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Photography – DSLR Introduction

This ten week course will introduce you to the technical details of a DSLR 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 be able to take your camera off of fully automatic.

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

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Who is this course for

A short course to introduce you to the technical and creative use of a DSLR camera. Suitable for students interested in learning how your camera works, the basics of digital photography and wanting to progress and develop more creative skills. Bring your camera to each session or if you do not have your own the college has a limited number of cameras but you will need to book one.

What does this course cover

The course starts 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 subjects from portraiture to still life.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. 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
2. 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.
3. Understand field of view and the choice of lenses that are available for a DSLR and the photographs you can make with them

Each week we set the group a different task that covers a new technical skill. After some in-class demonstrations we will venture out into the local area to experiment and master these new techniques.

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. As you grow more confident you will discuss photographs in class and learn by seeing images made by everyone in the group.

Through tutor-guidance, ongoing monitoring of students' work and hands-on experience, students can feel confident that by the end of the course they will be working off automatic and taking the photographs they dreamed of taking.

What will it be like

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

It is best to bring your own camera which can be either a Digital SLR, Mirrorless inter-changeable lens camera or, with agreement, an advanced Bridge camera. If you do not have your own, the Centre has a limited number of DSLR cameras but you will need to book one.

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.

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 weekend. You will need to have your own camera and have some experience of using it.

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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.’