In this course, you'll build a foundation in fundamental photography techniques. You will gain control over your camera's manual settings, learning how to balance the elements in the Exposure Triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture/F-Stop. You will discover how to set White Balance appropriately, create depth of field, and capture motion. We will explore composition concepts to help you make your photographs more interesting and effective and equip you for the types of adjustments photographers make to adjust to different lighting conditions. To give you experience in some important genres, you will gain practical experience in shooting different kinds of portrait photographs and sports/motion photographs.
Course At A Glance
- 100% online
- Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
- Classes start January, April, and August
The course is taught by the following instructor(s):
Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):
Controlling Your Camera
We will begin by exploring how your camera and camera software works, with an emphasis on the role of shooting RAW. We'll discuss the purpose of the main Exposure Modes: Auto, Manual, Program, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority, and how to use your light meter in in Manual mode to ensure that your images are not over- or underexposed. A special focus will be on how to use the elements in the Exposure Triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture/F-Stop) to achieve a balanced exposure. You will learn how to identify a correct exposure, with detail in the brightest whites and darkest shadows.
Aperture and Shutter Speed
We explore the basics of using aperture size to create depth of field. The class will examine how to use shutter speed to create frozen motion or motion blur, and how to avoid the dreaded camera shake. We will explore how to adapt your Exposure Triangle choices to troublesome shooting scenarios and how to use white balance to avoid color cast issues caused by different lighting scenarios.
Rules of Composition
What makes a good photograph? In this session we will introduce the six principles of composition used by professional photographers: simplicity, negative space, framing, symmetry and asymmetry, use of line, point of view and perspective.
How can we see and use light? In this session, we'll explore the source and the attributes of the different kinds of light: hard, soft, diffused, and specular. We will look at the major differences between natural light, artificial light, and ambient light, and how this affects our approach.
We'll investigate how to identify and adapt to common natural lighting scenarios, exploring three techniques for using fill-flash to improve lighting indoor and outdoors and addressing some pitfalls of mixed lighting.
We will look at the characteristics of different kinds of portrait photograph, both posed and candid portraits, exploring tips for different situations. A focus will be on examining best practices for achieving good light in portrait photographs, with guidelines on how to pose and direct portrait photography subjects to create natural-looking and effective images.
Did you know that shutter speed can be used for creative purposes? This session explores how (and why) shutter speed is used to freeze or blur motion in photography. We will examine techniques for freezing action to capture a moment in time and blurring motion to convey the speed of moving objects. We will explore what cameras, lenses, and accessories are used to achieve professional results and examine the application of motion photography techniques in sports photography, providing tips on how to get started.
Sample Student Work
What Are The Course Projects?
This course is packed with creative projects:
- Balanced exposure
- Depth of field
- Frozen action and motion blur
- Composition studies
- Studies in natural, ambient, and artificial light
- Basic portrait photography scenarios
- Action photography photoshoot
What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
To take this course you'll need:
- Computer with Internet connection.
- Access to a digital camera with manual control over ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and White Balance, that allows for shooting in RAW format.
- Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom or equivalent program.
- Basic experience in the above software.
What Will I Learn?
Students in this course can expect to learn to:
- Identify the purpose of the main Exposure Modes: Auto, Manual, Program, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority.
- Adjust the elements in the Exposure Triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture/F-Stop) to achieve a balanced exposure.
- Identify the attributes of a correct exposure, with detail in the brightest whites and darkest shadows.
- Use white balance to avoid color cast issues caused by different lighting scenarios.
- Use aperture size adjustments to create depth of field.
- Use shutter speed to create shots with frozen motion or motion blur.
- Identify and apply six principles of composition used by professional photographers: Simplicity, Negative Space, Framing, Symmetry and Asymmetry, Use of Line, Point of View and Perspective.
- Identify the attributes of the different types of light, hard, soft, diffused, and specular and sources of light: natural light, artificial light, and ambient light.
- Identify and effectively adapt to common natural and artificial lighting scenarios.
- Identify the characteristics of different kinds of portrait photograph.
- Apply best practices for achieving good light in portrait photographs.
- Apply strategies for posing and directing portrait photography subjects to create natural-looking and effective images.
- Identify and apply techniques for freezing or blurring action in sports or motion photography.
- Classes start January, April, and August
- 3 Credit Course
- Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques
|Course Tuition and Fees|
|Total Course Price||$1730|
Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.
Course Registration Form
To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Are The Courses Like?
Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.
How Much Time Do I Need?
Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.
Who Are The Instructors?
Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.
Is Sessions College accredited?
Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).