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Embark on a rewarding career as a professional photographer.If your goal is to become a professional photographer then the DCA Home Learning Photography Diploma will give you all of the skills which you need to get started. This comprehensive course is suitable for beginners and more advanced photographers; whether you would like to start your own business, gain employment in the industry or simply to realise your full potential in this creative and interesting field.

The course is flexible and allows you to fit study around your existing commitments. Students are fully supported by a personal tutor, and our team of student advisors are on hand to answer any queries which you may have. This level of support is ideal for those new to study, or for those who have not studied for some time. We treat every student as an individual; you are free to progress through the course materials at a pace to suit you and to choose the level of support which is right for your personal circumstances.

Whilst studying towards the DCA Photography Diploma you will cover:

Module 1
• The basic processes involved in taking and developing photographs
• How to structure a picture
• Developing your own style and approach in photography
• How to light a subject
• Focal length and depth of field
• The essential components of a camera and how they work
• Compiling your ideal camera kit
• Purchasing a digital camera
• Lighting equipment and how to use it

Module 2
• Structuring and presenting a composition
• Manipulating photographs to suit the market
• Camera film and its suitability for various types of work
• Measuring light and setting exposure
• Processing film
• Dark rooms; equipment, organisation, and procedures
• Enhancing digital images in post production

Module 3
• Choosing your digital camera
• Understanding exposure; aperture and shutter speed
• Composition essentials; depth of field; flash and lighting
• Close-up techniques; action photography; panoramas; lenses; time-lapse photos; batteries; stabilizing and protecting the camera; remote triggers; geotag.
• File Formats; working with digital film; transferring images to a PC; recovering lost pictures; storing and organizing your picture
• Editing photos; clearing the images; creating special effects; digital photo projects; printing and sharing your pictures

Module 4
• Markets for photographic work
• Personal characteristics of successful photographers
• The roles and functions which exist within a photography company
• The characteristics of the various formats in film based systems
• How to avoid camera failure
• Lens design and manufacture
• Buying the best lenses
• Colour and light sources and how these effect a final image
• Choosing the best film for your requirements
• Image sensors, their function and operation
• The function of the various types of lighting equipment
• How to control lighting on location and in the studio

Module 5
• Taking accurate exposure readings / tone control
• The best darkroom techniques for improving image quality
• Setting up your computer equipment for digital imaging work
• Selecting the best digital file format
• Image compression
• Implementing a process control system
• Unusual imaging techniques
• Printing systems
• Setting up in business as a self employed photographer
• Gaining experience in the photographic industry
• Charging for jobs
• How to market your business

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Payment options: You have two convenient payment options available to you: Full Payment Now: a single payment of £429.00 by cheque, postal order or credit card Monthly Payments: Take advantage of our Easy Payment Plan. Make a deposit of £39.00 and 9 monthly installments of £43.33. There are NO INTEREST CHARGES.

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