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Digital Photography: Beginners

Monday 24 September 2018
10:00 - 12:00
20 Hours / 10 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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

£139.00 Half fee available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

Photography has changed a great deal in the last hundred years, with the digital camera now being seen as the go-to device by most. This 10-week course will exploring the buttons, functions and settings of your digital camera. Creative photography will be explored, making use of the different settings and controls, enabling you to produce successful photographs.

Entry requirements

DSLR camera or similar (not compact or phone).

What you will learn

We will explore the various settings and menus, learn to take control and move away from the AUTO setting. We will explore composition, depth of field, shutter speed to enable creative use of photography.

How you will learn on this course

Hands on, practical, some theory and local outings as well as classroom lessons, supported with handouts.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Identify different shooting settings on your camera and use them in appropriate situations. 2. Explore menus, set date and time, image size and identify recording medium. 3. Explore playback information, change views, enable highlight alert and identify a histogram and explain its uses. 4. Explore Scene modes and identify ones available on your camera and which should be used in given situations. 5. Explore Program mode, identify white balance, iso settings, shooting modes. 6. Explore metering settings and autofocus settings and identify which to use in given situations. 7. Explore composition, practice rule of thirds, enable screen grid, identify different approaches to good composition. 8. Explore Shutter Priority (TV) mode and how to use shutter speed for creative effect. 9. Explore Aperture Priority (AV) mode and how to use depth of field for creative effect.

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

Not applicable.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Homework is set weekly to encourage progress in the course.

What you need for your course

None specifically.

What you need to bring to the first class

Note book and pen. Camera, with battery and memory card.

What you can do next

Progress to next level, then to NCFE course.

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