Within these pages, is everything that you need to know to get you started in photography. It is intended to be comprehensive and give you an introduction to all the skills you need to begin your journey in photography and to progress quickly.

The information is broken into small pieces, so that it can be absorbed at your own pace.

Health and Safety / Risk Assessment

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General Health and Safety
Appropriate footwear and clothing, warm, windproof, waterproof.

Be aware of slip and trip hazards, mud, water etc.
Be aware of trip hazards, especially when distracted by the view. Be aware of putting your camera bag down and that it is not where you or anyone else can trip over it. If you are with a group of photographers be aware of deposited camera bags.

If you are heading to somewhere rural, let someone know where you are going and your route, check the weather, charge your phone. For further information see:

Check tide times if near water, be aware of ways in and out of tidal areas. (also includes sunrise and moonrise times)

Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
Keep track of how long you spend in front of the screen, take breaks. The recommended time is 5-10 minutes for every 60 minutes and 60-90 second breaks every 30 minutes.


You will be using Padlet to record your progress on the course.
If you use this referral link you will receive an extra free Padlet page on your account.

If writing isn’t your thing, then Padlet also allows you to record audio, record videos and record your screen.

Example of using Padlet for photography journal
Digital Journal Photography Course

Snipping Tool / Screen Capture

Because raw files are being used, some services will struggle with the file size or format. For a quick and easy way to get a useable file the screen capture tools on Windows or Mac can be used.

The snipping tool on Windows – Windows + shift+S
The capture tool in Mac – Cmd + Shift + 4

Photography Legal, Ethics, Photography Etiquette and Copyright Considerations

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Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.” Metropolitan Police

However, it is always polite to ask for permission, to stop taking photographs of people if asked to do so and to be aware of other people around you. In the photograph above the person taking photographs blocked the view of several other photographers and dozens of other members of the public trying to take photographs. He may be allowed to be there, but in photography circles most people would take their shot and move out of the way. Photography is all about patience and sometimes it is good to share the experience. Often groups of photographers at a location like this will share tips, locations, sometimes even equipment and there is certainly a community aspect to it, regardless of the forum.

What do you think about “street photography”? The term, the activity, the ethical implications and considerations.

Copyright of photographs in the UK belongs to the person who created the image, the copyright lasts until 75 years after their death, when they move into the public domain. The only exclusion is if you are taking the photographs while working for a company. These rules vary around the world. You do not have to have a copyright notice or symbol attached to the images. Under UK law these rules apply to ALL images found on the internet, even ‘Orphan Works’ where the creator cannot be immediately identified.

Some questions to think about:

Are we allowed to take photographs wherever we want?
Do we need consent and / or permission to photograph people?
Do we need consent and / or permission to publish a photograph of a person?
Who owns the copyright to the photograph?

UK Government Copyright Guidance

Annotating Images

Annotating images for portfolio submission

When creating images for a portfolio, journal, notebook as evidence for your photography course, you need to annotate (add notes to) your images. These notes should describe the technical, aesthetic, compositional elements and describe why you took the photograph. When annotating your images try to answer the following questions:

What equipment did you use to make this image?
What subject and area of photography did you choose to photograph?
What new techniques did you learn or try out while taking this photograph?
What health and safety considerations did you make?
What do you like about the image?
What do you not like about the image?
How could you improve the image?

If you reference or mention another photographer, book or other resource to correctly reference them: Name (year) Title, a link if online, date accessed if online for example:
Martin Parr (2022) Death by Selfie, (Accessed: 4 August 2022)

If photographs are being taken for a publication, newspaper, magazine or even for a website, information about the photograph is usually attached to the image in the form of an annotation. The standard format is Who, What, Where, When, Why? You should also consider this when annotating your images for your course.

Who – Who is in the image?
What – What is happening in the image?
Where – Where was the photograph taken?
When – Date and time but could also be time of year, season etc.
Why – why did you take the image?

Annotating an image in Adobe Lightroom Classic