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The Digital Photography - 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.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

There are many different events where photographers are needed:

  • Parties and Celebrity events
  • School portraits
  • Weddings
  • News photography
  • Magazines
  • Television
  • 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:

  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Digital image editing
  • Technique and style advice for portraiture and people

Course Requirements: To complete this course students will need a good quality digital camera and image editing software:

Digital Camera:

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.

The home study courses cover the following Units:

  • Unit One – Key Topics

This Unit includes the following topics: History of Photography; Equipment and accessories; Light; Exposure; and The Photographic process.

  • Unit Two – Extending Skills & Knowledge

This Unit includes the following topics: Composition, viewpoint and framing; Digital cameras; Data storage and transfer; Printing; Scanning; and Digital image editing & Photoshop.

  • Unit Three – Photography in Practice

This Unit includes the following topics: Specialist area – Portraiture; Specialist area – Landscape; Other specialist areas; Extending the single image; and Section summary.

  • Unit Four – Advanced Techniques

This Unit includes the following topics: Further Photoshop; Digital Restoration; Careers and opportunities; and Final Project Submission assignment.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements, although students will need a good quality digital camera and suitable image editing software.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on your coursework which is detailed in the course materials. There are 12 tutor marked assignments (TMAs) in the course which contain a mixture of written and practical photography work. There are also over 20 self assessment exercises which students can follow to help build their knowledge about significant areas of photography in a fun and challenging way.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Digital Photography Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, Founded in 1998, ABC Awards combines their expertise with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of their customers.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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