Photography Course


I’ve always had an interest in photography and after diving into the world of Instagram and the blogging world (as an avid reader of photography blogs for a few years now) I decided to dedicate some time and funds into going back to college to really learn the basics.

I wanted 2017 to be about growing some new skills and tapping into my creative side again.  For the past 4 years I’ve completed accountancy qualifications in line with my 9-5 job as a Management Accountant.  I love maths and spreadsheets (shh don’t tell anyone!) but for many many years before my finance career got more serious I would spend my spare time on more creative projects and I quite miss it.

The course I start next week is a qualified course and assessment is through a portfolio of written and photographic evidence.  It is a beginners course. Some friends have asked why I’ve just not made the most of all the free information on the internet and self-taught myself the skills I’m after but for me I learn best when being taught in a classroom situation.  Plus I actually get a recognised qualification from it.

We will learn the following through the completion of assessments, critical review of images, discussion of photographic techniques and practical exercises:

  • How to fully use the controls and functions of our camera
  • Edit our images using the latest version of Photoshop
  • How to use a range of camera accessories through practical exercises

We will complete a final visual project and written evaluation of working methods.

Full breakdown of units included:

  1. Use the camera and accessories to create images.
  2. Identify the use of camera controls.
  3. Identify a range of recording media used in either film cameras or digital cameras.
  4. Select appropriate lenses and camera positions for a range of subjects.
  5. Demonstrate the use of equipment and accessories.
  6. Outline basic visual language and composition.
  7. Produce a range of exploratory photographs.
  8. Follow Health & Safety procedures.
  9. Understand and apply image production skills
  10. Demonstrate processing of film/downloading an image from digital camera
  11. Select suitable images for printing/presentation
  12. Demonstrate processing procedures needed to produce prints/images

I’m really excited to start next week and I plan to do follow-up posts on what I learn each week and pass on any helpful information to all of you!

Wish me luck 🙂




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