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Secrets of Better Photography

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'll learn how to use it the way you want to in this hands-on course! You'll 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 as we break them down into simple concepts. We'll also explore natural and artificial lighting, freezing or blurring motion, portraiture, children's photography, pet photography, photojournalism, and digital editing options.

With each lesson, you'll have an assignment to apply the lesson topic using your own camera and, if you wish, your teaching team and your classmates will comment on your assignment images in a safe, constructive and positive environment. After six short weeks, you'll see the difference in your photographer's eye and your photos! 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Secrets of Better Photography Details + Objective

Course Code: eph

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of photography and improve your skills
  • Gain an understanding of how equipment affects results by considering aspects such as shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and resolution
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to improve the composition, light, and shadow of your photos
  • Explore photography techniques associated with moving subjects and photojournalism
  • Learn digital editing techniques that can enhance your photography and expand its applications
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become a better photographer of the people, places, and things that are most important to you
  • Gain an “artist’s eye” and begin to look at the world in a whole new way
  • Explore technology that can change the way you memorialize the events of your life
Secrets of Better Photography Outline
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Week 1

Learn to identify exceptional photographic opportunities and compose images that emphasize the chosen subject. Then, examine the different types of cameras and lenses, and understand their role in better photography.

Week 2

Develop skills and methods that will improve your images in the composition stage. Learn how to emphasize your chosen subject. Then, focus on the crucial relationship between light and photography.

Week 3

Understand the choices photographers have for getting sharp images. Then, learn what depth of field is and how to control it with aperture settings.

Week 4

Learn different ways to capture motion with shutter speed settings. Then, recognize the various options for portraiture and how to achieve compatible lighting - both on location and in a studio.

Week 5

Explore the special techniques for photographing children and pets, and find out how to capture these subjects successfully. Then, become familiar with tools for working in challenging situations.

Week 6

Grasp the unique needs of the photojournalism industry. Then, understand some of the features of digital photography and the opportunities it provides traditional photographers.

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Secrets of Better Photography Instructors
Beverly Richards Schulz

Beverly Richards Schulz is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and an award-winning photographer. She has been teaching photography for more than 15 years. Since her first class with ed2go in 2000, she has written more than 30 online classes in digital photography and digital editing, and she's had the privilege of working with more than 70,000 students. She has a BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She and Eric Johnson are authors of the book Photoshop Elements 14What's New? An avid digital film photographer, she was an early adopter of digital technology and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world. For the last 10 years, she has enjoyed being an adjunct faculty member with the University of San Francisco, teaching history and visual arts, as well as displaying and selling her work through galleries, and she has continued to expand her experience in travel photography and cross-cultural studies. In addition to teaching and photographic work, Beverly and her staff provide consulting services for digital photographers and clients.

Secrets of Better Photography Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

A digital or film camera. This class does not involve digital editing or other computer specific programs, so both Mac and Windows operating systems are welcome.

Secrets of Better Photography Frequently Asked Questions
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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?

Keep in mind that 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.

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