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Digital photography: creating and sharing better images

An online course developed by The Open University and The Royal Photographic Society

What's the course about?

  • Whether you’re new to digital photography or want to improve your existing skills, this course will change the way you see the world.
  • Learn how to take and share digital images you are proud of as part of a vibrant and supportive online community of enthusiasts.
  • Develop your technical and visual skills as you learn the principles of digital photography and image editing.
  • Weekly hands-on assignments encourage you to practice the skills you learn, and to create a portfolio of photographs to be proud of.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for the beginner and does not assume any knowledge of photographic techniques or digital photo-editing skills. It will also appeal to those who want to top up their skills.

What will I learn?

The course is designed to be studied over a ten-week period, with approximately ten hours of study each week. The course will introduce a range of aspects of digital photography including:

  • 'ways of seeing' and the elements of composition
  • the basic principles of capturing light information digitally (e.g. sensors, memory, file types)
  • the digital workflow (capture, organise, edit and share)
  • how to control exposure
  • how to control focus and Depth of Field
  • digital colour management – an introduction
  • how to print and project your images
  • how to technically and creatively improve your images using photo-editing software.

What could I do after the course?

Successful completion will lead to the award of The Royal Photographic Society Certificate in Photography. This is free to members of the Society and is available for a small fee to non-members. Members will also be entitled to a free Distinctions Advisory Day.

The course provides a foundation that allows you to continue to create and share images as your photographer’s eye develops. If your images are of a high standard, you may wish to try for a qualification or distinction in photography. The course has been designed to give you the necessary basic skills to tackle The Royal Photographic Society Licentiate Distinction (LRPS) in still photography.

You may wish to go on to study other courses with The Open University. Please note that you will not be awarded credits for studying this course. It is available for standalone study only and cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

Further details

The course now open for registration. Please visit the course description and registration page at the link below.

Digital photography: creating and sharing better images (TG089)

We hope you will join us soon on this exciting online course and take your photography to the next level.