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Digital Photography – Essential Techniques (Stage 1)

This introductory photography course explains how your camera works and will teach you all you need to know about how to use it effectively to help you achieve creative control in your photography.

Course overview

Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to cancel our Evening & Saturday courses for the Autumn term 2020. We are currently reviewing the situation and we hope to return in Spring term. If you would like to receive news about our Spring term 2021 Evening & Saturday courses, please contact us ( and we will add you to our mailing list.


Spring term:

Monday 11 January – Monday 1 March plus Saturday 6 February 2021
Wednesday 13 January –Wednesday 3 March plus Saturday 13 February 2021
Saturday 6, 13 and 27 February, 6 and 20 March 2021

8 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00 and one Saturday session 9.30-16.30
8 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00 and one Saturday session 9.30-16.30
5 Saturdays 9.30-16.30

Mark Gregory
Pete McKinley (Saturday course)


Course details

  • History of Photography
  • Light and Colour
  • Camera controls
  • Shutter, Aperture and ISO control and relationship
  • The lens, focal lengths and uses
  • Depth of Field and Field of View
  • Focusing
  • Metering and Histograms
  • Tones and Zones
  • Colour temperature and White Balance
  • Digital Imaging, sensors, workflow and file formats
  • Mid-session assignments

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

Photograph of Pete Mckinley

Pete Mckinley

Manager (Short Courses) – Discover Photography – An Introduction (Saturday)

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with solid foundation of understanding in camera control
  • Develop your appreciation of photography and masters of photography – past and present
  • Provide a technical understanding of camera functions
  • Develop knowledge and understanding through a series of practical exercises

  • Tutorials and ongoing course critique will offer you essential guidance and measure overall performance
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

No previous knowledge or experience is required, only a passion to learn and develop within the subject.

A digital camera (including instruction manual) with access to full manual controls, this could be a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a Bridge camera.

A tripod is useful also.

Access to a computer between sessions to upload and save your photographs to USB stick.

All additional course materials provided as part of the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.