Compact Camera Course - understand your camera in 30 minutes
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Compact Camera Course - understand your camera in 30 minutes

Back to basics guide to digital photography with just a point-and-shoot or compact camera
4.4 (16 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
53 students enrolled
Created by Ray Salisbury
Last updated 4/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Feel empowered to take more control of your photography
  • Better understand the functions of your camera
  • Choose the best camera settings for general use
  • Be able to transfer your photos from a camera to a computer
  • Perform the most common fixes on a simple image editing program
  • You will need a compact camera
  • Wanna make beautiful images, but you don't have a fancy DSLR?
  • Do you feel frustrated or disappointed with your photos... even guilty that you don't know what you're doing?
  • It's not your fault; you just need to spend some time learning what your camera can do,
    ...and some time practicing how to use this knowledge in the field.
  • 90% of camera courses are targeted toward DSLR owners, not the humble photography enthusiast just starting out on the journey.

This course is for: total novices, absolute beginners, and the technologically challenged. You must own a compact (point-and-shoot) camera, or a Micro 4/3rds, or a Bridge camera, so you can put this theory into practice.

Video lectures make up the bulk of this course, with 3 exercises and a quiz. The final exercise requires downloading some freeware, and installing this on a Windows-based computer.

Topics include: image resolution & size, JPEG vs RAW files, memory cards, focus, metering, program modes, aperture / shutter speed, plus how to get your photos off the camera and fix them on a computer.

Finally, the tutor does not own your particular camera - hang, there's hundreds of models out there, and the course would be many hours long if it was to cover every possibility.
So, you will be required to download and read your camera's manual, to fully understand exactly what dials to turn and buttons to press.

Who this course is for:
  • Owners of compact (point-and-shoot), Bridge or Micro-Four-Thirds cameras
  • Absolute beginners, total novices & the technologically challenged
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 42:19
+ Compact Cameras | An Introduction
2 lectures 04:54

Brief overview of the 5 main types of still cameras on the market today. Plus the disadvantages & advantages of using a compact camera.

Types of Cameras | Which one do you own?
+ Basic Camera Settings | Before you shoot
2 lectures 04:52
  • Why you should select the biggest file size on your camera menu.
  • The pros & cons of shooting in JPEG versus RAW file format.
Image Quality | Resolution & File Formats

Overview of the 3 types of memory cards for digital cameras.

Preview 01:41
+ Advanced Settings | During the shoot
6 lectures 12:11
  • Definition & demonstrations of aperture, shutter, & histograms
  • Metering modes: matrix, centre-weighted & spot metering.
Exposure | It's all about LIGHT

A simple technique to add or subtract light to your scene.

Preview 01:49
  • Sports, Portrait, Sunset, Night, Party, etc.
  • Aperture Priority & depth of field
  • Shutter Priority & freezing action
Program Modes | Say goodbye to auto

When to select Automatic (AF), Continuous (Al Servo), Spot Focus & Manual.

Focus Modes | Sharp shooting

Quick practice exercise at photographing an object that's not in the centre of the frame.

Preview 01:30
  • Brief rant about the flash on compact cameras
  • Self-Timers & selfies
Special Features | Flash & Self Timer
+ Post Processing | Image editing
3 lectures 16:13
  • File transfers - getting photos from your camera to your computer.
  • Computer programs - what software is the most suitable.
Preview 03:19

Screen-cast of how to fix a photograph using FastStone Image Viewer (freeware). Topics include:

  • Rotate & Straighten
  • Crop
  • Exposure correction
  • Sharpen
  • Re-size
Image Manipulation | Demonstration of image editing on free program
  • Download a free program (FastStone Image Viewer) for Windows-based PCs.
  • This practice exercise should take you about 30 minutes.
  • You can use Ray's sample photo - download this from the Resources panel.
Exercise Three | Fix a photo
+ Publishing Photos | Inspiration
1 lecture 02:03

Ideas for getting your images off the computer, and sharing your creativity with others.

Publishing Your Photos | Conventional prints vs on-line galleries

Test yourself with this quick quiz...

1) JPEG is an acronym for what?

QUIZ | What did you learn?
12 questions
+ The Last Word
2 lectures 02:06

Ray wraps up.

Conclusion | Parting shot

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Preview 01:19