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10 week Digital Photography for Beginners (Jan 2019) — Overview

By the end of the course, you will be familiar with shooting in full manual mode, downloading and saving files effectively, basic editing using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop as well as taking images to print.  

You will also develop basic lighting skills and gain experience of shooting with models and on location alongside exploring composition.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place
Start Time: 17:45
End Time: 20.45​
Start Date: 15/01/19
End Date: 19/03/19
Day: Tuesday
Fee: £200

Course Content

Week 1
Course introduction. Aperture and shutter speeds.

Week 2
Night shoot, exploration of aperture and shutter speeds, how to download images correctly.

Week 3
Adobe Photoshop session, basic editing.

Week 4
Short night shoot, download, edit.

Week 5
Open session, personal portfolio development. Option to re-visit content from weeks 1-4, request a session or work independently on your images.

Week 6
Studio session, tungsten lighting portrait shoot. Lighting induction, exploration of apertures and shutter speeds, communicating with models, downloading.

Week 7
Studio session, open session – plan your own shoot. Possible still life studio lighting if requested.

Week 8
Composition workshop, Adobe Photoshop editing.

Week 9
Open session, personal portfolio development. Option to re-visit content from weeks 1-4, request a session or work independently on your images.

Week 10
Open session, personal portfolio development. Review, portfolio presentation and progression options.

Please note, the above course content should be viewed as a guide. The tutor may choose to alter content according to student needs.

Entry Requirements
This course is for enthusiastic beginners or photographers who have experience with analogue photography and would like to bridge the gap to digital practices.  We will be using Apple Mac computers so basic computer literacy is an advantage (e.g. able to copy and paste files from one location to another), but is not essential.  These basic skills can be covered briefly at the start of the course.

Materials and Equipment
You will need a camera, notepad, pen, and memory stick (minimum 8GB) for every session. Please do not use your camera cards as memory sticks. A DSLR camera is preferable but not essential. You can book a camera with your College student card if necessary. You will be required to pay for printing while on your course. This should not exceed £5.

Bring to your first session
Bring a notepad, pen and memory stick (minimum 8 GB), and your own DSLR camera if you have one (there will be DSLR cameras available at the first session).

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

10 week Digital Photography for Beginners (Jan 2019) — Modules

10 week Digital Photography for Beginners (Jan 2019) — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

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