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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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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.
  • Lesson 2 - Operating a Camera

    This lesson will show that more than just pointing and clicking is required to take great pictures.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Lesson 5 - TTL Light Meter

    In this lesson, we will take exposure one step further by looking more intently at metering.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 7 - Choosing Lenses

    Types of lenses and their impact on pictures, whether film or digital, are explained.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 9 - Lighting

    The importance of lighting for great picture-taking is discussed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 14 - Digital vs. Film

    This lesson will focus on digital and film images, and the differences between them.
  • Lesson 15 - Enhancing Photographs

    This lesson will reveal when, and how, to enhance your picture in some easy ways.
  • 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.

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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
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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $95.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand basic camera operations.
  • Summarize operating a camera.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize 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.
Lesson 1 Assignment: Introductory QuestionsAssignment5
Lesson 1 QuizExam25
Lesson 2 Assignment: Practice Taking a Picture that tells a storyAssignment25
Lesson 2 QuizExam20
Lesson 3 Assignment: Testing Types of FilmAssignment25
Lesson 3 QuizExam15
Lesson 4 Assignment- Practice Taking a Better PictureAssignment20
Lesson 4 QuizExam6
Lesson 5 Assignment: Practice Using a Light Meter and/or Gray CardAssignment20
Lesson 5 QuizExam6
Lesson 6 Assignment: Depth of Field PicturesAssignment20
Lesson 6 QuizExam7
Lesson 7 Assignment: Testing Different Lens ShotsAssignment25
Lesson 8 Assignment: Practice Using Different LensesAssignment20
Lesson 8 QuizExam9
Lesson 9 Assignment: Testing LightingAssignment25
Lesson 9 QuizExam20
Lesson 10 Assignment: Practice These Lighting ConditionsAssignment20
Lesson 10 QuizExam8
Lesson 11 Assignment: Practice Using Your FlashAssignment20
Lesson 11 QuizExam9
Lesson 12 Assignment: Practice Taking Pictures with FiltersAssignment20
Lesson 12 QuizExam8
Lesson 13 Assignment: Practice Steady ShootingAssignment5
Lesson 13 QuizExam7
Lesson 14 Assignment: Which is Better?Assignment20
Lesson 14 QuizExam9
Lesson 15 Assignment: Enhance Your Own Photo's NowAssignment25
Lesson 15 QuizExam15
Final Assignment: Show Us a Good Picture Now!Assignment25
Lesson 16 QuizExam7
Total Points:491

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