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Photography 101: Beginner to Intermediate

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Course Description

Have you ever seen those old black and white (or brown and white) pictures of pioneers? No one smiled, the women always wore gloves, and the children's faces were smudgy. In those days, the cameras required a longer period of time to capture the image than today. That explains why the children were always blurry, and possibly why no one smiled! If your pictures are turning out that way, or if you simply want to take better pictures, this course will help! After all, it doesn't matter what kind of camera you own, you don't own it for the sake of owning a camera--you own a camera so you can get nice pictures.
This course will help you discover how to use the camera you have--no matter how fancy or simple it is--so that you can take great pictures.

Here's what you will learn:

- You will discover the differences in modern cameras, and find a recommendation for which one you should buy, if you are in the market for one.
- You will learn what the pro's do, and how you can do the same thing for less.
- You will find step-by-step instructions on how to make great photos that are worthy of submission to any local photography contest.
- You will read about real life photography experiences from amateur photographers "just like you" who have something interesting to share.
- You will discover more than just how to press your camera's button
- You will follow several examples through the course to show you the range of photography options available to you.
- You will read about camera lenses, exposure, and lighting in a way that actually helps you understand rather than confuses you more with technical jargon.
- You will actually see photographs that compare different types of techniques to help you learn how different settings produce different results.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 - Camera Basics

In this first lesson, we will go over how all cameras work, and the parts of the camera that you need to know about. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Introductory Questions
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2 - Operating a Camera

This lesson will show that more than just pointing and clicking is required to take great pictures. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Online Photography- Journal of Fine Art Photography; National Geographic Photography; PopPhoto- Online Home of Popular Photography and Imaging and American Photo; Point and Click Cameras ; How to Buy a Point-and- Shoot Digital Camera
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Practice Taking a Picture that tells a story
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3 - Types of Film

This lesson will not only examine the different film types, and the type you should use, but it also will explain the differences between digital cameras and film cameras -- and reveal which one is actually better! 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Understanding Film Speed
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Testing Types of Film
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4 - Aperture and Shutter Speeds

In this lesson, we will take a more in-depth look at aperture and shutter speed, and their relationship to film exposure. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: What is Shutter Speed ; Digital Camera- ISO settings
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment- Practice Taking a Better Picture
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5 - TTL Light Meter

In this lesson, we will take exposure one step further by looking more intently at metering. 26 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Light Meters C Adorama C ; Photography Guide; Visual arts - Download available here; Weatherscapes.com - Great for outdoor photography
  • Review 2 Videos: Photography Tips and Lighting : How to Use Light Meters ; Gray Card For Great Photo Exposures
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Practice Using a Light Meter and/or Gray Card
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6 - Depth of Field

In this lesson, we will explore depth of field. Every exposure setting has its own unique side effect, which can be used by the photographer to achieve specific creative goals. 27 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Depth of Field Calculator ; Tips on Shutter Speed - article ; Aperture Foundation - online magazine; Examples for Understanding Depth of Field; 17 Excellent Examples of Narrow Depth of Field
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Depth of Field Pictures
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7 - Choosing Lenses

Types of lenses and their impact on pictures, whether film or digital, are explained. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Solar Photography With Telephoto Lenses.
  • Review 2 Videos: Tips for Buying and Using a Camera : How to Choose the Right Camera Lens ; The Basics of Photography : Understanding Camera Lenses
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Testing Different Lens Shots

Lesson 8 - Lenses Continued

In this lesson, we will examine further the different types of lenses common to most professional cameras, and the lengths and angles that affect your image the most. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Understanding Camera Lenses - blog article ; Outdoor Photographer - blog article; Sample images, reviews, used, new and historical prices, specifications ; Digital SLR Photography Tips - Your Lenses
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Practice Using Different Lenses
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9 - Lighting

The importance of lighting for great picture-taking is discussed. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Videos: Lighting Video; Understanding White Balance Video ; Low Light Photography Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Testing Lighting
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10 - Lighting Continued

In this lesson, we will learn more about the different uses of daylight for your photography, the use of timing with daylight, and the various elements of natural light photography. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: Digital Photography School - blog article - Lighting ; All Things Photography - blog article - Lighting ; Examples of Photographs in Different Light ; Example of Front and Back Light Photograph ; Tips on Light Rules
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Practice These Lighting Conditions
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11 - Flash Photography

In this lesson, we will learn the types of flashes, various flash facts, and details concerning the effective use of your camera's flash. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Different Flashes Used in Photography; Flash Photography Made Simple; Types of Digital Camera External Flash Units
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Practice Using Your Flash
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12 - Filters

In this lesson, we will cover the various filters used in photography, including lens filters, color filters, skylight and UV filters, polarizing filters, and special effects filters. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: To see a demonstration of color filters used with black and white photography ; UV Filters - Photo.net - Article ; Filters - Source for purchasing
  • Review Video: Video of How to Use a Camera Filter
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13 - Steady Shooting

In this lesson, we will cover key features to steady shooting, namely how to hold the camera; shutter speeds and lenses; and how to use a tripod and cable releases. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Super Steady Shot Image Stabilizer - Article ; DIY Photography - Article - Shutter Speeds ; Camera Lenses - Article ; Photography.com - Article - Cable Releases
  • Review 3 Videos: How To Hold Your Camera- Video ; How to focus Video ; How to Use Tripods in Photography Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14 - Digital vs. Film

This lesson will focus on digital and film images, and the differences between them. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Film vs. Digital Cameras
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15 - Enhancing Photographs

This lesson will reveal when, and how, to enhance your picture in some easy ways. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Composition Video ; Creative Techniques for Photographers
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Quiz

Lesson 16 - Organizing the Picture

How to arrange your picture so that the image in your mind will turn out to be the photograph that comes out of your camera. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: PhotographyTips.com
  • Review Video: Photography Tips Video
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment: Show Us a Good Picture Now!
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Quiz
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand basic camera operations.
  • Know operating a camera.
  • Know types of film.
  • Demonstrate aperture and shutter speeds.
  • Identify TTL light meter.
  • Demonstrate depth of field.
  • Determine how to choose appropriate lenses.
  • Demonstrate lighting techniques.
  • Demonstrate flash photography.
  • Determine filter use with your camera.
  • Know steady shooting techniques.
  • Describe film and its use in the today's world.
  • Determine enhancing photograph techniques.
  • Demonstrate organizing picture techniques, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Photography 101: Beginner to Intermediate
Course Number: 7550459
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Eric Thomas
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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