Digital Photography: the Camera

Immerse yourself in this online course to confidently learn digital photography. This course is ideal for students who are new to photography, want to learn manual operations of the camera, or are simply seeking to expand their photographic practice. During a variety of fun photographic sessions you will gain confidence and knowledge of the digital camera. Activities and photo assignments will give you the “depth-of-field- ability” to create the desired dramatic effects in your photos. Together we will master priority modes, manual mode, depth of field, composition, color balance, and more! Photographic assignments during the course will keep your learning fresh and allow you to implement and expand upon your practice outside of class hours.

All kinds of digital cameras are welcome: compact point-and-shoot, mirrorless, and SLR
(Single Lens Reflex) cameras. Tripods are not required, but welcomed. Instructor Nicole Schwartz is available to give advice on finding a camera to suit your lifestyle, inquire with the registrar via email at about contacting the instructor for information.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • Confidence of the technical aspects of a digital camera (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture)

  • An understanding of light and how to create exposures in all lighting conditions (day night/interior/
    artificial or mixed light)

  • Photographic composition and aesthetics

  • Introduction to critical discussion of photographic work

Required supplies:

  • Digital single lens reflex camera, mirrorless camera, or a point and shoot camera with manual controls

  • Memory card

  • Portable hard drive for securing and saving digital files (not required, but suggested)

  • Tripod (not required, but suggested)