Photographing people can be fun, exciting—and complicated! This course will make taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, and babies simple. You will start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You will discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos and make other improvements.
Then you will move onto portrait and formal group shots, where you will learn how to organize people, which angles to use, and which to avoid. You will become proficient in action photography, and you will learn some fun, creative ways to photograph children and babies. You will even gain expertise in filling your photographs with imagery, setting moods, and creating themes. This course will have you well on your way to becoming a skilled people photographer.
In the first lesson you will explore digital photography equipment and discover how to set up an inexpensive studio at home. Then you will learn all about exposure and the pivotal role it plays in photography. You will learn about the three camera controls that affect exposure, and you will find out how to use these controls to achieve the desired effect in your photographs.
In this lesson you will learn about light and gain an understanding of how the use of light has an enormous affect on your photos. You will learn to make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and tactics to give you better shots. You will also explore some difficult lighting situations and how to overcome those problems in order to take great photos. Then you will learn how to compose a photo. You will discover how to tackle common composition problems, use the rule of thirds, put tactics to work in order to shoot sharp photos, and use depth of field to your advantage.
In this lesson you will discover how to solve common problems with portraits and how to arrange and shoot portrait and group photos that give you a true representation of the individual or group. Then you will learn how to take photos of faces, hands, and people with their pets. You will discover how to manage composition, posing, and angles, and how to capture meaningful photos that communicate to the viewer. You will also discover how to handle lighting with pets and how to keep their attention as you photograph them.
This lesson will cover taking photos of babies and children. You will discover some practical tips that will help you shoot those intimate, personal photos. You will explore techniques for taking photos of children in motion, discuss how to pose kids, and consider specific issues related to photographing babies and newborns. Then you will learn about tools and trick so you can capture great sports images. You will learn to manage shutter speed, composition, and lighting.
In this lesson you will learn about macro and abstract photography. Macro photography uses specialized lenses and lens attachments that allow you to get very close to items, while abstract photography focus on photos that may not have a discernable subject. Then you will learn about the challenging types of people photography—shooting formal events. You will explore how to manage posing, lighting, and composition. You will also learn how to manage distractions, problems, and even how to take great photos of objects such as the wedding cake.
In your last lesson, you will find out how to make the most of image editing software. You will focus on editing techniques specific to photos of people. You will learn to adjust composition, exposure, and how to fix common problems, such as facial blemishes. Finally you will explore the business of photography. You will learn to manage clients, the services you will offer, and learn about photography contracts. You will be able to download a contract and customize it to meet your business needs.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- You will need a digital camera.
- 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).
- A digital editing program of your choice, such as the latest version of Photoshop Elements.
- 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.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
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.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
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.