Photography - Exploring Your Camera

About the course

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to get to grips with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and understand basic photography techniques.

It will help you to get the best out of your camera through a thorough investigation of its capabilities, including an introduction to common camera controls, and how to use the manual settings as well as pre-set modes.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 5

Through tailored exercises, you will explore key concepts in photography and develop a better understanding of how different types of cameras work. For instance, you will learn how to manually adjust the camera settings so that you can always frame and capture the image you are aiming for, regardless of the shooting conditions (light/weather etc.). You will learn more about your own camera, pick up new skills and develop your existing knowledge about subjects such as:

  • Aperture and shutter speed
  • How to focus accurately
  • Achieving the correct exposure by using Program modes
  • White Balance and Colour Temperature
  • Image Resolution
  • The importance of ISO

Once you have attended this course, our 7 week Lighting and Composition course, is the next platform in your photography education journey.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


Please note; you will need to bring your own DSLR camera for this course as well as using university equipment.

Key Staff

Course Tutor(s)

Richard Treister

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
15/05/202322/05/2023Monday19.00 - 21.30£70.00Apply online
07/08/202314/08/2023Monday19.00 - 21.30£70.00Apply online

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts