If you want to be good at photography,

then ultimately, you need to be a good artist;

however, you have to get through the technical

before you can get to the artistic.

I designed the Getting Through the Technical Series to get you to the artistic. -- Dr. Carol Fox Henrichs

Course Topics

  • 01

    Welcome to the course!

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  • 02

    Parts of a Camera

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • A Brief Introduction to Camera Types
    • Hands-on Activity: What kind of camera do you have?
    • Notes Pages for "The Camera Exterior"
    • The Camera Exterior
    • Resource File: Photo Equipment Inventory Worksheet
  • 03

    Inside the Camera

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages for "The Camera Interior"
    • The Camera Interior
    • Notes Pages for "Focal Length and Crop Sensors"
    • Focal Length and Crop Sensors
    • Hands-on: The Parts of a Camera
  • 04

    Storage Media: SD Cards

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    • Understanding SD Cards
  • 05

    Shooting Modes

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages for "Introduction to Exposure"
    • Introduction to Exposure
    • Notes Pages for "Automatic Shooting Modes"
    • Automatic Shooting Modes
    • Notes Pages for "Manual Shooting Modes"
    • Manual Shooting Modes
    • Hands-on: Shooting Modes Practice
    • Special Topic: How to Hold Your Camera FREE PREVIEW
  • 06

    Exposure and Aperture

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages for "Depth of Field"
    • Understanding Depth of Field
    • Notes Pages for "f-Stops Defined"
    • f-Stops Defined
    • Hands-on: Exposure and Aperture
  • 07

    Exposure and Shutter Speed

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages for "Shutter Speed and Exposure Time"
    • Shutter Speed and Exposure Time
    • Hands-on: Exposure and Shutter Speed
  • 08

    Exposure and ISO

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages: ISO & Exposure
    • ISO & Sensor Sensitivity
    • Hands-on: Exposure and ISO
  • 09

    Foundations of Composition

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    • Unit Overview and Goals
    • Notes Pages: Fundamental Composition Considerations
    • Fundamental Composition Considerations
    • Hands-on Activity: Composition
  • 10

    Fundamentals of Editing

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    • Prepping for Editing
  • 11

    Next steps

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    • More resources for you
    • Before you go...

Why I Invested Time Developing These Kinds of Learning Opportunities For You

Far too often, I witness people, just like you, struggle with using their camera and who end up completely frustrated because they cannot get the photos they want. Almost always, the struggle is with understanding how their camera works, knowing what their camera can do, and more importantly, what it cannot do.

Your camera is simply a tool for capturing digital images. Understanding how this tool works allows you to consistently capture the image you envisioned. Without this understanding, you are relying on luck each time you press the shutter button.

Today’s cameras are digital technology marvels. Manufacturers compete with one another to include the latest and greatest features in these technology tools for photographers. Each year we anxiously wait for announcements from our chosen brand about their new offerings to decide if we should upgrade or not. While digital cameras may include an amazing number of features and technology, the technology also contains limitations.

Understanding your camera’s limitations is equally as important as understanding its capabilities. First, knowing what your camera cannot do, helps you set realistic expectations for the images you capture. For example, knowing that my point and shoot camera has a shutter lag time or first-shot delay, I understand I may not get a good, stop-action photo of my dog chasing his tail.

Second, possessing a good grasp of the limitations allows you to recognize a situation in which your camera might have issues capturing the image you want. Say that I am in a dimly lit concert venue and want to get a still image of the lead guitar player; however, I know my camera sensor is small and not well-suited for low light situations. I can work to position myself so that the guitarist will be well lit. These are the types of knowledge you get out of these workshops. Why not get signed up now?

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Is this workshop for you?

Is this workshop really for you?

You want to take better photos, right?

If terms like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the exposure triangle aren’t familiar – then this course is perfect for you.

Whether you have a DSLR, mirrorless, bridge, point and shoot, or even just a smartphone, you should learn the main settings and rules that professional photographers use.

Do you understand how your camera actually works? Do you, really?

After completing this course, you’ll know more about:

Aperture – Adjusting your f-stop, and what this does creatively to your photo

Shutter Speed – How to prevent a common beginner mistakes with this setting

ISO – How ISO affects digital noise and grain

Exposure – How to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO to take well-exposed photos

Composition – Basic rules to follow… and when to break them

White Balance – Make sure your photo’s colors look natural

Photo Quality & File Types – Best scenarios for using different file types

Why the price is not $9.99

Each of my online workshops meets the highest standards for online learning. For several years I taught university instructors how to create online courses and I participated in over 100 course reviews using a nationally recognized rubric & standards.  I apply those same standards to my online workshops.

Unlike bargain workshops where you are given a login and then quickly forgotten, I closely monitor each workshop, checking in often to answer your questions and ensure all is going smoothly. A quality online learning experience requires active participation from the facilitator and the learner.  Your time is valuable and my time is valuable. Let’s not waste it.  I will be with you every step of the way–much like I would be in a real classroom.

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