Photography – Digital Saturdays

A fun and creative course aimed to create a project or portfolio of work on different sub-jects as you increase your knowledge of digital photography week by week. You already know the basics so here is a chance for you to set aside time to develop the creative side of using the DSLR camera. Learn from others and also share your experiences behind the lens.

This course will take place online and will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.
Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email and Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Digital Saturdays is for anyone who has learnt the basics of digital photography and wants to progress to with more creative skills and develop a portfolio or project. You will already have your own DSLR or interchangeable lens camera and will be looking to use it more cre-atively and extend your photographic understanding across different genres.

What does this course cover

Week by week, the course will set you a range of photographic challenges across different genres that will help you to build a portfolio or stimulate an idea for a project. Throughout you will be encouraged to think creatively and to engage with the ideas and intentions be-hind the image. Learn how to get the best results from your in-camera JPEG files and when to choose the benefits of RAW files. By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Produce better images across different photographic genres from portraiture to still life photography and identify your best images for a portfolio.
2. Use natural or artificial light consistently well to get exposure, atmosphere and colour right and understand how to control that look in-camera
3. Learn about photographic narrative and know how to use it when making a photographic project that interests you
4. Understand how to read photographs and identify compositional skills that you can then successfully use when making your own images

What will it be like

Presentations on the different topics will be supported with handouts so you can continue practicing your photography to develop new work each week. You will be encouraged to discuss your images in class and through looking at other photographers images you will learn about how images are composed. From the mid-point of the course you will begin curating your portfolio or have begun working on a photographic project and you will be encouraged to discuss this with your tutor. Individual help and guidance will be given so that you can meet your own objectives for the course.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

You will need your own camera which can be a Digital SLR, an interchangeable lens camera (mirrorless) or an advanced (bridge) compact camera which has similar controls to the oth-er two options.
You will need either a computer or tablet for online access to the course and for seeing your images. As the course will be run on Zoom, please have this installed in advance of your first class. You can sign up for free here:
Make sure your computer or tablet has a working microphone and camera so we can hear and see you via video. It is advised to use headphones for ease of hearing during class ra-ther than use the inbuilt speaker on your device..
Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit fully from the range of materials and activities involved in the course.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

What this course could lead to

Students may enrol for another term on this course to continue their development or choose a different photography course if they wish to specialise. Another Mary Ward Centre course such as Photoshop may also help with new photographic skills. Some guidance will be of-fered for students who are interested in pursuing career options in photography after com-pleting the course.

There is detailed information available in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’