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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Our brand-new Digital Photography study pack is exactly what you need if you want to take good photographs that will be the envy of your friends and family. What's more, it's an ideal package to get you started on a new, lucrative and highly rewarding career. If you want to work for yourself, pick and choose your own hours, and enjoy interacting with people, Photography could be an exciting option for you. It's a massive sector, with a huge variety of specialist areas.

From weddings and events to newspapers and magazines, advertising and artwork, just about everywhere you look photographs are there. Somebody has been paid for them! Why shouldn't it be you?

As a “science", digital photography has developed at an incredible speed over the last 10 years or so, and it's no longer regarded as the poor relation to film photography (i.e. taking traditional photographs using a roll of film in a camera, rather than recording digital information). Better still, you don't need to get the film developed! Results are instant. Add to this the fact that good quality digital cameras are almost becoming “as cheap as chips", and there is absolutely no reason why anybody needs to take poor photographs today. This really opens up career opportunities for those of us who, having studied with us, realise they have a creative streak they weren't even aware off!

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Learning Outcomes

USE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE TO ORGANISE, EDIT, MODIFY AND PRINT IMAGE

UNDERSTAND HOW TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO A BRIEF

USE A RANGE OF ADVANCED TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE A VARIETY OF IMAGES

REPAIR AND RESTORE DAMAGED AND FADED PHOTOGRAPHS

CONCEIVE SHOOT, EDIT AND PRESENT A PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT TO A HIGH STANDARD

UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE LIGHT IN ITS DIFFERENT FORMS

UNDERSTAND THE EFFECTS OF SHUTTER SPEED AND APERTURE CONTROLS

DEMONSTRATE THE PERSONAL QUALITIES OF ENQUIRY AND EXPRESSION

RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPLES OF OBSERVATION, VIEWPOINT, LIGHTING, BACKGROUND, COMPOSITION AND CHOICE OF LENS FOCAL LENGTH

UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF IMAGE DATA STORAGE AND TRANSFER

UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLES OF IMAGE ADJUSTMENT

RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORICAL CHARACTERS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Unit 1- Key topics

• History of Photography

• Equipment and accessories

• Light

• Exposure

• The Photographic process

Unit 2- Extending Skills and Knowledge

• Composition, viewpoint and framing

• Digital cameras

• Data storage and transfer

• Printing

• Scanning

• Digital image editing and Photoshop

Unit 3 - Photography in practice

• Specialist area - Portraiture

• Specialist area – Landscape

• Other specialist areas

• Extending the single image

• Section summary

Unit 4- Advanced technique

• Further Photoshop

• Digital Restoration

• Careers and opportunities

• Final Project Submission assignment

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

Why did you decide to become a photographer?

I have always enjoyed taking photographs and love travelling, so combining the two was perfect! I take landscape but particularly like taking photos of sunsets. At first I was unsure of how to promote my work, but I set up a website and used social media sites to get my work ‘out there’. It was through one of these, that I was contacted by a magazine who asked if I would be interested in working for them. I now get to travel the world and take photos of amazing places.

How many hours would I work?

The hours you work can vary depending on whether you are employed by a company, or working as a freelance photographer. You will however, need to be prepared flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Depending on the area of photography that you specialise in, you would also work in a variety of locations, including photographic studios, indoor and outdoor locations, or locations abroad.

What type of things would I do each day?

• Discussing projects with clients

• Retouching images

• Setting up equipment

• Marketing your business (if you are self-employed)

• Composing and taking shots

• Checking image quality

How much will I be paid?

The salary for photographers varies widely depending on where they work, the number of hours, etc. However, as a rough guide, the starting salary for photographers is around £12,000 - £17,000 a year. Those working full time can earn anywhere from £18,000 - £50,000 a year.

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 3 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Our brand-new Digital Photography study pack is exactly what you need if you want to take good photographs that will be the envy of your friends and family. What's more, it's an ideal package to get you started on a new, lucrative and highly rewarding career. If you want to work for yourself, pick and choose your own hours, and enjoy interacting with people, Photography could be an exciting option for you. It's a massive sector, with a huge variety of specialist areas.

From weddings and events to newspapers and magazines, advertising and artwork, just about everywhere you look photographs are there. Somebody has been paid for them! Why shouldn't it be you?

As a “science", digital photography has developed at an incredible speed over the last 10 years or so, and it's no longer regarded as the poor relation to film photography (i.e. taking traditional photographs using a roll of film in a camera, rather than recording digital information). Better still, you don't need to get the film developed! Results are instant. Add to this the fact that good quality digital cameras are almost becoming “as cheap as chips", and there is absolutely no reason why anybody needs to take poor photographs today. This really opens up career opportunities for those of us who, having studied with us, realise they have a creative streak they weren't even aware off!

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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