Digital Photography

Ref: C3528495

This course is for anyone wishing to move on from 'point and click' photography. As well as beginning to develop your photographer's 'eye' you will learn how the camera uses light to create an exposure, how different light affects the final image, how to use your camera's controls to freeze action in mid air or slow it down and how to change the aperture to create artistic images.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to taking control of a DSLR or bridge camera and develop a creative 'eye' with a view to improving your photography.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain how the camera creates an exposure.
  • Show how different types of light affect the final image.
  • Demonstrate how to use the camera's shutter speed to freeze action or slow down action.
  • Use the lens aperture to create artistic images.
  • Demonstrate and understand the rules of composition and be confident enough to break them.

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

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
  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • DSLR or Bridge type camera is required (users of compact cameras will not be able to achieve all outcomes). A 'user manual for your camera would be helpful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course outline

Digital Photography Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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