape, texture, form colour and monochrome
  • Master manual controls on a digital camera such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, as well as menus and other settings
  • Show a developed understanding of how digital cameras process light, the essential element of photography
  • Work more confidently with different focal lengths, depth of field, and post-processing software and apps
  • Better comprehend the history of photography, i.e. its development, genres, style and aesthetics, recognise what makes good contemporary photography and build a portfolio of images around this

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • At least two field trips, possibly more, to photograph on location using different creative methods

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Some form of digital camera will be required, this could be anything from a smartphone through to professional level equipment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Digital Photography


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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