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Digital Photography Level 3
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20 Hours - 14 Modules - 110 Segments - Fee $150
  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 3 - Creative Level Course


This course is aimed at learners looking to try different photography disciplines. No previous camera experience is required, and much of the course can be taken using Program Mode. By the end, you will be using Aperture Priority in a very creative way.

Aims Of This Course

This Creative Photography Course is aimed at those who really want to push the limits of their photography, and do so very quickly. At the end of the course, you can be sure that your photography will be at a completely different level!

About the Course

The beauty of this course is that you do not need a wide range of skills to get great results, you can be a complete beginner or someone with more photography experience. Each Module prepares you for that particular photography discipline by only discussing the camera techniques needed for that specific topic.

At the end of the course, you will have an in-depth understanding of how the creative process works and how to put it into effect in all your photos. You will also be able to accelerate your learning in photography by test out all these great photography disciplines to see which ones suit you.


Six Different Photography Disciplines

Six completely separate photography topics are the bedrock of this course. These range from Landscape Photography to Street Photography from Macro Photography to Off-Camera Flash.

Course Requirements

Who is this course suited for?
Students taking this course will have been trying out Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority on their camera. While shots are not always turning successfully, they feel they are now ready for some serious instruction as to what has been going right (and why) and what has been going wrong (and why).

Recommended Equipment

A Digital Camera with Aperture Priority (Av on Canons, A on other cameras). Suitable cameras would include Digital SLRs or Bridge cameras, see Choosing a Camera here. Wide Angle Lens (18-55mm kit lenses are fine). Tripod. Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (any version suitable).

  Painting with Flash

Painting with Light Field Trip

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, all participants will have a very good understanding of how Program, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority Modes function. They will also have developed their creative side and will have a clearer idea of the kinds of images they want to shoot.

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: Important Camera Settings
Segment 01 Watch For Camera Shake
Segment 02 Increase The ISO To Get Higher Shutter Speeds
Segment 03 Blur Movement With Slow Shutter Speeds
Segment 04 Pre-Focus To Help Keep Rule Of Thirds Shots Sharp
Segment 05 A Small Aperture Number = Small Depth Of Field
Segment 06 A Large Aperture Number = Large Depth Of Field
Segment 07 Depth Of Field Is Shorter At Longer Focal Lengths
Segment 08 Depth Of Field Is Larger At Wide-Angle Focal Lengths
Segment 09 Exposing For The Right Part Of The Picture Is Vital
Segment 10 Assignments For Photography Module 1
MODULE 2 Overview: Shoot Small For Greater Impact
Segment 01 Shoot Raw Or Raw+Jpeg (At The Highest Setting)
Segment 02 Focus On The Important Bit, Lock Focus, Re-Compose
Segment 03 Watch For Camera Shake
Segment 04 What You Focus On Is What Is In Focus
Segment 05 Play With Depth Of Field
Segment 06 Use Reflections To Show The Whole Thing
Segment 07 Less Is More
Segment 08 Kiss: Keep It Simple Stupid, Border On Abstract
Segment 09 Isolate Small Parts Of The Big Picture
Segment 10 There Are Many Pictures In One Picture
Segment 11 Look For Abstracts
Segment 12 Assignments For Photography Module 2
MODULE 3 Overview: How To Shoot Better Landscapes
Segment 01 Keep Going Back To A Location
Segment 02 Try Black & White
Segment 03 Rule Of Thirds Rules
Segment 04 Minimize Washed Out Skies
Segment 05 Go Low To Kill Flat, Uninteresting Areas
Segment 06 Find Foreground Interest
Segment 07 Find Lead-In Lines
Segment 08 Look Up At The Sky
Segment 09 Capture Movement With Slow Shutter Speeds
Segment 10 Polarizers Deepen Blue Skies
Segment 11 ND Grads Darken The Top Of The Sky
Segment 12 Bracketing Gets More Detail In The Light & Dark Areas
Segment 13 Watch Your Depth Of Field
Segment 14 Do Not Forget The Small Subjects
Segment 15 If Depth Of Field Is Not An Issue, Shoot Stops Down
Segment 16 Get A Decent Tripod
Segment 17 Turn Off Anti-Shake When On A Tripod
Segment 18 Use A Spirit Level In The Hot Shoe
Segment 19 Use Aperture Priority (Av)
Segment 20 Assignments For Photography Module 3
MODULE 4 Overview: Key Tips For Street Photography
Segment 01 Use Wide Angle Lenses & Fast Shutter Speeds
Segment 02 Focus On What You Want By Using Single Focus Points
Segment 03 Compose Using The Rule Of Sixths
Segment 04 Is Street Photography Black & White Or Color?
Segment 05 Do Not Stand Out: Try To Blend In
Segment 06 The Law Is On Your Side: You Can Shoot People In Public
Segment 07 Start Off Where The Tourists Take Pictures
Segment 08 Get Over The Fear Of Going Close
Segment 09 Find A Scene & Wait For Something To Happen
Segment 10 Try To Capture Interesting Expressions & Action
Segment 11 Tell A Story By Using Something Else In The Frame
Segment 12 If You Are Afraid, Try Shooting From The Waist
Segment 13 The Waist Level Technique Explained
Segment 14 Wait For The Decisive Moment
Segment 15 Assignments For Photography Module 4
MODULE 5 Overview: Get Closer With Macro
Segment 01 Use Aperture Priority To Control Depth Of Field
Segment 02 Use Depth Of Field Preview To Check What Is In Focus
Segment 03 Use Manual Focus If Auto Focus Fails
Segment 04 Focus Behind The Subject To Maximize Depth Of Field
Segment 05 Use A Tripod To Keep The Photo Sharp
Segment 06 Use The Self Timer Or A Remote Release
Segment 07 Mirror Lock-Up Also Helps Minimize Camera Shake
Segment 08 True Macro Lenses Are 1:1
Segment 09 Reversing Rings Turn Any Lens Into A Close-Up Lens
Segment 10 Extension Tubes Turn Any Lens Into A Macro Lens
Segment 11 Close-Up Filters Get You The Cheapest Macro Shots
Segment 12 Turn Off The Flash (Unless You Want It)
Segment 13 Card Can Help Remove Cluttered Backgrounds
Segment 14 Even Blurred Backgrounds Can Be Distracting
Segment 15 Spraying Drops Of Water Adds Impact
Segment 16 Wire Stops Flowers Moving In The Wind
Segment 17 Assignments For Photography Module 5
MODULE 6 Overview: Settings For Painting With Light
Segment 01 Set Your Camera To Manual Mode & Manual Focus
Segment 02 Use A Tripod & The Self Timer Or A Cable Release
Segment 03 Set Shutters To Seconds & Vary The Aperture To Suit
Segment 04 Set The Lowest ISO & Use The Correct White Balance
Segment 05 Light The Background
Segment 06 Use The Blend Mode To Make The Final Shot
MODULE 7 Overview: Painting With Torches (Flashlights)
Segment 01 Try Test Exposures Keeping The Torch (Flashlight) Steady
Segment 02 Keep Away From The Wall
Segment 03 Shoot Lots But Keep The Camera In The Same Position
Segment 04 Assignments For Photography Module 7
MODULE 8 Overview: Painting With Flash Guns
Segment 01 Use Your Flash On Manual Settings
Segment 02 Determine Your Shutter Speed For The Ambient Light
Segment 03 Now Run In And Fire The Flash
Segment 04 Light Behind Or The Interior Of Your Subject
Segment 05 The Final Combined Shot
Segment 06 Assignments For Photography Module 8
MODULE 9 Software Overview: Understanding Histograms
Segment 01 Understanding The Histogram In The Camera
MODULE 10 Software Overview: Understanding Image Suffixes
Segment 01 How To Show File Type Suffixes On A Windows Pc
MODULE 11 Software Overview: Setting Up Your Image Editor
Segment 01 Change The Preferences To Help Things Along
Segment 02 Change The Color Settings For Better Color
MODULE 12 Software Overview: General Image Housekeeping
Segment 01 Use Auto Contrast To Try To Brighten The Exposure
Segment 02 Use Levels To Fine Tune Your Exposure
Segment 03 Use An S Curve To Add Contrast To Any Picture
Segment 04 Use Convert To Profile When Sending Pics To Labs
Segment 05 Use Image Size To Enlarge Images & Keep Quality
Segment 06 Preparing Low Resolution Files For Email
Segment 07 Save Your File As Jpeg
Segment 08 Understanding The Histogram In The Computer
MODULE 13 Software Overview: Curves
Segment 01 Create A Curves Adjustment Layer To Increase Contrast
MODULE 14 Software Overview: Layer Masks
Segment 01 Use Layer Masks To Merge Shots Together
MODULE 15 Software Overview: Black & White Conversion
Segment 01 Create Black & Whites In Photoshop
Segment 02 Create Black & Whites In Elements
MODULE 16 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 DPL3-O
Modules 14 Modules/132 Segments
Learning Hours 20 Hours
Course Fee $150
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