Photo Course Outline

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Digital Camera Workshops | 2 Comments

Digital Photography for Beginners

Ring Brian Miller 03 4761 453 or email: brian@brianmiller.co.nz to join the classes.

Course structure:

 

Week 1 – Introduction to Digital Photography

Historical overview of photography – The digital revolution – How digital photography works – Sensors, pixels and resolution

– How to buy a digital camera – How to set up a digital camera – Backup systems – How to take photos – Composition

Computer software – Digital workflow – Download photos to a computer –

Card readers – Stocktake your existing photographs

Week 2 – Camera controls and Portraits

Digital camera controls – buttons, modes, menus and multiselectors – Which controls are essential – ISO – Jpeg & Raw

– Photographing people, portraits and using a self timer – How to take a movie

– Digital workflow – Filing and organising your images – keywords – backup – setting up an archive on CD, DVD

Week 3 – Lighting, flash and editing

The importance of light – Controlling brightness – Exposure metering modes – White Balance –

Using and controlling flash – flash menus – Red eye reduction – Backlit portraits – Photographing babies and children

– Editing software programs – Basic editing, (cropping, tones, levels, contrast, saturation, burn & dodge, sharpening, resizing)

Week 4 – Improving your photographs and printing

Tips for producing stunning photos  – Landscapes – Foreground – Background – Nature – Animals & Pets – Sports – Macro (closeup)

Sharing in print – How to buy a home printer – Home printer techniques – inks – paper types – Printing cards, contact sheets –

Colour printer techniques – Types of paper – Making photo-books – Archiving prints

Week 5 – Travel photography and putting photos online

How to take better travel & holiday shots  – Architectural photography – Night photography – Using High ISO

Sharing on-line – Photography and the internet – emailing photographs – using Flickr – Picasa – making blogs and websites

Week 6 – Photographing events – troubleshooting – SLR.s – Scanning

How to photograph events and celebrations – Troubleshooting – Extending editing controls (clone – healing) – SLR cameras – Depth of field

– Buying lenses – How to scan photos and slides – Restoring old photographs –  Course summary