Online Class: Digital Photography 101

This Digital Photography course 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.

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Course Description

Unleashing the Power of Your Digital Camera: A Comprehensive Digital Photography Course

The dawn of the digital age has transformed photography from an exclusive craft to a ubiquitous passion. However, with increasingly sophisticated digital cameras flooding the market, the pursuit of capturing those perfect moments can sometimes seem as intricate as the devices themselves. If you've recently acquired a digital camera and find yourself overwhelmed by its myriad functions, or if you're struggling to decode that extensive user manual, look no further. We're here to illuminate the path for you.

Digital cameras, especially Digital SLRs, have undergone tremendous evolution over the years. They've become more accessible in terms of cost while simultaneously packing in advanced features that often rival professional setups. With these advancements, however, comes complexity. Our Digital Photography course aims to demystify this complexity, offering a holistic understanding of digital cameras, and empowering you to transform raw technical potential into tangible photographic artistry.

Course Highlights:

  1. Understanding Your Camera: From compact point-and-shoots to high-end DSLRs, familiarize yourself with different camera designs and their capabilities. Learn about the mechanics, the sensors, the significance of pixels, and megapixels, and how they impact image quality.

  2. Lenses Explained: Dive deep into the world of lenses. Understand their various types, their specific applications, and the scenarios where each type shines. Whether you're capturing sweeping landscapes or intricate macros, knowing which lens to employ can make all the difference.

  3. Mastering Camera Tools: Flashes, filters, and exposure meters aren't just fancy additions to your camera; they're instrumental in refining your shots. Get acquainted with these tools, learning when and how to deploy them effectively.

  4. Composition Essentials: Great photography isn't merely about what's in the frame, but how it's presented. We'll delve into foundational principles of composition like the Rule of Thirds and the S Rule, offering practical examples and exercises to hone your innate photographic eye.

  5. Communicating Through Photography: A picture is worth a thousand words. Harness the power of your camera to convey emotions, narratives, and stories. We'll guide you on capturing shots that resonate, making viewers not just see, but feel your perspective.

  6. Exploring Styles: Photography is as diverse as any art form. From ethereal black and white portraits to vibrant landscapes, learn the techniques that professionals employ to achieve distinct styles and moods.

  7. Capturing Life's Milestones: Make every occasion memorable. Whether it's a heartwarming family gathering, a friend's wedding, the birth of a child, or a breathtaking travel adventure, discover how to immortalize these moments with flair. Special modules will focus on techniques like capturing serene water reflections or dramatic sky images, adding depth to your repertoire.

  8. Post-Processing and Storage: Photography doesn't end with the click of a button. Dive into the post-processing world, understanding basic editing techniques to enhance your photos. Plus, learn efficient ways to store, organize, and back up your cherished memories, ensuring they stand the test of time.

  9. Practical Assignments: Interspersed throughout the course are real-world assignments and exercises, helping you apply your learnings and receive constructive feedback.

Who Should Attend?

Whether you're an absolute novice or someone with a basic grasp looking to refine your skills, this course is tailored for all levels. The course progression is structured to ensure a smooth learning curve, gradually introducing complexities while ensuring clarity.

Why Choose This Course?

In a sea of online resources and tutorials, our Digital Photography course stands out due to its holistic approach. We don't just teach you to operate a camera; we mentor you to think like a photographer. With expert instructors, interactive sessions, and a community of fellow enthusiasts to engage with, you're not just signing up for a course, but an enriching photographic journey.

Enroll today and let's turn those daunting camera buttons into keys unlocking the vast landscapes of your creativity!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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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
  • Lesson discussions: Digital Camera; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment C
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Group Pictures 83 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Photgraph Subject
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment C
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment C
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment A
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment B
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment C
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Filters and Effects 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Black and White vs. Color
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Creative Tips For Your Photography Hobby/Career
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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.
  • Summarize the usage of light in taking pictures.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Digital Photography 101
Course Number: 7550187
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (4,231 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 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
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I thought it was really helpful and useful. There are so many things you can learn about photography and I am happy and blessed to learn all I can." -- Christen R.
  • "Thank you for the helpful feedback and the knowledge-building course." -- Michele B.
  • "The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would take another class from him." -- Karen K.
  • "Video of lessons were most helpful." -- Fred S.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "The instructor was very helpful and responded in an impressive immediate manner. I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you." -- Samiah K.
  • "A very good instructor and well designed course." -- Ray H.
  • "The entire course was very helpful. I had in the past done film photography and using digital was a complete change for me. The basic photography was about the same but new. Thank you." -- Allan B.
  • "Found everything quite helpful. Learned a lot." -- Cynthia W.
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