Digital Photography for Beginners [EDF4231G]: Overview
This course will give you a basic understanding of how your Digital camera works and enable you to start using your camera more creatively using settings manually and minimising time in front of the computer. This course is for any camera user (D-SLR, Bridge camera and CMS camera)
What will we cover?
You will gain a basic understanding of how your digital camera works.
How to get off the AUTO setting on your camera and understand how available light has an effect on the use of shutter speed, aperture and ISO and have more control over the picture taking process.
Gain confidence in using your camera and be encouraged to take part in group discussions and feedback/evaluations of the projects throughout the course.
Exploring and discovering other photographers work/styles. Build a portfolio of work.
Who is this course for? Is there anything I need to know before joining?
The course is suitable for complete beginners with no prior experience of Digital cameras, those upgrading from a compact camera or those who have used 35mm film cameras. No skills with any type of camera is required, just a willingness to learn. You will need to bring your own camera and instruction booklet.
As our courses are taught in English, please contact us if you have any concerns about your level of English.
What do I need to bring to the first class? Will there be any extra costs?
This course is for any camera user (D-SLR, Bridge camera and CMS camera) with a camera that has the ability to change Shutter speed, aperture and ISO manually on the camera.
If you have any queries, please email the tutor at
You will need your own digital camera with a memory card, at least one lens and the instruction booklet. Please ensure that the batteries are fully charged.
Please bring a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes. You will need to be capable of printing your images either at home or using a printing service.
Some course notes are provided digitally, so it is helpful to have an email address they can be sent to.
What can I do when I finish the course?
Longer Improvers courses, creative photography courses and courses in digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop Elements are offered by Surrey Adult Learning. You may progress to joining a camera club or wish to study further for a qualification. Join societies or to develop further within the same class, meet like minded people and make friends.
We welcome learners with additional needs and disabilities. When you enrol please let us know if you would like to discuss your extra support needs with a member of the Supported Learning Team who will then contact you as soon as possible. If you are enrolling within 10 days of the course start date, we may not be able to contact you before your first class. Surrey Adult Learning values and supports equality and diversity by promoting fairness and respect at all times.
Additional entry requirements
Course reference: EDF4231G (use this when contacting provider)