Digital Photography - The Basics

If you are looking for an informative guide on how to use your DSLR camera, bring it along to this comprehensive introduction. Over a term you will become increasingly familiar with the various settings on your camera equipment.

Our course is designed to give you a better understanding of what your camera can do and how to do it. The introduction covers the basic controls, making you more confident with the camera, while also illustrating and putting into practice what effect these controls have on the photograph.

This course is geared towards getting you more comfortable and confident with the apparatus you have, and ultimately taking more satisfying and considered photographs.

Course Content

This basic course will teach you about the controls on your camera, what they do and how to set them. Each week a new technique or approach will be explored with practical guidance, from turning the camera on, to printing the final photograph.

More specifically, the course will cover the basic principles of how photography works, the digital functions on your camera and how they can be used to improve your photography. You will explore various focusing options, how to compose images effectively and the role of light. You will be reviewing your photographs on your camera, transferring them to a computer, resizing and cropping to enhance the picture before getting them ready to print.

You will learn to understand Aperture, ISO and Exposure
You will learn how to shoot landscapes effectively
You will learn how to work with lines and patterns in photography
You will practice how to capture and freeze movement with shutter speed
You will learn how to set up and improve portraits

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

No photography experience required. The ability to use a computer would be an advantage. Level 1 literacy and numeracy recommended.

First Class Requirements

Your camera and a notebook

Attendance Requirements

You will benefit from regular attendance and punctuality.

Assessment Methods

You will be given verbal feedback during the session and participate in group discussions.

Further Study Options

Progression routes for this course are as follows.

UAL Level 1 Award in Photography

UAL Level 2 Certificate in Photography

UAL Level 3 Certificate in Photography

Additional Information

This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with 8 learners and will have a maximum of 14 in the class.

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that's not answered in this outline, please email


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.