Introduction to Photography-Level 1


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

8 September


Learn how to create visually dynamic photos and gain an introduction to post production and printing considerations. This hands-on course will introduce you to the basics of digital camera operation and techniques for capturing quality images.

Course content

  • Camera types and lenses
  • Exposure control using aperture and shutter speed
  • Controlling subject movement and depth of field
  • Digital file formats, ISO and white balance
  • Image design and composition
  • Lighting (outdoor and studio)
  • Black and white photography
  • Professional photographic services, processing and printing options
  • Photo editing and presentation

Learning will take place through explanation, demonstration, discussion and a series of practical assignments.


How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. Lighting equipment for studio exercise will be provided.

Materials to bring

  • SLR digital camera or mirrorless camera
  • Camera instruction book
  • Digital printing for assignments undertaken during the course (paid by participant). Further guidelines will be provided.

    Suited to

    Camera users with little or no photographic experience or knowledge. It is suitable for users of digital SLR or mirrorless cameras who wish to gain a greater understanding of camera controls.


    In this course, students will develop the ability to understand and operate a digital SLR camera. They will learn the principles of lighting and image composition. They will also be introduced to post production, print presentation and commercial photographic services.

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