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Dusk Photography Level 1
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  DUSK PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course
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Introduction

Get ready to take great pictures at dusk and at night time!

At this most magical time of day, dusk photography allows most photographers to capture their first-ever 'wow' shot. This course teaches you all of the vital camera and location techniques you need to get amazing shots the first time

As soon as you finish the first week of this course, all of your photographs will begin to look much better.

What kind of student takes this course?

The ideal student for this course is looking to gently ease themselves into using some key techniques and buttons that will help them improve all of their Dusk photographs. This course assumes that you have been attempting Program and Aperture Priority Modes, but not necessarily understanding why 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 Dusk techniques.

What past experience is needed?

Most students of this course will have only been using Auto or Program Mode up to this point. You might have been testing out Aperture Priory Mode with mixed success. The course does not require any prior knowledge of cameras or computers, and does not go into advanced modes such as Manual Mode.

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Dusk Photogrpahy Level 1 - Learn how to judge the best time to shoot  
Learn how to judge the best time to shoot
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Recommended Equipment

To get the most out of this course your camera needs to have Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, ideally an SLR or Mirrorless camera (see here for information on the different types of camera).

The course is also suitable for Bridge Cameras and high end Compact/Point & Shoot Cameras, as long as they have Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av).

If you wish to get the most out of the Software section, you will need to have any version of Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) installed on your desktop or laptop computer. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.

Learn key camera techniques

Through examples of dusk photography from around the world, you will learn how to research and identify special locations that are likely to result in great dusk shots. You will also learn the professional photographer's tips and techniques on how to set the camera up to ensure you get pin sharp shots every time.

In this special course you will also learn about how to use 'light trails' (the light from car headlights and tail lights) to add an extra special feel to any dusk or night shot.

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Learn great post processing tips in the computer 

Using Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements, this course covers many simple techniques that you can quickly use to enhance any dusk image. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the blue of a Blue Moment sky, while also dealing with bright highlights and dark shadows. This is also an ideal time to try using Raw Images, as the techniques are much the same as they are for Jpegs, but the quality is usually immeasurably higher, particularly in tricky lighting conditions. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.

COURSE OUTCOMES

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

ASSIGNMENTS

This course sets weekly assignments, each one based on the content of that class (course content here). All images are then gently critiqued at the start of the next lesson. We even set a simple assignment for week one that you can present at the opening class, just to help get you started.

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PHOTO CRITIQUES

Probably the most valuable thing while learning photography is to receive gentle and supportive critiquing of your images. Our critiquing covers composition, processing tips, prompts for what works well, and suggestions for resolving things that do not.

It is also incredibly helpful to be able to see what others have done with the same assignment that you received. We can also learn to see through the eyes of others.

This course provides both of these learning supports.

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Sample page from the Tutorial Notes (Click for larger image)  
Sample page from the Tutorial Notes
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ILLUSTRATED PDF TUTORIAL NOTES

In-depth PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of all of our courses. Lectures of all kinds tend to have an effect that lasts only a short while, particularly if notes are not supplied. 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 aid learning while on the course, and in the weeks and months afterward.

We send the notes out for each week's class just after the previous one has finished (in other words, the notes for week 2 are sent to you immediately after week 1's class has ended. We do this so that you have something to look forward to each week, and as a way to keep the notes fresh.

For the final week, each student receives the full set of tutorial notes, over 30 pages in total.

Course structure

This length of this course is 3 weeks (dates here), and there is 1 class per week, on the same day, and at the same time. Classes last 90 minutes each, and build to 4.5 hours of total learning.

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Class structure

Each class goes like this:

  • Q&A on the previous weeks topic (except for first week)
  • Critiquing of the assignment based on that lesson, including the first week (the assignment is sent to you 1 week before the first class)
  • We then discuss the module for that week (course content here)
  • At the end of each class we remind you of the assignments for the following week (which are always based based on the class module)

Live Zoom LEARNING

This course is delivered through Live Zoom Learning, where we bring a real classroom right into your home. Our state of the art TV Studio lets us interact with you in real-time. We utilize a High Def 3 camera feed to more easily show critical aspects of the essential techniques that our courses cover. This means we can quickly show you a close up of a camera button, then switch to the computer showing images that illustrate the benefit of that button.

The platform we use for our Live Webinars is from Zoom. Their free app works on all phones and tablets, as well as Apple Mac's and Windows PC's. You can download Zoom for your particular device at this link.

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RECORDED CLASSES FOR LATER VIEWING

All of our Live Zoom Courses are recorded, this means you can quickly review past content, or catch up on a class you missed. The link for each class is sent out the day after that class.

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RETAKE A CLASS

While you can always watch a class you miss using our recorded classes option, you are still welcome to pick up a missed week on a future course (courses run multiple times per year). This is particularly helpful in courses where photo assignments are handed out. Photo critiques are, by their nature, very personal, so it can be valuable to get that live feedback on your images.

FREE TIPS FOREVER

Participants of this course are welcome to join our exclusive Facebook Group, where students new and old regularly chime in with answers to your photography issues. You will also gain access to our treasure trove of pre-recorded photography hints and tips, many of which cannot be viewed by the general public.

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Certificate at the end of the course
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Dusk Photography 101
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CERTIFICATE

A signed Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course.

A note ABOUT OUR TEACHING METHODS

First and foremost, we believe there are no stupid questions, just questions about things you do not understand. On our courses, you will never be made to feel silly for seeking answers or clarification, that is what you pay us for.

All of our courses are designed around common photography scenarios, either ones that you regularly find yourself in, or would like to find yourself in. Our teaching methodology is designed to show you how to take better pictures in every one of them. The content of all of our courses is developed to build on the previous week's tips. This approach allows you quickly and confidently to understand how to improve every photo you take.

We teach each of our courses in such a way that the knowledge you pick up every week can be easily spread into other areas of image taking. Photography, at its core, is about shutters, apertures, and ISO, but it is HOW you bring these together for each individual shot that matters.

QUERIES?

If you have any queries about this or any other of our courses, please pop an email to info@iop-online.com

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COURSE CONTENT | DUSK PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER LEVEL
Week 1: Camera Techniques
Tripod Techniques For Masking Later Controlling ISO
Handheld Techniques Killing Auto Flash
Self-Timer and Cable/Remote Release techniques Watching For Bright Spots That Will Underexpose
Controlling 'White Balance' At Night  
Week 2: Creative Techniques
Research And Identify Great Locations Using Slow Sync Flash For People & Backgrounds
Calculating The Arrival OF The Blue Moment Rear/2nd Curtain Flash To Control The Ghosts
Long Shutter Speeds For Light Trails Recap Of Settings For Dusk & Night Shots
Week 3: Software Techniques
Processing Raw Files Masking To Blend 2 Shutter Speeds Together
Image Editing Techniques to Enhance Macro Shots Dealing With Bright Highlights & Dark Shadows

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COURSE SCHEDULE
Title DUSK PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER LEVEL
Live Zoom COURSE - Training delivered live over the web
Code DPC1-L
Course Length 3 Weeks
Classes per week 1 Class per Week
Class Length 1.5 Hours
Total Hours 4.5 Hours
Course Times USA
Pacific 8am | Mountain 9am | Central 10am | Eastern 11am
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UK & Ireland 4pm | Central Europe 5pm
Fee $85 | €75 | £67
Next Start Date SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER, 2020 (Ends Saturday 26 Sept, 2020)
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