Learn the tricks and techniques digital photographers need to capture scenes from around the world and bring them home.
Come and discover the fascinating world through a photographer's eye. This course will teach you what you need to capture scenes from around the world and bring them back to your home. You will discover tips for digital photographers, and how to use both traditional techniques, as well as those unique to digital equipment. You will learn how to get the best shots of animals in captivity and animals in the wild. You will discover ways to blend in with nature and the best kind of equipment for specialized shooting. You will discover tips on taking shots for professional use and those to treasure from a family vacation.
This course will address environmental challenges that can put your camera equipment in jeopardy, such as freezing temperatures and tropical heat, and offer practical solutions to those challenges. You will learn how to travel with digital equipment and what to take and what to leave behind. You will examine various examples from destinations around the world, and expand your knowledge of techniques for shooting digitally and working with the images when you return from your trip.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Completion of Secrets of Better Photography (or equivalent photography experience).
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques that digital photographers use to capture inspiring scenes from around the world. This course teaches photography techniques that are both traditional and unique to digital technology so you can be prepared to create high-quality shots that will captivate viewers.
Before You Go
The first lesson is an overview of the equipment you'll need to pack before you head out on the road. You'll look at cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as other options for stabilization. You'll be ready to go before you know it!
In this lesson, you'll look at a number of different ways to photograph the wilderness. You'll explore ways to carry your equipment, keep it safe from rain, and power it up on a long trip away from home. The lesson will discuss some of the basic rules of composition and how to put them to good use, as well as focal points and getting the depth of field that best suits your subject.
In this lesson, you'll concentrate on animals and how to capture their essence, whether they're in the wild or protected in cages. You'll look at equipment for zooming in and camera options for the best quality images. It's easy to get up close to a captive animal, but when you're in the wild, you'll need to know how to merge with nature so you can observe natural behavior, so this lesson will discuss that, too. The lesson will also go over shooting fast-moving animals like birds in flight and show you how to use your camera to its best advantage.
Beaches and Aquariums
Even under the water, light is the magic that makes the photographic process work. So, in this lesson, you'll look at how to manage light when you're under and over the water. When you finish this lesson, you'll know how to work with backlighting, reflectors, fill flash, and spot metering. You'll also see how to use lines in an image to set off your subject as you improve your composition.
Nights and Lights
Sometimes, you'll find that there isn't much light when you're traveling and you'll need to know how to accommodate low light and mixed light situations. In this lesson, you'll work with settings on your camera like the white balance, ISO, and flash options to make sure you get the pictures you want. You'll also see the power of shooting in RAW and the options available with digital editing. As you finish up this lesson, you'll even explore some options for cave photography, lightning, and fireworks!
Hot and Humid
Visiting warm climates is a big part of many travel experiences, so in this lesson, you'll see how to protect your equipment from condensation and heat. You'll also see how to work within a rainforest environment. With the added control that manual exposure settings give you, you'll find the Sunny 16 Rule a great help. You'll also take a look at macro work and how to get the best shots of the details wherever you are.
Cold and Wet
In this lesson, you'll move from warm climates into winter settings. Snow and ice make great backgrounds for dynamic photos, but they can present some exposure challenges, and this lesson will discuss how to solve those kinds of problems. You'll also look at shooting indoors, freezing action, and how to make the most of bad weather. When you finish here, you'll have a good idea of how to photograph star trails and the Northern Lights as well.
Sailing the Seven Seas
Welcome aboard! As you move into this lesson, you'll investigate the many advantages of cruising and being at sea with your camera. Lighting can be confusing at sea, but with easy solutions to exposure latitude issues, you'll get the shots you want. To finish off the lesson, you'll receive a photo assignment where you'll document your journey with all the tools at your disposable. Bon voyage!
Up, Up, and Away!
It's time to rise above everyday sightseeing and shoot from the air. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to learn many techniques for working from a hot air balloon, a helicopter, or an airplane. The lesson will talk about histograms and blinkies and how they can help you improve your shots as well as how to use exposure compensation to quickly correct exposure problems. You'll see the importance of perspective from the air and how to shoot through hazy skies.
Big cities are a part of many trips, and you won't want to miss the action! This lesson will introduce you to sightseeing tours, safety precautions, and making the most of your time in the city. You'll also see how to shoot in fog and use various metering options and handheld light meters. Many cities have amusement parks, so you'll spend some time learning how to put panning, long exposure, and light painting to work to bring home images of all the fun.
Beyond the Border
As you near the end of the course, you'll see how to make the most of a trip across the border. You'll look at international travel, power concerns, and customs issues so you can make sure you get back and forth across the border easily. You'll also have a chance to explore the mysteries behind model releases and selling your work. Since you won't want to leave home without a passport, the lesson will spend some time discussing how to take a great passport photo, too!
After You Get Back
Welcome home! In the final lesson, it's time to get your images organized so you can share the best of your images with friends and family. The lesson will conclude with information on cleaning your camera so you're ready to go when the next opportunity arises. By the end of the course, you'll have mastered a wealth of techniques that will change your pictures forever!
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"