Professional photographers, amateur photographers, and hobbyists all share a goal: to create the best photographs possible. In this course you will learn what makes a photo “good.” You will discover how to determine your purpose in creating a photo. You will then go out into the field to capture your own set of photos. Throughout the course you will refine your photographic eye through practice and critique of your work and the work of others. Using the fundamentals of photography, you will go back in the field to retake and improve your best images. By the end of this course you will have developed the ability to visualize the world as a photographer and use the fundamentals to improve your confidence in taking pictures.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

The camera is a photographer's primary tool. Other tools, such as lighting and editing, are important, but the use and control of the camera features is what enables a photographer to create fundamentally beautiful photographs. In this course, you will investigate camera types and how to select the one that is best for you. You will consider standard camera features to see how they can be used to obtain the results you want. You will explore the mechanics and uses for the different parts of the camera such as the viewfinder, lenses, shutter speed, and aperture size. You will then discover how to use and manipulate these elements to create different types of photographic results. Using these techniques, you will practice taking different photos of the same subject to get different results. You will also experiment with different techniques to capture mood and motion in your photos. By the end of this course you will have a toolkit of techniques at your disposal to create the type of photo you want.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

In this course, you will select and use an image management system to organize, edit, and share your photographs. You will import existing photos, choose appropriate digital information, add keywords and tags, and organize them for an efficient workflow. Then you will edit your photos through manipulating brightness, sharpness, light, color, and other adjustments, to continually refine your image to meet your purpose and ensure your vision comes to life. Finally you will identify the most appropriate way to share photos for your intended audience and do so. By the end of this course, you will complete a professional workflow that allows you to effectively take your photos, edit them, and share them.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

In this course you will explore different lighting effects and the results they have on your photograph. You will analyze existing photos to determine the lighting techniques that the photographer used and identify the effect that it has on the feeling of the photo. Then you will experiment with both natural and artificial light to manipulate the effect of light in your photos. You will determine which techniques are most appropriate for your vision to invoke the desired emotions about your subject. By the end of this course you will have a lighting portfolio that represents your preferred lighting style.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

You will differentiate the functional and expressive components of a photograph in a photographer's interpretation of a subject. You will then evaluate different photos to determine the different styles the photographers are using and the emotions they are invoking. By using camera and lighting mechanics, you will practice stylizing your photos to express different emotions about your subject. You will determine which techniques resonate with your personal artistic persona and begin to refine your stylistic expression. By the end of this course you will have a portfolio to demonstrate your expressive intentions with photos that may make people think, gain their interest, or touch their emotions.

It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed Camera Selection and Mechanics and Lighting or have equivalent experience in photography, cameras, and lighting.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

In this course, you will use your understanding of camera and lens functions, lighting, editing, style, and expression to create a photography project that is representative of your specific interests and skills. You will first decide what the purpose of your project is, what your portfolio will include, and who your audience is. You will then go into the field to take photographs, assess them, and return to the field to take them again. You will select your best photos and write the wall mount descriptions for each one. You will create an action plan for how you will display your photography project. Finally, you will critique the photography projects of your peers while receiving a critique of your own project to see how your and your classmates' visions and purposes were interpreted. By the end of this course, you will have created a photographic project that demonstrates your skills and which can stand on its own as a portfolio, exhibition, job, or assignment.

Expect to spend 14-19 hours to complete this course.

In this course, you will explore what it means to “work professionally.” In the photographer's context, working professionally is not the nuts and bolts of running a business. Rather, it focuses on developing a professional mindset and work approach that enables you to represent yourself and your work well. First you will determine your goals as a photographer and create an action plan for how to achieve those goals. You will then create a website or social media profile that communicates your photographer persona and/or professional aspirations. You will also define an action plan to protect your work physically and legally and maintain a professional reputation. By the end of this course you will have the appropriate professional mindset and practices to achieve your professional or personal goals as a photographer.

Expect to spend 6-10 hours to complete this course.

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