Complete Foundation Photography

What is the Complete Foundation module about?

The Complete Foundation Photography module provides a thorough exploration of the technical and design principles of photography, enabling you to master your camera’s manual mode and develop your creative vision.

With a mix of projects, assignments, and classroom presentations, you’ll learn photography from the ground up in a clear and systematic way.

By the end of the module you will be able to

  • 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 and the settings
  • Put together your own photo projects
  • Tell a story through your images

What will it cover?

  • DSLR & mirrorless cameras
  • Camera resolution & print size
  • File Formats (Jpeg & 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)
  • Metering Modes (Evaluative, Partial, Spot Metering)
  • Fast & slow shutter speeds, panning
  • Great and Shallow Depth of Field
  • Shutter Speed (Freezing and Blurring Motion and Panning)
  • 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)