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Digital Photography

  • Lesson 1.1 Eye of the Photographer

In Lesson 1.1: Eye of the Photographer, we train you to ask yourself three fundamental questions as you develop the perfect composition through your viewfinder. Learn to effectively capture expressive moments with accuracy and art as you develop a keen sense of effective photographic storytelling.

  • Lesson 1.2 Cameras

In Lesson 1.2: Cameras, we will study a comprehensive history of cameras. From pinholes to point-and-shoots, you’ll develop a broad background understanding of camera history, ending with an analysis of the options available to you today.

  • Lesson 1.3 Lenses and Filters

In Lesson 1.3: Lenses and Filters, we’ll look more closely at the two essential elements in any photograph workflow as we explore camera function via lenses and filters. We’ll start by discussing basics such as camera and lens combination options, diaphragm and aperture, then move on to master f-Stops and focal strength.

  • Lesson 1.4 How to Use Your Camera

In Lesson 1.4: How to Use Your Camera, we’re going to add two more techniques to your growing arsenal of creative controls. Beginning with a comprehensive review of your camera’s viewing system, by the end of this lesson you’ll have mastered techniques for adjusting both depth of field and shutter speed.

  • Lesson 2.1 Developing Your Eye

In Lesson 2.1: Developing Your Eye, we will begin to harness your natural ability to create beautiful images as we channel the most effective photographic techniques of visual organization and storytelling. Learn to emphasize your message through effective subject placement as we arrange all elements of your image carefully within your composition.

  • Lesson 2.2 Image Capture

In Lesson 2.2: Image Capture, we begin to explore the mechanics behind how images are recorded digitally, including a brief bit of context regarding how they’re captured on actual film. At this point, you should be well versed in digital image sensors and will begin to additionally understand the intricacies of film exposure as well.

  • Lesson 2.3 Exposure

In Lesson 2.3: Exposure, we will help you explore your personal judgment regarding correct, aesthetically pleasing exposure. We’ll start by exploring the role your equipment plays in exposure determination then move on to master the 5 basic exposure modes as we continue to help you achieve that perfect, well-lit shot.

  • Lesson 2.4 Workflow and Image Editing

In Lesson 2.4: Workflow and Image Editing, we’re going to cover the workflow and image editing that you’ll be doing in post-production, the phase of work that begins with the camera and the capture of images in RAW, JPEG or TIFF formats. From backing up files to delivering proofs, by the end of this lesson you’ll have mastered a seamless, effective personal workflow.

  • Lesson 3.1 Developing Your Visual Signature

In Lesson 3.1: Developing Your Visual Signature, we will help you learn to understand what you want the final image to look like and to visualize your final shot before you click the shutter. By the end of the lesson you will be able to set your camera so that it can zero-in on your subject and create the mood you want at the exposure you’re looking for.

  • Lesson 3.2 Natural and Available Light

In Lesson 3.2: Natural and Available Light, we will discuss what it’s like to work with both natural and artificial light. When covering available light photography, you’ll learn to effectively capitalize on and use the light that already exists in a scene. By the end of this lesson, you learn to actually see light on a daily basis through the eyes of an ever-diligent photographer.

  • Lesson 3.3 Artificial Light-Continuous

In Lesson 3.3: Artificial Light-Continuous, we’ll start to discuss the characteristics that differentiate the various types of light you’ll be working with- whether it sun, contrast light or a flash. From there, we will help you learn to distinguish the most suitable light source for you to work with depending on your compositional desires and the ways in which you can then execute this choice effectively.

  • Lesson 3.4 Artificial Light-Flash

In Lesson 3.4: Artificial Light-Flash, we’ll begin by examining the various types of flash units and how they work, and then we’ll teach you how to use appropriate flash lighting to its best advantage. From pop-up flash to wireless, by the end of this lesson you’ll be able to achieve the perfect artificial lighting scenario to capture whatever mood you’re hoping to achieve in your future shots.

  • Lesson 4.1 Basic Portrait Lighting

In Lesson 4.1: Basic Portrait Lighting, we’ll start by discussing the basics, like catchlights and shadows. From there we can delve deeper into the psychology of effective portraiture, all the while incorporating the most fitting lighting techniques along the way as you learn to adjust light accordingly to achieve the mood your image requires.

  • Lesson 4.2 Studio Portraiture,

In Lesson 4.2: Studio Portraiture, we’ll start off by learning the most effective methods for shooting portraits using only available light. From there, we will slowly introduce you to the use of additional portraiture equipment such as lights, reflector boards and umbrellas as you continue to grow comfortable working in a more elaborate studio setting.

  • Lesson 4.3 Environmental Portraiture

In Lesson 4.3: Environmental Portraiture, you’ll learn how to focus on key props, pre-planned subject outfits and background elements in order to create location portraits that capture on-site action. One of the most effective methods for showcasing a subject’s personality, this lesson will help you grow comfortable with shooting on-location.

  • Lesson 4.4 Landscape and Travel Photography

In Lesson 4.4: Landscape and Travel Photography, we help you develop the self-control needed to fight the ever-common urge to dive into a beautiful landscape scene without pausing to consider compositional technique. From depth of field to framing, by the end of this lesson you’ll develop the skills necessary to work effective in fog, rain or shine.

  • Lesson 5.1 Organizing

In Lesson 5.1: Organizing, we’ll dive into one of the most exciting stages of the overall editing process- sorting. At this step, you’ll finally be able to get a clear look at what you’ve captured as you start to distinguish the good from the bad as you keep and discard certain images. We’ll help you rate, label and reject images as you better learn to sort and organize your work in the most practical way.

  • Lesson 5.2 Camera RAW

In Lesson 5.2: Camera RAW, you’ll start working with what’s known to many as a digital negative- the full, unprocessed image information captured by your camera’s sensor. With complete control of your image files, from here you’ll be able to make all the image processing choices you’d like to apply to any given image.

  • Lesson 5.3 Layers

In Lesson 5.3: Layers, we will begin to explore the various ways in which you can create a new layer in your Layers Panel. From creating and deleting to moving and aligning, we’ll help you navigate the most effective methods for keeping your panel as organized as possible.

  • Lesson 5.4 Adjustment Layers

In Lesson 5.4: Adjustment Layers, we’ll start out by developing a comprehensive understanding of Adjustment Layers and Clipping Masks. From there, you’ll learn to apply colour and tonal tweaks to any image without damaging its pixels in any way. You’ll also learn the convenient method for applying said colour and tonal effects to certain portions of an image while leaving the remainder untouched.

  • Lesson 5.5 Advanced Editing

In Lesson 5.5: Advanced Editing, we’re going to transition from global adjustments (ones that alter the entire image) to local adjustments (ones more specifically targeted). We will explore two fundamental concepts used to isolate specific sections of a given image in an effort to refine the scope of your applied effects.

  • Lesson 6.1 Output Basics

In Lesson 6.1: Output Basics, we will start to visualize the final destination for your visual capture as we develop the most effective method for getting it there. Whether you’re hoping to hang an inkjet print on the wall or send a picture to a distant relative via email, this is the section in which we’ll master the most seamless methods of output execution.

  • Lesson 6.2 Printing

In Lesson 6.2: Printing, we delve into the step-by-step process of Photoshop printing. Just as traditional film photographers create test strips, you’ll learn to process different parts of your file in differing ways in order to create a similar way of viewing your images clearly.

  • Lesson 6.3 Exporting for the Web

In Lesson 6.3: Exporting for the Web, you’ll learn the most effective methods of creating images and graphics to be shared on the internet. While some designers have made a habit of using multiple platforms in an effort to complete this task, you’ll learn to effectively master all steps involved within the one tool of Photoshop.

  • Lesson 6.4 Presentation

In Lesson 6.4: Presentation, we will explore a variety of different framing and matting options in an effort to best present and share your finished work with family, friends or clients. We’ll elaborate on two different types of framing jobs as you develop a better understanding of the framing method you feel would best present the type of work you typically do.

  • Lesson 6.5 Portfolio Development

In Lesson 6.6: Portfolio Development, we talk about your future as a Photoshop proficient photographer. You’ll learn to establish and promote a personal brand as you interact with potential clients in this growing industry. We’ll help you develop a clear marketing message and delve into the various career options available to you moving forward.