Photography Class Overview
- Understanding lens types
- Understand each camera mode in detail
- The importance of lighting and how to work with natural light
- Control depth of field with apertures and learn shutter speeds for dynamic movement
- Learn composition rules and guidelines
- Learn to develop your own style and achieve the most from your pictures with editing
Photography Course Content
Diploma in Photography
Getting Started — What do you want to shoot?
This class begins with an overview of photography in the modern era. Good photography comes from inspiration; this will get you thinking about what you can do with photography, new areas to explore, and how to get familiar with camera types.
Camera Basics — Start taking control
Start making sense of camera terminology and the various modes on cameras. Get familiar with what cameras can do and how to make the most of yours so you can enjoy your photography quickly.
Your view of the world through your camera
Explore different lens types, get to understand focal length, and how to get the most out of your current set up in Lesson 3.
Composition — Start seeing as a photographer
In this photography class, you will learn how to improve photos instantly by gaining a basic understanding of composition and ideas on what to look out for.
Shutter Speeds — Adding dynamic movement to your photography
Discover what shutter speeds are and how to use them creatively to capture motion — an important step to full control.
Apertures — Controlling light and depth
Lesson 6 will teach you what exactly apertures are and how to use them effectively to create depth — the next step to full control.
Good exposure and the light meter
What is exposure and how does the camera measure light? In this photography lesson, you will learn how to snap the perfect picture every time. No more photos that are too dark or too bright!
Manual Mode — Take complete control
In the last photography class of this module, you will put together everything you’ve learned previously to take full creative and technical control. Getting to fully manual is only the beginning, but it is the key to unlock your potential as a photographer.
Intermediate in Photography
Capturing better portraits
In this photography lesson, you will learn about the camera’s histogram and why this is an essential tool for getting the correct exposure in any lighting condition. The beauty of this knowledge is that you won’t even have to look at the image on the screen to know that you have the right exposure.
This photography class takes your abilities to refine and control exposure even further. It will look at how spot metering can be used to meter different tones within your image, to identify how much light is being reflected from a variety of subjects and tones, and create the best exposure in any situation. Advanced knowledge of the tones in your scene will ensure that you will always create accurate and consistent images.
Importance of colour
Having the skills and ability to use flash lighting in your photography is as important as being able to work with natural light. In this class, you will look at all of the various uses of flash in photography.
Seeing in black and white
In this lesson, you will look at how light can be shaped and manipulated to give you much more control over how your subject is represented. You will look at different styles of lighting commonly used in studio photography and the correct setups to achieve them.
Photography in lowlight and at night
Macro photography — get closer!
Food photography — photos good enough to eat!
Advanced in Photography
Histograms - measuring tones and exposure
The ability to shoot images that are completely unprocessed on camera gives you complete control over image quality. Shooting in raw gives you greater control over exposure, tone, sharpness, and compression. This photography lesson will look at how using the camera raw processing software can give you much more creative capabilities, whilst maintaining the highest quality files possible from your camera.
Metering modes - change how you see light
Capturing dramatic black and white images requires a completely different thought process to shooting in colour. When shooting black and white images you focus much more on light, tone, and contrast. In this lesson, you will learn how to develop this new thought process and visual awareness for seeing and capturing pictures that will make stunning black and white images.
Lens Filters - A Guide
Converting images from colour into strong, dynamic black and white images is no easy task. In this photography lesson, you will learn how to manipulate colours in an image and create stunning tones and contrast when they are converted into black and white. This will ensure you are producing images that resemble the work of the traditional masters of black and white photography.
HDR photography allows the photographer to create images with increased dynamic range. The key to capturing successful HDR photos is preparation. In this lesson, you will learn how to properly set up for the HDR photo and how to bring it together to create a stunning final photo.
Flash Photography Part 1
Flash Photography Part 2
Studio Lighting Part 1
Studio Lighting Part 2
Proficient in Photography
How many times have you captured a photo that you are proud of, only to view it closely afterward on a monitor and be disappointed that it is not sharp? This is a frequent occurrence for photographers, but there are steps that you can take to ensure the sharpest photos in any situation with any lens available to you. This photography class covers this in detail but also looks at other effects that you can achieve with lenses such as Bokeh.
Macro photography is the art of photographing small objects or insects, and it is a hugely popular area in photography. This lesson explores all things macro. You will look at all the options available for creating stunning macro photos, giving you a closer look at the world around you.
Colour and black and white editing
When all the hard work is done and your images are looking amazing, you will want them to look as good in print as they do on screen. This can often be the most frustrating part of the photographic process. In this class you will learn about colour management which is essential to ensure you have consistent colour, tone, brightness levels, and contrast from the camera all the way through the post-production stages, right up to the final print.
Colour and black and white editing
HDR and panoramic creation
Lowlight photography editing
Creating a portfolio