Photography for Beginners 1

Ref: C3740991

This 5-week course is aimed at people who have interest in Photography but do not really understand how to get started on the road to becoming a better picture taker. It is designed for those with little or no experience in photography, to increase your confidence in picture making and make your photography more enjoyable.

Course aim

A thorough introduction to your digital SLR. From batteries to depth of field, examine the functions of your camera and learn how to get the best from your equipment in order to take better pictures.

Who is the course for?

It is designed for those with little or no experience in photography

What topics will this course cover

Understanding your DSLR, SD Cards, Apertures, shutter speeds, ISO, White Balance, Composition.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Be able to adjust the settings on their camera to give the best results 2. Use the shooting functions for different photographic situations 3. Experiment with exposure, focus and composition 4. Compose a photograph using the rule of thirds 5. Recognise a good shot from a bad one

How will I know I'm making progress?

Some of your guided learning hours will be used to set the group and individual learning targets for the course. You will receive feedback from your Tutor to enable you to fully develop and progress.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

• Preferably a digital SLR camera (the course may be suitable for those with compact digital cameras, however, they must have manual exposure controls and a lens with an optical zoom covering wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths. • Instruction manual and leads • Future lessons a tripod would be used during practical demonstrations. • Note-pad

Reading and information sources

No reading

What could the course lead to?

additional courses, Using your DSLR camera, landscape photography, photoshop, still life, portrait studio lighting

Download full course outline

Photography for Beginners 1 Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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