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Digital DSLR Photography - How The Camera Works

Course code: QPAV307P

Subject area: Photography

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

19:00 - 21:00

Days of week:


Course date:

23rd Sept 2024 - 9th Dec 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

Keen to develop your photo skills and make full use of your digital single lens reflex (DSLR) DSLR and equivalent mirrorless camera? Then start here!

This course covers all the main controls of your DSLR and will enable you to move away from automatic settings and take full control of your picture taking, including two practical sessions to practice and consolidate classroom skills. The course will also consider composition and look at how you can get started in a number of different genres including landscape and wildlife photography.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2 ½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

The course covers the use of all the main controls of your camera and so is aimed at course is for beginners or those with some basic understanding of a DSLR camera

During the course you will:

Explore how to use shutter speeds and apertures, as well as ISO.

Look at composition through use of camera controls and light

Participate in reviews of your own pictures.

Notes covering the content of each session are emailed out so you can build up a complete reference of everything covered.

By the end of the course you will have had the opportunity to:

Understand how your camera works.

Recognise the relationship between shutter speed, ISO and aperture, composition, focusing white balance, image quality.

In addition to eight classroom sessions there will be two 3hr week-end practical sessions - further details of location and dates during the course.

Please note there will be no session on 28/10/24.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
After completing this course you will understand how to operate your camera, so the follow on course addresses the real challenge of photography, “How to see and take better pictures”. This includes a deeper look at composition and opportunities to undertake basic picture processing using Photoshop.
Entry criteria
A DSLR camera (or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses) and lots of enthusiasm. No previous experience is needed - this course is for beginners or those with some basic understanding.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £211.20

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £211.20

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £105.60

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £105.60

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.