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Course Description

You just bought your first digital camera and don't know the ins and outs of all those buttons. If that isn't daunting enough, the user's manual is pages thick and intimidating. Well, you've come to the right place.

Owning a great digital camera is no guarantee you will take great pictures. Over the years digital SLRs, and other digital cameras, have become affordable, more powerful and much more complicated. This Digital Photography course is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of digital camera designs and capabilities, and the series of steps to take great photographs. You'll learn about lenses, when to use them and how to select the right lens for your pictures. We take the mystery out of pixels, megapixels, filters, flashes, exposure meters and much more.

You know how important communication is. That's why we'll show you how to shoot photos that will enable others to feel what you do. And we'll show you how to tell a story through your pictures.

Good composition is the hallmark of any outstanding photograph. We'll teach you the rules of good composition, the Rule of Thirds, style and background settings, and the S Rule.
Learn the tricks of professional photographers, and how you can photograph and compose stand out black and white photos.

This Digital Photography course also teaches you ways to house your special memories forever.  Should it be a family reunion, wedding, new baby or that special vacation, you'll learn how to incorporate camera tools to photograph stunning water reflections and mesmerizing sky images. Imagine creating professional looking imagery using your digital camera, the help of your PC and this online class.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Feedback
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what digital photography is.
  • Describe the basic functions and features of a digital camera.
  • Describe how digital photography utilizes the desktop PC.
  • Know the usage of light in taking pictures.
  • Know techniques used in travel photography.
  • Describe exposure and shutter speeds and how they affect photography.
  • Describe the best ways to photograph people.
  • Describe image quality and what to do to enhance it.
  • Create black and white pictures.
  • Demonstrate portrait picture taking, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 What Is Digital Photography?

Digital technology evolved from and is related to the same technology as television cameras. The Bing Crosby Laboratories and a research team funded by Crosby created the first videotape recorder. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: How Does Digital Photography Work?
  • Review Article: Digital Camera Basics
  • Take Poll: Digital Camera
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 What is Digital Photography

Lesson 2: Understanding Your Camera

Digital cameras have opened up a world of artistic expression not possible with conventional film photography. For this reason, the more you understand about the sophisticated parts of your camera, the better a photographer you will become. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Digital Camera Parts
  • Review Article: How Do I Use a Digital Camera?
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 Understanding Your Camera

Lesson 3 Digital Photography and Your Desktop Computer

At a minimum, your computer should load your pictures onto its hard drive and print them out onto a higher grade paper. This is pretty simple and requires minimum practice to perfect the techniques. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Downloading and Working with Digital Photos
  • Review Article: 10 Photography Tips
  • Review Article: Photo Editing Software Reviews
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 Digital Photography and Your Desktop Computer

Lesson 4 The Power of Light

Daylight photos taken indoors are challenging for the best of photographers. You can improve your daylight photos by keeping a few things in mind. 83 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Working with Varying Light
  • Review Article: Using Light
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 The Power of Light

Lesson 5 Still Life, Group, and Landscape Photography

Still life has been described as a composition of several lifeless objects brought together by a certain theme. It can include arranging things on a tabletop and using lighting techniques or other still life methods. 83 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: 150 Things to Shoot
  • Review Article: Artful Travel Photos
  • Review Article: Still Life Photography
  • Review Article: Group Pictures
  • Take Poll: Photgraph Subject
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 Travel Photography

Lesson 6 Exposure and Shutter Speed

In this lesson, we will focus on the technical knowledge necessary for you to take professional-looking pictures. The digital camera, as a technical device, brings many functions into play. One function is digital camera metering. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Shutter Speed
  • Review Article: Exposure Bracketing
  • Review Article: A Tedious Explanation of the f/stop
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 Exposure & Shutter Speed

Lesson 7: People and the Environment

Think about what happens when you page through an album of photos. Those photographs grab your attention if they have a subject and interesting surroundings. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Photographs of Children
  • Review Article: Sports Photography
  • Review Article: Composition
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 People and The Environment

Lesson 8: Magical Water Photography

We all love to see a rushing stream, a cascading waterfall, or the silky white look of rushing water. There are many layers involved to shooting a great water picture, or for that matter, any great picture. 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Water, Streams, and Waterfalls
  • Review Article: Snowy Scenes
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 Magical Water Photography

Lesson 9: Improving Your Camera Techniques

You have owned a digital camera for quite a while, yet you are just not satisfied with the way your photos are turning out. You think it could have something to do with your camera techniques. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Understanding Resolution
  • Review Article: Filters and Effects
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 Improving Your Camera Techniques

Lesson 10: Understanding Image Quality

Some of you are probably thinking, "What the heck are CMYK and RGB?" To explain, this is something you would need to be aware of if you decide to become a professional photographer and have a need to deliver "press-ready" digital photos. 83 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: RGB
  • Review Article: RGB Versus CMYK
  • Review Article: Camera Lens
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 Understanding Image Quality

Lesson 11: Black and White is Back

In a digital camera world, if you do not want the sky to be plain blue, you can change the color in a digital imaging program. There are photographers who would not even consider using camera filters as an option. 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Digital Black and White
  • Review Article: Black and White Photography
  • Take Poll: Black and White vs. Color
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 Black and White is Back

Lesson 12: Portraits

Portrait lenses are designed for the photographer who is passionate about people. Before you set out to buy a portrait lens, you need to own a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera. 85 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: 16 Portrait Techniques
  • Review Article: Portrait Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment C
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 Portraits

Lesson 13: Creative Tips for Your Photography Hobby or Career

Many photographers, perhaps even you, hope to become professionals and spend time hoping someone will give them their first assignment. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Starting a Photography Business
  • Review Article: Stock Photography
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 Creative Tips For Your Photography Hobby/Career
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Course Title: Digital Photography 101
Course Number: 7550187
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
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Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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Course Fee: $80.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $105.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "Course was extremely helpful to me and without a doubt, I wanted to be able to use the creative modes of my camera and understand what they did...This part of the course was the most useful for me." -- Kim D.
  • "The instructor was very helpful and responded in an impressive immediate manner. I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you." -- Samiah K.
  • "The entire course was helpful. I basically knew very little about photography and taking pictures. I only have positive feedback for the course and the instructor." -- Sandy G.
  • "Everything was great, the lessons where well explained. I want to thank you for your help, I enjoyed being a part of this course." -- Imelda Z.
  • "Most helpful were the specific assignments that I made sure I did. But the most fun was with interaction with fellow students over posted student photo submissions." -- Ian J.
  • "It explained everything well making it easy to learn and grow and complete each lesson. It was a fun experience. Thanks to the instructor for the patience of it taking forever for me to finish the course." -- Addie S.
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