This course has concessions available

Photography – DSLR Introduction – ONLINE

This ten-week course will introduce you to the technical details of your digital camera so you can use it more confidently and creatively. Learn about aperture, shutter control the exposure triangle, field of view, depth of field and get ready to take your camera off of its fully automatic settings.

The course 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 or 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

You will be interested in learning how your camera works, the basics of digital photography and want to progress and develop more creative skills.

What does this course cover

Starting with the basic camera settings you will learn these step by step. Though your camera's manual provides you with a wealth of information this course will help you to be hands on with what all those buttons mean. As you begin to get the results you want from your camera you will become more confident when trying out different techniques from street to still life.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
' Understand how a camera meters light, set ISO and achieve a correct exposure with camera modes (P,A,S,M) and how to add light with your camera's flash
' Understand depth of field and how to control it using aperture and how to alter shutter speed to freeze or convey movement in an image.
' Understand field of view and the choice of lenses that are available for a DSLR and how these affect the photographs you can make with them
' Learn how to read photographs and understand the compositional techniques that have been used in making the image

What will it be like

Hands-on practical activities and presentations on different topics will be supported with a range of handouts and assignments so you can continue to practice between classes. Each week, help and guidance will be provided to answer technical questions that arise as you try out your new skills. As you grow more confident you will also share and then discuss photographs in class, pick up tips and learn through seeing images made by others in the group. Week by week, the images you make will show your progress and informal question and answer sessions will cement your understanding of the course objectives.

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 so you are able to use manual settings. You should expect to complete assignments and practice your photography for a couple of hours during the week between classes.

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

Be confident enough to use your DSLR camera either in the Photography Intermediate course or the Digital Saturdays course.

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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

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