Managing Your Digital Camera - The Route to Better Photos

Ref: C3741490

This hands-on practical course is for enthusiastic beginner and intermediate digital photographers wishing to improve their photography and images by acquiring a better, more intuitive understanding of their camera's controls and settings. Key photographic concepts such as the Exposure Triangle, Depth of Field, Shooting Modes, Different lenses etc. will be addressed. Although mostly applicable to DSLR cameras many aspects discussed will also apply to Compact System and Mirrorless cameras which have become increasingly popular in recent years. The use of photographic accessories such as additional and specialised lenses, filters, tripods and flash will be reviewed. Various image file formats will be explained and the pros and cons of using Raw files compared to the ubiquitous jpeg described and discussed. The topics of Image management and editing will be included using a brief introduction to market leading software such as Lightroom™ and Photoshop/Elements™.

Course aim

This course will first investigate the basic photographic concepts and then explore how to implement these using your camera's controls, settings and features to improve your images.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The student needs to be reasonably familiar with their camera and bring the camera's manual to each session.

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

  • Understand the relationship, referred to as 'The Exposure Triangle', between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and appreciate how changes to any one of these components can will impact the other;
  • Acquire the understanding and confidence to stop shooting using the camera's 'fully auto' mode and to explore the camera's other shooting modes which offer greater creative control;
  • Use my camera's controls to achieve a particular defined image effect such as freezing or blurring action/movement or selectively blurring regions within an image;
  • Gain an appreciation of how lenses of various focal lengths impact the image's appearance for both full and cropped frame sensors.

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
  • The tutor will demonstrate the camera controls and students will locate and use the same or similar features on their own cameras. A digital projector will be used to show certain camera features using diagrams, video and live camera menus.

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
  • The tutor will give 1:1 student feedback during certain practical sessions and when students optionally submit any assignment work.

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need your camera any accessories such as lenses, flash or tripod and importantly your camera's manual.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It may be helpful, before the course starts, for students to familiarise themselves with their camera's menu structure and the location of control dials, knobs and switches.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • On completion of this course you should be sufficiently equipped to attend further similar courses of a more advanced nature.

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Managing Your Digital Camera - The Route to Better Photos 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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