Diploma in Digital Photography - including Photoshop basics | Alison

Diploma in Digital Photography

Learn how to take beautiful photographs and refine them in Photoshop with this free digital photography course.

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This free online digital photography course will help you get beyond the Automatic Mode of your camera and master the art of taking great photographs. Digital cameras took the world by storm in the mid-1990s. Since then they have become more and more sophisticated, which can also make them more and more difficult to understand. This course will make things simple, and get you taking fantastic photographs in no time at all.





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Modern DSLRs have sophisticated metering systems that can automatically calculate the correct exposure settings for you. However, there are many situations where you will need to take manual control of your camera. This course will teach you how to command the mode dial and use shutter speed, aperture and ISO to get your perfect shot. You will be introduced to the most important types of light and white balance, and will discuss the lens structure, prime lenses, and how to properly clean your lenses.

Advanced concepts such as bracketing, flash photography, hyperfocal distance, and focal length will also be clearly explained with the use of visual aids and diagrams. You will improve your understanding of perspective and discuss the key features of Matrix, Center-weighted, and Spot metering. You will then learn the process of resolving distractions or blemishes in Photoshop and understand how bracketing improves the overall exposure in a photograph.

This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to go beyond the automatic settings of their camera. Having studied this course, you will be more confident in taking control of your camera and using advanced photography techniques to get the correct exposure for your photographs. And who knows? Taking this course may be a stepping stone for a new side job that will earn you extra money while doing what you love. So why wait? Check out the course today.

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Introduction to Digital Photography

Working with your camera

Introduction to Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers

Digital Photography - First Assessment

Getting more our of your camera

Doing more with Photoshop

Refining Your Photographic Techniques

Refining Your Photographs Using Photoshop

Digital Photography - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed the course you will be able to:
- Discuss the history of photography and influential photographers.
- Describe different photographic styles.
- Describe the function of each of the settings on a DSLR.
- Explain the relationship between Shutter, Aperture and ISO.
- Discuss the different types of light, including flash, and their affect on a photograph.
- The relationship between focal length, lens diameter and f-stops.
- Define what perspective is in relation to photography.
- The key features of Matrix, Center weighted and Spot metering.
- Explain the process of removing distractions or blemishes in Photoshop.
- Explain how bracketing improves the overall exposure in a photograph.


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Diplomas for completed Diploma courses:

Digital Diploma - a downloadable Diploma in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping

All Diplomas are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Diplomas, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Diploma, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Diploma pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.


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