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Understanding your Digital SLR Camera: Part 1

Tuesday 15 January 2019
16:00 - 18:00
10 Hours / 5 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

Fee information. Click here for eligibility details (opens in a new window).

£70.00 Half fee available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

Discover the functions of the Digital SLR camera, what the functions are, what the buttons do and what the terms used in photography mean.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to bring their own DSLR, charged batteries and flash cards. A camera manual, if available, would also be useful.

What you will learn

This is a 5 week course on your Digital SLR, designed to get you comfortable and confident using it ii different situations. You will be taught the functions of your camera, including different capture modes, different compensation settings, and how to use your DSLR to get the best results. The course includes composition ideas, and by the end of the 5 weeks you should be familiar with your camera, happy to go out and photograph the world. The course will get you comfortable using your DLSR to capture photographs ‘on the fly’ and with some level of forethought. Capture settings, Automatic, Program, Aperture and Shutter Priority and full Manual mode, will be examined and put to use, along with the theory behind these settings. Flash will be explored, along with the use of different lenses. While taking photos in different modes, compositional themes will be explored, such as the rule of thirds and leading lines.

How you will learn on this course

Lectures, presentations and demonstrations from the tutor, hand outs covering topics explored and in-class photography opportunities. The College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used to continue learning outside of the classroom, and to submit homework.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Be able to hold the camera ‘correctly’ 2. Be able to take a ‘steady’ and focused shot 3. Use accessories to support the camera (e.g. tripods, monopods, grips…) 4. Capture images in full Auto and P mode, ‘on the fly’ 5. Explain Exposure and how it is measured and set 6. Make use of Exposure Compensation 7. Use the following settings to capture specific types of photographs: a. Program mode b. Aperture Priority c. Shutter Priority d. Manual Mode 8. Recognise when ‘flash’ is needed 9. Make changes to flash settings 10. Make use of basic compositional ideas 11. Identify lenses to use in different situations a. Standard b. Wide Angle c. Telephoto d. Zoom 12. Connect a camera to a computer and access images 13. Use basic file management 14. Print images in a suitable size

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)


What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Photographic assignments will be set, making use of the topics covered in sessions, and submitted using the VLE.

What you need for your course

None, although items will be investigated as the course progresses.

What you need to bring to the first class

DSLR with charged batteries and flash card space, working email address accessible from the classroom, pens and paper.

What you can do next

Using your DSLR, Photoshop Level 1. Need to up skill in Maths, English and Digital Skills – look at our Level 1/2 Functional Skills, GCSE and Digital Skills course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking