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Introduction to the course
I have taught many Photography Beginners and Next Steps courses at North Herts College. I have also taught Photoshop Beginners and Next Steps courses. I've been a professional photographer since 1981 and have taught many photography and Photoshop courses at North Herts College. This page is about course content on my Photography Beginners course.
To enrol on this course, you should;
Have a digital camera. It doesn't matter what type, although some models will allow you to do more. Cameras and settings are discussed on the course, so if you are considering buying a new camera, don't rush out and buy one before the course begins. During the course you will learn a lot about camera settings and pros and cons of different types of cameras. Many students have bought cameras during the course as a result of their increased knowledge of what they want in a camera.
Have an enthusiasm to learn about photography. It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner to digital photography. This course is a comprehensive introduction to many areas of digital photography.
Be committed to practice. You are expected to complete homework assignments each week and email images to me, for feedback in class.
All classes are supported by detailed handouts. Handouts are emailed immediately after the class.
For information about other courses, please see;
photography Beginners course subjects
Composition, including; orientation, viewpoint, background, foreground, framing, define subject, placement of subject
Fundamental photography settings; aperture, shutter speed, ISO
Moving away from Auto to use Aperture Priority
Using shutter speed creatively
Using aperture creatively
Choosing and using a tripod
Photographing people and portraits
Difficult lighting - understanding when, why and how to override the camera
Introduction to flash photography
Various camera settings, depending on type of photography
Accessories will be discussed and recommended in relevant lessons
examples of course subjects
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