Welcome, it's time to see what's in the course.
Here is an overview of the 12 theory modules in your academy course in Photography.
The practical challenges can be seen in the photo projects area.
We hope you enjoy the course and you have some fun learning how to take magical photos.
In this first module we will give you a brief introduction to some of the options you have in terms of cameras and accessories to assist your photographic passion. We will explain the pros and cons for film or digital shooting and which has the greater possibilities. The module explains many of the most commonly used photographic terms so that jargon such as DOF, metadata, Tiff and many more are no longer a puzzle to you.
Here we look into the different lenses that are available, how they are constructed and which to use for the type of shot you want to achieve. We will explain about sensor sizes and how they relate to the lens you are using. Should it be optical zoom or digital? all will become clear. We will look at camera filters and what part they can play in your quest to take great photos. A look at tripods, monopods, colour printers, flash guns and much more will give you a clear understanding of what's out there to help you take better photographs.
Module 3 will show how to hold a camera, yes it may seem simple but it forms the basis for taking quality photos. We will explain about ISO and what it means, discuss in detail the key basics of aperture, depth of field, shutter speeds and how they all contribute to producing a perfectly exposed image.
In this module we will cover the intricacies of focusing and how auto focus works. We will go into detail about metering and the various options modern cameras provide today. If you are a little confused about the different file formats like RAW, TIFF, JPEG etc then all will be explained in this module.
In this module we will look at the ways to compose your photographs to create more impact. Many people think that if they buy a good camera and lens they will automatically take good photographs.
Thankfully this is not the case, a camera does not take a photograph, it merely records what you, the photographer ask it to record. That means that you will need to understand the rules of composition and how important they are to taking great photos.
The module covers things like the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, cropping and many more composition techniques to make your photographs even better.
Natural light photography is also known as existing light photography and can be a powerful tool for a photographer.
As photographers we work with light to produce quality pictures. The colour, direction, quantity, and quality of the light we use determines how our subjects appear. This module covers every aspect of how to use natural light and how to evaluate the quality of the light you want to use. Front lighting, side lighting, back lighting etc. are all examined and explained. Understanding light is critical to taking magical photos, this module guides you through that process.
Artificial light refers to light produced by electricity as opposed to a natural source. Depending upon how it is used, it looks either artificial or natural (i.e. colour corrected either by filters on the lights or over the lens or by adjusting the white balance on digital cameras).
The skill to control and exploit the use of artificial light will definitely increase the scope of your photography. There are lots of situations where daylight is either inadequate, unsuitable or simply inconvenient. Knowing how to use artificial lighting will allow you to tackle any situation, regardless of lighting conditions, from highly controllable studio lighting to illuminated buildings at night.
What makes a great portrait is a question often asked. Not only does it require good lighting, good composition and the correct use of depth of field, it also requires the photographer to communicate with their subject. All great portraits are a combination of photographer and subject working together. This module looks at how we can learn to take great portraits instead of the normal "snapshot".
In this module we will reveal all the secrets of how to create breathtaking landscape photographs.
Landscape photographs usually encompass large open spaces where the framing, composition and light are what distinguish a great photograph from a more ordinary one.
Or, as famous landscape photographer Ian Cameron put it more eloquently, ”When light, subject and composition are persuaded into coherency then the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Landscape photography is quite possibly the most demanding photographic skill, but also the most rewarding. So many elements contribute to create a stunning landscape and this module covers them all, including the most important “patience”.
Many photographers choose to shoot in solely black and white, since the stark contrasts enhance the subject matter.
The more you train your eye to see in black and white the better your images will be. As with most challenges in life, practice makes perfect.
Before digital cameras were introduced photographers would have to shoot on specific Black & White films, process that film and then produce a final print in the darkroom.
Thankfully we can still use those same techniques today but with the advent of digital the process of converting images to black and white has been made more controllable using post production techniques. This module looks at what makes a good black and white photograph and why.
Module 11 covers another three intriguing photographic techniques, macro, abstract and texture. Each has it's own particular disciplines and rewards when you get it right. They all allow the photographer to express themselves in their own individual style and once you have learned the techniques you can have some great fun and produce some astounding photographs.
Our final module looks at some of the options that are available using post production techniques. The course has not invested much of your time in digital manipulation of your files because this is first and foremost a photography course. However in the digital world the opportunity to fine tune your photos is something we can't ignore. Module 12 will give you a few pointers as to what's possible and how best to create some great effects.