Digital Photography Diploma Course 

Freephone: 0800 955 6808

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.

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

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. 
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Begin studying at your own pace wherever and whenever you want, with our skilled tutors and online community alongside you to support and guide you at every step. There is no time limit for completing any of our courses, they can be studied in your own time at your own pace.
Submit your assessments and pass your exams
Depending on the course you've chosen, you will have to submit assessments in order to pass your course. We make it as easy as possible for you, you can either email your completed assessments back to us for marking or you can write them out by hand and post them back to us, whichever is easiest for you.
Achieve your ambition
Complete your course, reach your goals and be awarded with certificates to set you up for the future.
Use your new skills
Whether you wish to make a fulfilling and rewarding career, take your education to the next level or even set up your own business, you'll be ready to succeed.

PHOTO EDITING  FREE  . . . . . . . . GIMP                  

    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It is a powerful piece of software with capabilities not found in any other free software product. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo-retouching program, an online batch-processing system, a mass production image renderer, or an image-format converter. GIMP is modular, expandable, and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image-manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

Are you stuck for portrait ideas? Sometimes we  found that you can over-think these things. When you put so much thought into backdrops and colour schemes, etc, you can overlook some of the fundamentals of portrait photography, such as your subjects pose.
To create our posing guide we shot our own examples of some of the more traditional portrait styles full-length portraits, seated portraits, high and low perspectives and head-and-shoulder shots and then some suggested poses within these genres. We also included some short tips on how to achieve these shots to get the best results.