Sunday, 13 January 2013

Learning Photography Online

Here's a new class I'm running through CCE called Learning Photography Online: The Complete Guide to Photography Basics.
4 March to Aug 1st, 2013
Here's a link to my latest online class held through the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE)

The Complete Guide to Photography Basics

4 Mar 2013 - 1 Aug 2013 5 sessions + assignments all online
Tutor: Robin Nichols
Cost: $450 inc GST

Learn all about the capabilities of your camera online. Learn its features, how to master the controls, discover how to unlock and exploit the creative potential offered by the technology at hand.
This photo class is 100% online. Working online allows any student access to a wide range of specific training videos on subjects ranging from; shutter speed, the effect of aperture, camera metering modes, scene modes, ISO sensitivity, colour control, White Balance and sharpness, to composition, focussing, troubleshooting, and more.
Learning online provides students with the luxury of studying the materials without the limits of a regular classroom. Online learning also opens the door for students living away from the city, allowing anyone to mix work, family and even holidays with the online class assignment schedule.
The tutor provides in-depth video resources of the topics, plus multimedia feedback on all the completed assignments.

Here's a sample from one of my online video tutorials:



Course Content

The Basics
  • Anatomy of a camera, features, image stabilisation, and more
  • Camera parts, device terminology, accessories
  • Understanding exposure
  • Shutter speeds, Aperture and ISO
  • Shooting Modes
  • Scene Modes – when and where to use them
  • Using shutter speed creatively
  • Using aperture creatively
  • Handling ISO
  • Focussing techniques
  • Colour control
  • Problem solving:
  • Techniques for getting your shots pin sharp
  • Resolving high ISO noise problems
  • Setting up customised colour settings
  • Downloading images to a computer
  • Basic photo processing overview
Several assignments are set for each monthly session and are uploaded to the tutor’s personal site for critiquing. Multimedia feedback is then posted at and students are given the option of private feedback, or leaving tutor comments open to the other students on the course. Looking at the work of the other students is also a good way to learn.

Resources needed: DSLR or advanced point-and-shoot camera with Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual exposure control
Software required: Software is not essential to the course but it would be useful to have some software available on your PC. I’d recommend Picasa (free) or Photoshop Elements (approx $140).