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Digital Photography Level 2
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16 Hours - 14 Modules - 110 Segments - Fee $120
  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 2 - Intermediate Level Course


This course is for those who wish to push the boundaries of their photography. The aim is to show you how aperture priority and shutter priority modes work in different situations. You will also learn how to dip your toe into processing Raw files.

About this course

This Digital Photography Level 2 - Improvers Course is aimed at those who have been taking photographs for a while and want to push the boundaries a little further. Amongst many other things, the course will show you a range shutter speeds and aperture numbers that will completely transform your creative photography. To get the most out of this course your camera needs to have Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, ideally an SLR.

This course assumes that you have been attempting other modes such as Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority, but not necessarily understanding when some effects work, and some do not. Our goal will be to connect the various dots you already have while showing you some simple, yet key techniques.


At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use all the extra buttons on your camera while also being able to take better shots, even in dark, tricky situations like night time and low light.

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. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: Shoot Portraits Without A Studio
Segment 01 Shoot Portraits Without A Studio
Segment 02 Zoom To 65/100mm And Put The Head To The Top
Segment 03 Focus On The Nearest Eye, Lock Focus, Re-Compose
Segment 04 Crop Between Joints
Segment 05 Take Lots Of Shots
Segment 06 A Small Aperture Number Will Blur The Background
Segment 07 Flexible Program/Program Shift Changes Apertures
Segment 08 Use A Window As A Large Light Source To Get Soft Light
Segment 09 Bounce Flashlight Off A Ceiling To Soften It
Segment 10 Angle The Subject Away From The Camera
Segment 11 With Groups Keep Heads Close Together
Segment 12 Recap Of Settings For Portraits
MODULE 2 Overview: Sports & Action Photography
Segment 01 Big Zooms Need Big Shutter Speeds
Segment 02 Sports Mode Tries To Give Fast Shutter Speeds
Segment 03 Shutter Priority Lets You Set The Shutter Speed
Segment 04 Increase The ISO To Get Higher Shutter Speeds
Segment 05 Slow Shutter Speeds Show Movement As Blur
Segment 06 Pre-Focus/Continuous Focus To Keep Subjects Sharp
Segment 07 Panning Helps Keep A Moving Object Sharp
Segment 08 Recap Of Settings For Sports
Segment 09 Assignments for Photography Module 2
MODULE 3 Overview: Controlling Depth Of Field
Segment 01 Controlling Depth Of Field
Segment 02 Small Aperture Number = Small Depth Of Field
Segment 03 Portrait Mode Tries To Give A Smaller DOF
Segment 04 Large Aperture Number = Large Depth Of Field
Segment 05 Landscape Mode Tries To Give A Larger DOF
Segment 06 Depth Of Field Is Shorter At Longer Zooms
Segment 07 Depth Of Field Is Larger At Wider-Angle Zooms
Segment 08 1/3 Of Your Depth Of Field Is In Front, 2/3 Behind
Segment 09 In Macro DOF Is Tiny & Much Closer To 1/2 & 1/2
Segment 10 Recap Of Settings For Depth Of Field
Segment 11 Assignments For Photography Module 3
MODULE 4 Overview: Mastering Flash
Segment 01 Mastering Flash
Segment 02 Use Fill-In Flash In Bright Light Outdoors
Segment 03 Use Fill-In Flash In Shady Or Overcast Conditions
Segment 04 Soften Direct Flash With A Diffuser
Segment 05 Bounce Flash Off Ceilings To Soften It
Segment 06 Bouncing Off Walls Gives A Studio Lighting Effect
Segment 07 Try Off-Camera Flash Using Cables Or Wireless Flash
Segment 08 Recap Of Settings For Flash
Segment 09 Assignments For Photography Module 4
MODULE 5 Overview: Take Better Travel Shots
Segment 01 Take Better Travel Shots
Segment 02 Check Out Before You Go
Segment 03 When You Get There Find A Postcard To Copy
Segment 04 Buildings Need Strong Sunlight At Approx 45 Degrees
Segment 05 For Blue Skies Keep The Sun Behind Or Use A Polarizer
Segment 06 Bright Skies Can Fool The Metering
Segment 07 Capture The Detail, Look For Small Things
Segment 08 People Give Scale To Photographs
Segment 09 Slow Sync Flash Is For People & Backgrounds At Night
Segment 10 Dusk Shots Bring A Magical Feel To Photographs
Segment 11 Long Shutter Speeds Are Needed For Light Trails
Segment 12 Recap Of Settings For Travel Shots
Segment 13 Assignments For Photography Module 5
MODULE 6 Overview: Lighting Still Life’s In Your Own Home
Segment 01 Lighting Still Life’s In Your Home
Segment 02 Use A Large Window To Soften The Light
Segment 03 Use White Paper As A Reflector
Segment 04 Use A Table Lamp At 45 Degrees
Segment 05 Use 2 Table Lamps At 45 Degrees
Segment 06 Use 3 Table Lamps At 45 Degrees
Segment 07 Use A Cardboard Box To Make A Large Light Tent
Segment 08 Use Tissue Paper To Make A Small Light Tent
Segment 09 Recap Of Settings For Still Life
Segment 10 Assignments For Photography Module 6
MODULE 7 Overview: How To Shoot Weddings & Groups
Segment 01 How To Shoot Weddings & Groups
Segment 02 Plan For The Key Shots
Segment 03 Use A Small Aperture Number, High ISO & Anti-Shake
Segment 04 Leave Enough Room For The Printed Shots
Segment 05 Find A Photogenic Corner
Segment 06 Countdown To The Shot & Take Multiple Photographs
Segment 07 Do Not Let Groups Get Too Wide
Segment 08 Direct Flash Creates A Cave Effect
Segment 09 Shoot Plenty Of Candid’s
Segment 10 Take A List Of What To Shoot
Segment 11 Make A Checklist Of What To Do
Segment 12 Recap Of Settings For Weddings
Segment 13 Assignments For Photography Module 7
MODULE 8 Software Overview: Processing Raw Files
Segment 01 Find And Open The Raw File
Segment 02 Process The Raw File In Adobe Camera Raw
Segment 03 Once Ready, Then Open The Image In Photoshop Elements
Segment 04 Save The Image
Segment 05 Save The Original As A Tiff File To Maintain Quality
Segment 06 Save A Copy As A Jpeg To Have A Smaller File To Email
Segment 07 Keep The Xmp File
MODULE 9 Software Overview: Cloning Skin
Segment 01 Open The Image
Segment 02 Duplicate The Background Layer, Enlarge The Part To Be Cloned
Segment 03 Select The Clone Tool And Choose Your Brush Size
Segment 04 Save Your New File As A PSD And A Copy As A Jpeg
MODULE 10 Software Overview: Opening Closed Eyes
Segment 01 Open The Two Images And Enlarge The Area To Be Copied
Segment 02 Choose The Feather Amount To Give A Soft Edge
Segment 03 Paste The New Eye And Rotate To Make It Fit
Segment 04 Save Your New File As A PSD
Segment 05 Save A Copy Of The New File As A Jpeg
MODULE 11 Software Overview: Making A Panorama
Segment 01 Open The Images To Be Merged
Segment 02 Let Photomerge Do Its Work
Segment 03 All Seven Files Are Now Merged Into One Panorama
MODULE 12 Software Overview: Keep Some Color In A Black & White Photograph
Segment 01 Open The Image & Duplicate The Background Layer
Segment 02 Enlarge The Area You Want To Select
Segment 03 Select The Area You Want To Keep In Color
Segment 04 Desaturate The Rest Of The Image
Segment 05 colorize A Small Part Of A Black & White Image
Segment 06 Before And After
MODULE 13 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 DPL2-O
Modules 13 Modules/115 Segments
Learning Hours 16 Hours
Course Fee $120
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