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Digital Photography Diploma Course

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Digital Photography Diploma Course

In the days before the digital revolution photography was still a popular pastime but many people where put off by the necessity of buying film and then either processing and developing the film yourself or taking it to a Photolab and then receiving a set of 30 prints that had stickers on them explaining that the picture was out of focus or had red streaks on it because the film had been exposed to light or left in a drawer for 3 years before being developed.


Many photographers still use film (some even refusing to go digital) but the explosion of digital camera technology over the last 10 years has seen an increase in the popularity of photography. Social Media sites have also contributed to this rise, after all why write something when you can just take a picture on your smart phone.


The area of photography that seems to have the biggest boost is the use of SLR cameras, now known as Digital SLR (or DSLR) cameras. In the past many amateurs and snappers preferred point and shoot cameras because of their simplicity and ease of use. The SLR camera was for professionals and enthusiastic hobbyists. Now it’s almost impossible to walk down the street in any city in the world without seeing at least one person carrying a DSLR camera.


This comprehensive course will teach you everything that you need to know about Digital Photography and taking a good selfie! The course is aimed at beginners and takes you right through to Diploma level. Up on completion of the course assessment you will receive your Digital Photography Diploma Certificate.


Frequently Asked Questions:

This course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home, you also receive your own tutor for full tutor support when completing the course. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.



Course Contents:

Module 1: Equipment

How Digital Cameras Work

Which Camera is Right For You

What Equipment Do You Need

Choosing The Right Lenses

Accessories and Essentials

+Equipment Tips


Module 2: ISO

The Origins of ISO

How ISO Works

Using The Correct ISO Settings

How ISO Effects Exposure Settings

Fixing Problems Created by High ISO Settings

+ISO Tips


Module 3: Aperture

What is Aperture?

Depth of Field Summary

How Focal Length Effects Aperture

How Aperture Effects Composition

+Aperture Tips


Module 4: Shutter Speed

Introduction to Shutter Speed

Capturing Action

Motion Blur and Camera Shake

Using Shutter Speed Creatively

+Shutter Speed Tips


Module 5: Correct Exposure

The Exposure Triangle

Achieving The Correct Exposure

Viewfinder vs. Live View

Exposure Bracketing

HDR Photography

+Exposure Tips


Module 6: White Balance

White Balance Explained

White Balance Icons

Colour Temperature

Creative Use of White Balance

 + White Balance Tips


Module 7: Depth of Field  

Depth of Field Explained

Focal Length and Aperture Range

Depth of Field and Focusing

Creative Depth of Field

Accessories and Essentials

+ Depth of Field Tips


Module 8: RAW

Introduction to RAW


Adjusting and Processing RAW Files

Retouching Images

Creative Adjustments

+RAW Tips


Module 9: Light

Understanding Light

Natural Light

The Magic Hour

Artificial Light

Shadows and Highlights

+Light Tips


Module 10: Composition

The Origins of Composition

The Rule of Thirds


Symmetrical Composition

The Golden Spiral

+ Composition Tips


Module 11: Landscape

Ansel Adams

Preparing For Landscape Shoots

Composing Landscapes

Other Types of Landscape

+Landscape Tips


Module 12: Macro

Introduction to Macro

Macro Equipment

Macro Lighting

Macro Techniques

 + Macro Tips


Module 13: Portraits

Introduction to Portrait Photography


Shooting Angles

Candid Portraits

Using Props

Creative Portraits

+ Portrait Photography Tips


Module 14: Children & Babies

Photographing Children

Photographing Babies

Parents and Children

Using Props

Serious Photographs

+Children and Baby Photography Tips


Module 15: Water

Why Photograph Water?


Photographing Ice

Subjects and Water

Underwater Photography

+Water Photography Tips


Module 16: Night

Introduction to Night Photography

Using Slow Shutter Speeds

Using Fast Shutter Speeds


Creative Night Photography

Light Painting

+ Composition Tips


Module 17: Black and White

A Brief History of Black and White

Colour vs. Black and White

When to Use Black and White

Adding Tones

Cropping and Framing

+ Black and White Tips

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


All of the online course materials are emailed over to you as e-documents, if you would prefer a hard copy of the course materials to be posted out to you please select this when checking out.