Photographic Techniques An introduction

Explore the various functions of the Digital SLR, allowing you to maximise the use of your camera and move away from using the automatic settings.


Why take this course?

The course is very practical; you will use the camera to capture images whilst testing the various settings available. You will also learn about a variety of approaches and techniques. On completion of the course, you will be more confident and capable in your approach towards the core basics of photography.

What you will experience

You will undertake a project which will provide a strong insight into photographic studies, with the core of the project based on practical and contextual studies.

You will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The DSLR camera
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • DSLR Manual Settings
  • Composition & Lighting
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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study

What you will need

It is recommended that students have a Digital SLR camera to get the most out of attending this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Successful completion of the course could allow progression to SCQF Level 5 and 6 courses in this subject area, for example:



The reduced fee for this course is for those who are assessed as a Home Fee Student.

Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information on eligibility.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
9 November 2019 4 Weeks Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm £40.00
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25 April 2020 4 Weeks Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm £40.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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