Getting to Know Your Digital Camera: Summer Short Online

When and Where

24 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020 (10 hours, 2 days)
Days and times
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00


Full fee
Concession fee

Quick Facts

Bruce Tanner
Course code

What you will learn

Still stuck in the 'Auto' mode on your camera? Want to take better pictures? This course is for beginners who own a Digital Camera and want to learn more of its functions. Learn how to operate your camera in manual mode, make correct exposures in a range of situations and understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and more. This course will give you creative control over your camera thereby encouraging you to take photographs with intention, rather than letting the camera do all the work. This intensive, creative course will increase your confidence and you will soon see your skills - and your photographs - improving.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Expose images correctly
  • Choose the right settings for particular scenes
  • Understand and use lens focal length
  • Understand and use the aperture and shutter speed controls
  • Produce images that have impact and show technical skill
  • Use online video conferencing to receive instructions, show work, download material and take part in discussions

Class format and activities

The class will be taught online at a specific course time each week using MS Teams. You will learn via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, assignments, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills. There are many advantages to learning in an online environment - benefit from anytime-access to an archive of course materials, resources and links to help you with projects and assignments. Gain instant support and answers to questions via forums and receive one to one tutor and peer support. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more!

Manageable project work will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs. You will receive assessment and feedback on your progress. You will work as a class, in small break out groups, in pairs and one to one with your tutor. All course material will be instantly accessible via the learning platform and the sessions may be recorded so that you may return to them later. This will only be done with group consent. Learners will be encouraged to use the class forums to engage with each other during the class and to support each other with project work between classes if required.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read material, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess essential software for use at home. See below for information on discounted software


If you are interested in getting a generous discount (£16.24 per month - a saving of 66%) on the whole suite of Adobe CC software packages please visit Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
You will need to prove you are a student at Morley College London and the simplest way to do that is use your Morley e-mail address, which is your student number followed by e.g. Students who provide us with their personal e-mail address are sent details of their Morley e-mail address and how to access it. Please see here for useful information on systems requirements for running Adobe CC products System Requirements

What you need to know before you enrol

It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh and/or PC computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.

What you will need for your class

To get the most from your learning you should have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end.

Group Learning Software
• MS Teams (Easily downloadable as part of your free Office 365 account when you enrol)

• A modern Mac or PC computer no older than 4 years, with a built-in camera (or plug-in webcam) and microphone
•Up to Date Mac OS (2017 or later) see HERE for more information on requirements

• Adobe CC Software appropriate to the course (As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software)

What you can do next

After your course ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Photography running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. Develop your passion with year-long study on our Morley Photography Courses at Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include Beginners and Intermediate digital camera skills, Documentary Photography, Portrait and Fashion Photography and Photography for Websites. Learn to post-produce and manage your photographs with our NEW Adobe Photography Pack: Photoshop and Lightroom. To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Wordpress.Com and Wordpress.Org

‘Proud to Present!’
This year has seen a bumper crop of shows featuring excellent work from our students. You can see examples on these sites below:

Why not see what our Digital Design and Photography students have produced this year by heading over to Digital Media - Made at Morley 2020 - Morley’s dedicated Summer Shows for 2020!

Visit Morley Digital Blog - for News, Galleries, Events and Student Spotlights! A comprehensive site to give you a flavour of what we do! Morley Digital Blog

SeeSaw Exhibition - The Morley Professional Development Photography Course. Catch a great online exhibition featuring the work of our photographers responding to the national Covid19 lockdown SeeSaw Exhibition