Day School: Practical Photography

Ref: C3741682

This course is for anyone who has just bought a camera and has little or no idea how to use the controls. This will be a beginner’s class but previous camera users with some prior knowledge will be welcome. This course is mainly for people who need to get to grips with the basic settings and no previous experience is required. It will have a creative and relaxed approach, where we will split the sessions to be both practical demonstrations and exercises with some discussion based activities too.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

Show beginners how to use their camera to get better pictures and improve their creatively.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • • Use the basic settings on your camera to take different shots, such as action, portraits, landscapes, night photos and close ups.
  • • Be able to use the automatic and semi auto mode functions to take photographs that are correctly exposed and in focus.
  • • Use the cameras settings to allow you some control over the ISO and Shutter Speed and set up the camera for the best quality photograph.
  • • Have an improved awareness of basic composition theory and be able to apply the rule of thirds composition to your photographs.

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

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
  • 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?

  • You will need a digital camera

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Practical Photography


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  • 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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