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Photography Question 
James S. Carlyle

member since: 11/17/2003
  331 .  lessons
how do I access the "Campus Square"??

1/7/2004 2:25:59 AM

  Hi James-

The easiest way to get to your campus square is to use the sign in button on the left navigation bar. Once you sign in, you will be taken to a page with a link to the campus sqauares for all the classes you have signed up for.

Jay
jay at betterphoto.com

1/7/2004 10:33:39 AM

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Photography Question 
Amanda Baker
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/24/2003
  332 .  Critiquing?
The courses look very impressive. I feel though that I need one on one critiquing of my photos, is this offered in the courses? Also are the assignments hand on training or question and answer test?

1/3/2004 7:23:11 PM

Chris L. Hurtt

member since: 3/10/2003
  Amanda,

Yes, the courses are impressive. You will get one on one attention from BOTH the instructor and other students on each picture you submit. The assignments are hands on. You submit only pictures to complete your assignment. There are no tests.

I highly recommend signing up! They are a lot of fun and you learn a lot.

1/4/2004 12:50:10 AM

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Photography Question 
Jeff 

member since: 1/2/2004
  333 .  Shutter Speeds and Apertures
I am a young keen person who wants to learn more about photography and taking good photos. My question is, can I get a general idea on what kind of aperture settings I need for what kind of photos and what shutter speeds I need to use with it?

I know aperture lets in a certain amount of light but I'm really not sure how to set one in a certain situation.

1/2/2004 3:26:41 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
cammphoto.com

member since: 7/17/2003
  Jeff,
In addition to letting in light, your aperture setting determines your depth of field,... or how much of what you are shooting will be in focus. The higher the f-stop number... the more depth of field you will have.

As a rule, the lower the aperature number (f-stop), the less light is needed for exposure. Hence, the wider f-stops (lower numbers) require a faster shutter speed than when the lens is stopped down (higher numbers).

As an example, let's say that your in-camera meter calls for an exposure of f-8 at 1/60 second. Each change in aperature setting must be met with a corosponding change in the shutter speed to maintain proper exposure. F-11 becomes 1/30 second, f-16 becomes 1/15... etc.
With that knowledge in mind, you should choose your aperture and/or shutter speed to suit the situation you are are faced with. A faster shutter speed might be needed to freeze action, so you would require a wide aperature (low f-stop number). Conversely, when shooting a landscape, you want as much in focus as possible from the foreground to infinity, so you would choose a higher aperture number (f-22 for example), and a slower shutter speed.
Once you've determined what f-stop the scene requires, you can usually trust your in-camera meter to guide you toward the corresponding shutter speed, (and vice-versa).

You should also try shooting the same scene using different settings and compare the results.

Hope this helps.

1/2/2004 2:39:04 PM

Greg McCroskery
BetterPhoto Member
imagismphotos.com

member since: 2/27/2003
  Jeff,
If you're interested in learning more about photography basics I would highly recommend taking a beginning photography course such as those offered on this site. A good analogy for aperture/shutter speed is to compare light with water. To get a proper exposure you need a certain amount of water(light). Your aperture is the hose diameter, and your shutter speed is the faucet. To get the proper amount of water you can either use a small diameter hose and leave the faucet on longer, or you can use a larger diameter hose and turn the faucet off sooner. This is simplistic, but a good example of the relationship. Hope this is helpful.
God Bless,
Greg

1/5/2004 7:51:30 AM

David T. Burke

member since: 3/24/2003
  Jeff,
I recommend taking Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure course through this website. He covers EVERYTHING for basic exposure. I learned a great deal from his course.

1/5/2004 1:54:04 PM

Buddy Purugganan

member since: 8/31/2002
  First---you gotta inform us if you use either a manual or autofocus camera. Or if you are a digital user. One good book/magazine I highly recommend is The Big Book of Photography (FROM Photographic magazine). Its very educational---my friends even borrowed it from me! Enjoy your new cam and try the contests you see here!

1/6/2004 1:09:18 AM

Tom Walker

member since: 3/12/2004
  It might help to know that f stops are the reciprical of the relationship of the lens opening to the focal length of the lens,ie: 50mm lens f2, the opening is 1/2 the length or 25mm, f4 is 1/4 the length or 12.5mm, f8 is 1/8, f16 is 1/16, etc,etc

3/13/2004 5:48:30 PM

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Photography Question 
Nancy Wynter

member since: 5/9/2002
  334 .  Upon Course Completion
Once you complete a course, do you get a certificate?

10/2/2003 3:25:42 PM

  If you complete a minimal number of assignments, yes!

10/3/2003 5:45:21 AM

Anamit 

member since: 12/9/2000
  Is this certificate recognised by employers across the USA/world? Would it help in terms of obtaining jobs?

8/3/2004 1:17:41 PM

  Although these online photo courses cannot be applied toward college credit, we do send a handsome Certificate of Completion to those graduates who complete a majority of assignments. These certificates are signed by the instructor and feature a special gold seal. You can see an example at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=40460 .

Please let me know if you have further questions. Thanks!

8/14/2004 8:18:42 AM

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Photography Question 
Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
  335 .  Do You Offer Anything Other Than Online Courses?
I have struggled with the idea of taking some of the online courses since I first found this site and have yet to do so. I really want to take some of the courses but I am someone who has always gotten more out of the classroom environment, I like the up close and personal relationships of real-time people. What has the feedback been from some who have taken the online courses.
I live in the Seattle are; are there any weekend courses that are offered anywhere? Groups of people that get together and go on shootabouts and learn from each other that way?
Thanks for your input.

9/30/2003 9:38:17 AM

  Hi Kathy,

I understand your feelings completely and had the same reservations when I first started teaching online classes for Betterphoto. But, after doing this for about a year, I have found this to be an educational and invigorating learning environment. Jim has built an incredible situation here and the instructors are all published authors and well established educators. And, after trying an online class for a couple of lessons, if it doesn't work for you, you can get a full refund. You might want to give it a shot... and you can still take other classes. But, you may be a bit surprised as to how the online classes give you the same communal feeling that you seek.

Hope that this helps.

10/1/2003 3:08:00 AM

Julie L. Curiel
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/6/2003
  Hi Kathy, I don't know if you've taken the plunge and taken a class yet but if you haven't you should! I've taken three and my photographic skills have improved GREATLY. Now I'm starting my own small photography business. I really had very little experience before taking a class and have learned so much. I agree, there are some things that I learn better hands on. For instance, I'm not sure I would take a class on studio lighting or photoshop just because I think I personally would benefit more from an in person instructor and hands on experience. But many of the other classes worked very well for me online. And you do develop relationships with others in your class. Many I still keep in touch with and email with questions and ask their opinions on my work. I encourage you to take a class if you haven't already. If you find that you don't like it after four weeks, you can cancel and get your money back I believe. Hope this helps!

2/22/2004 8:04:26 PM

Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
  Thanks Julie and no I haven't taken a class yet, althou I am still contemplating it. Which class(es) did you take? Thanks again.

2/23/2004 9:30:19 AM

Julie L. Curiel
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/6/2003
  I took Bryan's Understanding Exposure class first which works well without having to have in person demonstrations. Then I took Learning to See Creatively which I also enjoyed. Lastly I've taken Jim Z.'s Making Money with YOur Photography class. All of these were good and I didn't mind not having the in classroom experience. The instructors are very good about answering your questions and give great critiques of your work.

2/23/2004 10:59:35 AM


BetterPhoto Member
  Hi Kathy,
Thanks for inquiring about our courses, you have gotten some great feedback from an instructor and a student. If you have any further questions or need assistance with selecting an appropriate course, please feel free to contact me via email: heather at betterphoto.com or by phone: 1-888-586-7337. Thanks!

3/3/2004 12:57:48 PM

Amy 

member since: 7/25/2002
  Is there a time limit with each lesson?

AMY

7/7/2004 3:36:16 PM

  Well, officially 10 days, but we can be pretty loose based on the students schedule. It's flexible, but it's really not good a good idea to get too far behind.

7/7/2004 3:39:08 PM

Kathy Zinn

member since: 8/1/2002
 
 
 
Thank you all for your responses, I have decided I will try a course, I am going to list all the courses which I think will best suit my needs, find some spare cash lying around and try one out. I am hoping by Fall this will be possible. Thanks Julie for your feedback and listing the classes you have taken, those are some I would like to try also. I love photographing kids and my grandson is always a target of mine, I am getting better all the time and I think the classes will greatly help me, I've attached a small picture of him I took with my 10D. Thanks again all.

7/15/2004 8:29:47 AM

Anamit 

member since: 12/9/2000
  I'm from India and already working as a semi-pro photrographer and journalist.I'm also tempted by online courses but...will it help in terms of getting a job like say a degree or Masters in photography could?

8/3/2004 1:10:45 PM

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Photography Question 
Jim Cook

member since: 10/7/2002
  336 .  How Much Time Needed for Online Submittals
I am interested in some of the courses being offered online, but am worried that since I do not develop my own photos and most of my work is infrared, the time needed to develop, then review a proof sheet, select promising ones for printing (4x6), then enlarge the ones I like the best, I would miss any course deadlines.
thanks for any answers.

9/25/2003 4:52:30 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Jim,
Lessons for the BetterPhoto online courses are sent out on Wednesdays and homework is due 12 days later. We have found that for most people having almost 2 weeks for the assignment works well as a time frame.

9/29/2003 10:46:41 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Also, most of the teachers are flexible, if you need a little more time.

9/29/2003 10:54:28 PM

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Photography Question 
Dawn Balaban
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2002
  337 .  Your Classes
Hello Jim (Zuckerman),
I wanted to take your class Making Money with your Photography but it starts on Oct 8th the day I am leaving for Aruba. Do you think I would be able to just check into the computers at the hotel to see if there is any work I could do. Will I have a lot of work to do for this class? Also will you be offering it in November again? I would have more time then to take it.

Thank You for your time.

Dawn Balaban

9/25/2003 7:15:16 AM

  Hi Dawn,
I'm sure you'll be able to access the course from a hotel in Aruba. Most of the assignments with respect to uploading photos can consist of photos you've already taken. You could take with you a CD of a few dozen low res jpeg photos and upload some of them per the assignment.
Yes, I'll be teaching this course again. Betterphoto.com's courses are run every 3 months, so the next course will start in January. I'll look forward to seeing your work.
Have a great time in Aruba.

Regards,

9/25/2003 9:07:28 AM

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Photography Question 
James A. 

member since: 11/13/2002
  338 .  Online Courses
Will I be able to download each weekly lesson information and store it on my hard drive to refer to in the future for review?

Is it in PDF or what format?

9/17/2003 9:54:02 AM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  The weekly lesson assignments will be sent to you via email, so you can save or print them from there. Each lesson will also be archived in the "Campus Square" online, so if you are away from your email you can still access the lessons and course information.

9/22/2003 9:10:41 PM

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Photography Question 
Eileen Iaquinto

member since: 4/12/2002
  339 .  Photo Course Q&A
I'm taking Bryan's Understanding Exposure course and would like to get involved in the Q&A so that I can introduce myself, etc.
How do I direct my questions/comments there?

5/4/2002 7:40:31 PM

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Photography Question 
Joseph Wigfall

member since: 4/8/2002
  340 .  Course Requirements for Understanding Exposure
Regarding the Understanding Exposure workshop - What are the requirements for the course? What equipment will I need to complete the projects, forward my work, be evaluated, etc. - besides a computer?

4/15/2002 4:45:29 PM

James Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Jos,

Great question - I will be sure to add it to the Bryan's course Q&A.

All you really need for Bryan's course is a camera that allows you to control aperture and shutter speed. A tripod will come in handy.

On the technical end of things, all you need is Internet access (which you have if you are reading this on the Web). Whether you use Mac or Windows XP or another operating system, you will be able to send in your work, get critiqued, and read the course questions and answers.

You will need a way to digitize your images, of course - a digital camera, a scanner, or a scanning service at your local photo lab or copy shop will do the job.

4/16/2002 12:45:15 PM

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