Online study texts, tutorial videos, a photo-sharing website, and supported discussion forums.
You will need
You will need a camera that creates images as digital files. Obviously a digital camera is designed to do this but recent mobile phones may also be suitable; your camera should have a resolution of 2 megapixels or more. Whatever camera you use, it is preferable if it has some controls or settings (e.g. shutter speed, aperture or automatic settings such as ‘sport’, ‘landscape’ or ‘portrait’), as the course will teach you about the full range of controls and settings that a photographer uses. However it will also be possible to complete the course using a basic camera with little or no control over its settings.
You will need photo-editing software. There are many suitable packages available, some of which are available for free either for download or use online; the course will provide a brief overview of these. The tutorial material uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as an example, but links to tutorials for other packages are also provided.
You'll need a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of 64-bit Windows 10 (note that Windows 7 is no longer supported) or macOS and broadband internet access.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile App will operate on all current, supported, versions of Android and iOS. It's not available on Kindle.
It's also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook, however, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you'll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.
If you have a disability
Photography is inherently a highly visual subject, and use of a camera may require some manual dexterity.
The course includes significant amounts of work with a computer. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you, you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
Written transcripts of audio material are provided.
To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.