Digital Photography - The Digital SLR Camera - Advanced (Portraiture)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC110
  • Duration: 8 weeks x 2 hours
  • Price: £155.00
  • Start Date: 12-Apr-18
  • Days: THU
  • Times: 18:00-20:00
  • Delivery Type: PT

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The course is aimed at people who own their own DSLR camera and would like to learn techniques that can be applied to making portraits of people. 


The course is suitable for those who own a digital SLR camera and would like to learn about the many ways of creating effective portraits and, perhaps as a way of establishing a small business. Additionally this course would be suitable for employers looking to train staff in the use of DSLR cameras, where such knowledge may be beneficial to their business or organisation.


This course should been seen as a progression from the ‘DSLR – Beginners’ course also offered at Blackburn College.


About the Tutor – Matthew Savage:

Matthew been practising photography since the age of seventeen, and now in his early twenties he primarily works in the fields of landscape and astrophotography.  


As a child, he was lucky enough to travel around Europe frequently with his family. His nostalgia for this time evokes a feeling of wanderlust that cannot be shaken.  The desire to travel further has taken him to Norway, Iceland, Morocco, Cape Town, Europe, South-East Asia and more in recent years.  He has also invested time into places much closer to home.  He has had publications with Ribble Valley Live, Lancashire Life, Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales. In addition, with his night’s sky photographs of North England, he has helped gain recognition for ‘Dark Sky Discovery Sites’ across both Lancashire and Yorkshire.


His love of photography is a pure desire to share the moments he finds beautiful, allowing his experiences to become pieces of art that others may also enjoy, fragments in time which otherwise would slip away in the blink of an eye, allowed to live on through the medium of photography.


To see some of Matthew’s work, click here:

What will I study?

Students will firstly define what an effective photographic portrait is. Also the student will learn how to use DSLR camera techniques and supplementary equipment, lighting and environments to create a varied range of portraiture.


Further to this, time will be devoted to marketing techniques and advice on running a small portrait business. A series of projects (both practical and theoretical) will challenge the student to engage with digital technology whilst at the same time allowing them to explore photographic portrait techniques learned during the sessions. 


Each week students will develop their portfolio and have work reviewed by a specialist photography tutor. Advice will be offered on how to further improve the images. This will be via group discussion where you will receive detailed, verbal feedback, throughout the course.


Course Includes:


    What makes a good Portrait?
  • Effective Camera Control and Techniques for Making a Portrait
  • Supplementary Equipment
  • Natural and studio lighting techniques
  • Posing Techniques for Individuals and Groups
  • Using Software for Image Management and Post-Production
  • Techniques for Marketing and Presentation
  • Group critique and professional feedback
Entry Requirements

Students should own (or have access to) a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR). However, an advanced ‘bridge’ camera or a mirror-less compact such as an Olympus ‘four thirds’ model may be suitable.  Students must bring their own equipment to the sessions.


This is an advanced course, therefore students should have ideally already have completed the Beginners course.

How will I be assessed?
    Group critique and professional feedback
What can I do next?

Digital Photography - Landscape

Adobe Creative Suite

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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