This course has concessions available

Photography – DSLR Intermediate

This is an in-depth and creative course for students to develop both their camera and edit-ing skills. Each week you will focus on a few topic and the aim is to gain a range of skills and more confidence to make images from street to still life and portraiture.
Perfect for Students who have studied on our DSLR Introduction courses.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at students who already know how to use your camera and under-stand the basics of digital photography but want to progress and develop more creative skills and image editing skills. If you have completed the Photography - DSLR introduction course and wish to explore more, this course is the next step. This course will help you to be more intuitive with how you use the camera as well as think creatively about composition using colour, shape, structure, shadow and reflection.

What does this course cover

Week by week you will experience a series of exciting and engaging projects that will assist you in creating a portfolio of work from the simple to the complex. We will look at the work of expert photographers and discuss the techniques they have used.
The course will encourage you to work with fully manual settings and use the histogram to assess correct exposure. You will be guided how to get both good exposure and colour under difficult lighting. You will be challenged with practical sessions such as making day-time long exposures and creating montages.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Understand how to use your camera and choose the correct lens when photographing subjects such as city, street, still life and portraiture
2. Understand different image file formats, how to develop RAW images us-ing Lightroom and Photoshop
3. Understand how to create and edit complex imagery such as long-exposure, montage and panoramic photography

Presentations on the different topics will be supported with a wide range of handouts so you can continue your practice after class. Individual help and guidance will be given during practical sessions as you try out the topics with your camera. You will have a much greater degree of control, understanding and knowledge of the day-to-day and creative uses of your camera.

What will it be like

The course will make use of the fantastic photographic opportunities offered by our Central London location at the weekend. Practical workshops/demonstrations are followed by hands-on practical training; individual/group projects; short talks/group discussion, with the opportunity to view and review each other's work. Clear handouts are given during and after each session to ensure your work can continue after you've left the class.

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 are expected to bring your own camera which can be a Digital SLR, Mirrorless inter-changeable lens camera, or with agreement an advanced Bridge camera.

What this course could lead to

Photography - Digital Saturdays courses. This is a chance for you to set aside time to learn the practical and creative use of the camera. Create a portfolio of work as you increase your knowledge of digital photography week by week. Also learn from others and share your ideas and techniques. The course will make use of the fantastic photographic opportunities offered by our Central London location at the week-end.You will need to have your own camera and have some experience of using it.

Progress to more advanced photography courses or enrol on Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and web design courses.

There is detailed information available in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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.’