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Understanding Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics

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Join 's Course: Understanding Digital Photography: Beyond the BasicsLearn Neil and Susan Silverman's favorite digital techniques for making eye-catching photographs. The Silvermans have spent over the past 10 years teaching film and digital workshops and are exciting to be able to bring you this fantastic course - all through the Internet. Whether you are considering transitioning to digital from a film-based camera, have been shooting with your digital camera for some time, or are totally new to digital photography... this is the course for you!

Key Features

  1. Composition: Essential elements of composition.
  2. Light: Learn how to find the best light.
  3. Fill Flash: Improving your histogram with fill flash.
  4. Window Light: The kindest way to photograph your friends and family.
  5. Motion Effects:  Controlling your blurs.
  6. Depth of Field: Selective focus, and showing the environment in perfect clarity.
  7. Polarizer: When to use this wonderful tool. 
  8. People Outdoors: Turning snapshots into portraits.

  • Punch up your images and your comprehension with these techniques.
  • Make your digital photography instant gratification not instant aggravation.
  • A little preplanning can make it fun and rewarding.



$396.00 USD

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: Susan and Neil  Silverman Susan and Neil Silverman
Susan and Neil Silverman have taught photography extensively for over ten years. Their enthusiasm and hands-on approach make them a popular teaching team with both online courses and on-location workshops. Their knowledge and experience encompass both digital media and film (35mm, medium and large format).

Susan's and Neil's work appears in publications for Sierra Club, Microsoft, Air Canada and numerous magazines and other publications. Their work is represented by Getty Images, Fogstock Images, and the California State Park System. Design firms represent their work nationally and internationally.They're in demand as speakers for professional photographic organizations such as Professional Photographers of America and are professional members of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Their expertise includes landscape, macro and wildlife photography and their background in commercial work gives them added insight into all forms and aspects of light.

In their BetterPhoto online courses, Susan and Neil will help you put gusto, snap and zing into your images so that your own experience and knowledge base will be enriched. We know you'll find their online photography courses to be fun and exciting.

Sample Photos by the Instructor


© Susan and Neil Silverman 

© Susan and Neil Silverman 

Examples of Student Photos

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

Gary M. Berger
© Gary M. Berger
Gary M. Berger
© Gary M. Berger

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: Composition
Essential elements of composition. Making your images "snap". An image is made, not taken - learn the tools to make it.
Assignment: Create a balanced and snappy composition.

Lesson 2: Light
Photography is all about light. How the Sunny 16 rule can truly be your friend.
Learn how to find the best light.
Assignment: Shoot the same subject with front light, side light and back light.

Lesson 3: Fill Flash
Improving your histogram with fill flash. When fill works and when it does not. Control your flash to be the "kiss of life" rather than the "kiss of death".
Assignment: Cut through the shadows.

Lesson 4: Window Light
Light that is not ordinary, light that can be extraordinary. The kindest way to photograph your friends and family. Open up a whole new world to your photography
Assignment: Photograph a person or object in window light.

Lesson 5: Motion Effects
Motion can add excitement. Controlling your blurs. Motion can be an asset rather than a detriment.
Assignment: Zoom on a stationary subject or pan a moving subject.

Lesson 6: Depth of Field
Selective focus. Showing the environment in perfect clarity. The easy and quick way to isolate your subject.
Assignment: Shoot the same subject with limited and extensive depth of field.

Lesson 7: Polarizer
When to use this wonderful tool. When not to use this wonderful tool. How to use it.
Assignment: Shoot rainy situations and/or wet rocks and/or waterfalls.

Lesson 8: People Outdoors
Making what have been a snapshot into a portrait. Working with the world's largest softbox. Using fill flash and reflectors with people.
Assignment: Photograph people at noon, before sunset, and after sunset.

Review: Voting on Best Work


© Susan and Neil Silverman 

© Susan and Neil Silverman 

Requirements

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  • Digital camera.
  • Desire to improve.
  • Tripod or bean bag.
  • Polarizer or polarized sunglasses (for a point and shoot camera).

FAQ

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Is this course intended only for beginning, intermediate, or advanced photographers?
The course is most intended for beginning and intermediate digital photographers. If you are a film photographer considering going digital or are new to photography and have a digital camera, this class will be a great fit for you.  

What kind of equipment will I need to complete the photo assignments?
In addition to your digital camera, you will need a tripod (or bean bag) and a polarizer filter (or polarized sunglasses if you have a camera that doesn't allow you to use traditional filters).  


© Susan and Neil Silverman 

© Susan and Neil Silverman 

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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