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Intermediate Digital Photography

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Build on your basics of digital photography skills by exploring the manual settings fully and learning useful post production editing tricks.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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Correct exposure is the key to getting great photographs and modern DSLRs have sophisticated metering systems that can automatically calculate the correct exposure settings for you. However, there are many situations where you will need to take manual control of the camera and the course Intermediate Digital Photography will explain in more detail the concepts of shutter speed, ISO and aperture that make up exposure.

Obtaining correct exposure for a given photograph involves setting a combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and it’s important to remember that there is a give and take relationship between all three of them, in order to get the proper exposure in a photograph.

The course explains in detail how these three factors work individually, and how adjusting one means that one (or both) of the others needs to be adjusted also to get the correct exposure.

The course also looks at the various types of filters that are available, how they function and what effects they have when taking photographs. To help improve your post-production skills the course also reviews tools and processes in Photoshop such as basic color selecting, straightening photographs, using the Crop tool, using the Spot Healing Brush and using Layer Masks.

This course will be of great interest to all learners who would like to go beyond the automatic setting on their camera. Having studied this course you will be more confident in taking manual control of the camera and adjusting the shutter speed, ISO and aperture to get the correct exposure for your photographs.

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Having completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain why changing shutter speed, ISO or exposure can impact each other.
  • Discuss the reasons for using high ISO numbers.
  • Explain the relationship between focal length, lens diameter and f-stops.
  • Outline the key features of Matrix, Center weighted and Spot metering.
  • List the main to filters and their key usage.
  • Describe the best ways to select colours.
  • Outline the three different ways to straighten photographs.
  • Discuss the process of removing minor distractions or blemishes using the spot healing tool.
  • Outline the advantages of using layers.
  • Describe the process of creating a mask layer.

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Course Reviews

Theresa S.
one year ago
Theresa S.

Nicely done. Professional representation.

Colleen R.
one year ago
Colleen R.

very challenging, harder than the advanced course!

Paola L.
one year ago
Paola L.

Great course!

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