Course curriculum

  • 1

    MODULE 1: Understanding Your Camera Settings

    • Introduction to Module 1

    • Welcome, Introduction and overview

    • IMAGE SETTINGS: Image Quality and Image Size

    • DIGITAL ZOOM: Permanent destruction of your photos

    • FOCUS: How you can ensure sharp subject through correct focus settings

    • GENERAL SETTINGS: Many settings are 'set-once and forget' and these are the important settings

    • DRIVE MODES: Single photo, continuous, timer mode, bracketing,

    • MACRO MODE: Getting up close to shoot small subjects

    • FLASH USE: When and how to use on-camera flash and avoid typical flash damage

    • ISO/SENSITIVITY: How to use to maximize shutter speed but minimize digital noise

    • WHITE BALANCE: Using this setting to ensure accurate and natural-looking colors

    • SHOOTING MODES: Program Auto mode and Shutter mode

    • SHOOTING MODES: Aperture mode and Manual mode

    • METERING MODES: Understanding metering enables you to achieve correct exposure of your image.

    • EXPOSURE COMPENSATION: A simple tool change picture brightness when metering seems to fail

    • The E.A.T. PLAN: Practical steps in setting up key camera settings before a photo shoot

    • Module 1 ASSIGNMENT to be completed before Module 2

  • 2

    MODULE 2: Importing, Organizing and Managing your Photos

    • Introduction to Photo Review and Photo Management

    • Introduction to Module 2

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: (1) Incorrect color (white balance) and (2) Backlighting issues

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: (3) Blurred photos; (4) Digital Noise

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: (5) Flash issues and (6) Incorrect Exposure

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: (7) Focus problems and (8) Macro challenges

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: (9) Digital Zoom, (10) Incorrect Image Settings and (11) Metering incorrectly

    • 10 COMMON MISTAKES: Conclusion

    • GOOD PHOTO MANAGEMENT: Importing, adding Keywords, Creating a folder structure to store photos; Creating Albums / Collections

    • PHOTO REVIEW: How to make selections of good photos and eliminate poor photos.

    • ORGANIZATION: How to add keywords, and create Collections

    • PHOTO ORGANIZATION: The Conclusion

    • PHOTO EDITING: An Overview of the 5-step Process

    • EDITING STEPS: (1) Physical Corrections, (2) Exposure Corrections and (3) Color Corrections

    • EDITING STEPS: (4) Touch Up

    • EDITING STEPS: (5) Detail (Sharpening and Noise reduction) and Conclusion

  • 3

    MODULE 3: EDITING your photographs - The 5 Step process that makes it easy

    • Module 3: The PHOTO EDITING METHOD - 5 steps to successful photo editing

    • Introduction to Digital Editing

    • EDITING: An introduction and overview of the reasons and the process

    • EDITING: Customizing the editing interface

    • EDITING: Time for a little inspiration. See what can be done to even poor quality pics

    • EDITING: Preparations for editing

    • EDITING: Importing new photos to work on.

    • EDITING: The Five Step process - OVERVIEW

    • EDITING: (1) Physical Corrections (crop / rotate / perspective / lens correction)

    • EDITING: (2) Exposure correction and (3) Color correction

    • EDITING: (4) Touch Up (spot removal, red-eye removal, adjustment brush and more)

    • EDITING: (5) Detail - Sharpening of edges, and reduction of digital noise

    • EDITING: Exporting finished photos, and ASSIGNMENT for completion before module 4

    • BONUS TUTORIAL: Editing using Apple's PHOTOS APP and our 5 step Digital Recipe

    • BOOK MAKING: Part 2

    • END OF THE JOURNEY: What now?

  • 4

    MODULE 4: Using and Sharing your enhanced photos (prints, books, screen viewing)

    • Introduction to the fourth module.

    • Introduction to module 4 and instructions for creating a Panorama image

    • Overview of the 3 main methods of sharing: Prints, Books, Screen display

    • Understanding Picture File Format: JPG, RAW, TIFF, PNG, PSD and more

    • PRINTING: understand which important export settings affect your printed images

    • PRINTING: Part 2 of the Print Settings segment

    • ELECTRONIC SHARING: Part 1 - emailing; web sharing; digital picture frames; screensavers and more

    • BOOK MAKING: Using online print vendors to make beautiful photo books of your projects

    • BOOK MAKING: Part 2

    • What now? How to continue your journey and contact information