Photography is concerned with the process of capturing visual images, usually through a lens. Currently, it is one of the most widely used processes for creating both still and moving images, and has many applications in the arts, media, medicine and industry.
Photographic processes include the more traditional process of developing and printing film by hand, as well as digital processes which use computer programmes.
There are essentially two main areas of understanding and expertise involved in photography and these are the capturing of an image, and the output of the image as a physical print or a reproduction for publication. Within these, there are both technical and creative demands. Photographers need to be not only visually creative such as when using composition, colour, tone and expression, but also technically competent in the understanding and use of equipment and materials which includes everything from lighting and lenses to computer software.
Although there are several employment opportunities open to the professional photographer, photography is also suited to those who wish to work on a self employed or freelance basis. However, those who wish to enter this field are advised to undertake a formal course.
Fortunately, there are many study options available apart from attendance based tuition. For those who wish to consider a distance learning photography courses, there are several online photography courses on offer.
The Interactive Design Institute’s online photography course provides comprehensive training in both the creative and technical aspects of the subject and offers the student the opportunity to engage in a series of practical briefs as they work through the course
In addition, our fully accredited, UK university course in photography makes students aware of the different photography genres through research based activities.