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Course Description

Are you tired of the pictures that have been coming out of your camera? Maybe everyone's eyes are half closed or perhaps there is always a shadow that makes everyone in the picture look like they have a beard. Maybe you want to take better pictures but just can't seem to click at the right time, in the right place to get what you want.


You are not alone. So many people want to take good, memorable pictures to capture their experiences but so few feel comfortable enough with their cameras to actually make it happen on a consistent basis.


What's great about Photography Basics is that its full of the stuff you've always wanted to know and there's nothing that you don't need to know. What that means is that you can have the assurance that you can go into this course with little or no knowledge of how your camera works and you'll come away with two things:


  •       Some knowledge on the actual function of your camera
  •    A lot of skills in the area of creating great photographs


So if you want technical jargon thats difficult to understand, this is not the course for you. If you want quality content that shows you step by step how you can make great pictures again and again and again, this is the course you want to take.


After all, why do you own your camera? Is it so you can say that you own a good camera? Or is it because you want to take great pictures? If you are ready to start clicking your way to unforgettable pictures, click here to begin!


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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define basic camera terminology and functions.
  • Know basic operations of a camera.
  • Describe types of film.
  • Describe exposure settings and demonstrate their uses.
  • Describe lighting and photography and demonstrate different lighting techniques.
  • Know methods for choosing lenses.
  • Describe methods for enhancing photographs.
  • Describe methods for organizing a picture, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Lessons

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Camera Basics: Lesson 1

In this first lesson, we will go over how all cameras work and the parts of the camera that you need to be aware of. 65 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Introductory Questions
  • Complete: Quiz on Camera Basics

Operating a Camera: Lesson 2

This lesson will show that more than just pointing and clicking is required in order to take great pictures. 70 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: PopPhoto- Online Home of Popular Photography and Imaging and American Photo; National Geographic Photography; Online Photography- Journal of Fine Art Photography
  • Complete Assignment: Practice Taking a Picture that tells a story
  • Complete: Quiz on Operating a Camera

Types of Film: Lesson 3

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. 85 Total Points
  • Review Article: Film Formats
  • Complete Assignment: Testing Types of Film
  • Complete: Quiz on Types of Film

Lesson 4: Exposure

What exposure is and how it will play a role in creating a great picture is discussed. 70 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Film Exposure; Exposure Metering
  • Complete Assignment: Testing Exposure Settings
  • Complete: Quiz on Exposure

Lesson 5: Lighting

The importance of lighting for great picture taking is discussed. 85 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Understanding Lighting; Lighting Products
  • Complete Assignment: Testing Lighting
  • Complete: Quiz on Lighting

Choosing Lenses- Lesson 6

Types of lenses and their impact on pictures, whether digital of regular, are explained. 25 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Choosing the Best Lens; Understanding Lenses
  • Complete Assignment: Testing Different Lens Shots

Lesson 7: Enhancing Photographs

This lesson will reveal when and how to enhance your picture in some easy ways. 80 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Enhancing Photographs; 5 Techniques for Enhancing Contrast in Digital Photos
  • Complete Assignment: Enhance Your Own Photo's Now
  • Complete: Quiz on Enhancing Photographs

Lesson 8: Organizing the Picture

How to arrange your picture so that the picture in your mind will turn out to be the photograph that comes out of your camera. 75 Total Points
  • Review Article: PhotographyTips.com
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment: Show Us a Good Picture Now!
  • Complete: Quiz on Organizing a Picture
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Course Title: ABCs of Photography
Course Number: 30276
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.6 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $30.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $55.00

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