What will I learn?
This course will start from the very basic step by step mechanics of a camera all the way up through how to take photos in fully manual mode. Built in a 16-lesson format, the students will become very educated in the process of photographing in manual mode, how to meter the light properly, composition, and so much more.
Most material will be presented in a video format for students to watch and learn. Assignments and quizzes will be given. Most lessons will take on average an hour for video and assignments. Near the end of the semester it will require a bit more effort but all in all it will be a very informative class with fun assignments!
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Cameras, how they work, and what to look for when you are purchasing a new one
Lesson 3: Lenses and how they work and what to look for when looking at buying another
Lesson 4: Basic Camera Menu Functions
Lesson 5: Mega pixels, optical vs. digital zoom and how to use them for your advantage
Lesson 6: Auto Modes, what they do and why you don't want to use them
Lesson 7: Save, Print and Share
Lesson 8: Focusing
Lesson 9: ISO What is it, how to use it and why you would want to change it
Lesson 10: Aperture!!! (this is where it starts getting FUN!!!)
Lesson 11: Shutter Speed
Lesson 12: Introduction to the Light meter and how to use it!
Lesson 13: White Balance
Lesson 14: Composition
Lesson 15: Lighting, indoor and outdoor photography
Lesson 16: Final Thoughts - where to go from here
How will I learn?
Weekly assignments will be given as well as tests weekly. Students will be able to work independently on assignments and turn them in. If the student feels like they are not understanding the material, the student can reserve a space to chat with me on my weekly conference call.I will hold an "office hour" weekly on Wednesday 12:30-1:00pm CST, where the students can get on a group video conference with me to ask questions and discuss that week's material face to face.
A private Google Classroom group will also be set up for the students (in this class only) and I to interact as a group. This group will serve as a place to ask questions, share photographs, as well as turn in assigned homework and other learning opportunities. Once your student is enrolled in the class, I will send a Google Classroom invite to the email supplied.
Online interfaces will be used to navigate the curriculum
-Zoom (video conference)
-Google Classroom (private page)
At the end of this course your student will be fully versed in manual photography (no auto functions). It does take practice to get the technology down and know how of where the buttons are on your camera.
What kind of camera do I need to have?
The camera needs to be able to go to fully manual function. Most of them have a dial that looks like the photo below or something of the likes. The main thing is that it has a big "M" on it.
If your do not own a camera but are interested in purchasing a new or used one for this course I am happy to make some recommendations! Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should you take this course?
Photography can be a life long hobby or passion. I fell in love with photography at age 13, with nobody to teach me. I began reading and figuring it out for myself here and there. Finally at age 15 I found a course at a community college and that started me on a path to my future. By 15 years old I was doing photography as a career and you can too! Even if you would like to just be able to take really great photos of your own life, I don't think you will ever regret learning how to use your camera well to document your life.
How much does the course cost?
The course is $200.
Once you have learned how to use your camera, there is much more to do to take your photography learning to a whole new level. Enroll in Hands On Second Semester where you will learn and try your hand at 16 different kinds of Photography!
Here is a sample of Spring 2018 Semester Student Work
Holly Peevyhouse professional photographer of 20 years, has been instructing photography for over 15 years in community education courses, one on one photography mentoring, and private classes. Her passion is to help others learn to master their cameras and confidently create images that reflect the true nature of the moment. She prides herself on teaching others to photograph well on the front end rather than the need to spend tons of time editing on the back end. She fell in love with photography at the age of 13 and has a heart for paying it forward in teaching other people how to learn this art and carry on their stories to the next generation!
I look forward to meeting you and your student! Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have!