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Hot Shots, Essential Photography - Online Course

Course overview

A short four week course covering basic photographic methods and then moving on to applying these lessons to more specific areas e.g. portraiture, still life and macro, and landscape. The course will be delivered by Gerry Beattie, an experienced photography tutor.

This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams, a free to download, web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online; as a result, you will need a computer (or other device that supports Microsoft Teams), webcam, headphones with a microphone and a good web connection.

You will need:
- Any digital camera will be essential. This includes compacts, bridge cameras or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) or mirrorless.

Please note this course depends on minimum student numbers to run, we therefore do not recommend you purchase any equipment until the course is confirmed as going ahead. You will be refunded the course fee should this course be cancelled.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Course Modules

Over the course you will cover a variety of areas, and each week you will complete a quiz and be given an assignment.

Week 1 Fundamentals: Using your camera
- Cleaning and using your camera. Learn the camera basics including: connecting your camera to your PC, using card readers, and uploading your work to the Cloud, Google Drive or Dropbox etc.
- Composition: Improve your photography
- The more you look the more you will see.
- Have your camera with you at all times to take more photographs.
- Study any magazines, books, newspapers/media. Notice how they construct the photographs whether it an advertiser shot, a studio portrait or a documentary photograph.
- Study and learn from other photographers

Week 2: People and portraits. What is a portrait?
- Single light portrait. Shutter speed and aperture. Using different lenses.
- Black and white
- Silhouette and shadows
- Animals
- People-less portraits
- Using basic flash in portraiture

Week 3: Still life/macro. What is still life?
- What can we learn from still life photography? Shutter speed and aperture. Using different lenses.
- Setting up a still life photography
- Biographical still life

Week 4: Landscape. What is a landscape?
- Composition and lighting. Shutter speed and aperture. Using different lenses.
- Trees and flowers
- Macro photography as a landscape option.
- Abstract photography in a landscape setting

What can I do next

After successfully completing this course, you could continue to build upon your skills and knowledge by taking a further photography programme such as our 'Photography Next Step' course.