Photography Distance Learning Course (OCN) - Distance

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  • Academic title
    Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 Qualification (9 credits)
  • Course description
    Do you want to work for your self? Pick and choose your own hours? Attend many celebrity events, weddings, party’s travel abroad doing photo shoots?

    If this sounds like the ideal job for you, then you might want to consider a career in photography. This exciting  course from UK Open Learning will teach you everything you need to know to start up in the business of photography.

    As many of our students are new to the subject or just have some basic knowledge in photography. This course will teach you everything you need from the history of photography to careers in photography, lighting, video cameras, digital cameras, and wedding photographs.

    There are many different events where photographers are needed.

        * Celebrity events
        * Party’s
        * School Portraits
        * Weddings
        * Portraits
        * News Photographer
        * Magazines
        * Television
        * Advertising Agencies

    If you think this is the job for you then sign up to our course and see where you get to? You never know one day you could be a private photographer to the stars!

    This course is for people who love to take pictures, but want to gain an understanding of the mechanics of photography. It doesn't matter if you prefer to use film or a digital method of photography because the concepts of:

        * Lighting,
        * Composition
        * Exposure
        * Filters

    These apply to all formats

    Who should take this course?

    The good thing about this course is that it is for all ages and all ability levels.

    If you're brand new to photography or picking up a camera after years of not using one, this is the course for you.

    If you are a writer who wants to understand the basics of photography to enhance your sales ability, this is the course for you.

    If you want to understand how to take great photographs for you next family party, this is the course for you.

    If you need a hobby to relax after work or to heal from negative events in your life, this is the course for you. Photography is an amazing medium that allows you to capture what you see. It is an art form that allows you to appreciate who you are and what you do.


    As an UK Open Learning home learning student you will have access to your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. This will last for 12 months from the day you receive the course. We do like you to complete the full course and all assignments in the year.

    UK Open Learning
    is a registered centre with Open College Network North West Region.

    OCNNWR is licensed with the National Open College Network which is approved as an awarding body with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

    Do you want a FULLY recognised qualification which carries learning credits towards further learning?

    UK Open Learning
    is a leading distance learning company offering these qualifications in conjunction with OCN an approved awarding body with strict quality assurance to ensure you receive the best training possible.

    OCN Information

    OCN’s work with organisations providing your learning to ensure that the content of your course and the way it is assed is of the highest quality and it suitable for the people who wish to take it.

    As a learner on an OCN approved course you are entitled to earn credits for the work that you do. For each successful course you complete, you will be awarded a certificate detailing the number of credits you have achieved.

    You can then use your credits to move to a higher level of learning, or to prove to an employer or anyone else that you have obtained new skills and knowledge. OCN credits are generally accepted as a means of entry to further study by Further and Higher Education providers and by a larger number of employers and trainers.

    You can use your credits to demonstrate your achievements and prove that you have knowledge and skills in a wide range of subjects. Depending on which level of course you take, you can use the credits to progress onto other courses.

    Exam Details

    To be awarded the Diploma in Photography, students are required to complete 9 written assignments and one practical Project. There is no word count for these assignments however you must prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the question asked.

    Key Topics

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to use your cameras successfully to capture what you see in an artistic form.

    In particular, you will have learned:

        * Various lighting techniques,
        * Aperture vs. shutter speed,
        * The difference between a snapshot and a photograph
        * Various photographers throughout history and the cameras they used,
        * Understand the pros and cons of each type of camera: digital and 35 mm,
        * Have the confidence to go out and experiment with the camera

    Your course covers the following syllabus:

    Unit 1 History of Photography

        * Introduction
        * The Birth of Photography
        * The Evolution of Photography
        * The Evolution of Photography

    Unit 2 Cameras and Accessories

        * Introduction
        * Camera Types
        * Capture Types
        * Accoutrements

    Unit 3 Camera Basics

        * Introduction
        * Composition
        * Aperture
        * Shutter Speeds
        * People and Places

    Unit 4 Lighting

        * Introduction
        * The Importance of Light
        * Types of Lighting
        * How to Manipulate Light
        * Mood Lighting

    Unit 5 More Camera Skills

        * Keeping the camera steady
        * Photographic composition
        * Shapes and lines
        * Pattern
        * Contrast
        * Perspective
        * Photographic Lighting
        * Electronic Flash lighting

    Unit 6 Portraits

        * The portrait studio
        * Basic lighting units
        * Handling the camera and subject
        * Fundamental portrait lighting
        * Full-length photographs
        * Passport photographs

    Unit 7 Digital Cameras

        * How they work
        * Basics of digital cameras
        * Storage of images
        * Compression
        * Resolution
        * Lens
        * Zoom
        * Flash
        * Digital software

    Unit 8 Video Cameras

        * Understanding Motion Pictures
        * Understanding motion video
        * Videotape recorders
        * Camera handling techniques
        * Continuity
        * Action

    Unit 9 Careers in Photography

        * Career options
        * Job description
        * Celebrity photography

    Unit 10 Wedding Photography                                 

        * Taking wedding photographs for family and friends
        * Check list of wedding photographs


    Q. Can I use a digital camera?

    A. Yes, you can use any type of camera.

    Q. Do I need a dark room?

    A. No, you do need access to a dark room.

    Q. Is there any other reading?

    A. No, everything you need to complete the course is included, however any extra reading you do will always be beneficial for your studies. You will need access to a camera.

    Q. Can I pay by instalments?

    A. Yes, this is not a problem please see details below.

    Q. If I want to pay by instalments do I still receive all the course materials at once?

    A. Yes, we will send everything out for you if you pay in full or instalments.

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