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Online Complete Foundation Photography Course

  • Beginner Level
  • 4 Days / 20 Hours
  • 8 students maximum
  • Online

Our 4-day Online Complete Foundation Photography Course provides an immersive journey through the technical and creative aspects of photography. Designed for both beginners and seasoned photographers, this course presents the opportunity to learn in a live virtual classroom where you can freely interact with your tutor and peers.

You’ll attend from the comfort of wherever you are based, receiving instruction and feedback on your assignments in real-time. The live online format of this course allows us to provide the same thorough, clear, and systematic learning experience that we offer in our physical classrooms. Plus, you’ll receive a recording of the course for your convenience and future reference.

What is this course about?

The first half of the online course focuses on gaining a solid understanding of your camera and the technical aspects of digital photography. We cover all the fundamental elements: focus, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. You’ll learn to command your camera in full manual mode and discover how to use these settings creatively.

The second half shifts to design principles, teaching you to compose impactful images within your viewfinder. You’ll learn to ‘see’ as a photographer, developing skills to recognise and manage distracting elements. This section explores composition principles such as Object Balance, the Rule of Thirds, Negative Space and introduces the basics of post-production in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

Throughout the course, you’ll engage in practical assignments and receive live feedback from your tutor. This hands-on approach, combined with review sessions, will guide you to create effective photo projects and compelling narratives through your photographs. You’ll also delve into the significance of contrast in your images, exploring pattern, colour, and brightness.

Upon completing this comprehensive online course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to create visually striking and well-composed photographs that reflect your unique artistic perspective. And the best part? You can participate from anywhere in the world, and you’ll receive a recording of the course for future reference.

What will the Beginner level cover?

  • DSLR & mirrorless cameras

  • Camera resolution & print size

  • File formats (JPG & RAW)

  • Lenses (focal lengths, macro, prime & zoom and what to use them for)

  • Autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, back-button focus)

  • Mastering Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, aperture)

  • 18% grey card and when to under- and overexpose

  • Metering Modes (Evaluative, Partial, Spot Metering)

  • Fast & slow shutter speeds, panning

  • Great and Shallow Depth of Field

What will the Intermediate level cover?

  • Learn to see distracting image elements and how to control them

  • Principles of composition (object balance, Rule of Thirds, negative space, frame within a frame)

  • Use of contrast in your photographs (colour, patterns, brightness)

  • Choosing the right lenses

  • Use of Shallow Depth of Field for storytelling

  • Developing your own stories by conveying a message

  • Optimising your images in Post Production (retouching, adjustment brush, controlling colour, cropping)

What skills will I acquire?

  • Master your camera in manual mode

  • Broaden your creative bandwidth by exploring the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, focal length and focus

  • Express your creativity through using basic design principles

  • Craft your images through the viewfinder & the settings

  • Put together your own photo projects

  • Tell a story through your images

What do I need?

Digital Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) with Manual Exposure Mode, laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic (can be a free trial) and Zoom installed.

For tips and suggestions which camera to purchase, why don’t you check our article about which cameras and lenses we recommend for Beginners.

Booking options

The Complete Foundation Photography Course can be completed on 4 consecutive weekdays or two consecutive weekends.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am – 4pm
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2 weekends, Saturday & Sunday, 10am — 4pm
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Voucher

£495

All our individual photography courses are available as Open Date Gift Vouchers, valid for 1 year from date of purchase, the perfect idea to share your love for photography.

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