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AgeWell: Digital Photography Beginners

Course Code:PS1050G

Spaces:14 spaces left

Centre:Weymouth Library

This fantastic short course is designed for the older beginner. Now is a great time to perfect those photography skills to help you make some beautiful images – whether places or people, animals or objects, or anything else you’d like to capture on your smartphone or digital camera.

What the course is about

During this workshop you will explore ways you can take the first steps towards capturing those perfect images.

Topics may include:

  • Smartphone or DSLR - getting the best of your device

  • What makes a great photo?

  • Top tips for composition

  • Get snapping - progress through practice

  • What is depth of field and how can it transform my photos?

  • Shutter speed and lights

  • Tips for photographing children

This course will encourage you to increase your confidence and ability to make informed choices about personal and professional issues, helping to reduce social exclusion and isolation.

Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community.

Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no pre-course information sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course. 

 Please ensure you have read and understood our STEPS guidance in order to accurately enrol upon the correct level course for you. 

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will work with you to review your progress towards achieving your goals during the session.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This is a Beginners course that has been designed especially for those aged over 60 years, who want to make the most of their digital camera or smartphone and have no experience in the subject or very basic knowledge of the subject.

Materials and costs

You will need a notebook, pen and A4 folder. Please bring your digital camera (any necessary cables) and the instruction manual.

Next Step

Other courses at the next levels will be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

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Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

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Course Details

Start Date27 January 2025

LocationWeymouth Library, Great George Street, Weymouth, DT4 8NN


Time15:30 - 18:00

Duration8 weeks

SubjectAgeWell - Courses Exclusively for Over 60s


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £140. Concessions £84.

PL, PS and PM courses can be paid for upfront in full, with an Instalment Plan, or upfront discounted with our concessionary fee. Find out more about our concessionary discount here.


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