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Digital Photography I: Creating Images with Impact!

Have you ever wondered how professional photographers manage to take such sensational pictures? How are they able to find just the right way to capture an image or moment in time? Perhaps you’ve even wondered why your own pictures don’t meet that standard. Digital Photography I: Creating Images with Impact! will answer these questions and help you understand more about the basics of photography. Learning about aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition is key for any serious photographer and will help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need to become one. You will not only follow photography through its history but also gain a basic understanding of camera functions, techniques and what it takes to shoot quality portraits, close-ups, action shots, and landscapes.

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Course Highlights

  • Explore creative techniques to capture action, nighttime, and fireworks shots.
  • Practice photographing people and landscapes.
  • Master composition and lighting techniques.
  • Learn the basics of photography, including aperture and shutter speed.

Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Introduction to Photography

In this unit, we will examine the basic operation of cameras and how images are created on film or through a digital sensor. We will learn more about some of the different types of cameras and the differences in operation between these types. In addition, we will discuss basic photography terminology and examine the basic features that appear in many cameras today.

Unit 2: The History of Photography

In this unit, we will explore the history of photography and the people who have made an impact on the technology and development of photography. In doing so, we will consider some of the basic elements of photography that were known before cameras were developed and discuss how these elements came together in the nineteenth century to create photographs.

Unit 3: Aperture & Shutter Speed

In this unit, we will discuss the use of aperture and shutter speed settings. We will learn how these settings are measured and how changing these measurements can change the photograph. We will discuss how these settings influence each other. We will also discuss some of the common camera modes and examine how the aperture and shutter speeds are set in these modes.

Unit 4: Composition

In this unit, we will discuss some of the guidelines and “rules” for composition in photography. We will discuss guidelines such as the “Rule of Thirds,” framing, and active space, among other composition tips. We will address each of the guidelines and when they are most useful for photographers. We will also examine instances where breaking the rules will result in a better photograph.

Unit 5: Lighting

In this unit, we will discuss lighting in photography and why it is important to pay close attention to this element. We will consider both natural lighting and artificial lighting, including some of the advantages and disadvantages of both. We will discuss how the direction of light on the subject and the time of day can affect the lighting of outdoor photographs. We will also learn more about the lighting equipment that studio photographers use.

Unit 6: Special Techniques

In this unit, we will discuss special techniques that can be used to create dramatic photographs. We will examine the use of filters and how these camera accessories can be used to change a photograph and enhance the colors. We will also investigate the traditional black and white photograph, looking at some of the techniques that increase the dramatic feel of black and white photography.

Unit 7: People

In this unit, we will discuss photographing people. From the earliest cameras, photographers have tried to capture the likeness and individuality of people. Today, this process is easier than ever with cameras that allow us to take multiple photographs within a short amount of time. We will discuss tips and techniques for creating portraits of individuals. We will also discuss some ways of photographing children and groups of people.

Unit 8: Landscape and Places

In this unit, we will discuss photographing people. From the earliest cameras, photographers have tried to capture the likeness and individuality of people. Today, this process is easier than ever with cameras that allow us to take multiple photographs within a short amount of time. We will discuss tips and techniques for creating portraits of individuals. We will also discuss some ways of photographing children and groups of people.

Unit 9: The Close-Up

In this unit, we will examine close-up, or macro, photography. This type of photography seeks to emphasize and highlight small items and details that are often missed by the naked eye. True macro photography results in a 1:1 life-size magnification of the object being photographed. However, there are also other ways to obtain macro-like images without spending several thousand dollars on a camera lens. We’ll discuss some of the basics of macro photography, the equipment and settings that are generally used, and how to approach photographing popular macro subjects.

Unit 10: Documentary and Action

In this unit, we will examine the areas of action and documentary photography. In particular, we will discuss techniques for taking sports photographs and look at the technique of panning, which is used to photograph moving objects. We will also discuss photographing animals, including pets and wildlife. Finally, we will turn our attention to a brief discussion on documentary photography and examine some tips for this area.

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