Discover Photography - An Introduction

Course Overview

This introductory photography course explains how your camera works and teaches you all you need to know about how to operate a camera, in order to achieve creative control in your photography.

During this information packed 10-week course, your tutors Mark Gregory and Pete McKinley, who possess many years’ experience in both the industry, as tutors at Arts University Bournemouth and as professional photographers in their own right, 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 will be guided through the fundamental principles and practices of photography. You will begin to understand what essential ingredients and components make for captivating images, as the course progresses you will witness your photography improving with your newfound knowledge and skills.

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

You will develop a fundamental understanding of camera functions including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens control and picture-making components, such as composition, framing, subject and lighting.

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


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


Spring term:

Monday 15th January – 19th March 2018 (plus 1 x Saturday session – 10th February)

Wednesday 17th January – 21st March 2018 (plus 1 x Saturday session- 17th February)

Saturday 20th Jan, 3rd & 17th Feb, 3rd, 10th & 17th March 2018


Mark Gregory and Pete McKinley

Course Aims

The course aims to:

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

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • 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

Entry Requirements

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

What You Need To Bring

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.

Course Materials

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

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