Digital Photography & Photoshop

Digital Photography & Photoshop

Leisure Courses Location: New Milton
Type: Part Time Day
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Course Details

This course is for complete beginners who want to learn how to use the buttons and menus on their cameras, and to take charge of their photographs. Learn how to get off Auto and get to grips with your Digital camera and image editing.
Please note – this course is most suited to Digital SLR users.

The course will cover shooting in JPEG and RAW, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual.  Using these techniques to bring creativity into your photography along with shooting considerations for post processing.  Image processing (editing) will be covered including global and local adjustments to colour and black and white images.  Learners will need to know how to use a computer, this includes being able to use the mouse and keyboard along with the ability to open and save files and the use of folders.  No prior knowledge of photography or use of inage editing software is required.  

You will be taught by means of practical demonstration and hands on experience.The work will be assessed by the Tutor on a regular basis from which feedback will be given to help improve skills. 

The course will look at how your camera works, and how to operate your camera in order to take control of your photography, highlighting what needs to be done in camera as opposed to what can be done in image processing software.  During the course you will develop an understanding of camera functions such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO to allow you to control exposure.  Automatic and Manual focusing, the use of Live View.  Metering modes such as Matrix, Centre Weighted and Spot. Framing and composition.  You will download images onto your computer, catalogue, key wording filing and nameing conventions and the use of Metadata.  A wide range of editing techniques will be addressed including colour correction, setting the tonal range, contrast, noise reduction and sharpening.  Shooting and Image Editing Workflow along with back up techniques will also be looked at.
During the course we will look at a wide range of photography genre.

Practical sessions will be based around easy to understand projects and allow you to practice the various techniques taught.  Field trips will be organised as appropriate and these may involve occasional Saturdays.

Information & Support


 Various 1 day photography workshops covering specific subjects are offered throughout the year.

Please bring a digital camera with charged batteries, memory card and instruction manual.  Charger and/or USB cables will also be useful if you have them.  You will also need a notebook and pen.

Please bring something to keep any assignments/handouts and photographs in.

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service -   Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or
Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.


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Please contact us to register your interest for the next available start date.

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