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The Nikon D90 Camera

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: The Nikon D90 CameraLearn how to use the cool features and functions of the Nikon D90 to best effect. This unique 4-week online course - taught by photographer and author Simon Stafford - is devoted to this exciting digital SLR camera - successor to the wildly popular Nikon D80 camera.
Key Features

  1. File formats, Metering, and Exposure
  2. Custom Settings and Control of Color
  3. Creative Command
  4. Additional Camera Features and Accessories

  • Designed for the Beginner to Serious Hobbyist, the course will help you discover how to derive the most from your Nikon D90 camera.
  • Understand the features and functions of your camera to help you use it effectively. Learn about the settings and photographic techniques you can use for creative photography with your D90 camera. Here are some of the specifics:
  • Learn about file formats, metering and exposure, and gain an understanding of custom settings and control of color.
  • Learn creative controls using shutter speed and lens aperture.
  • Explore such features as Live View and video recording, and get a good introduction to using flash and other camera accessories.

What You Get

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  Benefits:
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
 
 
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!

Instructor

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Photography Instructor: Simon  Stafford Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford first became interested in photography while a university student. Completely self-taught, he talked his way into a job as the photographer for the university's weekly newspaper and has been shooting pictures ever since. His photographs have been used widely in newspapers, books, calendars, and magazines, and he has also enjoyed numerous successes in many photographic competitions.

Simon has built up a wealth of experience over the past thirty years in both film and digital photography. Throughout his photographic career he has used the Nikon system extensively, adopting digital photography at an early stage with the release of the Nikon D1 camera during 1999; he has being using digital cameras exclusively since 2004. He completed his first book, The Nikon Compendium, during 2003. With nearly 400 pages and Simon's own extensive photography of Nikon cameras, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon system accessories, it represents a comprehensive history of the Nikon system for the user and collector alike. He has also written over twenty books on the Nikon camera system for the Magic Lantern Guide series, published by Sterling Publishing.

He is involved in a wide variety of photographic projects, which include leading his own photographic workshops and, tutoring workshops for Tatra Photography, contributing illustrated articles to leading U.K. photography magazines, he is also Technical Editor to Nikon Owner magazine.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


© Simon Stafford 

© Simon Stafford 

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: File formats, Metering, and Exposure
Topics include:
- A discussion on the principal differences and attributes of Raw & JPEG files, including why, when, and how to use them.
- Learn how each metering mode (Matrix, centre-weighted, and spot metering) works, and when to apply them to ensure you achieve the best possible exposure.
- Understand how adjusting the sensitivity (ISO equivalent) setting on your camera influences the metering system, and affects final image quality.
- Learn how to take control of your camera, and have the confidence to ditch the ‘point and shoot’ program modes!
- Learn how to override automatic exposure control, and appreciate how manual exposure can help you express your creative vision.
- Understand how to interpret the histogram display.
Assignment: Demonstrate control of exposure by shooting a picture of a subject with very light tones, and another with very dark tones.

    Lesson 2: Custom Settings & Control of Color
    Topics include:
    - The custom setting menu allows you to configure your camera so it operates just as you want it to. Explore what these settings do and how to use them to best effect.
    - Understanding the concept of colour temperature, how it applies to the white balance control, and its use for technical and creative purposes.
    - An explanation of color mode, and how appropriate selection depends on the intended use of your pictures.
    Assignment: Shoot a scene lit by daylight, and another lit by artificial light using automatic white balance, and a pre-set white balance value.

    Lesson 3: Creative Command
    Topics include:
    - Learn how to select shutter speed and lens aperture values for creative purposes (including a description of the panning technique).
    - A discussion on the effective supports you can use for your camera, including hand holding techniques, tripods, and others.
    - Understand when and how to use auto-focus (AF), including the various AF options, and identify those situations where manual focus may be preferable, or even necessary.
    Assignment: Shoot a moving subject and a static subject to show creative use of shutter speed and lens aperture.
     
    Lesson 4: Additional Camera Features and Accessories
    Topics include:
    - Additional camera features: an introduction to using Live View and shooting video with the D90
    - Lenses: choosing and using different focal lengths (fixed and ‘zoom’ types), vibration reduction (VR) lenses, and the advantages of wide aperture lenses.
    - Flash: a discussion on using an external Nikon Speedlight flash, why taking the taking the flash off camera is often a good idea, and how to apply the fill-flash technique.
    - General accessories: batteries, remote release, close-up lens, right-angle viewer, and memory cards.
    Assignment: Shoot a picture to show either the creative use of a lens, or flash.


    © Simon Stafford 

    © Simon Stafford 

    Requirements

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    • Either a Nikon D90 camera, or a desire to learn about and/or own one.
    • A working knowledge of basic camera controls (shutter speed and lens aperture) and some previous shooting experience.
    • Any image editing software that can open and process image files produced by the D90.

    FAQ

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    Can I take this class even if I don't own a Nikon D90 SLR camera?
    Yes, although the course lessons and the assignments are geared toward assisting current owners, anyone with an interest in either camera model is welcome to sign up. 

    Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
    No, the course will concentrate on the camera, its features, functions and controls, together with accessories such as lenses, and flash units. You are free to use whatever image editing software you are familiar with to prepare pictures prior to posting them for critique. 

    I already own a Nikon D90 camera and I am getting good results. Why should I take this course?
    If you are 100-percent satisfied with the camera and the images you are producing, you may not need to take this course. However, if you wish to become more proficient in using your D90, have specific questions about its features and functions, or are experiencing problems with some aspects of its operation, this course can help.   

    The D90 is a mid-range camera packed full of features; I do not want to be overwhelmed. So what skill level is required?
    All you need is a basic working knowledge of camera controls (shutter speed and lens aperture) and some shooting experience. If you do encounter a problem, you will have ample opportunity to discuss it with the instructor. 


    © Simon Stafford 

    © Simon Stafford 

    Do I have to be online at any specific time?
    No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

    Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
    Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

    Do you offer a money back guarantee?
    Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

    For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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    Wan Ying Teoh
    member since: 7/4/2012
    I am happy that I 'stumbled' upon this course while surfing online, for I have learnt things that are really useful in improving my photography skills. Firstly I have learnt in each of the 4 lessons in this course about my camera controls and that has helped a great deal in deciding which camera setting to use ( WB, exposure modes, exposure compensation , picture controls etc) when taking a photograph afterwards. Secondly I have learnt skills like panning, pre-setting WB , getting maximum DOF by placing the focus point 1/3 of the way from the scene etc. The critiques by my instructor are invaluable to me for he has pinpointed all my strong and weak areas in a clear and constructive manner.This is definitely a course to be recommended to all new Nikon D90 users.Kudos!

    - 8/18/2012 1:04:34 AM


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    Christel Durkin
    member since: 5/1/2011
    I just wanted to thank you for a great course. I really appreciate that you took the time to answer my myriad of questions in so much detail. Some of which I know seemed very basic and perhaps even off topic. I had no idea what aperture was before I started this course. The first week was very hard for me!! But I am amazed at how much I have learned in four weeks. I now officially have the photography bug.

    - 6/6/2011 11:38:07 AM


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    BetterPhoto Member Beth E. Burdett
    Beth E. Burdett
    member since: 3/4/2011
    Just wanted to tell you that I have enjoyed your class immensely. I have learned so much. I am much more comfortable with my camera and know so much more about how to use it.
    There were times when I wanted to give up, but your kind words of encouragement gave me what I needed to continue and I am glad I did.
    Thank you for taking the time to share what you know with people like myself so that we can reach our photography goals.
    I have already signed up for another class and am looking forward to learning more from you at a future time as well.
    Once again, thank you for your candid but gentle critiques!

    - 5/5/2011 10:15:58 AM


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    Jann 
    member since: 2/3/2011
    Just wanted to thank you Simon for such a great class. The way you have presented the material was so much easier for me to understand compared to the manual (which I never did get through completely!). I really appreciated the detailed critiques and have learned so much in this short time. I"ve enjoyed seeing everyone's work too!

    - 4/21/2011 9:38:20 AM


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    BetterPhoto Member John D. Roach
    John D. Roach
    member since: 11/2/2010
    Simon Stafford's instruction and critiques during the D90 Course were very helpful. It not only was it a course that enabled me to learn the more of the technical elements of my fine D90 camera,it also help me develop further in my photography skills. I highly recommend this course and Simon's leadership in learning.

    - 12/2/2010 6:34:40 PM


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