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Digital Photography - Beyond Auto Settings

Day of week:
Real time Online
Mixed Level
19:00 - 21:15
6 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 40 25* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

Learn how to better use your camera from home. Each week you will participate in a group video call with your tutor and go through skills and techniques to improve your photography. Each week you will then be set homework to share and discuss to help build up a folio of images.

This course aims to help you to improve on your basic understanding of using a digital camera. This will involve practising techniques for different types of photography, i.e. close-up, action, low light, portrait and landscape.

This course will teach you how to use the manual and semi-automatic modes on your camera; recognising how and when to adjust apertures and shutter speeds; you will learn techniques in focusing successfully; recognise when to use different focal lengths; control ISO successfully; and introduce using flash to improve exposures.

You will also learn how to present an image ready for printing or social media. You will be set practical tasks as homework to discuss in the weekly lessons. Basic image adjustment skills are covered on this course including demonstrations using Photoshop Elements.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

1. Distinguish camera mode settings for particular photographic situations.
2. Produce a range of images for specific situations.
3. Adjust images for various print sizes and also for social networking.
4. Identify equipment needed to optimise images for different situations.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Timothy Leek

Timothy Leek runs workshops with schools, youth centres and community groups that encourage and explore creativity through photography.
Workshops have included studio photography, digital photography, shooting on location, stop motion animation, video and portraiture. These workshops not only cover technical aspects of photography but also explore the creative side and the performative nature of the medium.
Timothy has regularly worked in collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and performance artists. He is also a part of ANIMATE ARTS COMPANY LTD a community arts company that produces and runs art workshops and projects for schools and the community.

View all courses taught by Timothy Leek here

How will I be taught?

This course will be delivered online. Students will join the class from home and be able to exchange and in interact with other learners as they would in the classroom (speaking, listening, writing in the chat box). This measure is dictated by circumstances and the course will be delivered back in the classroom as soon as possible. This is an online course and will be taught using Zoom. You will be involved in shooting and appraising your work and will collect a folio of images. The tutor will give one to one guidance and feedback.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need a computer or tablet to participate in Zoom video calls and a working camera. Please ensure your batteries are fully charged and if possible, bring spares. An empty/formatted memory card as appropriate. Pen and paper.

What can I do next?

We have a range of other courses. This course could follow on to either ‘Photoshop Elements’ or ‘Lighting and Advanced Techniques.’ Please ask at your local Centre or go to

What do I need to join the course

There are no entry requirements but some previous experience is desirable. The course is open to digital camera users who have a basic understanding of their camera operation and would like to be able to understand more about taking photographs in particular environments and situations. Previous attendance on a beginners course such as ‘Basic controls and compositions’ would be an advantage.

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Joining your course

Real time Online
Instructions will be sent to you by your tutor

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code MAI/78635/H/LC.

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