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Online Photography Course
Digital SLR Photography with Vik Orenstein

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Join 's Course: Digital SLR Photography with Vik OrensteinGet truly stunning photos from your SLR digital camera. Do you sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed with all the terms and choices - JPEG vs. RAW, flash cards, histograms, white balance, etc? How would you like to feel confident when it comes to using exposure controls such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture? Join this online photography course to learn how to make the most of your digital SLR camera whether you're photographing your friends and family, nature scenes, or any other subject. Text by Jim Miotke; critiques and Q&A by Vik Orenstein.
Key Features

  1. Getting to Know Your Digital Camera
  2. File Formats
  3. Introduction to Exposure
  4. ISO & Low-Light Digital Photography
  5. Adjusting Exposure
  6. Digital Filters: White Balance
  7. Composition and Lens Choice
  8. Getting Creative and Having Fun!

  • How to take better digital pictures.
  • About shooting technique.
  • Master your digital SLR camera.

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: Vik  Orenstein Vik Orenstein
Photographer / writer Vik Orenstein owns and operates KidCapers portraits (formerly Kidshooters) and three Tiny Acorn Studios - both nationally recognized photography studios specializing in hand-colored child portraits. She has consulted as a child photography expert and shot for Nikon and Pentax.

Vik has shot commercially for such clients as Microsoft, 3M, and Hormel. She makes frequent television and radio appearances to give advice on how to make great portraits of kids.

She is the author of the Photographers Market Guide to Building Your Business and the classic Creative Techniques for Photographing Children (second edition).

Join Vik to learn how to make truly creative and wonderful pictures of kids or how to make the most of a studio lighting environment.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


© Vik Orenstein 

© Vik Orenstein 

A Couple of Student Photos

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View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!

Sharla L. Martin
© Sharla L. Martin
Sharla L. Martin
© Sharla L. Martin

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: Getting to Know Your Digital Camera
Understanding your camera controls and functions. Checklist of what your camera can and cannot do. How to get the most out of your digital camera. The biggest advantages of shooting digital.
Assignment: Give Us Your (Worst and) Best Shot: Before and After

Lesson 2: File Formats
RAW vs. JPEG. Various file formats - advantages and disadvantages. Storage and memory issues - doing digital photography on the road. Getting bigger files after the fact.
Assignment: JPEG A JPEG That Has Been JPEGed

Lesson 3: Introduction to Exposure
Aperture and shutter speed for the non-photography major. Practicing with different f-stops to get different degrees of depth of field. Alternate ways to control aperture and shutter speed.
Assignment: Depth of Field: Before and After

Lesson 4: ISO & Low-Light Digital Photography
ISO Equivalents - changing ISO on the fly. Avoiding noise. Shooting at night - with and without a tripod.
Assignment: Purple Sky at Night

Lesson 5: Adjusting Exposure
Why and when you need to go off the automatic Program mode. Exposure lock and where to meter. Exposure compensation vs. true exposure control. Understanding the histogram and using it to determine best exposure.
Assignment: Over, Under and Just Right: Before and After

Lesson 6: Digital Filters: White Balance
The color of light for the non-physics major. Understanding the white balance options. The easy way to getting the correct white balance.
Assignment: White Balance Before and After

Lesson 7: Composition and Lens Choice
Principles of design. The EZ way to understand the Golden Rectangle. Putting the Rule of Thirds to good use. Shooting vertical as well as horizontal. Understanding lens focal lengths. Wide angle options with SLR lens magnification factors.
Assignment: Rule of Thirds/Orientation: Before and After

Lesson 8: Getting Creative and Having Fun!
Having fun with some of the more unusual, creative features found in many digital cameras and their accompanying software. For example, using the panoramic mode or photo stitching functions - fixing and holding exposure across multiple shots. Shooting black and white and sepia tone in the camera. Shooting in the macro mode.
Assignment: Panoramic Photo Stitch

Review: Voting on Best Work


© Vik Orenstein 

© Vik Orenstein 

Requirements

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  • Digital SLR camera with aperture control.
  • At least one lens and a tripod.
  • Practically any image-editing software.

FAQ

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Is this course intended for beginning, intermediate or advanced photographers?
This class is intended for everyone from the beginner to the "serious hobbyist" or advanced amateur.  

Do I need anything else?
Yes. A tripod. This is absolutely essential. As for the following functions and tools, the more you have will have a direct relationship on how much you enjoy the class:
  • The ability to shoot in JPEG, RAW, TIFF and/or other file formats.
  • The ability to lock your exposure as well as your focus.
  • Exposure compensation.
  • The ability to view a histogram in your LCD monitor.
  • At least one zoom lens.
  • The ability to control ISO.
  • The ability to control white balance settings.
Don't get frightened if you don't know any or all of the above terms - these are the kind of terms we will be learning in the class. And remember, you do not need all of these... a few would be enough.  


© Vik Orenstein 

© Vik Orenstein 

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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BetterPhoto Member Heather Tucker
Heather Tucker
member since: 9/6/2008
An excellent course packed with information, tips and enough challenges to really get you using your camera. Without this class I would still be trying to figure out what everything does on my camera!

- 9/2/2009 1:10:03 AM


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Angela Watters
member since: 3/19/2009
Vik was an amazing course instructor! She wrote thoughtful critiques that always helped me learn more. You get so much out of this course. I feel like I know so much more now!

- 6/11/2009 5:49:47 PM


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Dana Glover
member since: 8/2/2008
Fantastic…the course was easy to follow and the instructor was very encouraging and provided constructive feedback and support. I would recommend this for anyone that wants to understand “the tricks of the trade”…I no longer have to use auto mode!

- 10/11/2008 5:28:59 PM


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Dana Glover
member since: 8/2/2008
Fantastic…the course was easy to follow and the instructor was very encouraging and provided constructive feedback and support. I would recommend this for anyone that wants to understand “the tricks of the trade”…I no longer have to use auto mode!

- 10/11/2008 5:28:54 PM


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BetterPhoto Member Andrea G. Pember
Andrea G. Pember
member since: 7/22/2008
This course was packed full of information! Vic, was always prompt in responding to questions. Her critiques were very constructive and confidence boosting. I had a lot of fun and I'm sorry to see it come to an end.
Thanks Vic., awesome job!!

- 10/6/2008 8:23:39 AM


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"I really enjoyed this class... The structure and format of the course, the interactive nature of the online class, and the daily interactions with Vik and the other students was a joy. And this is from an education major and ex-school teacher. Thanks for a wonderful experience!" -Gary Sarver  

"I highly recommend Vik's course to all those hoping to gain more knowledge on the use of DSLRs. Vik's comments were always kind and thoughtful, yet extremely constructive and thought-provoking. Through Vik, I have discovered the wonders of RAW images, as well as some more insight into the use of exposure, shutter speed, ISO and lighting." - April Medina 

"The course really served to rekindle my interest in photography. Critiques were constructive and allowed me to develop greater skill in digital photography. Based on the experience in this course, I am eager to take others." -Joseph Hulihan  

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