I enjoyed this course. I have learned techniques that have improved how I look at pictures. Thanks!"
I liked the way students could share their opinions and their work with others in the class.It gave us the opportunity to view different approaches of photographing people."
Thank You! This course opened up a whole new world for me!"
Thank you, tons of new stuff for me."
This course exceeded my expectations. I'm really glad he covered Photo Shop Elements--I have been wanting to learn to use that program. I purchased a copy during this course and really enjoy using the program. I like Curt Simmon's style--it was a perfect course for me."
Course Code: pps
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.
Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.