Photography Beginners Level 1

This Photography Beginners Level 1 course at Glasgow Clyde College aims to deliver a basic understanding of the technical aspects of how to use your camera.


Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow
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This course is available on the Glasgow Clyde College website.


What will I learn?

The Photography Beginners Level 1 course is great for those keen to learn more about the basics of photography. Most students at this level have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera that very rarely comes off Automatic Mode. This class aims to deliver a basic understanding of the technical aspects of how to use your camera.

It will cover:

  • The basics of exposure; shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
  • How to create exciting in-camera effects like long exposure traffic trails, light writing, or create portraits on blurry backgrounds that pop off the screen.
  • Understanding the different lenses available and how each can be used.

By the end of the course, you'll know what most of those intimidating buttons on the camera do, and begin to see how to use them in real-world situations.

Photography isn't all technical so throughout the course we look at the pictures around us every day on billboards, magazines and Instagram feeds. By discussing the composition, subject matter and lighting of some of the great photos from history we try to help make our own images feel more personal and worthy of sharing with others.

The differences between different types of editing software are approached using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom as examples, and photos taken during each week will be used to introduce you to post-production.

A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a standard zoom lens is essential to get the most from the course, however, a lot can be learned if you have a bridge camera and don't want to upgrade just yet.

About Glasgow Clyde College

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Glasgow Clyde College is a further and higher education college, located in Glasgow.

The college offers a broad range of courses across many subject areas, and has three easily accessible campuses in Glasgow at Langside, Cardronald and Anniesland.

With award winning teaching staff, the college is the largest further education provider in Glasgow and has the highest achievement rates in further and education in the area.

Glasgow Clyde College also has excellent links to universities to allow you to progress to degree level.

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