Purely Photography (Digital First Steps)

Learn how to use your camera settings to take high-quality, interesting photographs.


Why take this course?

Digital SLR cameras offer the freedom to experiment with photography - making it easy to capture family shots, preserve your favourite memories or create your own photographic works of art. On this course you will learn all about the digital SLR camera modes and settings, and how to use them. 

Through out the duration of the course you will learn about the essential elements of the Digital SLR Camera via a step-by-step guide, allowing you to enhance your photographic skills and knowledge.

You will also undertake a National Unit in Photography: Basic Camera Techniques (F8KH 12).

What you will experience

You will explore the various functions of the digital SLR or compact camera, allowing you to maximise the use of your camera and move away from the automatic settings. The course is very practical, and will use your own camera to capture images whilst testing the various settings available. You will also focus on specific genres of photography to see what settings should be used to achieve the best possible results, and study the work of other photographers to assess the settings they have used. Main Topics include: 

  • Camera modes
  • Aperture, shutter speeds and ISO
  • Exposure
  • Properties of light
  • Lighting styles
  • White balance
  • Composition
  • Use of photographic equipment
  • Importing, archiving and transferring images
  • Visual thinking
  • Research of contemporary and historical photographers
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Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but students must have computer knowledge, keyboard and mouse skills and a sound understanding of MS Windows XP (or later) file management.

What you will need

It is recommended that students have a Digital SLR camera to get the most out of attending this course. Students must also have access to a PC out with class time.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note, this course is not eligible for fee waiver.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
31 October 2019 10 Weeks Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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22 January 2020 10 Weeks Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Ellon Learning Centre

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
21 April 2020 8 Weeks Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Fraserburgh Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
28 January 2020 10 Weeks Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Inverurie Learning Centre

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
29 October 2019 10 Weeks Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm £157.00
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30 October 2019 10 Weeks Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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30 April 2020 8 Weeks Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £157.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.