The Digital Photography - QLS Level 3 Course is designed to give students a good understanding of how a camera works. The course will also give a background to camera care and the mechanics of photography. The course is supported by a professional photographer and contains lots of tips and information and is ideal for students who are looking for a new hobby, thinking of a new career in photography or even if you just want to understand how to take great photographs for your next family party! If you're brand new to photography or picking up a camera after years of not using one, this is the course for you.
There are many different events where photographers are needed:
- Parties and Celebrity events
- School portraits
- News photography
- Advertising agencies
- Lifestyle portraiture
- Relaxed, home-based daylight portraiture
Upon completion of the home study courses, students will be able to use their camera successfully to capture what they see in an artistic form. In particular, you will have learned:
- Digital image editing
- Technique and style advice for portraiture and people
Please Note: To complete this course students will need a good quality digital camera and image editing software:
We recommend a Digital SLR camera or DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) for completing this course. If you do not own one, you can use a digital compact camera provided it is not fully automatic. If you are using a smaller mid-upper range compact camera, it should contain a range of shooting modes that give you some manual control over the exposure. Mobile phones and iPads will not be suitable for this course. As good as some of these are for simple images, their limited functionality and lack of user control make them too limited for anyone serious about their photography, and their limitations will come to the fore under challenging lighting situations or when you need to take control of exposure or depth of field.
Any camera you use for this course should have a range of shooting modes, and some element of Manual control over exposure. The camera should have an Exposure Compensation function which will allow the user to manually adjust the brightness or darkness of an image.
Image Editing Software:
It is important that the image editing software you use with your course should allow you to work with Selections and Layers. We would recommend Adobe Photoshop for this. This does not have to be the latest version of the software and older versions will be fine for the course. If you do not own this software then earlier versions of Photoshop will be available for a fraction of the price of the most up-to-date version. Some of the menu instructions in the coursework will relate to Photoshop although other suitable software packages would be: Adobe Elements, Gimp or Gimpshop (Free Image Editor), Affinity Photo, Photoline, and PhotoDirector5.
On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.