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Digital Photography

This Digital Photography course focuses upon developing and exploring digital camera skills and photo editing. Workshops include aperture and shutter speed, white balance, composition and lighting, using flash, basic image editing in Adobe Lightroom and using various file formats. You will have the opportunity to work in a professional photographic studio and print some of your images. Equipment is available, but if you prefer to work with your own camera, please bring it along.

Time 18:15-20:45
Days Running Monday
Duration 10 weeks
Location City Centre Campus
Price £199
Spaces 7
Course Code L93DPH1-BEL1C2021
Time 18:15-20:45
Days Running Wednesday
Duration 10 weeks
Location City Centre Campus
Price £199
Spaces 11
Course Code L93DPH1-BEL1D2021

What topics are covered?

Getting to know your camera; Composing a photograph; Aperture, shutter speed and ISO; Using natural lighting; Using different lenses; Using Flash; Producing contact sheets; Image editing using Adobe Lightroom; File sizes and resolutions; Preparation for print.

Who is the course aimed at?

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills in taking and editing pictures.

How will I learn?

Sessions will include: lectures; shooting on location; demonstrations & practical tasks; image editing on Apple Macs only.

Are there any additional costs?

You may wish to purchase your own lenses and advice can be given.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your SLR camera or Bridge camera. We can loan cameras for each session if necessary.

What else do I need to know?

Apple Macs will be used for image editing. A basic working lnowledge of a mac is advisable.
When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

39 reviews for Digital Photography

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Chris was really good at teaching all of us the technicalities of digital photography, regardless of what our abilities were.
    Definitely highly recommended!
    Thank you!

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This course has been great at growing my confidence in my camera. Chris has been a great teacher. Not over complicating things and covering a great variety of styles we could use. Thank you

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A fantastic course that educated me beyond my expectations. It was perfect for kickstarting my learning journey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Very informative with lots covered and great fun.

  5. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic course and don’t want it to end. Chris has been brilliant. He has explained aspects of photography in a way that makes you understand and remember. Each week was different so you never got bored. Would highly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Very good course
    Go over a large range of things
    Chris is very helpful and helps everyone individually

  7. 5 out of 5

    This is an excellent introduction to digital photography. Every lesson introduced a different concept which we would then go out and practice. Great for hands on experience & getting the best image out of different situations/settings. I’ve learnt so much in a short time which has given me confidence using my own camera.

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    After years of taking happy snaps this course has given me an understanding of what a camera can do and how to make the best of all the features I didn’t know it had. That plus lots of ideas as how to take more creative photographs. A brilliant introduction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Everything I’d hoped for and more! I now feel confident enough to carry on by myself. We covered elements I wouldn’t have thought of , very broad course, highly recommended, Chris is a great tutor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    A very interesting course which has made me develop my photographic techniques. I now realise the complexity involved and endless techniques. A good introduction. Thank you

  11. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    So much help and knowledge.
    Chris is a kind and friendly teacher.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Course was fantastic. Learnt way more than I thought. Chris, the teacher, was amazing and explained everything clearly. Had loads of fun, would highly recommend!

  13. 5 out of 5

    He is a very good tutor. I learnt a lot from him. Very fun, 100% would recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fabulous teaching – have learnt so much in the last 10 weeks.
    Great range of skills taught.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The course has been a great introduction into photography and has taught me the basics of using my camera and composing a shot! I’m really pleased with my photos and can’t wait to continue practising.

  16. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Great information clearly given, I would have liked to see a bit more tuition on light room but the photographic theory was excellent.

  17. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I have really enjoyed this course. It has made me much more confident with my camera and also given me the opportunity to learn about the editing and development side of taking photographs. Chris is very patient and a very good teacher. Would definitely recommend this course to others who want to learn more about photography.

  18. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent tutor, very patient. Transformed my ability to take photos.

  19. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    The course has been really helpful. Everything was explained really clearly and there was lots of opportunity to put all the things we learned into practice straight away.

  20. 5 out of 5


  21. 5 out of 5

    Excellent! Such a skilled and experienced tutor! Thoroughly prepared and well taught by Chris Lucas. Suited the needs of us both (father and teenage daughter).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Great course to help you build confidence and get away from auto mode. Would maybe have liked some assignments in between classes.

  23. 5 out of 5


  24. 5 out of 5

    Excellent. I would like now, to do more digital photographic printing. Do you have anything available ?

    • Hi Pauline, thank you for the review!

      All of our photography related courses can be found here.

      In particular, the Photography Camera and Darkroom course has one week, five week and ten week options available.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Really calm patient tutor with lots of advice. There was a little confusion about being collected from the foyer but apart from that, it was great.

  26. 5 out of 5

    I started the course an enthusiastic snapper and by the end I had become a serious amateur. Not only did I gain an excellent grounding of the basic photographic techniques but I was introduced to photography as an art form. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who would like to become more interested and proficient in photography.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course, fantastic teacher. Highly informative, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Well structured, great notes / presentation. I have learned a great deal, which was the idea.

    top marks for the teacher. Great guy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The course exceeded my expectations, I learnt alot and would recommend it to others!

  29. 5 out of 5

    The tutor was clearly knowledgable and very helpful answering questions explaining things. it would be good to spilt the group a bit depending on prior knowledge of photography and use of photoshop etc as it can be frustrating to wait for people all the time.
    Maybe highlight on the webpage that the 10 and 5 week course have the same content so those who have a bit more experience can do the 5 week one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Very pleased with the progress I made on this course, Thank you!

  31. 5 out of 5

    This was a fantastic course, as a true beginner to photography this really helped me understand how a DSLR camera works, and I can now use my camera properly! We covered subjects such as nighttime & studio photography, aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

    The teacher is great and willing to help whenever you have questions.

    I would highly recommend this course.

  32. 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent course to learn how to use your DSLR Camera – highly recommended.

  33. 5 out of 5

    It was great, tilt shift lens was particularly interesting to see although it would have been good to actually use.

  34. 4 out of 5

    Really enjoyed the course and I’ve learnt a lot, everything that i wanted to. However, I think the course is a little bit long, perhaps it could be shortened by a couple of weeks or each session cut by 30 mins. I wasn’t as interested in the Photoshop bits as I was about learning how to use the camera. Which i have done.
    I would recommend this course.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Really good course, informative friendly and great lecturer. Definitely recommend. Looking forward to trying out all my new skills now. Thanks.

  36. 5 out of 5

    A great course for anyone who has a Dlsr and is not confident about shooting in anything other than ‘auto’. I didn’t think that i’d be shooting in manual mode and adjusting settings by the end, but this is in fact the end result. Really pleased that my dlsr is being used more. Topics that were covered included, photoshop, RAW, iso, aperture, shutter speeds, studio photography, night photography and a great deal more. Great value course.

  37. 5 out of 5

    Great course, I can now use my DSLR properly! Patient teacher and lots of great photographic experiences.

  38. 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent course. I started as a total beginner, with a camera I had little idea how to use to it’s fullest. The tutor guided the class through the basics of photography and some great techniques to use. I now have the camera off automatic and on manual at all times. The teacher is great and gave individual help to all participants. I would thoroughly recommend this course.

  39. 5 out of 5

    I only attended the first two sessions. The course was poorly structured, no introduction or rapport building among the class, no learning objectives and sessions were unstructured. At no time had we been told we would be spending most of the evening outside in the freezing cold, taking photographs which did not support our learning. We would have been better off bringing in photos we had taken previously and critically discussing them in the group.The tutor knew his stuff but was far more interested in social chit chat and helping those in their early 20s than older people and he had no concept of learning styles and preferences so I suspect he is not a qualified tutor. Very disappointing.

    • Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with this course and will look at making the content and the level clearer and perhaps plan to offer a ‘beginners’ course in the future.

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