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The 19 Modules and 12 Photo Assignments in the Wonderful World Of Photography Online Course

 

Module 1: Cameras, Film, Digital, Care for your Equipment.

Within this first module we will take you through the different camera types that are available, Compact, Bridge and SLR’s.
The pros and cons of film and digital and which you may prefer. Finally we look at the care and protection of the equipment you own.
At the end of the module there is a glossary of terms to help you with some of the terminology within the module.
Don’t get concerned if you still have some questions about the “technical stuff”, it will all become clear as you progress through the various modules in the course.

 

Module 2: Lenses, Camera Filters, Printers, Flashguns and Accessories.

In module 2 we will introduce you to the different lenses and focal lengths that are available for your chosen camera.
We will look at camera filters and how to use them to improve your pictures.
A close look at the printing options that are available to get your images onto photo quality papers.
We will take a look at camera flash heads and how to get better results using them.
Finally a few ideas on accessories that will make your shooting life a little easier.

 

Module 3: ISO, White Balance, Aperture, Shutter Speeds, Exposure.

OK now we are ready to learn the fundamental rules of understanding and operating your camera.
The areas we will concentrate on in this module are: How to hold your camera, ISO, White Balance, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Exposure.
Sounds daunting doesn’t it, but don’t panic ,we will guide you through the maze and leave you primed to take some great photos.

 

Module 4: Focusing, Metering, File Formats.

In this module we will guide you through the intricacies of focusing, both auto and manual and when you should use each method.
We will look in detail at the various modes of metering on modern digital cameras and how to judge which type of metering to use for different types of photography.
Finally we will explain the different types of file formats that exist, RAW, TIFF, JPEG, the benefits of each and when to use them.

 

Module 5: Storage and Archiving.

In module 5 we are going to concentrate on how to name, save, store and archive your photographs.
As your collection of digital files grows it is really important that you create a method and discipline to look after your images.
The value of your digital collection should not be underestimated and to enable you to find, retrieve and enjoy your photographs depends on you having a good system in place.

 

Module 6: Camera Settings and Styles.

Within this module we will take you through the different camera mode settings and picture styles that are available. Do you want your camera to set exposures automatically or would you rather have control over the lens aperture and shutter speed? This is what your camera’s mode dial is for. We’ll cover the Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes the differences between them and which ones to use in specific shooting conditions.

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Module 7: Composition.

In module 7 we are going to take a look at composition; one of the most important elements in photography.
Having an eye for a picture is a great asset for all photographers regardless of the type and nature of the pictures you most love to capture.
However the picture will never deliver the impact you saw when you took it unless you have considered the whole composition.
Follow the tips and advice in this module and your images will start to look like those taken by a professional.

 

Module 8: Natural Light.

In this module we are about to look at the most important element in a photographer's quest to produce stunning photographs.
The light around us is what we use to create our pictures. It can be natural light such as sunlight or it can be artificial such as a simple desk lamp. It may be the neon lights from city buildings or the glow from a roaring log fire.
Whatever light source we use will influence our final picture. So the more we understand about it, the better our photography will become.

 

Module 9: Artificial Light.

In module 9 we are going to look at how we can use artificial light, such as a simple desk lamp or a single electronic flashgun.How to take shots at night time and the different effects you can achieve. We will look at some exercises to show how to photograph smoke using a flashgun.  

How to take a still life image using only a simple desk lamp.  How to use a torch to write your name in the sky.Finally how to use a technique known as “multi flash” photography to create stunning images that even when you know how they were done will amaze you and encourage you to try it yourself.

 

Module 10: Photography on Holiday

Within this module we will take you through everything you need to know about taking wonderful shots while on holiday. Thare are lots of useful tips and advice on how to get the most from your photography whilst travelling. We cover the equipment and a range of compostion techniques that will help you to create the perfect hoiday images whether that’s the family holiday at the beach, on safari or in the snow skiing.

 

Module 11: Portraits.

Module 11 will introduce some simple but effective ideas and tips to turn your snaps of people into Portraits, fit to frame.
We will look at composition, lighting, framing and movement. Then take you into areas such as the environment you shoot in, soft focus methods, obscuring part of your subject and much more.
This module will help you understand how to create portraits which make people think about your subject and your subject to really appreciate your skills to capture their likeness in a different way.

 

 Module 12: Landscapes.

Landscape photography is quite possibly the most rewarding style of photography that you can study. The ever changing scenery, weather, light and elements beyond our control make this a unique challenge.
With the right equipment and the hints and tips that you will discover in this module will enable you to produce stunning landscapes, fit to hang on any wall.

 

Module 13: Macro, Texture, Abstract.

In this module we will look at what makes a great macro shot and some tips on how to turn your extreme close-ups into compelling photographs.
We will look at the world of textures and how to photograph subjects to really bring out the texture within them.
Finally we will look at the fascinating challenges of shooting abstract images, which you may not have thought possible.

 

Module 14: Black & White.

Black and white photography is one of the most rewarding styles of photography you can practice.
When you have experimented with black and white you will start to understand and appreciate what lighting is all about.
This module will lead you through different types of photography, landscapes, portraits, still life and more, using only black and white techniques and how to get the best results.

 

 

Module15: Making Photography Pay.

Wouldn’t it be nice to make money doing something you love even if it were just enough to cover the costs of that hobby. In this module we are going to look at ways of selling your photography. No matter the skill level, there are multiple ways in which you can make money from photography as a career, or for even a bit of extra income to compliment that of your main career.

 

 

Module 16: Photoshop Level 1.

Now we are going to look at how post production techniques can help our digital photography.

For the purpose of this course we are going to use Photoshop Elements as our choice of post production software. Photoshop is widely regarded as the industry standard software for virtually all professional photographers. 
In module 5 we showed you how to use Photoshop Elements to tag, name and save your camera files.
In module 6 we are going to explain how to open a RAW camera file, adjust the white balance, exposure, contrast, vibrance and saturation. How to crop name and save your file to a selected folder.

 

Module 17: Photoshop level 2

In module 17 we are going to take our next lesson in retouching some digital files using Photoshop Elements.
Sit back, fasten your seat belts and get ready to create a fantastic composite photograph.
To begin the fun we have selected 3 different files, which as individual shots, are not going to win any awards.
However using some of the skills we have already learned, and a host of new skills we will demonstrate, we are going to manipulate, retouch and combine our 3 files to produce an image to be proud of.

 

 

Module 18: Photoshop Level 3.

In module 18 we are going to take our third lesson in retouching a digital file using Photoshop Elements.
However when we captured our original image, there are occasions when we would like to change certain things within the shot.
Using digital technology we have the luxury of using post production techniques to help us do this.
To get started we have selected a landscape image that has a number of things that we want to change. Using the tools available, such as the spot healing tool, the magnify tool, the cloning tool and many more, we will demonstrate how to change an average shot into a stunning photograph.

 

 

Module 19Your assignments.

In this last module we want you to supply your 3 best photographs. They can be any shots you have taken, but preferably shots that have been taken during your iPhotocourse learning.

They need to be uploaded in a JGEP format and no larger than 500kb when compressed.Your course tutor and two of our professional photographers will critique your shots and give you their comments.

You will then have completed the iPhotocourse and will receive your certificate, based on your academic score achieved within the 15 theory modules, and a written critique of your 3 chosen photographs, from our professional photographers.

 



12 Practical Photo Assignments.

These assignments will help you to get really familiar with your equipment. To look more carefully at your subject, at the light that you use and your composition. The more you practice the more your skills will improve and consequently the better your photographs will be.

Have fun with each assignment and if you don’t like your first attempt, work out why, and go back and do it again.

Once you have covered a task we would encourage you to upload only your best shot to the relevant forum for both tutors and students to critique and comment on.

Last modified: Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 5:28 PM
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