Digital Photography - Beginners

Learning Aspects – Key Skills / Techniques / Outcomes

Subject techniques: How to take better images

Tools/ equipment: Learn how to use your camera and take creative control

Research + enrichment: Hands-on practical course with regular enrichment visits to develop your camera skills further

Sustainability: Explore how photography can and does bring issues to the public: wildlife, environment and people.

Project / Product outcome

Program teaching is delivered through a blend of classroom teaching and online learning, for example:

  • Tutor demonstrations
  • Practical activities
  • Research discussions

You will be expected to work independently and engage in group tasks in order to develop your skills and knowledge. The course covers a range of techniques, skills, sustainability an awareness of employment other opportunities in the subject.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use the creative controls on your camera to shoot better portraits and motion
  • Utilise compositional techniques to create better images
  • Understand different lighting situations and adapt to both ambient and flash light sources


This course is suitable for learners who have no prior knowledge of the subject. However, as the course involves taking notes and measurements, you will need to have basic levels of English and maths.  You will be uploading your images to a computer and doing basic image editing and so good level of IT would be desirable. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Course length

Course lengths vary. Please check the BAES web site  BAES Learning Directory, visit or telephone one of our adult learning centres for details of dates and start times.

Next Steps

It could lead to further courses in Photography and Image Editing at higher levels.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual and bring the correct materials (especially your camera) to each session. A commitment to working independently outside the classroom is required.

Costs – Additional to course fees

Tools and equipment are available for your use at the centres. However, you will need to purchase some tools and materials for your project. The additional course costs will vary between £20 and £60 (e.g. purchase of filters, memory card reader and tripod). It is expected that you have a camera, this will be discussed with you at enrolment.

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