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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

This practical course is available to study in either our spring, summer or autumn term on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Dates

Wednesday 5 October – 7 December

Duration and times

10 Wednesday evenings 18.00–21.00

Tutor

TBC

Fee

£329

Class capacity

18

Dates

Saturday 21 January, 4, 18 February, and 4, 18 March 2023

Duration and times

5 Saturday Sessions 9.00–16.00

Tutor

Pete McKinley

Fee

£329

Class capacity

18

Dates

Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesday evenings 18.00–21.00

Tutor

TBC

Fee

£329

Class capacity

18

Course details

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

Your tutors possess many years of experience in both the industry, and as tutors at Arts University Bournemouth. They're professional photographers in their own right and will guide you through this introductory course in easy-to-understand stages.

As your course progresses through a series of lectures, demonstrations, and practical sessions, you'll be guided through the fundamental principles and practices of photography. You'll begin to understand what essential ingredients and components make for captivating images, and will witness your photography improving with your newly acquired knowledge and skills.

You'll learn how to take control of your digital camera and appreciate the full creative potential whilst being introduced to the fascinating world of image capture. You'll explore the work of celebrated photographers and learn how to really ‘see’ as a photographer in order to create more interesting and engaging meaningful photographs.

Throughout the course you'll develop a fundamental understanding of camera functions including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens control and image-making components, including composition, framing, subject and lighting.

This course is the first in a series of specialist Photography programmes, and is recommended for anyone requiring a sound fundamental knowledge of the subject.

  • 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.

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Pete Mckinley

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

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with a 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. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

No previous knowledge or experience is required, only a passion to learn and develop within the subject. Suitable for budding photographers aged 18+.

  • 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 memory device

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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FAQs

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

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

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

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