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Cameras for photography


Day of week:
St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Mixed Level
19:00 - 21:30
20 weeks

This course aims to teach you to move beyond the automatic settings on your SLR or Mirrorless camera and learn to compose and take good photographs using manual settings. The course is open to complete beginners and is structured to form a firm basis for understanding the skills and techniques associated with designing and taking good, interesting and exciting photographs in a variety of contexts, and developing the knowledge to critique your own work effectively. There will be individual and group tuition and discussion including demonstrations in class and some location work, using the local area.

This course will teach you how to use the manual and semi-automatic modes on your camera; recognising how and when to adjust apertures and shutter speeds; you will learn techniques in focusing successfully; recognise when to use different focal lengths; control ISO successfully; and introduce using flash to improve exposures.

You will also learn how to present an image ready for printing or social media. You will be set practical tasks as homework to discuss in the weekly lessons. Basic image adjustment skills are covered on this course including demonstrations using Photoshop Elements, all skills taught will be transferable to whichever digital image application you prefer.

As well as learning the technical aspects of photography this course will also cover techniques in composition and give you a broad introduction to the history of photography as art. Photography has a long history from its Victorian beginnings to the present day, it has the power to shock, provoke nostalgia, create memorial and is even used as evidence to identify. This course will introduce to major names in photography and how to think critically about the meaning of photographs you are creating.

How will I be taught?

Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and craftspeople and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance personal skills.

What do I need to bring with me?

A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) with various lenses and accessories. A tripod (if you have one), notebook and pen. Please don't purchase any books or new equipment until you have consulted with the tutor.

What can I do next?

The tutor will advise.

What do I need to join the course

It is open to owners of digital cameras who would like to improve their photography. You will need a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC). A tripod, extra lenses and accessories will also be useful, however they are not necessary to join the course and the course will cover expanding your kit. It is not necessary to purchase any books or new equipment until you have consulted with the tutor.

Getting to your course

Find us

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/122472/M/PF.