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Digital SLR Photography

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Flower head image from previous photography short course

Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 10

This beginners course is responding to the huge growth in ownership of digital SLR (DSLR) cameras and the increased demand for digital images for personal and commercial use.

The course is designed to take novice photographers and teach them the basic science, technology, craft and art of photography, and to develop the knowledge and skills to create technically sound, interesting and professional images.

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Course Dates

18th April 2018 – 20th June 2018

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Course Description

You will move away from shooting with the camera in automatic mode and start using the various camera modes that enable you to take control of your images, creating work that is more personal.

Topics will include:

  • choosing and buying your equipment
  • what is a photograph and why take them?
  • constructed versus captured photography
  • making images: looking and seeing
  • composition
  • exposure
  • focus
  • aperture
  • shutter and shutter speed
  • subject lighting
  • digital developing and printing
  • outlets for your finished photograph such as sales or exhibiting.

The course will be a mixture of theory and practice.

There will inspiring projects that will explore artistic expression, reportage, commerciality, nature, people and community.

Further reading will be suggested to enhance your knowledge, reinforced by practical assignments.

These practical assignments will be reviewed regularly, and a learning community will be created on Flickr to help share your work with fellow students.

During this course you will:

  • learn about contemporary digital photography today and current technology
  • identify successful digital images and discuss the aesthetic qualities of your work and that of other students and professionals
  • plan a photograph, from composition to digital printing
  • work in different light situations to create successful images
  • manually adjust focus, shutter speeds and exposure on your digital camera to produce effects
  • create unique images on location and in the studio environment
  • edit images using basic Photoshop functions
  • promote your images online to others.

What will you gain?

The mix of art, craft, science, technology and practical advice makes this course very exciting and ideal for the enthusiastic amateur photographer.

The course would be of use to anyone wanting to improve their photography skills whether as a hobby or a gateway to further study or employment.

“This course gave me impetus I needed to get out of a rut and think about the full capabilities of my camera. I especially enjoyed being part of a group and being inspired by its members, as well as having the support and expertise of our tutor. I feel much more confident about my skills and I now enjoy photography even more.” (AS, Autumn 2016)

"This course is pitched at a good level - challenging but achievable. It has given me the confidence to progress further." (LT, Summer 2016)

"A great tutor, who set a good atmosphere for learning whilst helping and encouraging each other." (DD (Summer 2016)

"Fantastic!!!" (FC, Summer 2016)

Tutor Profile: Paul Carroll graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography.

He then spent more than two years working on the UK's best selling photography magazine ‘Digital Photo’ where he was responsible for planning, writing and illustrating articles regarding general camera skills and editing RAW files.

Paul now works as a full-time freelance photographer and tutor in Nottingham.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813