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Diploma in Digital Photography

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Learn how to use a digital camera effectively to take the style of photographs you want and refine them in Photoshop if needed.
  • Duration

    10-12 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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This is the course for you if you want to go beyond the Automatic Mode on your camera and master the art and craft of great digital photography. The Diploma in Digital Photography course begins by introducing you to the history of photography and how the technology behind photography developed during the 19th and 20th centuries right up to the technology behind the latest digital cameras.

The course then explains what each of the buttons on a digital camera does and how these functions can be adjusted. You will learn about the relationship between Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO and how to use them to get your optimum shot. Correct exposure is the key to getting great photographs and 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 the camera and the course explains in detail how these three factors work individually, and how adjusting one means that one (or both) of the others needs to be adjusted also to get the correct exposure.

Advanced concepts such as bracketing, flash photography, hyperfocal distance, focal length and perspective are also clearly explained in a step-by-step manner with the use of visual aids and diagrams.

This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to go beyond the automatic setting on their camera. Having studied this course you will be more confident in taking control of your camera and using advanced photographic techniques to get the correct exposure for your photographs.

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 official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification 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 to you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certification 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 that is posted to you (with FREE standard shipping worldwide)
Framed Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma in a stylish frame that is posted to you (with FREE standard shipping worldwide)

All Certification is available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certification, please visit our faqs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certification, 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 Certification pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.


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