Course Description

Course Description
Due to the current and evolving situation with Covid 19, the delivery methods of this course are subject to change. There may be times when the lessons will be held remotely, via live video calls, use of our Moodle area, private social media groups etc. By signing up to the course you are agreeing to this wide range of teaching and learning approaches; the lessons will be held in classrooms where this is usually the case, when it is safe to do so, and may be switched to online as the need arises.

This 10-week course examines the use and functions of your camera and additionally aspects of creative picture taking using digital cameras. It is designed for those with little or no experience in photography, to increase your confidence in picture making and make your photography more enjoyable. The second part of the course is more practical, covering still life, portraits using studio lighting and location photography including local visits.
Prosp Description
Learners will:
1. Be able to adjust the settings on their camera to give the best results
2. Experiment with exposure, focus and composition
3. Use your cameras in a studio situation
4. Compose a photograph using the rule of thirds
5. Create long exposures using flash guns and lights

You will work on creating a short portfolio of photos to be presented during the end of the course.

Use of Information Learning Technology:

Flickr will be used to show the class your photographs you created during your practical tasks. Online Prezi presentations will be used during the lesson, which can be viewed later at home if you miss a lesson or need refreshing about camera settings.

Prosp Learn
Please bring to the first session

• Preferably a digital SLR camera (the course may be suitable for those with compact digital cameras, however, they must have manual exposure controls and a lens with an optical zoom covering wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths and ideally a hot shoe.
• Instruction manual and leads
• Future lessons a tripod would be used during practical demonstrations.
• Note-pad

Some of your guided learning hours will be used to set the group and individual learning targets for the course. You will receive feedback from your Tutor to enable you to fully develop and progress.


There are a number of opportunities to exhibit the works you produce timetabled throughout the year – mainly in the Rochester Centre Gallery but also at other venues. If you complete the stage 2 course you will be invited to showcase your work in a centre exhibition.

Prosp Anything Else
Please note the following costs are not included in the course fee:

Digital printing and paper costs

Some activities may require travel to locations, usually local.

Prosp Additional Costs
The Tutor will discuss suitable courses if you wish to continue studying. Alternatively, if you have ideas for new courses please share these with your Tutor, or ask advice about other courses provided in the local area that you could progress on to.
MACLS has a range of photography courses including, Still Life photography, Portrait Photography, Landscape photography.

If you wish to explore your learning, work or career options, you can speak to a fully trained careers advisor on 0800 100 900. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

If you need further advice please telephone 01634 338400.
Prosp After
In order to get the most out of your course you will need to attend as many sessions as possible. We recommend at least 90%. If you do have a holiday booked during term time please let the tutor know in advance so that we can help you catch up on missed sessions and ensure that you still achieve the course outcomes. If you are unavoidably ill or unable to attend please contact 01634 338400 so that we can let your tutor know, and so they can send you any work you may have missed

Prosp Attendance
2.00 hrs per session
10 session(s)