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Photography Topics Covered

Learn & Master Photography covers the aspects and techniques of learning photography. The lessons in this course apply to basic camera skills, the elements of art and principles of design, landscape, low-light scenes, motion, and portraiture. It would be nearly impossible to list everything, but here are some of things you will learn—and master!


Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Settings

It is essential that you master the use of the settings that determine how much light gets captured by your camera. You'll learn about Vince's "Light Triad" that ensures that you achieve the desired exposure for each situation. Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority settings require a complete working knowledge of these three crucial camera functions. You'll build that knowledge in this course.

Color, Light, and Design Techniques

You'll learn the color theory behind why some colors are best placed with some others so your compositional choices will be intentional and effective. This course will teach you to balance and compensate for the ambient color of the light on your subject. You'll know how to use design elements when putting together a shot, like proportion, harmony, variety, emphasis and unity.

Capturing Motion in Photos

You'll learn the use of motion blur and subject placement to capture movement and action. The chief emotional driver in any action shot is the sense of movement in time. You'll learn how to set up your shot and set up your camera to correctly show this movement.

Understanding Composition

When you start planning shots, you need principles to go by in arranging the elements to create order, symmetry, and balance. This is called "composition" and it is that crucial set of decisions about what does and doesn't appear in your shot. You'll understand a viewer's reaction to the relationship between the proportion and weight of objects placed in your photos. And you'll know how to use contrasts in color, size, shape, and value to create a focal point and lead the eye through your picture. You'll use the concept of line and shape to get the eye started on its journey through your images.


Immediately improve your images using editing techniques in post production! Using editing software you'll get the most out of your images by learning to "after-process" them profitably. In this course, you'll learn to correctly convert, manage, and edit your images once they are captured, using Adobe's Bridge and Photoshop applications.

Shooting On Location

Most of your shots will not be captured in a well-appointed studio. Whether in your home, at the park, or on vacation, you'll need to know how to adapt to shots in many different settings and lighting conditions. Never again will you be puzzled by a location shot, whether in low light, during movement, or the great outdoor landscape situation. You'll know how to take both candid and planned pictures like a professional.

Shooting in the Studio

If you decide to set up a room take your indoor shots to the next level, it will be important that you know how to create an environment that is both comfortable and inspiring. You'll learn how to choose the correct light and color managing surfaces to use, the right equipment for subject and background lighting, as well as exposure settings to use with studio situations.

Setting Up Photo Studio Lighting

Direct, diffused, and secondary light sources will all be in your skill-set when shooting in a studio. You'll learn how to set up for one-, two-, and three-point lighting situations. You'll learn correct angles, distances, as well as how to meter and adjust various light intensity levels.

Also . . .

  • What is "Flat Light" and when should you use it?
  • Using Atmospheric Perspective in your Landscape Images
  • Correct Exposure at Dusk
  • Light metering using built-in and hand-held meters
  • Projecting emotion using Color Temperature and White Balance Settings
  • Learn the "Light Triad"
  • Using Rhythm and Repetition to increase impact
  • Making a Statement using Proportion
  • Capturing both natural and man-made motion
  • Connecting to your local photography community
  • and SO MUCH MORE!

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