What is the course about?
Getting to know your digital camera through a series of practical sessions guiding you through technical basics including shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Once you're familiar with the camera you'll get to grips with the many tricks of Adobe Lightoom to edit, manipulate and manage your images on the computer, for really professional-looking results.
What previous students liked most about this course: “Mixture of ‘theoretical’ learning mixed with ‘discovery’ – learning by doing. Leaving the course with one printed picture. I looked forward to the class each week.”|
“The equipment provided is impressive.”
“Learned a lot. Tutor very good. Nice bunch to learn with.”
“An inclusive attitude and atmosphere meant we could all learn at a pace which suited the individual’s needs. Variety of activities (talks / taking photographs / using computer).”
“Mix of practical and theoretical. Class discussion – peer review of images.”
“Excellent instructor (Michael) and good course group. Has helped to refresh forgotten techniques.”
What will we cover?
- How to use your digital camera, including aperture, shutter speed and ISO
- Importing digital images from your camera to the computer
- Using Lightoom for adjusting and improving your images, including cropping, rotating, tone and colour adjustment and sharpening.
- Preparing images for print and/or web
- Printing using inkjet printers.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use the aperture/shutter priority settings, flash and macro settings on your camera
- import digital images from your camera to the computer
- use Adobe Lightroom to adjust and improve your images
- output images for web and social media
- print a digital image using an inkjet printer.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for complete beginners or for anyone needing a technical refresher. You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings). Most students will have digital SLR or bridge cameras. This course is NOT suitable for film cameras.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through structured talks and lectures, demonstrations and practical work. Each student will have their own computer workstation for practical work, and access to good quality scanners and printers. All work is done at your own pace and follows an easily-understood structure.
Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from Adobe.com for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://creative.adobe.com/plans.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a camera which has manual settings for aperture and shutter speed, although there will be access to digital cameras during practical sessions if you do not have one. Please bring some images with you to your first class, either on a memory stick or on your camera card. Please note that all computer work will be done on Apple Macs.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Develop your interest in photography further through a range of creative and practical photography courses at City Lit, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the full list to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details