I absolutely loved this course! Beverly is an excellent teacher. She really knows how to explain technical information in a way that is easy to understand."
Wonderful teacher. Great resource links provided. Quick, helpful responses to questions. Have taken other classes by this instructor and will watch for more. Thank you!!"
The lessons were well organized and easy to understand. This is another great course by the instructor."
Pertinent information about different types of travel was given. The class has inspired me to take my camera and travel!!"
The class was great! I feel that I have learned so much! The instructor and assistants were very helpful and the course covered much more than I had expected."
I've taken Beverly's other online courses and really enjoyed the experience. We will be taking a cruise in January and I'm looking forward to utilizing the skills I've learned in this course. Thanks Beverly, this was a great course!"
Having taken several of her courses, I think Beverly does an excellent job."
This has been another great class (number four for me). I have been reviewing the chapters; there really is a lot of great information in those pages!"
I always thought that I was a fairly good amateur photographer, but boy did I learn a lot from this class."
Course Code: tdp
This first lesson will be an overview of the equipment you will need to pack before you head out on the road. You will look at cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as other options for stabilization. Then you will examine a number of different ways to photograph the wilderness. You will explore ways to carry your equipment, keep it safe from rain, and power it up on a long trip away from home. You will learn some 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.
This lesson will concentrate on animals and how to capture their essence, whether in the wild or protected in cages. You will look at equipment for zooming in and camera options for the best quality images. You will learn how to merge with nature so you can observe the animal’s behavior. You will also learn about shooting fast-moving animals like birds in flight, and how to use your camera to its best advantage. Then you will discover how to manage light when you are under and over the water. You will learn how to work with backlighting, reflectors, fill flash, and spot metering. You will also learn how to use lines in an image to set off your subject and improve your composition.
Work with settings on your camera like customized white balance, ISO, and flash options. You will discover the power of shooting in RAW, and the options available with digital editing. You will explore some options for cave photography, lightning, and fireworks. Then you will learn how to protect your equipment from condensation and heat. With the added control that manual exposure settings give you, you will find the Sunny 16 Rule a great help. You will also take a look at macro work and how to get detailed shots.
Discover some of the exposure challenges when taking pictures of snow and ice. You will look at shooting indoors, freezing action, and how to make the most of bad weather. Then you will investigate the many advantages of cruising and being at sea with your camera. You will learn easy solutions to exposure latitude issues to get the shots you want. You will be given a photo assignment where you will document your journey with all the tools at your disposal.
In this lesson, you will discover 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 will learn the importance of perspective when taking shots in the air and how to shoot through hazy skies. Then you will discover how to make the most of photos taken while on sightseeing tours. You will look at safety precautions, how to shoot in the fog, and how to use metering options and handheld light meters.
In this final lesson, you will look at international travel, power concerns, and customs issues. You will explore the mysteries behind model releases and selling your work, and even how to take a great passport photo. Lastly you will look at how to clean your camera so you will be ready when the next photo opportunity arises.
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book “Photoshop Elements 14 — What's New?”
Completion of Secrets of Better Photography (or equivalent photography experience.)
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.