• 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

419 enrolled on this course

Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio
  • Duration

    10 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

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 course has been designed for beginners – you don’t need to have existing photographic knowledge or photo editing skills, just a passion for making beautiful images. Whether you want to take pictures with your phone or a powerful professional camera this course is for you

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 Professor of Climate Change and Energy 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.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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