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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

2021 Dates

Summer term
Thursday 17 June - Thursday 19 August 2021 plus Saturday 24 July 2021

Saturday 19 June, 3, 17 & 31 July, 14 August 2021

Autumn term
Monday 4 October – 22 November plus Saturday 30 October 2021
Wednesday 6 October – 24 November plus Saturday 13 November 2021

2022 Dates

Spring term

Monday 24 January – 14 March plus Saturday 26 February 2022
Wednesday 26 January – 30 March plus Saturday 5 March 2022
Saturday 29 January, 12 & 26 February 12 & 26 March 2022

8 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00 plus one Saturday session 9.30-16.30

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

5 Saturday Sessions 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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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

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

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