Digital SLR Photography

  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 22 April 2020; 28 July 2020
  • Course duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm for ten weeks, or four days intensive

The mix of art, craft, science, technology and practical advice makes this course very exciting and ideal for the enthusiastic amateur photographer.

This beginners course is responding to the huge growth in ownership of digital SLR (DSLR) cameras and the increased demand for digital images for personal and commercial use.

It is designed to take novice photographers and teach them the basic science, technology, craft and art of photography, and to develop the knowledge and skills to create technically sound, interesting and professional images.

On the course you will move away from shooting with the camera in automatic mode and start using the various camera modes that enable you to take control of your images, creating work that is more personal.

The topics covered include:

  • Choosing and buying your equipment
  • What is a photograph and why take them?
  • Constructed versus captured photography
  • Making images: looking and seeing
  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Focus
  • Aperture
  • Shutter and shutter speed
  • Subject lighting
  • Digital developing and printing
  • Outlets for your finished photograph such as sales or exhibiting.

The course will be a mixture of theory and practice.

There will inspiring projects that will explore artistic expression, reportage, commerciality, nature, people and community.

Further reading will be suggested to enhance your knowledge, reinforced by practical assignments.

These practical assignments will be reviewed regularly, and a learning community will be created on Flickr to help share your work with fellow students.

What will you gain?

The course would be of use to anyone wanting to improve their photography skills whether as a hobby or a gateway to further study or employment.

“This course gave me impetus I needed to get out of a rut and think about the full capabilities of my camera. I especially enjoyed being part of a group and being inspired by its members, as well as having the support and expertise of our tutor. I feel much more confident about my skills and I now enjoy photography even more.” AS

"This course is pitched at a good level - challenging but achievable. It has given me the confidence to progress further." LT

"A great tutor, who set a good atmosphere for learning whilst helping and encouraging each other." DD

"Fantastic!!!" FC

Tutor Profile: Paul Carroll graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography.

He then spent more than two years working on the UK's best-selling photography magazine ‘Digital Photo’ where he was responsible for planning, writing and illustrating articles regarding general camera skills and editing RAW files.

Paul now works as a full-time freelance photographer and tutor in Nottingham.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms:

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course you will:

  • learn about contemporary digital photography and current technology
  • identify successful digital images and discuss the aesthetic qualities of your work and that of other students and professionals
  • plan a photograph, from composition to digital printing
  • work in different light situations to create successful images
  • manually adjust focus, shutter speeds and exposure on your digital camera to produce effects
  • create unique images on location and in the studio environment
  • edit images using basic Photoshop functions
  • promote your images online to others.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £550 - £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £550 - £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418