Master your digital camera and learn the secrets behind outstanding photos. Whether you have a digital SLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or something in between, you will learn how to use it the way you want to in this hands-on course.
You will see how to choose the best photographic equipment for you and how to compose images with style. Exposure topics like aperture, shutter speed, metering, and ISO settings will all make sense when broken down into simple concepts. This course also explores natural and artificial lighting, freezing or blurring motion, portraiture, children’s photography, pet photography, photojournalism, and digital editing options.
With each lesson, you will have an assignment to apply the lesson topic using your own camera. By the time you finish this course, you will see the difference in your photographer’s eye and your photos.
THE SUBJECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY
In this first lesson, you will learn how to see the subject of each photograph before you press the shutter button. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class.
As you learn more about the technical side of photography, take a look at the options available in camera equipment. Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or the latest digital SLR, you will gain a better understanding of the equipment and tools photographers use.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC EYE
Returning to artistic elements in this lesson, you will learn how to develop your photographer’s eye and incorporate compositional guidelines as you take better pictures. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class.
Light is the essence of photography. This lesson explores how to control and use light to your advantage. You will compare the advantages of natural light, available light, and artificial light and see when you will want to use each to capture the special effects you’re after. You will also learn how to use the ISO and white balance settings on your camera to make the most of the light you have.
This lesson delves into the options for using your camera and other tools to get sharp, crisp images. Photography often requires compromise to accommodate conflicting priorities, and after this lesson, you will be able to decide what’s most important to you. You will also see how to test your lenses and cameras and evaluate your equipment.
APERTURE AND DEPTH OF FIELD
Using manual exposure settings opens up a whole new world of professional and creative options. In this lesson, you will begin an exploration of how to get the most out of your camera’s features, starting with Aperture Priority and the control it gives you over depth of field.
SHUTTER SPEED AND MOTION
You will see how to capture motion in this lesson. Whether you want to freeze the action of fireworks or merge a waterfall into a velvety illusion, shutter speed is the key. Setting your shutter speed gives you the control you need to get the images you want, and it’s easier than you might think. You will have lots to practice with as you finish this lesson.
In this lesson, you will learn the tricks of portrait photography. Whether you’re working professionally or just as the family photographer, these techniques will help you take better portraits. You will see how to pose people so they look their best, when to use digital editing, and how various lighting techniques will help you create pleasing portraits.
CHILDREN AND PET PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographing children, pets, and groups is a challenge for even the most seasoned professional photographer. In this lesson, you will learn some techniques and strategies to bring out the best in your pictures.
Now that you know how your camera works and what you want to do, it’s time to take a look at how to handle challenging situations. When the light is low, or the subject just seems out of reach, you want to know how to get the shot. This lesson focuses on how to use your tools and knowledge to beat the challenges and come away with the pictures you’re after.
Photojournalism is a fascinating field for photographers. This fast-paced world presents challenges of its own. In this lesson, you will see how the pros handle this type of work and learn how to get started in the field.
Digital editing is a real bonus for photographers. In your final lesson, you will learn about the basic and artistic editing techniques available to all photographers, as well as some of the technical issues of digital photography.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- A digital or film 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).
- 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.