Course Highlights:

  • Learn to take Pro Shots with your DSLR / Point-Shoot Camera
  • Camera Special Effects
  • Composition Techniques
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Image Processing

Course Outline:

 

Module 1: Camera Basics

  • Introduction
  • Learning about Digital SLRs vs. Compact Digital Cameras
  • Anatomy of a Digital SLR
  • Menus & Settings

Module 2: Lenses for DSLR Users

  • How Lenses Work
  • Defining Focal Length
  • Defining Prime Lenses
  • Prime vs. Zoom Lenses
  • Standard (Kit) Lenses
  • Telephoto Lenses
  • Mirror Lenses
  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • Macro Lenses
  • Optical vs. Digital Zoom
  • Interpolation

Module 3: Aperture & Depth-of-Field

  • Defining Aperture
  • Defining Exposure
  • Controlling Aperture
  • How Aperture controls Depth of Field
  • Examining F/Stop Values
  • Defining a "Fast Lens"

Module 4: Image Sensors & ISO Sensitivity

  • Traditional Film vs. Digital Image Sensor
  • CCD vs. CMOS Sensors
  • Crop Factor
  • DSLR vs. Point-Shoot Sensor
  • Sensor Specifications & Quality
  • The Role of an Image Sensor
  • How Sensors Work
  • Controlling Image Sensor Sensitivity (ISO)
  • Defining ISO
  • Selecting the Right ISO Value
  • ISO & Image "Noise"
  • ISO Comparisons

Module 5: Shutter Speed

  • Defining Shutter Speed
  • How a Shutter Works
  • Minimizing Camera Shake
  • Effects using Fast & Slow Shutter Speeds
  • Creating Motion Blur Effects

Module 6: Auto Shooting Modes

  • Portraits
  • Landscapes
  • Children
  • Sports
  • Close-ups (Macro Photography)
  • Night Portraits
  • Night Landscapes
  • Party & Indoor Shots
  • Beach/Snow
  • Sunsets
  • Dark/Dawn
  • Pets
  • Candlelight
  • Blossom
  • Autumn Colors
  • Food

Module 7: Special Effect Modes

  • Night Vision
  • Color Sketch
  • Miniature Effect
  • Selective Color
  • Silhouette
  • High Key
  • Low Key

Module 8: Manual Modes (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual)

  • Understanding the Flash
  • Flash & Exposure
  • Specifying Settings
  • Flash Compensation

Module 9: Shutter Release Modes

  • Single Shot
  • Continuous
  • Self-Timer

Module 10: Manual vs. Auto Focus

  • Adjusting the Diopter
  • Ensuring Optimal Focus
  • Manual Focusing Techniques
  • Auto Focusing Techniques
  • Auto Focus Lock

Module 11: Adjusting Image Quality

  • Benefits of RAW
  • Image Quality vs. Compression
  • JPEG Quality Modes

Module 12: Flash Photography (Built-in-Flash)

  • Flash Modes (Auto / Auto + Red Eye)
  • Front Curtain Synchronization
  • Rear Curtain Synchronization

Module 13: Controlling Exposure

  • Auto Focus Modes
  • Metering
  • Light Compensation (EV)
  • Flash Compensation
  • Flash Photography (External Flash)
  • Red Eye Prevention Techniques
  • Bracketing
  • White Balance

Module 14: Composition Techniques

  • Rule of Thirds
  • Balancing Elements
  • Leading Lines
  • Symmetry & Patterns
  • Viewpoint / Angle of View
  • Background
  • Depth
  • Framing
  • Cropping

Module 15: Digital Image Editing - Post Production (Hands-on Exercises using Adobe Photoshop)

  • Photoshop Introduction
  • Fundamentals
  • Basic Masking
  • Eye Color Changing
  • Air Brushing & Color Corrections
  • Adding Effects to Photos
  • Digital Motion Blur Effects
  • Editing Skin Texture
  • Exposure Correction
  • Depth of Field Adjustments
  • Green Screen Removal
  • Photo Restoration
  • Selective Color Replacements
  • Quick Masking
  • Object Removal
  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Advanced Masking
  • HDR Compositions
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Course Information:
Duration: 14 Hours Instruction: In-Class or Online  
Platform: Windows & Macintosh Concepts: Beginner / Intermediate  
Fee: $450 (+HST) Prerequisites: None.  
     
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