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.
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.
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.
Lesson 01 - Before You Go
The first lesson is an overview of the equipment you'll need to pack before you head out on the road. You'll look at cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as other options for stabilization. You'll be ready to go before you know it!
Lesson 02 - Wilderness Work
In this lesson, you'll look at a number of different ways to photograph the wilderness. You'll explore ways to carry your equipment, keep it safe from rain, and power it up on a long trip away from home. The lesson will discuss some of the basic rules of composition and how to put them to good use, as well as focal points and getting the depth of field that best suits your subject.
Lesson 03 - Animal Antics
In this lesson, you'll concentrate on animals and how to capture their essence, whether they're in the wild or protected in cages. You'll look at equipment for zooming in and camera options for the best quality images. It's easy to get up close to a captive animal, but when you're in the wild, you'll need to know how to merge with nature so that you can observe natural behavior, so this lesson will discuss that, too. The lesson will also go over shooting fast-moving animals like birds in flight and show you how to use your camera to its best advantage.
Lesson 04 - Beaches and Aquariums
Even under the water, light is the magic that makes the photographic process work. So, in this lesson, you'll look at how to manage light when you're under and over the water. When you finish this lesson, you'll know how to work with backlighting, reflectors, fill flash, and spot metering. You'll also see how to use lines in an image to set off your subject as you improve your composition.
Lesson 05 - Nights and Lights
Sometimes, you'll find that there isn't much light when you're traveling and you'll need to know how to accommodate low light and mixed light situations. In this lesson, you'll work with settings on your camera like the white balance, ISO, and flash options to make sure you get the pictures you want. You'll also see the power of shooting in RAW and the options available with digital editing. As you finish up this lesson, you'll even explore some options for cave photography, lightning, and fireworks!
Lesson 06 - Hot and Humid
Visiting warm climates is a big part of many travel experiences, so in this lesson, you'll see how to protect your equipment from condensation and heat. You'll also see how to work within a rainforest environment. With the added control that manual exposure settings give you, you'll find the Sunny 16 Rule a great help. You'll also take a look at macro work and how to get the best shots of the details wherever you are.
Lesson 07 - Cold and Wet
In this lesson, you'll move from warm climates into winter settings. Snow and ice make great backgrounds for dynamic photos, but they can present some exposure challenges, and this lesson will discuss how to solve those kinds of problems. You'll also look at shooting indoors, freezing action, and how to make the most of bad weather. When you finish here, you'll have a good idea of how to photograph star trails and the Northern Lights as well.
Lesson 08 - Sailing the Seven Seas
Welcome aboard! As you move into this lesson, you'll investigate the many advantages of cruising and being at sea with your camera. Lighting can be confusing at sea, but with easy solutions to exposure latitude issues, you'll get the shots you want. To finish off the lesson, you'll receive a photo assignment where you'll document your journey with all the tools at your disposable. Bon voyage!
Lesson 09 - Up, Up, and Away!
It's time to rise above everyday sightseeing and shoot from the air. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to learn many techniques for working from a hot air balloon, a helicopter, or an airplane. The lesson will talk about histograms and blinkies and how they can help you improve your shots as well as how to use exposure compensation to quickly correct exposure problems. You'll see the importance of perspective from the air and how to shoot through hazy skies.
Lesson 10 - Cityscapes
Big cities are a part of many trips, and you won't want to miss the action! This lesson will introduce you to sightseeing tours, safety precautions, and making the most of your time in the city. You'll also see how to shoot in fog and use various metering options and handheld light meters. Many cities have amusement parks, so you'll spend some time learning how to put panning, long exposure, and light painting to work to bring home images of all the fun.
Lesson 11 - Beyond the Border
As you near the end of the course, you'll see how to make the most of a trip across the border. You'll look at international travel, power concerns, and customs issues so you can make sure you get back and forth across the border easily. You'll also have a chance to explore the mysteries behind model releases and selling your work. Since you won't want to leave home without a passport, the lesson will spend some time discussing how to take a great passport photo, too!
Lesson 12 - After You Get Back
Welcome home! In the final lesson, it's time to get your images organized so you can share the best of your images with friends and family. The lesson will conclude with information on cleaning your camera so you're ready to go when the next opportunity arises. By the end of the course, you'll have mastered a wealth of techniques that will change your pictures forever!