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    Understanding Your Camera
This will be the most technical section as we give you a guide through all the parts of your camera.
 
  • A Quick Guide
  • Important controls
  • Special Functions
  • Where to find things
  • What some of the jargon means
  • What happens when you take a picture
 
Once you have completed this section you'll have the jargon under control, you'll understand your camera, you will have the solid grounding for the rest of the course and your photography.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Understand Your Own Camera     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Quick Guide to Your Camera       Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Light Path Through a Camera       Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Focal Length and Field of View  

    Exposure
The whole essence of photography is capturing the light we see before us and fixing it on film or digital sensor.
 
 Our eyes are incredibly good at seeing in near darkness through to bright daylight.  Cameras need a bit of help with this.  The digital sensor (or film) can only accommodate a narrow band of brightness.
 
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Understanding Exposure Controls     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Exposure Controls       Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Shooting Modes  

    Focussing
Needless to say, getting a picture in focus is very important!
 
You are going to learn:
  • How easy focus is
  • How to make your camera do the work
  • How to take control when you need to
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Focus and Composition     Bonus: Cheat Sheet Focussing Tips       Bonus: Photo Quote Posters Bundle 1  

    Aperture
You will know that the pupil of the human eye shrinks in bright daylight and expands in dark rooms. The pupil is opening or closing its "aperture" to let in more or less light.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: A Depth of Field Library     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Depth of Field       Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Depth of Field Sample Charts  

    Shutter Speed - Exposure and Motion
© Jannis Andrija Schnitzer
Your camera has a shutter in front of the digital sensor. When you take a picture this shutter opens briefly to allow the light to fall on the sensor. This can happen very quickly, within 1/400th of a second, or very slowly, whole seconds. When Louis Daguerre took his first picture his shutter speed was 8 hours!

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Photograph Moving Objects     Locked Bonus  

    Photographic Lighting
In this section you will learn how to use artificial lighting:
 
  • Your Speedlite
  • Studio Flash
  • Continuous Lighting
  • How easy it is
  • Why you want to use artificial light
 
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Artificial Lighting     Bonus: Studio Portrait Lighting       Bonus: Studio Lighting Equipment Explained  

    Filters
Filters fit over the front of your lens to provide control of colour or special effects.
 
They might do something simple like reduce light or glare.  They can be used to add or remove colour.  They can be used for weird effects like creating kaleidoscopic images.
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Using Filters - Making Your Own     Bonus: Tiffen Filters Guide       Bonus: Hoya Filters Guide       Bonus: Photo Quote Posters Bundle 2  

    Black and White Photography
© Zeitfaenger.at
Of course photography started out in black and white (well more brown and white).  While we want colour images there always seems to be something special, artistic and timeless about a black and white image.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Seeing in Black and White     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - Colour Toning  

    Weddings
You are going to be asked to shoot a wedding sooner or later.  I'm here to tell you don't.  To shoot a wedding well you have to be absolutely on top of your game. You need a real understanding and fluency in your technical skills.  You also have to be really good with your people management skills.   Shooting a wedding is hard work, fast moving and frankly a job best left to the professionals.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Wedding Photography Review     Bonus: 11 Portrait Tips       Bonus: 30 More Portrait Tips  

    Landscapes
Beauty is laid all around us whether at home or on holiday.  In this section you will learn how to capture wonderful landscapes and record the world around you.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Get Out and Shoot!     Bonus: How Photographs Are Assessed  

    Cityscapes and Buildings
In this section you are going to view a city from distant to real close-up. Every point has different features and needs. But a city offers an infinitude of photographic possibilities. Outside the city are there views that can be taken of the city on the horizon or looking down into the city? Inside the city what are the major landmarks worth shooting? Closer to buildings where are the interesting details? How do you shoot interiors of buildings that capture their magnificence?

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Get Out and Shoot     Bonus: Why f/11?       Bonus: Photographic Internet Memes Bundle 1  

    Wildlife
Animals are all around us, big and small, pets and pests, furry and cute, scaly and scary.
 
In this lesson you will learn how to photograph animals both in the wild and in the zoo, creating wonderful images of fascinating creatures.
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Get Out and Shoot!     Bonus: 10 Tips for Shooting Wildlife  

    Close-Up and Macro
Macro photography is all about seeing the world of the small.  It can reveal amazing things in everyday objects.   Macro photography is also the realm of the natural history photographer, taking images of insects and butterflies and small flowers and plants.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Stay Indoors and Shoot :)     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - 30 Tips for Better Macro Images  

    Night Photography
Our main topic for night photography is going to be about capturing night scenes, such as starry skies, lightning and fireworks.  

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Photographing Light Trails     Bonus: Cheat Sheet - 30 Tips for Better Night Shoots  

    Mistakes, Pitfalls and Problem Solving
Mistakes will always happen.  The crucial thing is recognising what has caused the problem and how to fix it quickly.
 
In this section you will learn the most common mistakes made and their quick fixes.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Finding and Fixing Your Own Mistakes     Bonus: 10 Tips for Checking Your Photographs       Bonus: Photographic Internet Memes Bundle 2  

    Showing Your Work
You now have a collection of really nice images.  What do you do with them?  How do you show them off?  In film days your only route was the printed image.  For some photographers this still remains the final goal for any image.  For many now though the internet is the way to show their work.  In this section we will cover both print and digital ways of letting others see you work.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Get Your Pictures Online     Bonus: How NOT to choose pictures for competitions  

    Managing Files
People always choose their photographs as the one thing they would rescue if their house burnt down. But where are most people's photographs now? On their computer. Yet the odds of a failure of the computer (or its hard disc store) are much greater than that of their house burning down.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Organise Your Backup Solution!     Bonus: 50+ Useful Photography Forums & Websites  

    Post-Processing Part 1: Software and Management
There are many software packages for managing and editing your photographs.  The most famous is of course Photoshop from Adobe.    
 
In this section you are going to learn about a few software options that are available to you, then you will learn how to use the free software package Picasa.

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Download and Install Picasa     Bonus: Free and Paid For Software Links  

    Post-Processing Part 2: Editing Images
In this section we are going to cover the basic editing you might do to any picture, whatever the subject.
 
Select an image from your library and double click to open the editor panel.
 
On the left hand side you will see the basic correction options you have available.
 

 

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    Video     Exercise     Assignment: Post Processing     Bonus: 10 Tips for Post Processing Portraits  

    Final Exam and Assessment

Well done, you are at the last stage now.
 
All you need to do is complete the final test and submit images for assessment.
 
Your assessment can take up to 10 working days, so please be patient.  We will let you know as soon as it is complete.
 
You will receive your completion and award certificate shortly afterwards.
    Final Exam     Assignment: Picture Assessment
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