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Digital Photography Level 1
Launching Fall 2020
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16 Hours - 14 Modules - 110 Segments - Fee $120
  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course


This course is designed for those who are mainly using Auto Mode. The goal is to teach you simple techniques that will allow you to transition to using Program Mode with confidence. As soon as you start, all of your photographs will look much better.

Previous Experience

The course does not require any prior knowledge of cameras or computers, and does not go into advanced modes such as Manual Mode, or talk about Photoshop or the use of Raw files. This is a photography course that concentrates on the simple things that will help you immediately, without having to become a rocket scientist.

Equipment Required

Any kind of digital camera is suitable for this course including SLRs, Point & Shoot/Compact Cameras and Bridge Cameras (see here for information on the different types).


Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use many of the extra buttons on your camera. You will also be well prepared to able to take better shots in most situations, even in dark, tricky situations like night time and low light indoors. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: Camera Buttons That Improve Your Photographs
Segment 01 Use The Camera Buttons To Improve Your Photographs
Segment 02 Use Scene Modes To Improve Every Shot You Take
Segment 03 Which Scene Modes Blur Or Sharpen Backgrounds?
Segment 04 Try Scene Modes That Freeze Or Blur Movement
Segment 05 Use Program Mode To Take More Control
Segment 06 Use Picture Effects To Make Shots More Interesting
Segment 07 How To Use White Balance To Get Rid Of Color Casts
Segment 08 Use High ISOs To Prevent Blurred Shots In Low Light
Segment 09 Make Sure You Are Capturing The Highest Quality Picture
MODULE 2 Overview: How To Take Better Shots Of Your Family & Friends
Segment 01 How To Take Better Shots Of Your Family And Friends
Segment 02 To See The Shot Better, Minimize The LCD Display
Segment 03 Dead Centre Is Dead Boring
Segment 04 Simply Move The Head To The Top Of The Frame
Segment 05 Turn The Camera For A Better Shot Of One Person
Segment 06 Zoom In To The Right Amount
Segment 07 The Sequence Again
Segment 08 For High Pressure Situations, Prepare The Camera First
Segment 09 Keep Your House Out Of The Shot!
Segment 10 Beware Of Distracting Backgrounds
Segment 11 Increase The Available Light To Reduce Flash Red Eye
Segment 12 Assignments For Photography Module 2
MODULE 3 Overview: How To Find Soft Light To Improve Your Shots
Segment 01 Find Soft Light To Improve Your Shots
Segment 02 Use A Window To Soften The Light
Segment 03 Use A Group Of Candles As The Main Source Of Light
Segment 04 Place Your Subject Under A Tree Or Canopy
Segment 05 Put The Sun Behind The Subject
Segment 06 Use Flash To Brighten Dark Shadows (Fill-In Flash)
Segment 07 Bounce The Flash Off The Ceiling
Segment 08 Assignments For Photography Module 3
MODULE 4 Overview: Use Rule Of Thirds To Get More Interesting Shots
Segment 01 Use Rule Of Thirds To Get Better Shots
Segment 02 Use The Rule Of Thirds In The Vertical Position
Segment 03 Use The Rule Of Thirds In The Horizontal Position
Segment 04 Use Intersection Of Thirds In Vertical Position
Segment 05 Use Intersection Of Thirds In Horizontal Position
Segment 06 Use Intersection For The Vertical Vanishing Point
Segment 07 Use Intersection For The Horizontal Vanishing Point
Segment 08 Turn On The Grid Or Use The Viewfinder Focus Points
Segment 09 Only Keep The Centre Focus Point Active
Segment 10 Use The Shutter Button As A Focus Lock
Segment 11 Use The Focus Lock For Off-Centre Subjects
Segment 12 Assignments For Photography Module 4
MODULE 5 Overview: How To Take Great Night Shots
Segment 01 How To Take Great Night Shots
Segment 02 A Tripod Is The Key
Segment 03 Use The Self-Timer Or Cable/Remote Release
Segment 04 Turn Flash Off Or Use Night Landscape Setting
Segment 05 Check The White Balance Settings
Segment 06 Turn Off Auto ISO And Use The Lowest Number
Segment 07 Use Night Portrait For People And Backgrounds
Segment 08 Watch For Very Bright Spots In The Picture
Segment 09 Night Time Is Not The Only Time
Segment 10 Assignments For Photography Module 5
MODULE 6 Overview: How To Take Great Macro Shots
Segment 01 How To Take Better Macro Shots
Segment 02 Use A Tripod To Keep The Photograph Sharp
Segment 03 Use The Self Timer Or A Remote Release
Segment 04 Make Sure You Are In Focus, Move Back If You Are Not
Segment 05 Turn Off The Flash
Segment 06 Card Helps Remove Cluttered Backgrounds
Segment 07 Spraying Drops Of Water Adds Impact
Segment 08 Tissue Paper Light Tent Gives Softer Shadows
Segment 09 Assignments For Photography Module 6
MODULE 7 Overview: How To Use Projects To Enhance Your Photography
Segment 01 Give Yourself A Photographic Project To Shoot Over Days, Weeks Or Even Years
Segment 02 Outdoor Cafe Life: Days In August
Segment 03 Light And Shade: Winter Of ā€˜85 To Spring Of ā€˜86
Segment 04 Night Scenes From Around The World
Segment 05 By The Sea: Hour In June
Segment 06 Under My Feet: To Present
Segment 07 Abandoned Cars: To Present
Segment 08 These Sticks: On-Going
Segment 09 Some Suggestions For Photograph Projects
MODULE 8 Software Overview: Installation & Setup of Picasa
Segment 01 Installing Picasa On Windows
Segment 02 Installing Picasa On Windows
Segment 03 Installing Picasa On A Mac
Segment 04 Importing Photographs Into Picasa
Segment 05 Renaming Files In Picasa
Segment 06 Emailing Homework Photographs From Inside Picasa
Segment 07 Exporting Images For Emailing With Web Based Email
MODULE 9 Software Overview: Fixing Photos In The Basic Fixes Tab
Segment 01 Cropping Your Photographs
Segment 02 Straighten Your Photographs
Segment 03 Remove Red Eye & Fix Dark Or Discolored Shots
Segment 04 Remove Skin Blemishes & Brighten Dark Photographs
Segment 05 Put Text In Your Photographs
Segment 06 Saving Your Changes For Printing Shots With A Lab
MODULE 10 Software Overview: Advanced Fixes In The Tuning Tab
Segment 01 What To Do When Iā€™m Feeling Lucky Does Not Work
Segment 02 Removing Color Casts
Segment 03 How To Make Better Black And White Pictures
MODULE 11 Software Overview: Creative Options In The Effects Tab
Segment 01 Graduated Tint: Puts Color In A Washed Out Sky
Segment 02 Focal Black & White: Keeps A Circle In Color & The Rest B&W
Segment 03 Soft Focus: Keeps A Circle Sharp And The Rest Blurred
Segment 04 Glow: Good For Minimizing Wrinkles
Segment 05 Combine Effects: Many Effects Can Be Used On The One Shot
MODULE 12 Software Overview: Albums & Slide Shows
Segment 01 An Album Brings Shots From Different Folders Together
Segment 02 Setting Up A Slide Show
MODULE 13 Software Overview: Printing Your Photographs
Segment 01 Check The Paper Size Before Printing A Contact Sheet
Segment 02 Printing Multiple Shots On One Sheet
Segment 03 Putting Borders And Captions On Your Prints
Segment 04 Making A Panorama Print
MODULE 14 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
Launching Fall 2020
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Course Code DPL1-0
Modules 14 Modules/110 Segments
Learning Hours 16 Hours
Course Fee $120
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