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Introduction to Photography.

Prior Knowledge

None required

What you will learn

Break down the functions as displayed in your ‘Quick’/’Info’ screen
Understand the basic principles of photography and how to apply this to manual settings
Expanding technical and critical vocabulary
Explore composition, such as rule of thirds, leading lines and angle of view

Teaching and learning methods

Classroom presentations. Demonstrations and practical exercises. Group discussions of images. Completing creative and technical briefs to upload online each week for feedback from tutor. Practice settings in class with still-life.


Initial assessments of your abilities and interests will be made to help plan learning and to set personal objectives.
You will learn to evaluate your own work and recognise areas for improvement.
At the end of the course, you and your tutor will discuss and record what you have achieved and what you still need or want to learn - progression to Intro Part 2 or NCFE Level 1 Photography

By the end of the 5 week course you will:

Understand the features of your DSLR camera and best practice
Demonstrate your knowledge by using photographic terminology as standard
Know how to use your camera to control and capture more captivating images

Additional costs

None. Do not buy any equipment in advance of the course. Tutor will give advice on the course about which software to download or purchase.

Extra work needed outside of the classroom

To continue with your practice each week and upload to the shared drive, and to read the PDFs of the slides or any online resources.

Equipment or materials to be brought to the first class

Bring your camera and batteries. Bring any additional lenses or tripods after the first lesson.
Bring your personal learning objectives. Bring pen and paper or laptop to make notes.
A Gmail account would be useful for sharing images in G-drive.

Progression opportunities

Further photography courses at CALAT such as NCFE Level 1

How to enrol

Enrolment online or in person.


Creative Arts: Introduction to Photography.

  • Reference CTP315-22
  • Location: CALAT Central Croydon Centre
  • Start Date: 08 Jun 2023
  • End Date: 06 Jul 2023
  • Course Duration: 5 weeks
  • Time: Thur 19.00 - 21.00
  • 13 places available
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee83.00
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