Introduction to Digital Photography Night Class
Learn the basics of digital photography! Great for beginners that are looking to get control
of the technical aspects of their camera. The course also covers Adobe Bridge, Adobe
Photoshop, a Darkroom Taster, Digital Scanning and Printing.
About the course
Everyone has a camera, but do you know how to use all of its capabilities?
Learn the basics of digital photography! This course is great for people who have recently bought a camera and want some help discovering what it can do. It will help you get to grips with controlling your shutter speed and aperture as well as an understanding of how ISO, white balance and RAW shooting impact your images.
Alongside learning how to use your digital camera, we will look at basic editing in Adobe Photoshop (black and white editing, RAW processing), sorting and filing digital images and post-production options for your photos. This class is suitable for beginners.
You will study
- Exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)
- Camera settings (white balance, focus)
- Adobe Bridge basics
- Photoshop basics (black and white, RAW processing)
Please note: This course does include some small homework tasks for some weeks.
- A digital camera with manual settings.
- A portable storage device (portable hard drive or a USB thumb drive)
- A USB card reader
- Notebook and pen (optional)
- Your camera’s manual, printed or electronic (optional).
Is my camera suitable for the course?
There are three types of camera that are suitable for this course:
- BRIDGE CAMERAS are digital cameras that bridge the gap between digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) and a point-and-shoot camera. Like DSLR cameras, Bridge cameras have an adjustable aperture, shutter speed and ISO (however these settings are more limited)
- DIGITAL SINGLE-LENS REFLEX (DSLR) are digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. They combine the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film
- MIRRORLESS INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA (MILC) are digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. It is called mirrorless since it does not have a mirror in the optical path and instead uses the image sensor to provide the rear image display and/or the image electronic viewfinder.
Do I need to buy anything for the class?
Throughout the class, there will be items recommended for you to buy. These items are optional. However, you will need to buy a USB card reader for class (where you can buy this item is covered in the first week of class).
Will there be any additional costs during the course?
Yes, there will be a couple of extra costs. However, these will change from student to student and will be explained during the first week of class.
What do I need to bring for the first week?
- Your camera with a fully charged battery (and its manual if you have it)
- Notebook and pen
Do I need to be a whiz on the computer?
It will definitely help if you have used a computer before as you will be using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop as part of the course (you don’t need previous experience with these programmes). If you have never used a computer and are nervous about the computer component of the course, you may wish to complete a computer course beforehand.
I am purchasing a camera for the class, what would you recommend?
If you can, a good option to begin with might be borrowing a camera from a friend to test it out first. Otherwise, to benefit you in the long run, perhaps look at getting a DSLR or MILC camera (Removable Lens) instead of a bridge camera.
If you go into Jonathan’s Photo Warehouse on George Street in Dunedin, ask them for recommendations for the type of things you want in a camera and your budget. They should be able to point you in the right direction. You can also look up reviews and specs online which might help with your decision from the recommendations given.
As for the lens, get a single lens kit (better for learning as you won’t need to swap lenses) with an 18mm-105mm lens, or something similar.
This class will be run by Harry Simperingham.
Harry studied photography at Yale University, before going on to graduate in psychology instead. His photographic interests include interrogation of the union right between narrative and non-narrative photography and the irresistible human urge to tell a story about the image. Harry also enjoys using photography and the frozen image as a tool to present the everyday world as it goes unseen by the human eye.
All classes are held in the Photography Studio at the Dunedin School of Art. Go to the main entrance of the Dunedin School of Art at 19 Riego St (off the Anzac Avenue end of Albany St). The Photography Studio is on the first floor, halfway along the main corridor.
This course is delivered on Wednesday evenings (6pm-8pm) for eight weeks.
We offer one intake per term:
|Term one||13 February - 7 April|
|Term two||1 May – 23 June|
|Term three||10 July - 1 September|
|Term four||11 September - 3 November|
Please note: There will be no classes on public holidays.
How to apply
We use the Eventbrite platform for our night class online applications.
Click here to visit our Eventbrite Dunedin School of Art | Te Pūkenga Eventbrite page where you can register for this course by viewing 'Upcoming Events' at the bottom of the page.
What if I want to attend the same course next term?
If you want to repeat this course, you will need to apply and pay for each term separately via our Eventbrite platform (by clicking the link above).
$210 per term.
For our 2023 enrolments you may be issued a full (except for Eventbrite fees) automatic refund up to 7 days before your event starts by requesting a refund through Eventbrite.
Refund requests after this date can be made by contacting email@example.com (Art Night Class Administration). These will be accepted on a case-by-case basis when exceptional circumstances are present. No refunds will be accepted after the start date of the class.
Please note, classes are offered on the basis that enrolment is for the full course.
Learners under 16
- We welcome learners under 16 but they do need parental consent to take this night class.
- If you are a learner under 16, please do the following:
- ask your parent or guardian if it's okay for you to do this night class
- apply online and tick the box during the application process that says that you are under 16
- ask your parent or guardian to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Art Night Class Administration) letting us know that they're happy for you to take the night class.
For enquiries, please email Artnightclass@op.ac.nz
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