Introduction to Photography

Ref: C3673124

We will show you: - All the camera functions- explain how the camera works and discuss aperture, shutter speed and focal length - All the Digital functions -explain why digital is different and discuss crop factors, jpeg-raw-pixels-white balance and ISO - All the camera buttons and menu's - What do all these things do and why have we got them. - Photo composition- What defines a good picture? rule of thirds, depth of field, perspectives etc. - Camera Techniques - What can I shoot and how should I shoot it? Portraits, landscapes etc. Every week you will be tasked to make a picture of a given topic. This picture will then be discussed in class.

Course aim

This course is for people that like to take better pictures.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Use the camera to take photographs of an assigned topic.
  • Use the rule of thirds in a picture.
  • Use and name 2 more perspective techniques used in a picture.
  • Change the camera settings to suit the subject.
  • Make a photograph in manual mode.

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
  • You will be tasked with taking a picture every week of a given topic. This picture is to be printed and brought to class the next week. Every picture will be discussed by the class.

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
  • The weekly photographs are, when kept in a portfolio, a good record of 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.)
  • You need to bring a Digital Camera. This does not need to be a big Camera with interchangeable lenses, but it has to be a digital camera with manual functions. So no mobiles or tablets.

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

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Introduction to Photography

Conditions

You can 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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