Community Learning – Digital Photography for Beginners

Course overview

This digital photography course for beginners will allow you to build the skills you need to take better photographs, understand your camera, and express your ideas!

Enjoy learning new skills and techniques, creating your own pictures,and editing your images digitally.

Connecting with like-minded individuals, you will get to share your images and exchange ideas in a welcoming environment.

Participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your wellbeing, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life!

We’ll be offering a two-hour session on Friday afternoons 1-3pm, giving you plenty of time to experiment with photography. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!

Series 1: 29 Sept,6,13,20 Oct,3,10,17,24 Nov,1,8,15 Dec 2023
Series 2: 12,19,26 Jan, 2,9,23 Feb,1,8,15,22 March 2024

This is one of our Community Learning courses.

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental well-being for adults.

Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day-to-day lives. You need to be aged 19 or over (at the start of the course) AND:

•employed and earning an annual salary of less than £20,319 or
•unemployed, in receipt of state benefit and looking for work
•have a social or emotional difficulty, or challenges with mental health or emotional wellbeing

For further details and terms and conditions please view our Community Learning page.


You will learn a variety of exciting photography skills, including:

  • how to make the most of any camera type, building your confidence in navigating the settings
  • the basics of composition, lighting and visual storytelling
  • using your camera on manual: how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work
  • using natural and artificial lighting
  • capturing successful portraits and landscape scenes
  • visual storytelling techniques
  • basic digital post-production 
  • image resolution and what it means
  • making composite images


A professional tutor will lead each session, helping you to develop your photography skills. Our interactive workshops will demonstrate how to use your equipment and you will learn techniques to improve your photographs.

There are limited digital cameras available, so please bring along your digital camera or mobile phone if you have one.

 If you enjoy this course you could consider joining our Community Learning: Intermediate Digital Photography course!

Please note: this course runs term-time only.

Tutor: Etain O’Caroll

Course Starts in 37 Days
  • Flexible start - 22 March 2024
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Friday
  • 11 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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Meet the tutors

We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.