Photography (Basic)

Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Photography for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Whether you are new to photography, or wish to expand your existing knowledge, this course will help you take better pictures and improve your photographic skills considerably. The theoretical study is supplemented with practical projects which form an enjoyable part of the course. With this course you will learn to record those special moments in time, without losing any of their joy or beauty.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Definition of Photography
      • The History and Development of Photography
    • Guidelines for Taking Pictures
    • Glossary of Photographic TermsPart 1
    • Photo Project
  • Lesson Two
    • Basic Camera Design
      • The Camera Lens
      • The Camera Diaphragm
      • The Camera Shutter
      • Film Exposure
      • Types of Camera Available Today
      • Choosing a Suitable Camera
      • Film PhotographyPathway
      • Digital Photography Pathway
    • Glossary of Photographic TermsPart 2
    • Photo Project
  • Lesson Three
    • Photographic Accessories
    • Types of Film
    • Glossary of Photographic TermsPart 3
    • Photo Project
  • Lesson Four
    • Common Photographic Subjects
    • Processing and Printing
      • Home Processing and Printing
      • Presentation
      • Care of Equipment
    • Glossary of Photographic Terms
      • Part 4
    • Photo Project
    • Additional Information
  • Lesson Five
    • Digital Photography
      • Introduction
      • Digital Cameras
      • Digital File Formats
      • Digital Camera Modes
      • Digital Editing or Digital Image Manipulation

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.