From day one, I felt the lessons were providing valuable information and techniques that have improved my ability to take pictures. The supplemental information was invaluable. Although I did not contribute to the discussion groups, I did review them and found a lot of information and positive feedback from the instructor and assistants. Great course, thank you."
I really improved my photographic skills. My husband said that my photos look like they were taken by a pro. (Prior to this course he wouldn't comment!!) I enjoyed the instructor's writing style. She made the online course feel much more personal by sharing her own experiences. The TA's responses were prompt, pleasant, and helpful. Thanks!"
This is the second photography course I have taken with Beverly and feel she is an excellent instructor. I have really enjoyed the assignments after each lesson and appreciate the feedback on the photos from her or one of her assistants."
This course exceeded my expectations! I loved it, and am sorry it has come to an end! I set out to learn the manual settings on my DSLR, and I learned that as well as so much more. I was frustrated with only using my Auto setting before this class, now I'm excited about my camera and all that I can do with it. I found Beverly to be a very good instructor, and Kimberly to be a great TA! Having the chance to interact with fellow students by reading their comments and seeing their photos is immeasurable. Thank you so much for a wonderful course!"
This class was great! Many times I have tried to learn photography from books and I just was not successful. This class did the trick. Now I understand how it all goes together. I wasted several years trying to teach myself. Thank you so much."
This was a great course. It covered the areas I needed to work on, including when and how to use Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes. I look forward to taking the Travel Photography course."
I have taken a photography class before, but this course was a nice improvement on that one. I like how the instructor is so very practical in her advice. I like that she understands that novices need some time with the auto settings and Aperture or Shutter priority settings. I feel comfort in using these, but I know in time I will be ready to go totally manual. I thank the instructor for her encouragement to just try what is available on the camera for beginners like me."
This course was excellent. I have taken two courses on digital photography and have learned more than I ever thought I would in this course. My Canon T2i camera is no longer a "point and shoot" camera. I now know how to change settings to get the pictures I am after. I am trying to put to use all the things I have learned by taking more pictures and re-reading the areas where I need more understanding. Thanks for developing this program. I have enjoyed this class and will use the information for many years to come."
Great course! I learned a lot! I'm so pleased that I now understand shutter speed and aperture and know how to use shutter priority and aperture priority on my camera."
I needed a refresher, and this course included everything and more that I knew about photography. A great summary and a great help to me to reinforce the basics again. I have a new found confidence in my photography and I’m looking forward to the next course."
Course Code: eph
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.
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.
Understand the choices photographers have for getting sharp images. Then, learn what depth of field is and how to control it with aperture settings.
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.
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.
Grasp the unique needs of the photojournalism industry. Then, understand some of the features of digital photography and the opportunities it provides traditional photographers.
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer, and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She has been teaching photography for more than 15 years. 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 Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She is a co-author with Eric Johnson of the book, Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?
She is an avid digital film photographer, early adopter, and 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. She has also 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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.