Discover Digital Photography introduces the technology that has catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century. A discussion of digital photography wouldn’t be complete without digital editing options. You will explore a number of software packages and learn how to compose your shots when you know you have digital editing available to you. You’ll also find out about your digital storage options—on the camera, the computer, and even beyond into cloud storage and online backups.
Digital photography plays a big part in social media communication and image sharing. This course covers the basics of posting images online and some pros and cons of uploading to the Internet. This is especially important if you’re traveling and sharing pictures with friends and family back home. When you get to the end of this class, you’ll have a chance to explore more options for traveling with your camera that might be new to you!
Whether you’re new to photography or a long-time photographer looking to move comfortably into the new world of digital work, this class provides opportunities for putting digital photography to use. This course serves as an excellent introduction before taking Secrets of Better Photography, which highlights camera settings, features, and the mechanics of taking better pictures.
WHAT IS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
In your first lesson, you’ll have a chance to become familiar with the online classroom and discover the many resources available to you, including the beginning of our Digital Dictionary. You will also learn how digital photography works and what’s needed to get started with a digital workshop at home.
LET'S TALK ABOUT CAMERAS
In today’s lesson, you’ll have an opportunity to understand the key features of a digital camera. This will be helpful as you learn about what to look for both inside and outside the camera and as you explore the different levels of equipment available.
SHOPPING FOR DIGITAL EQUIPMENT
When it’s time to buy the camera that’s right for you, you’ll want to know how to make your best choice. This lesson covers more of the attributes and features of digital photography, so you’re ready to go shopping!
STORING DIGITAL IMAGES
Digital storage is a big issue. In this lesson, you will learn the ways to address this aspect of digital photography. When it comes to digital images, you’ll need storage space—not only on your camera, but also on your computer and somewhere offline for backup. This lesson also recommends how to get the most out of your storage space and the best backup option.
PHONE AND TABLET PHOTOGRAPHY
Digital photography isn’t limited to traditional cameras! You probably have your phone or tablet with you most of the time, and this lesson explores the option of using that camera to take pictures, display your images, or even do quick editing. If you’ve been a bit confused by all the new terminology connected with smartphones and tablets, here you’ll find easy explanations and clear examples of how to make the most of this technology.
THE DIGITAL DARKROOM
The ability to edit your digital images is one of the most compelling features of digital photography. Today’s lesson looked at several of the software programs available to you and some of the many features you’ll find in digital editing programs.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE
Using digital images online and on your computer are big parts of digital photography. In this lesson, you’ll discover ways you can easily use digital images with email and on websites. You will also learn how to size images for use on the Internet. You’ll love learning how simple it is to use your images as backgrounds and computer wallpaper. With digital photography, you can customize almost anything!
Printing digital images can take many forms. This lesson explores the options for printing at home and the extensive network of retail printers available for digital work. You’ll also learn how to prepare your images for the best quality prints, regardless of where you print them. If archival quality is important to you, or if you’re scrapbooking, there are some things you’ll want to know!
A CHANGING SOCIETY
This lesson explores how new and how digital imaging is changing communication, business practices, and the way photographers protect their images.
SCANNING AND RESTORING PHOTOS
Scanning printed images is an important option for digital photography. Today’s lesson focuses on restoring old and damaged photos, as well as using scanners to convert slides, negatives, and prints into digital images. You’ll even learn how to capture an image of a 3-D object with a scanner! A scanner is a terrific tool for digital photographers and does an excellent job of connecting traditional photography with the digital era. This is an especially important lesson for scrap bookers working on family histories with damaged images or printed documents.
TRAVELING WITH DIGITAL EQUIPMENT
Travel photography is always a favorite subject for photographers, whether you’re shooting in your own backyard or around the world. Digital photography presents some different challenges and opportunities. This lesson focuses on how professionals in the field handle the challenges, as well as techniques and opportunities you can use when you travel, including file organization with Adobe’s Lightroom.
Your final lesson will teach you how to compose your pictures with digital options in mind. There’s a lot more to being a digital photographer than just owning a digital camera. Today you will see some great examples of difficult situations that you can remedy with digital solutions. The more you learn about your options, the more you’ll want to experiment!
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instructor-led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
Instructor-led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
Instructor-led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accesable at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.