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Photographing people with your digital camera

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.

Week One

Lesson 01 - Digital Camera Basics
Wednesday

Photographing people is one of the most exciting and complicated kinds of photography. Yet, with just a few skills, you'll soon be taking better pictures of people. You'll begin this lesson by exploring digital photography equipment and learning how to set up an inexpensive home studio.

Lesson 02 - All About Exposure
Friday

In this lesson, you'll learn about exposure and the pivotal role it plays in photography. The lesson will talk about the three camera controls that affect exposure, and you'll find out how to use these controls to achieve the desired effect in your photographs.

Week Two

Lesson 03 - Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Techniques
Wednesday

In this lesson, you'll learn about light. Every photo is made from the effects of light on your digital camera's sensor, so the importance of understanding and using light has an enormous impact on your photos. You'll find out how to make the most of indoor and outdoor light and how to use some tactics to give you better shots. Then, you'll explore some difficult lighting situations and how to overcome those problems in order to take great people photos.

Lesson 04 - Composing Photographs
Friday

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compose a photo. Photo composition involves not only the primary subject and secondary objects, but also the general look and overall feeling of a photo. You'll find out 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.

Week Three

Lesson 05 - Taking Portraits of Individuals and Groups
Wednesday

People photographers spend most of their time taking portraits of individuals and groups, but posing and arranging these shots can be difficult. In this lesson, you'll learn 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.

Lesson 06 - Photographing Hands, Faces, and People with Their Pets
Friday

In this lesson, you'll learn how to take photos of faces, hands, and people with their pets.  You'll discover how to manage composition, posing, and angles, and how to capture meaningful photos that communicate to the viewer.  You'll also learn how to handle lighting with pets and how to keep their attention as you photograph them.

Week Four

Lesson 07 - Photographing Children
Wednesday

In this lesson, you'll learn how to take photos of babies and children. You'll discover some practical tips that will help you shoot those intimate, personal photos. You'll explore techniques for taking photos of children in motion, learn how to pose kids, and consider specific issues related to photographing babies and newborns.

Lesson 08 - Action Photography
Friday

Have you ever tried to get some good sports photos, only to be disappointed with the results?  Maybe the image was blurry or the gym lighting made your photos have a yellow tint.  Sports photography is often rather difficult, but this lesson will help you learn tools and tricks so you can capture great sports images. You'll learn all about managing shutter speed, composition, lighting, and you'll find out what makes a sports photo look great.

Week Five

Lesson 09 - Macro and Abstract Photography
Wednesday

In lesson, you'll 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 focuses on photos that may not have a discernable subject.  You'll be surprised to know that you can use both of these techniques to create beautiful photos of people, and in this lesson, you'll find out how.

Lesson 10 - Shooting Formals and Weddings
Friday

One of the more challenging types of people photography is shooting formal events, such as proms and weddings. This lesson will tackle this difficult subject and explore how to manage posing, lighting, and composition. You'll also explore how to manage distractions, problems, and even how to take great photos of inanimate objects, such as the wedding cake!

Week Six

Lesson 11 - Post-Processing Photos of People
Wednesday

In this lesson, you'll find out how to make the most of image editing software and your people photos. Even good photos sometimes need a bit of editing work to make them great, and in this lesson, you'll focus on editing techniques specific to photos of people. You'll see how to adjust composition, exposure, and how to fix common problems, such as facial blemishes.

Lesson 12 - The Business of Photography
Friday

After you master your people photography skills, you may want to begin a business. In this final lesson, you'll explore the business of photography. You'll find out how to manage your clients and services and then learn about photography contracts—a vital part of your business. You'll even be able to download a contract and customize it to meet your business needs.

 
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  • Learn a new skill or enhance existing skills for professional development or personal enrichment.
  • New sessions starting monthly with lessons and assignments released weekly.
  • 2-4 hours a week in a convenient six-week format.
  • Interactive learning environment. Classroom built around discussion areas where you can engage with classmates and instructors.
  • Expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each course.
  • Award of completion from your learning institution with passing score.
  • Gain the knowledge needed to move forward with your education.
  • Start anytime. Access Granted upon registration.
  • Courses are designed to be completed within 6-12 weeks.
  • Interactive multi-media instruction with integrated assessment, allowing you to work at your own pace.
  • Professional instructors support you throughout your learning experience.
  • Confirmation of successful course completion.
  • Build industry skills or earn continuing education credits in a variety of fields.
  • Start Anytime. Access to all course material and assessments from day one.
  • Many tutorials can be completed in just a few hours.
  • Quick independent study. Learn something new or expand your knowledge while working at your own pace.
  • Material developed by industry leaders and student support offered.
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score.

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