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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 will learn how to use it the way you want to in this hands-on course.

You will 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 when broken down into simple concepts. This course also explores natural and artificial lighting, freezing or blurring motion, portraiture, children's photography, pet photography, photojournalism, and digital editing options.

With each lesson, you will have an assignment to apply the lesson topic using your own camera. By the time you finish this course, you will see the difference in your photographer's eye and your photos. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Course Code: eph

What 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 or self paced online course
  • 6 -12 weeks to complete
  • 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

Outline

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The Subject of Photography

In this first lesson, you will learn how to see the subject of each photograph—before you press the shutter button. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class. 

Camera Equipment

As you learn more about the technical side of photography, take a look at the options available in camera equipment. Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or the latest digital SLR, you will gain a better understanding of the equipment and tools photographers use.

Your Photographic Eye

Returning to artistic elements in this lesson, you will learn how to develop your photographer's eye and incorporate compositional guidelines as you take better pictures. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class.

Lighting

Light is the essence of photography. This lesson explores how to control and use light to your advantage. You will compare the advantages of natural light, available light, and artificial light and see when you will want to use each to capture the special effects you're after. You will also learn how to use the ISO and white balance settings on your camera to make the most of the light you have.

Sharp Shooting

This lesson delves into the options for using your camera and other tools to get sharp, crisp images. Photography often requires compromise to accommodate conflicting priorities, and after this lesson, you will be able to decide what's most important to you. You will also see how to test your lenses and cameras and evaluate your equipment.               

Aperture and Depth of Field

Using manual exposure settings opens up a whole new world of professional and creative options. In this lesson, you will begin an exploration of how to get the most out of your camera's features, starting with Aperture Priority and the control it gives you over depth of field.

Shutter Speed and Motion

You will see how to capture motion in this lesson. Whether you want to freeze the action of fireworks or merge a waterfall into a velvety illusion, shutter speed is the key. Setting your shutter speed gives you the control you need to get the images you want, and it's easier than you might think. You will have lots to practice with as you finish this lesson. 

Portraiture

In this lesson, you will learn the tricks of portrait photography. Whether you're working professionally or just as the family photographer, these techniques will help you take better portraits. You will see how to pose people so they look their best, when to use digital editing, and how various lighting techniques will help you create pleasing portraits.               

Children and Pet Photography

Photographing children, pets, and groups is a challenge for even the most seasoned professional photographer. In this lesson, you will learn some techniques and strategies to bring out the best in your pictures.         

Photographic Challenges

Now that you know how your camera works and what you want to do, it's time to take a look at how to handle challenging situations. When the light is low, or the subject just seems out of reach, you want to know how to get the shot. This lesson focuses on how to use your tools and knowledge to beat the challenges and come away with the pictures you're after.

Photojournalism

Photojournalism is a fascinating field for photographers. This fast-paced world presents challenges of its own. In this lesson, you will see how the pros handle this type of work and learn how to get started in the field.

Digital Options

Digital editing is a real bonus for photographers. In your final lesson, you will learn about the basic and artistic editing techniques available to all photographers, as well as some of the technical issues of digital photography.

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Instructors & Support

Beverly Richards Schulz

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 14What'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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
  • A digital or film camera.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins. 
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

Instructor-led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling. 

Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period. 

 

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-led: 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.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-led: 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.

Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accesable at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.

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