Course Overview


Spring term:

Monday 20 January-23 March 2020 (plus Saturday 15 February 2020)

Wednesday 22 January-25 March 2020 (plus Saturday 29 February 2020)

Saturday 1 February-28 March 2020 (1,15, 29 February, 7, 14 and 28 March 2020)


10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00 and one Saturday session 9.30-16.30

10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00 and one Saturday session 9.30-16.30

6 Saturdays 9.30-16.30


Mark Gregory

Pete McKinley



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 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 & White Balance
  • Digital Imaging, sensors, work flow and file formats
  • Mid-session assignments