Advanced Digital Photography Brief:

Students in the picture.

The CDT dept. relies heavily on photographs for its printed and online presence. We use images to tell the world what we do and the impact we have. Every course in the CDT dept. has its own pages on the website and these can be brought to life by good images. This supports our student recruitment, profile raising and public engagement activities.

You have been tasked to provide a portfolio of work capturing student life and something personal to you. This can be broken into four categories:

  1. Unit Stills / Taking pictures in the field: You will be given access to a studio-based drama film production. Try to capture ‘Behind the Scenes’ style content.

  2. Documented learning: You will be given limited access to an off campus training session. This could be classroom or studio based. Try to include images of your subjects either in conversation or engaged in an activity together.

  3. Headshots: Collaborating with actors to capture studio-based portraits. These are essential for young actors to get noticed for audition, and the best way for you to improve your communication skills and technical knowledge.

  4. Personal story: use a documentary approach to capture action and narrative outside the learning environment.


Week 4 - Intro to photo basics. Editing in Lightroom.

Week 5 - Camera basics and techniques & natural light portrait shooting.

Week 6 - Reviewing & editing photos from the previous week. Advanced editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Week 7 - Introduction to Unit Stills & being on set. Intro to shooting for clients & capturing candid images


What is Lightroom.

Opening lightroom. Creating a catalogue.

Exploring each tab.

File formats? .jpg .png .tiff

What is a RAW file?

Importing photos.

Basics of editing in the Develop tab.

Creating a Preset / Template edit.

How to approach editing (editing for clients / publication vs. editing your own photos / ‘creative’ editing).

Pick and edit 3 photos using what you've learned.

Taking a photo from Lightroom to Photoshop. Why would you need to do this?

Learning basic Photoshop ‘clean up’ of images.

Exporting photos. Settings to use for different areas of publication.