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University of Cape Town

Digital Photography online short course

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Receive a certificate of completion upon successfully completing the course.

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Course overview:

Many people steer away from DSLR cameras because they feel daunted by the range of technical capabilities that these seemingly complex cameras offer, but in actuality, learning to use a DSLR camera is simple when you are supported and guided by the expertise of a professional photographer.

This highly practical 10-week short course will teach you the technical skills needed to operate a DSLR camera correctly, as well as help you to apply these skills in practice. In addition, you will receive feedback from a professional photographer and fellow aspiring photographers through a supportive and unique online learning format. The course offers an exciting opportunity for individuals wanting to explore the world of digital photography, improve their picture-taking abilities and produce high-quality photographs, whether for personal or professional pursuit. 

What you will learn?
Orientation module Welcome to your Virtual Learning Environment
Module 1 Getting to know your camera
Module 2 Aperture
Module 3 Shutter speed
Module 4 ISO
Module 5 How your camera understands light
Module 6 How to make use of your flash
Module 7 Composition
Module 8 Portraits
Module 9 Landscape
Module 10 Basic photo editing techniques

View the UCT Digital Photography Learner Showcase, featuring the design work of learners on the previous presentation of this course.

Confirm this course is right for you

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


Getsmarter erica fourie
“What I enjoyed most about my experience on the course was really getting to know my camera with the help of the Course Instructor, Roberta Crumplin, as well as the excellent course tutorials and videos. I learned a lot!” Erica Fourie
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