Welcome, it's time to see what's in the course.
Here is an overview of the 12 theory modules in your "foundation course" on 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 as to why photography is so much fun, and inspire you to take some magical photographs. The course will guide you through the excitement of taking photographs and teach you how, by keeping your eyes wide open, and using our top tips you can take some great photos. For all photographers who want to learn to take better photos then this will be a great place to start. The perfect beginners course.
In module 2 we have a look at the different cameras that are available and some of the basic techniques of how to take good photos. Simple things like how to hold your camera correctly and how to use the settings your camera has available.
In module 3 we show you how to avoid unwanted distractions in your photos. So many people take what they think is a fantastic shot only to find that a mysterious person, or thing, has "got in on the act" and ruined their photo. It's all about checking the foreground and background of your shot before you press the shutter button.
Composition is so important when taking photographs, it can make the difference between an ordinary shot and an excellent shot. In this module we look at how to compose your photos and what to look for to get that magical picture.
Big is beautiful, well we think so. Module 5 is all about "going in close" to your subject and filling the camera viewfinder. So many of my early photos were disappointing because my subject was so far away in the shot that you could hardly see what it was. Use your zoom lens if your camera has one, or try the old fashioned method and walk closer to your subject, both will work and the results are fantastic.
The most important element of photography is the light that you use to take your shots. Module 6 will explain the different types of light and why and when to use them. We will explain how light works and what happens to things like shadows when the sun moves across the sky. What happens when the sun becomes diffused and how it can change your photos. Most importantly this module will help you to understand light and how it can turn a snapshot into a magical photo to cherish.
In module 7 we look at taking your camera on holiday and what you need to do to take some great holiday photographs. We will cover lots of different situations and how to get the best shots using all the knowledge you have learned in previous modules, but in "holiday" mode.
Some of the most magical photos are taken in the dark! Yes in the dark, or more accurately, at night time. If you can master this technique you will have some great fun and create some fantastic photos. Module 8 will show you how to get the best from your camera, even in the dark.
The question you're asking is what's an abstract photo? Well in module 9 we will tell you exactly what is meant by "abstract" and how you can start to take some abstract photos to impress your family and friends. It's a lot simpler than you think so follow this module and you will soon be an expert. It's also great fun!
Get ready to stop your pets in full flight, catch Dad diving in the river or capture your sister flying through the air on a ferris wheel. Yes it's all possible once you've mastered the art of action photography. This module will help you understand what you need to do to achieve some great action shots, even with the simplest camera.
In this module we are going to learn some technical stuff that will help you to get the best results in the future.The course so far has concentrated on the most important things in photography, such as using your eyes, how to compose your photo, studying the light around you and much more. As your photography progresses you will need to understand a bit more about how you can control your camera to get the result you want. Digital camera shooting modes and scene modes are designed to help you take properly exposed pictures. In reality, they should be called exposure modes since their function is to set shutter speeds, the lens aperture opening, and the ISO that is being used. These camera modes can be totally automatic, semi-automatic, or full manual. Don’t start to get worried it will all become clear as we move through the module.
In our final module we introduce you to a different way to review and edit your photos. It's OK looking at your shots on the back of the camera on that tiny LCD screen, but it's not perfect. The best way is to download your photos to your computer and view them in a post production programme. For the course we recommend using Googles Picasa software as it's simple, easy and best of all it's FREE! In this module we explain some simple ways to view, catalogue, edit and save your precious photos. It's really easy and you will quickly appreciate the benefits of working in this way.