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Introduction to Digital Photography

Free Course
Learn about the functions on your digital camera and discover how to take the perfect shot.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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Lots of people have digital cameras but don’t really know how to use them yet. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, digital cameras can be complicated! But, with a few clever photography techniques, you can learn to take incredible photos of the most ordinary places, or how to capture those truly beautiful moments forever. Photographers learn to look at the world in different ways. Through techniques of framing and colour theory they understand how to capture and highlight special details of any scene. This skill can make the walk home from work or the next holiday abroad that little bit more interesting.

With this free course you'll learn everything you need to unlock your camera. You’ll be introduced to the basic features of digital cameras so you can finally know what all those buttons actually do. Using simple language, the course explains the differences between full frame and crop sensors, and shows you how digital photos are processed into file formats such as RAW and jpeg. You will also be introduced to different styles such as landscape photography, street photography, and wildlife photography, so that you can decide what style interests you most and start developing your own.

Images can be inspiring, far more inspiring than text and even speech. But more importantly, taking a cool photo is just good fun! And it really is less complicated than you think, in just 3 hours this course can show you loads that you never knew. These are skills you can use to enhance any walk you go on for the rest of your life, or even start your career as a professional photographer. So, get beyond the automatic setting on your camera today. The ability to take that perfect shot is just a short journey away.

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the origins and early history of photography.
  • Describe different photographic styles.
  • Identify the works of key photographers.
  • Define the Rule of Thirds. Identify the various parts of a DSLR.
  • Describe the function of each of the settings on a DSLR.
  • Discuss the importance of good file management and photo management systems.
  • List the meaning of the Creative Commons icons as applied to photography.
  • List key the equipment needed for a photo shoot.
  • Explain how the sensors work in a DSLR. Discuss the difference between Full Frame and Crop Sensor.
  • Identify the key attributes of the various types of image files.

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate 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:

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Course Reviews

Gwyn T.
one year ago
Gwyn T.

Good introduction

one year ago

Very good program , I´m so glad!!

Vijay Singh D.
one year ago
Vijay Singh D.

this course is wonderful i love learning and enjoyed it

Victória S.
one year ago
Victória S.

really nice! Learned a lot.

Keith Misael T.
one year ago
Keith Misael T.

Very thorough to be an introductory course!

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