Basic Digital Photography (Taunton) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is for individuals keen to learn the practical skills needed to take better photographs with your digital SLR camera making use of the full range of manual override settings on the camera.

This course is for anyone with an interest in Photography, but more specifically those beginners who want to make the most of their sophisticated digital SLR cameras to produce high quality images that stun friends and relatives! Our excellent facilities and expert instructor will help you make the most of your camera and nurture your observational skills so you leave with images you can be really proud of.

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of some basic photographic principles using natural and artificial light both inside and out of doors using a variety of subjects to photograph.

Each week the group will explore a particular theme whilst making sense of the camera features including how the shutter (camera) and aperture (lens) work together to control exposure and understanding ISO. You will be taking the camera off its programme settings to explore the purpose of AV, M and TV and other settings. Lenses also feature exploring different lenses and their qualities and characteristics and clarifying when to use each one to best effect.

Themes include:

  • Perspective, composition, viewpoint
  • Colour vs black and white
  • Mood
  • Texture
  • Lighting
  • Translating ideas into images
  • Using daylight to maximum effect at different times of the year

Assessment Methods

There are no formal assessments on this course but you will be given plenty of feedback by the tutor to enable you to improve and progress through each week.

Progression Options

There are a number of options for progression routes including shorter courses in Photography in Taunton and the year-long Photography and Advanced Photography Diplomas in Bridgwater.

Course Summary

Course Title Basic Digital Photography (Taunton)
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for the course. You will need to have access to your own digital SLR camera with manual override and potential to change to different lenses and be keen to get better acquainted with it in the company of other interested learners.

Attendance Requirements One night a week for 2.25 hours
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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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