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Digital Photography Handbook



    This handbook provides essential information on the tutorial tasks, blog, tips and helpful guides for the

    Digital Imaging Unit

    Unit Blog

    Flickr Group


    HAND-IN Friday 22nd April 2016 by 3pm


  • The unit blog will provide you with handouts and links and keep you informed of practical

    knowledge in getting to know your camera, software and also taking photographs. Please make sure

    you visit the blog as much as possible.

    As part of the unit you will have to provide a working journal (blog) of your visual ideas and

    photography. We will need to see your progress at every session.


    The unit Flickr group is a great way for you to share your photographs with other students on the

    unit. I encourage you to seek comments and also look for inspiration. Perhaps join some other


    Flickr Group -


    With any new unit you will need to start thinking about managing your time and work from the start.

    Throughout the year you will be set 4 assignments that will get you using your camera from week 1.

    Please prepare your files, camera/s and decide on how you will present your work at the sessions.

    You will be asked to discuss your work each week. Please BE PREPARED.

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT - digital cameras enable you to upload your images to a computer with

    cables and some now have wireless capabilities.

    FOLDERS - Prepare folders on your student drive (5gb storage).

    COLLATING / EDITING - Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Apple Aperture and Apples iPhoto all have

    image browsers to view your work, edit and collate.

    EXTERNAL STORAGE - A good way to have easy access and carry around your master files/images

    from home and uni. Try and buy 500gb+

    CrashPlan - or similar - online data back-up

    Drop Box, Google Drive are good for storing data and transfer - also available as mobile apps.


    Flickr Free Account - 1 terabyte upload free. Flickr Pro Account - Unlimited uploads and ad free for

    16 per year.

    Also Google Picasa which is free

    CAMERA - you will be required to have your own camera for this unit. It needs to be digital and have

    if possible, manual controls. Students in the past have used mobile phone cameras and

    borrowed high end digital cameras from the photography department. If you are planning on

    buying a camera then talk to Gary, Rob or Claire for advice. London Camera Exchange (Cascades,

    Portsmouth) will be coming to demo cameras in one of the seminars.

    Get to know your camera inside out. Experiment with the settings, visit the cameras website and also

    look at the Flickr group for your cameras make/model as there are some great discussions forums

    with hints and tips about use and experimentation.

    SOFTWARE - In class we have access to Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto. You can

    get 30 day free trial of Adobe products from their website at and iPhoto is free on

    Macs. Other solutions are the online version of Photoshop - and

    they also have an iPhone app. Open Source - Photoshop Gimp a free clone of Adobes software -

    Look around as there are plenty of other similar products (Mac and

    used by professional photographers), Camera Bag 2 -

    -, , and if you are an

    iPhone user then see the next page.

  • Mobilography / iPhoneographyApps for photography via mobile phones have become very popular since Apples iPhone and a quick

    scan on the app store will give you thousands of choices. Some of the best free apps are:

    Photoshop Express

    Retro Camera Plus

    Mill Colour

    Camera Plus



    Best Paid Apps:

    Camera Bag


    Quad Camera

    Toy Camera

    Tilt Shift Gen

    Pro HDR

    Loads on the Android too . . apparently.

    Flickr Groups:

    There are hundreds . .

    also keep your

    blog up to date

    with Tumblr app for

  • Instagram

    We are setting you a challenge to gain 100+ followers on Instagram and 100+ likes.

    You can download Instagram for iPhone and Android at

    Take photographs throughout the year and follow people with similar interests, those that you

    find inspiring and friends. Challenge yourself with this and make sure to use hashtags to gain

    followers and likes. Instagram lets you add locations and link with other social media including

    posting to your tumblr blogs.



    A prize will be given at

    the end of the year for

    the student with the

    most followers and

    student with the most


  • DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources

    What Camera?

    DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources





    DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources






    What Camera?

    DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources

    What Camera?

    Decide on a budget

    Always try and get as wide a lens as possible - 24mm/

    28mm (not many compact cameras have this)

    You do not need an expensive camera - this does not

    equal a good photographer.

    If you buy a Digital SLR camera then also try and get a


    DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources

    What Camera?

    Get at least a 2gb memory card (

    Look on Ebay / Amazon / LCE 2nd Hand store - save

    For this unit - mix it up. Try Hi-fi/Low-Fi

    Once you have your camera sorted then GET TO KNOW IT

    INSIDE OUT - What are the capabilities? look at user

    groups and also join that cameras Flickr Group etc....

    DIGPIM Basics Ideas, help and resources

    Now you have a camera....

    Start to open your eyes to all around you.

    Look for shadows, forms, lines, colours,

    perspectives, reflections, angles,

    textures etc

    Be a collector - letters, numbers, doors,

    hands, graffiti, found objects etc

    !e camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. Dorothea Lange

  • Digital Photography

    DPHOT HEMIS Code U20192

    ABSTRACTThis course introduces the underlying principles of digital photography. Students will learn how digital cameras work and how to create digital images, appreciate experimental, abstract and traditional photographic techniques and learn how to display, compress and store photographs on a variety of platforms.


    1. To enable students to appreciate the fundamental principles, the technical resources and the creative potential of digital photography.


    On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the application of Digital Photography as an integral element within design

    2. Understand the physical technology and methods responsible for creating digital images

    3. Identify how digital photography benefits the industry and aids the print process

    Hand In Date: Friday April 22nd 2016 by 3pm


    Coursework (100%) The students will produce an evaluative, working journal and a presentation of photographs. The work will be unsupervised and tutor assessed. You must choose and present your work with close attention to the relationship/theme. There will be a series of assignments which all relate to the unit aims and generate content for your final body of work.

    Students MUST select core subjects from the 18 listed in the handbook.

    Students will then produce a body of photographs from their selected core subject areas. (a max of 30 photographs)


    1. A working journal (blog)

    2. A presentation of final images either printed, exhibition or online.

    Students are expected to produce a portfolio of photographic work and associated journal of process experiments, image plans, drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media.

    Completed photographic prints and online showcases should be executed with high regard to presentation and photographic convention and wherever appropriate work should be fully edited and presented in a professional manner.


    Student Name \ Course -

    Assignments (40%) - Portrait | Interview | Experiments | Promotion Have these all been completed to a professional standard? Marked on quality of outcome and evidence of - Research / Production & Processes in your blogs. Please make sure that you have a clear section/page that say Assignments.