This creative and informative photography course will guide learners through a series of lessons that teach basic key elements in photography.
From camera anatomy, composition and taking manual control of your camera to lighting, processing and printing your images, this course will build your technical knowledge and eye for professional photography.
Please note this workshop will be taught solely online via Google Meet.
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.
How will I learn?
Lessons will be taught online and are interactive. Each lesson will use live demonstration, lectures and slide shows. Classes will use Google Meet to demonstrate software and allow participants to speak with the tutor and each other. Google classroom will be used as a means of communication outside of class. Information will be shared using google drive.
Each week your tutor will give a full live demonstration that will be recorded so that learners can refer back to after the lesson has finished. There will be a discussion at the end of each class and time for students to try the techniques demonstrated in class and ask questions.
Each week a task will be set and class members will receive a digital worksheet. By the end of the course the worksheets form a complete ebook along with the body of work that you create.
Course introduction. Using Google suite and apps. Getting started. DSLR basic anatomy. How a camera works. Introduction to composition. Quick start guide.
Worksheet 1: Composition exercise.
Transferring images onto a computer. Editing options. Giving your photographs a professional look. Printing options. Photoshop alternatives.
Worksheet 2: Photographing and processing a landscape photograph.
How to use Shutter and Aperture Priority to produce long exposures. Painting with light. Depth of Field.
Worksheet 3: Create a long exposure image using a torch or light source.
Worksheet 4: Create a portrait photograph using Aperture Priority.
Focus Modes. Focusing on stationary objects, tracking moving subjects. How to land your focus and increase focus accuracy in your photographs.
Worksheet 5: Using focus modes to lock focus on a moving subject and create a panning effect.
Taking control of your camera. Using manual Mode, 3 principles of exposure, stops and f stops.
Worksheet 6: 35mm challenge.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course, you will be familiar with shooting in full manual mode, downloading and saving files effectively, using post processing software for basic editing. You will also be developing basic lighting skills and learn to be more creative with your photography.
What skills will I need?
Learners who are complete beginners. Photographers who have been taking photographs a while but would like to take more professional images. Individuals that have been using analogue equipment but would like to explore digital photography. Hobbyists who would like to progress their craft further. Photographers who wish to refresh their skills and knowledge.
Different budgets and abilities are considered in the planning. Great photography can be completed at home.
Equipment & Materials
You will need:
- Laptop or Desktop computer (tablets WILL NOT suffice.)
- Adequate internet connection*
- Google account for Google Meet/classroom access
- All handouts to be supplied electronically by lecturer
- A working and up to date copy of Adobe Photoshop
- DSLR or camera with manual settings.
*In order for you to receive the best possible experience for this online course your internet connection must be fast enough for you to clearly watch demonstrations by the tutor. Unfortunately, Plymouth College of Art is not liable for any refunds if you are experiencing any technical difficulties due to your own internet connection not working effectively.