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Mastering Your Digital Camera

Course Description

This one-week course will introduce you to the key features of digital cameras, DSLRs, with an emphasis on still images. You will learn to use manual exposure, white balance, auto and manual focus settings. These skills are the foundation for producing clear, sharp, and well-exposed images. The course also covers the principles of composition to produce an impactful visual image. You must have your own digital DSLR camera.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

We recommend that students bring their own camera and tripod if possible. Otherwise, the college has some cameras to lend to students if needed. In addition, it will be helpful if the student is comfortable working on a computer, has basic IT skills, and is prepared to work in pairs during classroom workshops. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

This hands-on course will focus on exploring the basics features of digital cameras to produce clear,and correctly exposed images.This course includes photo studio and outdoor exercises that involve tripod use, natural and artificial lights, framing and composition rules.The stills produced during the course will be screened and presented in class for discussion.Resources used within each lesson are available for learners on our online learning platform, Microsoft Teams.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through, practical activities, group exercises and peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. There is no homework associated with the sessions but please do discuss extension activities with your tutor.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the creative arts. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572