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Digital Photography Level 4
Launching Fall 2020
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20 Hours - 14 Modules - 110 Segments - Fee $15
  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 4 - Advanced Level Course


This course brings all participants to a high level of understanding of the various modes on the camera and when best to use them. At the finish, you will be taking full control of your camera and seriously enhancing your shots in Photoshop/Elements.

About The Course

The course is made up of eight separate modules. The photography side of things aims to show you techniques such as what are the best buttons to get or correct a specific effect while also teaching you the fundamentals of photography.


Course Requirements

Who is this course suited for?
Students taking this course will have been taking photographs with a digital SLR for at least 18 months and now want to get deep under the bonnet of the Camera and of either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop. They also want to understand what the three key modes (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) are best used for and when to use them.

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).

Course Outcomes

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



  Off camera wireless flash

Manual Off-Camera Flash

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: Advanced Camera Techniques 1
Segment 01 Learn The Full Stops For Aperture, Shutter & ISO
Segment 02 Aperture, Shutter & ISO Are Your Building Blocks
Segment 03 Small F No. = Big Aperture = Small DOF = More Light
Segment 04 Big F No. = Small Aperture = Big DOF = Less Light
Segment 05 Fast Shutters = Frozen Action = Less Light
Segment 06 Slow Shutters = Blurred Action = More Light
Segment 07 Higher ISO Numbers Bring More Light And Noise
Segment 08 If Depth Of Field Is Not An Issue Shoot 2 Stops Down
Segment 09 Use Of Auto ISO In Manual Mode
Segment 10 Assignments For Photography Module 1
MODULE 2 Overview: Advanced Camera Techniques 2
Segment 01 Shoot Raw Or Raw+Jpeg
Segment 02 Exposing For The Right Part Of The Picture Is Vital
Segment 03 Auto Exposure Lock Keeps The Exposure From Changing
Segment 04 Exposure Compensation Lightens Or Darkens All Shots
Segment 05 Auto Exposure Bracketing Extends The Exposure Range
Segment 06 Use The Highlight Warning To Check For Overexposure
Segment 07 Assignments For Photography Module 2
MODULE 3 Overview: Advanced Camera Techniques 3
Segment 01 Choose The Right Focus Mode For The Shot
Segment 02 The Right Shutter Speed Prevents Camera Shake
Segment 03 Continuous Shooting Can Increase Your Success Rate
Segment 04 Mirror Lock-Up Prevents Camera Shake
Segment 05 The LCD Might Be Lying, Zoom In To Check
Segment 06 For Jpegs Use The Right White Balance Or Custom
Segment 07 Check And Re-Check Everything Before You Start!
Segment 08 Assignments For Photography Module 3
MODULE 4 Overview: Test Exposures
Segment 01 Test Exposures 1
Segment 02 Test Exposures 2
Segment 03 Test Exposures 3
Segment 04 Test Exposures 4
Segment 05 Test Exposures 5
Segment 06 Assignments For Photography Module 4
MODULE 5 Overview: Manual Flash Techniques
Segment 01 Manual Flash
Segment 02 Flash Terms
Segment 03 Flash Modes: Manual, TTL & Stroboscopic (Multi/Rpt)
Segment 04 Auto Zoom & Focal Length
Segment 05 Manual Zoom & Focal Length
Segment 06 When To Use The Wide Angle Diffuser
Segment 07 Use The Histogram To Gauge The Exposure
Segment 08 Flash Exposure Compensation In Camera Or In Flash
Segment 09 Fill Flash
Segment 10 Using ISO To Increase The Power Of The Flash
Segment 11 Use A Flash White Balance To Get Consistent Color
Segment 12 Balance Flash And Ambient Light
Segment 13 Assignments For Photography Module 5
MODULE 6 Overview: Wireless & Off-Camera Flash Techniques
Segment 01 Set The Master/Commander & Slaves
Segment 02 Set The Communication Channel
Segment 03 Set The Flash Guns To TTL Or Manual
Segment 04 Make Sure The Master Can See The Slave
Segment 05 Use Flash Exposure Compensation To Control Power
Segment 06 A Single Wireless Flash Gun
Segment 07 Wireless Flash Guns
Segment 08 45 Degrees Key Light With And Without Reflector
Segment 09 45 Degrees Key Light With Black Deflector
Segment 10 45 Degrees Key Light And 45 Degrees Fill Light
Segment 11 45 Degrees Key Light, 45 Degrees Fill Light And Rim Light
Segment 12 Assignments For Photography Module 6
MODULE 7 Overview: High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)
Segment 01 Use A Tripod And Consider ND Grads
Segment 02 Take Bracketed Exposures, Stops Apart
Segment 03 Use A Pre-Set White Balance, Not Auto
Segment 04 See If You Can Change The Exposure Sequence
Segment 05 Assignments For Photography Module 7
MODULE 8 Software Overview: Understanding The Histogram
Segment 01 Understanding The Histogram In The Camera
Segment 02 Understanding The Histogram In The Computer
MODULE 9 Software Overview: Understanding Resolution
Segment 01 Understanding Resolution: Find The Native Resolution Of A Shot
Segment 02 Understanding Resolution: Enlarge Beyond Native Resolution
MODULE 10 Software Overview: Raw Processing
Segment 01 Raw: How To Show File Type Suffixes On A Windows PC
Segment 02 Raw: Understand What Your Raw Options Are
Segment 03 The Importance Of .Xmp Sidecar Files
MODULE 11 Software Overview: Layer Masks
Segment 01 Layer Masks: Use Layer Masks To Merge Shots Together
MODULE 12 Software Overview: Dodging & Burning
Segment 01 Dodge & Burn: Open The File & Duplicate The Background Layer
Segment 02 Dodge & Burn: Dodge The Highlights
Segment 03 Dodge & Burn: Choose The Right Size Brush
Segment 04 Dodge & Burn: Use The Hardness Slider
Segment 05 Dodge & Burn: Burn The Shadows
MODULE 13 Software Overview: Curves
Segment 01 Create A Curves Adjustment Layer To Increase Contrast
MODULE 14 Software Overview: Black & White Conversion
Segment 01 Use A Black & White Adjustment To Get Better B&W Photos
MODULE 15 Software Overview: Processing Of HDR Shots
Segment 03 Click And Drag Works Also
Segment 04 Choose How You Want Photomatix To Help You
Segment 05 Choose The Area To Be Selectively De-Ghosted
Segment 06 Try The Various Pre-Sets, Then Try The Settings Below
Segment 07 Save Settings You Like As A Pre-Set
Segment 08 Photomatix Can Be Used On Single Photos As Well
Segment 09 Use The Same Quality Settings
Segment 10 Save The Bracketed Or Single File
Segment 11 Single Exposure And Exposure Comparison
Segment 12 Reduce Noise In ACR, Lightroom Or Special Software
Segment 13 Opening Jpeg Or Tiff Files In Adobe Camera Raw
Segment 01 Correct Chromatic Aberrations First
Segment 02 Launch Photomatix And Load Your Exposures
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 DPL4-O
Modules 16 Modules/105 Segments
Learning Hours 20 Hours
Course Fee $150
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