Course Overview

Introduction to Digital Photography Level 3

Course code: OSC1273

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Are you into digital photography? 

Maybe you want to start a career in the industry...

...or just want to learn how to take more advanced photographs.

Then this is where this course can help you!

Take on a new challenge within the exciting world of digital photography with an award-winning distance learning provider. 

With the rise of social media and smartphone usage, photography is a norm within day-to-day life. So improve your skills and make the most of your camera with this introductory course. 

By the end of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Understand camera equipment and accessories
  • Describe good camera ownership and explain camera controls
  • Evaluate different camera modes and their uses
  • Explain how light affects images and produce images to demonstrate such 
  • Know and utilise popular composition rules of Digital Photography and produce images to demonstrate such
  • Describe and identify a range of photography styles and produce examples to demonstrate such

It couldn't be easier! All your materials will be delivered to you via email or post and our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You will have more than enough time to complete your course, so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

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Course Content
Unit 1 – Camera Types
  • Different types of camera
  • Megapixels and image quality
  • The exposure triangle
  • Important camera accessories
Unit 2 – Using the Camera
  • Key camera features
  • Camera care
  • Types of camera storage
Unit 3 – Camera Modes
  • Camera program modes
  • Depth of field
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture priority mode
  • Shutter priority mode
  • Scene Modes
Unit 4 – Light
  • Colour temperature and light conditions
  • Using indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Using directional light and diffuse light
  • Effective back and front lighting
Unit 5 – Composition
  • Rules of composition
  • Horizontal and vertical element features
  • Main features
  • Pattern and texture
Unit 6 – Genres/Types of Photography
  • Photography genres
  • Portrait images
  • Natural and urban landscapes
  • Still-life images
Other Information


This course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Do I need any additional equipment?

Students will need access to a device that can take digital photographs e.g. compact camera and SLRs.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra Card
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Open Study College Study Pack

*not included in the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, completion of this course is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments alone.

Are there any additional costs?

If you already own a suitable digital camera, then there is no additional cost. If you don't already have this then you will need to purchase a good-quality, compact digital camera. A camera from a reputable manufacturer which has the facility to over-ride auto exposure is most preferable.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

Open Study College, 6140 Knights Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7WY is a licensed credit broker, authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (licence number 724179 with FCA).