Digital Photography - Using your camera settings

Ref: C2526146

This introductory course will teach you how to get the best out of your camera’s settings as well as teaching you basic rules of composition. We will cover fundamental photographic techniques including the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed & ISO), discussing focal length and learning about how to best set up your camera's many functions. Suitable for hobbyist photographers or for people needing to take professional looking images for promotion or business purposes. Learn to see the world differently in a supportive environment where you will get feedback on your images and a chance to ask questions openly. This course is for residents of the North of Tyne Combined Authority - Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

Course aim

Do you want to learn how to take better photographs and make the most of the camera you use? This course will teach you how to get the best out of your camera’s settings as well as teach you to consider how to make better compositions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • To make the most of the content of this course you are advised to have access to a camera that allows you to change the aperture and shutter speed manually. This course is for residents of the North of Tyne Combined Authority - Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

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

  • select a suitable camera setting for a variety of different subjects and conditions.
  • identify and use basic rules of composition
  • identify how to adjust and improve an image
  • use the language of photography and show a grasp of key terms

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to have access to a digital camera to take images and upload them to our online classroom for feedback. To make the most of the content of this course you are advised to use a camera that allows you to change the aperture and shutter speed manually.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • This type of course covering how to take better images can be useful to those hoping to work as a photographer and also for small business owners that want to present their own work well online or in advertisments.

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Digital Photography - Using your camera settings

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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