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Digital Photography


Lens and Light-based Media

What’s it About?

Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of:

The use of light as the most important element in photography.

The basis of digital photography, including pixel and digital processing.

Viewpoint, composition, focus, shutter speed and exposure.

The use and qualities of image acquisition hardware and software, and image manipulation and analogies between digital and other forms of photography.

The relationships between colour and tone for screen and print-based media.

Contextual connections between students’ digital work and the work of others, extracting and using meaningful information.

The use of a range of source material, software and hardware in the generation and development of ideas.


Unit 1 is weighted at 60% of the qualification.  This involves producing a weekly diary of photographic experimentation and two in-depth personal projects, which show what you can do.

Unit 2 is weighted at 40% of the qualification.  This is a controlled assignment, which is externally set in the summer of 2016.


Have a keen interest in photography and use of ICT / photo editing software.

Enjoy photographing a range of subjects both indoor and outdoor.

Be able to follow detailed instructions.

Be creative and willingness to experiment with ideas.

Be able to work both independently and collaboratively to produce photographic images for a variety of audiences.

Be able to take responsibility to present work to a high standard and meet all deadlines.


An interest in Photography can lead to a range of job opportunities, including:  

  • Commercial Photographer (i.e., product photography)
  • Event Photographer (i.e., wedding photography)
  • Wildlife Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Photojournalist