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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.

Digital PhotographyYou 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.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $80.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $105.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1 What is Digital PhotographyExam9
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2 Understanding Your CameraExam8
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 Digital Photography and Your Desktop ComputerExam6
Lesson 4 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 4 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 4 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 4 The Power of LightExam8
Lesson 5 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 5 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 5 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 5 Travel PhotographyExam8
Lesson 6 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 6 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 6 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 6 Exposure & Shutter SpeedExam10
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 People and The EnvironmentExam10
Lesson 8 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 8 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 8 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 8 Magical Water PhotographyExam9
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9 Improving Your Camera TechniquesExam8
Lesson 10 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 10 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 10 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 10 Understanding Image QualityExam8
Lesson 11 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 11 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 11 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 11 Black and White is BackExam9
Lesson 12 Assignment AAssignment25
Lesson 12 Assignment BAssignment25
Lesson 12 Assignment CAssignment25
Lesson 12 PortraitsExam10
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13 Creative Tips For Your Photography Hobby/CareerExam10
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Student Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "I am an experienced photographer and found a review of ares that I don't use very often to be a good review." -- Paul M.
  • "Video of lessons were most helpful." -- Fred S.
  • "For me what was most helpful was the parts that you had to use different metering modes, changing focal lengths, different lighting conditions. In the past when I took photos I really didn't use all of the features of the camera." -- Bradley O.
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