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Certificate in Digital Photography for Beginners

Course Description

In this eight-week photography course for beginners, you will learn to get the most from your DSLR camera.

We will look at camera functions and professional workflow methods, looking at composition, light and portraiture to help you learn what makes a great photograph.

This is a practical course where we will look at post-production techniques using industry standard software like Photoshop to perfect your images and build up a solid portfolio of work.

Course Content

The course covers the following topics:

  • Intro to photography
  • Understanding your DSLR camera functions
  • Light and Exposure
  • Understanding shutter speed, aperture, ISO
  • Intro to tripods, flash, lenses
  • Composition in photography
  • Portraiture
  • Critical thinking in photography
  • Intro to abstract photograph
  • Post production techniques and work flow (Photoshop)
  • Learning to edit and evaluate your work

Starting Date and Format

Course Duration: 8 Weeks

Scheduling: Fridays 10:00am – 4:00pm

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for more details


On successful completion, you will be awarded a Dublin Institute of Design Certificate in Digital Photography for Beginners.




Applications are open.
A deposit of €100 (included in the fee) will reserve your place.

Student Testimonials

I would 100% recommend this course due to the lecturer we had. She made the most basic of information interesting and has a great way of explaining things. She helped us all individually and answered any questions we had. There’s not much she doesn’t know about photography! The course was fun, well explained and very interesting. I now have the skill set I need to further my dream. Thanks for having me!

- Laura Dunne

Our lecturer Hazel was fantastic, knowledgeable, patient and friendly!

- John Murphy

Every day I went in to this course I would come home being able to do something new. I had never used a DSLR camera before and after the 8 weeks I now feel confident enough to pursue a career in photography. They also show you how to use Lightroom and Photoshop. Even if you are not fantastic with computers, you will come out of this course capable!

- Rachael Wilson

I completed an 8 week beginners course at Dublin Institute of Design and found the course excellent in covering all aspects of manual control of digital SLR.

- Noel Duff

As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.