• The Open University

Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

Learn to make beautiful digital images from scratch with anything from your camera phone to a professional DSLR

405 enrolled on this course

Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio
  • Duration10 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours
This course is part of the Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio program, which will enable you to take your digital photography skills to a professional level.

Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio

Almost everyone has a camera in their pocket these days that would have been the envy of professionals 10 years ago. But it takes more than just pointing and clicking to create truly amazing digital images. This course teaches the theory and practicalities of digital imaging, from how light refracts through the cameras lens, to what makes a visually pleasing scene, to digitally removing unsightly elements from an image. This course has been created in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society and provides the skills to qualify for their Licentiate Distinction (LRPS) in still photography.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply photographic techniques to create interesting images
  • Produce high quality digital images using a combination of manual methods and editing software
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the internal workings of modern cameras and how they create images
  • Develop your own photographic style and give constructive feedback on others
  • Identify different photographic genres and the most effective techniques used in each

Who is the course for?

This microcredential is designed for competent photographers who want to take their skills to the next level and improve their photography as part of their professional work.

If you want to move from photography hobbyist to a professional level photographer, this course will support you to build the tools, knowledge, and portfolio to get there.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you will need a digital camera. This can be anything from a modern phone, to a compact camera to a professional grade DSLR. Access to editing software will be provided with this course.

Who will you learn with?

I am Senior Lecturer in Environment at The OU leading courses on Photography, Renewables, and Climate Change. Fellow, Judge Business School and Senior Associate CISL, University of Cambridge.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established1969
  • LocationMilton Keynes, UK
  • World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020


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Royal Photographic Society