Beginner's Photography

Ref: C2341500

Properly managed Depth of Field allows us to "lose" backgrounds (and foregrounds!) that do not enhance the image being taken. This course will look at it's use in both close and longer distance photography. What is actually happening in the camera and why film speed is available on a device that has no film in it will be explained. A mixture of examples, explanation and practical exercises will comprise the session.

Course aim

This course will look at controlling the use of Depth of Field in photography.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Neither photographic expertise or expensive cameras are needed.

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

  • Lose objects behind the subject to make it stand out.
  • Lose some unwanted objects, like bars and fencing, that are not wanted in the photograph
  • Understand what is going on in the camera to record an image.

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
  • Practical exercises to allow students to practice the information being given.

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
  • Images will be recorded on the students own devices wherever possible allowing reference at a later date.

What else do I need to know?

  • 1. A camera (any sort from phones upwards!) 2. 3 small objects of personal interest e.g. 3 cream eggs!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Charge batteries in camera.

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

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Beginner's Photography

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