DSLR Photography Summer School, Photography Course London


Our Summer School is aimed at complete beginners who own a digital SLR or bridge camera and want to maximise its potential. Delivered over 4 half days and in a classroom environment, participants will be taught via a combination of theory and practical exercises, both inside the classroom and outdoors.

Each participant will begin by learning how to fully operate their camera as well as understand the fundamentals of photography, such as how to make correct exposures and understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Participants will then go into exposure in-depth, understanding histograms, white balance, shooting RAW, light metering and more. Also covered is lenses, filters and focal lengths as well as understanding perspective and composition using a combination of creative and technical knowledge.

The final session will involve an outdoor practical assignment, to put what was learnt into practice. This will be followed by a review of images back in the classroom, as well as discussing storing, cataloguing and backing up images and the best programs for post production.

Course Content:

  • Buttons and functions 
  • Menus and settings 
  • Aperture
  • Shutter-speed
  • ISO
  • Exposure
  • Introduction to White Balance
  • Auto Focus and Focus Points
  • Manual Focus
  • Exposure compensation and exposure lock
  • Basics of RAW
  • The light meter 
  • Metering modes
  • Aperture and shutter speed priority
  • Manual mode
  • Depth of Field 
  • Freezing and blurring motion 
  • Basics of composition 
  • Optimising the camera settings 
  • Exposure in depth
  • Calculating exposure in Stops
  • Histograms and Tonal Range
  • Understanding and recognising correct exposure using Histograms
  • Metering modes
  • Bracketing
  • HDR
  • Lenses
  • Focal length
  • Prime vs zoom lenses
  • Lens impact on Depth of Field
  • Angle of View and perspective
  • Filters
  • Custom White Balance
  • Colour temperature
  • Calibrating and profiling (camera, monitor, printers)
  • RAW vs Jpeg
  • Bit Depth
  • Sensor sizes
  • Manual Focus vs Auto Focus
  • Incident and reflective light metering 
  • How the digital image is constructed and how it differs from film
  • Composition – utilising creative and technical knowledge 
  • Flash – main source of light and fill in
  • Reflectors 
  • Lens flare
  • Discussing the purpose of Photoshop and post-production