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Photography - SLR - Foundation - Online Live

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
19:30 - 21:30
10 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This is an online course delivered using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners.

The course is intended to give an overview of how to use the functions and features of a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera to your creative advantage. You will also learn how use Photoshop Elements software to make basic picture adjustments, retouching, and how to print more successfully.
Topics covered Aperture; Shutter speeds; ISO; Lenses; Depth of field; Perspective; Exposure; Composition; On camera flash; and focusing. Also Levels, colour correction; red eye reduction; sharpening; selections; clone stamp; healing brush; and colour management.
You will be able to use these functions to better create the aesthetic effect you want, rather than
rely on the camera’s automatic functions deciding what your photo will look like.
By the end of the course you should be able to :-
Successfully demonstrate the use of the main functions and modes of an SLR Camera
Be able to set the aperture to enable the wanted depth of field in a photo
Be able to set shutter speed to enable the wanted degree of blur or stillness in a photo
Be able to gauge and set appropriate camera settings to give the required exposure in photo

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: John-Christian Jacques

John-Christian Jacques has 34 years of professional photographic experience in the areas of editorial and performing arts and has been teaching film and digital photography, including dark room work, City and Guilds, A level and other Masterclasses for 20 years.

View all courses taught by John-Christian Jacques 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.

Group and 1:1 tuition
Tutor feedback and photos

What do I need to have with me?

You NEED to have a CAMERA, preferably an SLR type camera, or similar, with functions that will allow setting of aperture, shutter, ISO, Manual focusing, white balance, and varied exposure modes. It can be a film or digital SLR camera.
You NEED to have a good working knowledge of using a Windows or Apple Mac PC, with Windows or Mac Operating system.
A pen and paper to take appropriate notes. A folder or file to keep notes and handouts. Perhaps some of your own photos to show.
Use of a PC away from the college with image manipulation software of some kind installed is useful, but not necessary. And some form of memory storage such as a CD burner or USB flashdrive to store images

What can I do next?

This course can help in progression to further photographic, web or graphic design courses and work or a SLR - Further skills course

What do I need to join the course

No prior knowledge required.
The course is aimed at those who own an SLR camera and are new to, or had limited experience in photography, but are serious to learn how to take control of a Digital SLR camera themselves to get what they want in a picture.
It is ideal for those who want to become more technically creatively and accurate in their photography, by modification of photographic images.
Any experience of photography or software similar to Photoshop Elements will be useful, but not necessary.

You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/108958/K/NC.