Highgrove Education

Digital Photography

This elective is designed for complete beginner to intermediate photographers. Anyone with access to a camera with manual settings (i.e. the ability to change the shutter speed, aperture, ISO) is welcome. You will turn photography theory into practice as you practice the techniques you learn on a weekly basis, sharing photographs you’ve taken on a weekly basis on a particular with the group. By the end of this 10 week elective course, you’ll have a much deeper understanding of the incredible results that can be achieved with a little bit of knowledge even with the most basic DSLR camera.

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMr Harry Williams, Head of Mathematics
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsNone. You need to have access to a camera with manual settings (i.e. the ability to change the shutter speed, aperture, ISO).

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Overview including recommended kit; introduction to focusing
Lesson 2Mastering focus
Lesson 3Composition techniques
Lesson 4Lenses and focal length
Lesson 5Metering and exposure
Lesson 6ISO
Lesson 7Apertures, depth of field
Lesson 8Shutter speed
Lesson 9Balancing exposures
Lesson 10Understanding light and white balance

Teacher Profile

Mr Williams has taught Maths and Further Maths for over ten years prior to joining Highgrove Education, most recently at Harrow School Online, where in 2023 his pupils achieved 90% A*-A in Maths and 100% A*-A in Further Maths. Before this he taught at Abingdon School where he was responsible for their UKMT challenges and Sixth Form Maths Enrichment. Mr Williams graduated with a First class Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Sussex in 2013, then went on to complete his PGCE with the University of Reading. He is a keen advocate for the power of technology to enhance and indeed transform pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of Mathematics.