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.
Lesson 01 - What Is Digital Photography?
In our first lesson, you'll have a chance to become familiar with the online classroom and discover the many resources available to you, including the beginning of our Digital Dictionary. You'll also learn how digital photography works and what you'll need to get started with a digital workshop at home. We'll discuss computers and provide you with information so you can make the best decision about which type you need, if you need one at all! You'll also come away from this lesson with a good understanding of how we find ourselves in the midst of the digital age and so many fascinating opportunities.
Lesson 02 - Let's Talk About Cameras
In today's lesson, you'll have an opportunity to understand the key features of a digital camera. This will be helpful as you learn about what to look for both inside and outside the camera and as you explore the different levels of equipment available.
Lesson 03 - Shopping for Digital Equipment
When it's time to make a decision and buy the camera that's right for you, you'll want to know how to make your best choice. In this lesson, we'll discuss more of the attributes and features of digital photography so you're ready to go shopping!
Lesson 04 - Storing Digital Images
Digital storage is a big issue (no pun intended!). So in this lesson, we'll look at ways to address this aspect of digital photography. When it comes to digital images, you'll need storage space—not only on your camera, but also on your computer and somewhere offline for backup. Today, we'll discuss recommendations and guidelines for getting the most out of your storage space, as well as how to choose the best backup option for you and your work.
Lesson 05 - Phone and Tablet Photography
Digital photography isn't limited to traditional cameras! You probably have your phone or tablet with you most of the time, and this lesson explores the option of using that camera to take pictures, display your images, or even do quick editing. If you've been a bit confused by all the new terminology connected with smartphones and tablets, here you'll find easy explanations and clear examples of how to make the most of this technology.
Lesson 06 - The Digital Darkroom
The ability to edit your digital images is one of the most compelling features of digital photography. In today's lesson, we'll look at several of the software programs available to you and some of the many features you'll find in digital editing programs.
Lesson 07 - Digital Photography Online
Using digital images online and on your computer are big parts of digital photography. In this lesson, you'll discover ways you can easily use digital images with email and on websites. We'll also discuss sizing images for use on the Internet so they display quickly. You'll love learning how simple it is to use your images as backgrounds and computer wallpaper. With digital photography, you can customize almost anything!
Lesson 08 - Digital Printing
Printing digital images can take many forms, and in this lesson, we'll explore the options for printing at home and the extensive network of retail printers available for digital work. You'll also learn how to prepare your images for the best quality prints, regardless of where you print them. If archival quality is important to you, or if you're scrapbooking, there are some things you'll want to know!
Lesson 09 - A Changing Society
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy saw a whole new world spill out in front of her, and she turned to her dog and said, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!" Sometimes our world seems a bit like that with all the changes that the Internet, digital imaging, and high-end technology have brought to everyday life. In this lesson, we'll look at what's new and how digital imaging is changing our communication, business practices, and the way we, as photographers, manage, and protect our images.
Lesson 10 - Scanning and Restoring Photos
Scanning printed images is an important option for digital photography. In today's lesson, we'll look at restoring old and damaged photos, as well as using scanners to convert slides, negatives, and prints into digital images. You'll even learn how to capture an image of a 3-D object with a scanner! A scanner is a terrific tool for digital photographers and does an excellent job of connecting traditional photography with the digital era. This is an especially important lesson for scrap bookers working on family histories with damaged images or printed documents.
Lesson 11 - Traveling With Digital Equipment
Travel photography is always a favorite subject for photographers, whether you're shooting in your own backyard or around the world. Digital photography presents some different challenges and opportunities, so in this lesson, we'll look at how professionals in the field handle the challenges, as well as techniques and opportunities you can use when you travel, including file organization with Adobe's Lightroom.
Lesson 12 - Composing Digitally
In our final lesson together, we'll look at how to compose your pictures with digital options in mind. There's a lot more to being a digital photographer than just owning a digital camera, and today you'll see some great examples of difficult situations that you can remedy with digital solutions. The more you learn about your options, the more you'll want to experiment!