By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...
- Apply photographic techniques to create interesting images in a genre of your choice
- Produce high quality digital images using a combination of manual methods and editing software
- Demonstrate knowledge of the internal workings of modern cameras (including smart phones) 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
You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or information relating to your microcredential.
From 2 Nov 2020
Digital Photography: Creating a Professional Portfolio
Learn to make beautiful digital images from scratch with anything from your camera phone to a professional DSLR
10 hours per week
What makes an interesting image?
- Introduction to digital photography
- Images and our view of the world
- Fundamentals of image composition
- Looking critically at images
- Planning your composition
- Week 1 review
When light becomes data
- Your digital camera
- Light and its properties
- Finding information about a digital image
- Working with light
- Week 2 review
Working with exposure
- Visually assessing exposure in an image
- Controlling image exposure before you take the image
- Capturing movement
- Working with light meters
- Exploring and controlling exposure digitally: the histogram
- Week 3 review
Focus and depth of field
- Exploring lenses and focus
- Focal length and camera shake
- Optical and digital zoom
- Controlling depth of field
- Week 4 review
- Infrared and reflected light
- Sensing colour - eye versus camera
- Sensors in your camera
- Talking about colour
- Colour expression in digital imaging
- Colours depend on other colours
- Week 5 review
- Using technology to display your images
- Printing techniques and devices
- Colours when printing your photos
- Memorising compressing and storing
- Week 6 review
Historic and contemporary innovation
- Creating photographic opportunities
- Low-tech photography
- Advanced image composition
- Experimental photography
- Genre-established aesthetics
- Week 7 review
The power of smartphone photography
- Advantages and limitations of the smartphone camera
- Knowing your smartphone camera
- Organising your images
- Social media for your images
- Week 8 review
Exploring your genre
- Sharing a panel of twelve images
- Introduction to genre field guides
- Week 9 review
Submitting your photographic portfolio
- Preparing for your assessment
- Submitting your assessment
- Well done!
Once you’ve successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your academic credits from The Open University.
10 UK credits at Undergraduate level from The Open University
Credits are awarded on passing the final assessment. The assessment requires you submit a panel of images in a genre of your choice and a written Statement of Intent as part of a cohesive portfolio of work.
Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.
A Certificate in Photography from The Royal Photographic Society
The certificate is free to members of the Society or available for an additional £12 for non-members.
This course provides the knowledge and skills to help amateur photographers take the next steps towards professional photography. Creating a portfolio of work that explores an explicit photographic intent is a requirement for a number of distinctions, qualifications and recognitions, including the RPS Associateship Distinction (ARPS).
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.
- LocationMilton Keynes, UK
- World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020