Hello there!

Have been contemplating enrolling on a photography degree course for a couple of years and finally took the plunge a week ago. Can now call myself a student again. Exciting.

This blog will act as my online learning log for the Art of Photography course. In time, it will link to further courses on the photography degree pathway with the OCA.

So far, I have achieved the following:

  • Read through study guides on the student website.
  • Completed my student profile.
  • Contacted my tutor.
  • Ordered various books from the reading list.
  • Received and scanned through course materials.
  • Thoroughly read part one of the course and made some rough notes as preparation for the exercises.
  • Bookmarked other learning logs and recommended websites.

Already, to my surprise, I feel like I have established a good method for learning; Skimming, then thoroughly reading, then skimming again while making notes about the exercises. I have a rough plan for each exercise in part one, which will save time in the long run.

Reading through the material three times in this way has definitely helped things to sink in, although I must also keep in mind that I am already familiar with manually setting my camera and the relationship between the aperture, shutter speed and ISO, plus the way that different settings will effect an image. I suspect that as I come across new concepts and unfamiliar territory, more notes will needed to be taken.

Speaking of which, the theory aspect of this course is entirely new to me. I am eager for my books to arrive so that I can start to feel a little less clueless. Up until now, when viewing photographs, I have put little thought into it. In fact, nothing beyond “do I like what I see?”.

Here is a quick photograph of the course materials that I took with my phone. Obviously, I will not be uploading anything else from my phone, I just wanted something quick to add to this introduction so that it wasn’t text only:

OCA course materials



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