Starting Out In Photography: How Cameras Work

learn the fundamental concepts of photography and take full control of your camera
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Gain thorough understanding and confidence in using the camera
Learn how different photographers use street portraits in their work
Understand how a workbook can help develop your creative projects
Research, plan, and shoot a street portraits assignment of your own
Learn how to edit projects using Adobe Bridge


  • No prior experience is needed


During your photographic journey you may encounter many different types of cameras but they all operate on the same principle. The camera is essentially a dark box. At the front of this box is an aperture, or an opening, that allows the light to come in, and at the back of the box is a photosensitive material that captures the image formed by this light. Modern cameras are extremely sophisticated. They come with loads of buttons and automated functions that can be very difficult to make sense of. Therefore, to make things easier to understand, in this short course we will start by looking at a simple analogue camera first. Once we grasp the basic concepts, even the more advanced cameras will be easy to comprehend.

How the Cameras Work, will help you understand and demystify the main controls of the photographic camera- the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. By the end of it, you will clearly understand what each control does, and how it affects the image. You will understand how these three main controls form what is known as the exposure triangle, and how they are interrelated. This understanding will allow you to use your camera with confidence, help you reverse-engineer images of other photographers, and turn your ideas into photographs.

Who this course is for:

  • The course is aimed at beginners and intermediate photographers who wish to develop a solid understanding of how cameras work
  • The idea is to move you away from shooting random images, but rather start working on photographic projects or series of images, like a professional photographer or an artist would do


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The instructor, Ismar Uzeirovic, is a photographer with 16 years of experience teaching photography to undergraduate university students.

He specialises in documentary, street, and portrait photography. His favourite subject are people, while his work often revolves around the theatre of street life in cities and themes of urbanisation and climate change.

He studied on the Master's Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (2012/2013), and the Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism (2000/2001) at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

For the last 16 years he has been teaching photography to undergraduate students at the University of Roehampton in London (2006-present). He also worked as the Library Assistant at Network Photographers (2000-2001), which was the UK's preeminent photographic agency specialising in documentary photography, and as a Digital Imaging Manager at FM Model Agency (2003-2006), one of London's top small modelling agencies.

During his professional career, he has worked with numerous organisations and commercial clients, and most recently made two trips to Bangladesh where he worked as a Visiting Researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka.

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