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Digital Photography for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

This lively and informative course is suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic understanding of photography, who wish to have greater creative control over their equipment and at the same time develop their appreciation of the medium.

The course begins with a discussion on basic camera operation, looking at the various settings and functions found on digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras. Then by taking part in a series of informal workshops, you will develop an awareness of the essential techniques and picture making skills applicable to photography.

There will also be an assignment set at the end of each session to give you an opportunity to explore different themes (such as Portraits, Architecture, or Street Photography), and receive valuable feedback from your tutor. Finally, the course concludes with an informal group critique of everyone's work that gives you a chance to think about how you might progress.

Please note you will need an Adobe account set up prior to the course start. There is no cost, please see the Materials tab for details.

Course Outcomes:On completion of this course you will have an understanding of:
  • Creative control of camera functions
  • Composition and framing techniques
  • Use of Adobe Lightroom and its editing modules
  • Outputting of files for print and social media
  • Basic studio lighting for portraiture

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor face to face
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Choice of lens, ISO, shutter speed & aperture
  • Exposure control
  • Use of flash & filters
  • Composition & framing techniques
  • Creative camera control
  • Using Adobe Lightroom to import & manage digital files
  • Editing procedures for colour / B&W images
  • Ink-jet printing & uploading onto social media
  • Studio lighting for portraiture


Please bring the following to the first session:

  • A digital camera and its instruction manual
  • A notebook & pen

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  • Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  • Select ‘Create an account’
  • Enter your details and select ‘Create account’
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    This course includes a series of workshops that will allow you to develop an awareness of the essential techniques and picture making skills applicable to photography.

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