Understanding the basic elements of photography

Easy-to-understand teaching of photography, how to shoot in any mode of a digital camera & how to meter & measure light
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

Learn how to have complete control of your digital camera.

Learn Photography Guaranteed, From The Country's Most Effective Online Photography Course.

Easy-to-learn, step-by-step, instruction.

Includes eight modules.

Self study, learn at your own pace, complete the course in a week or a year, it's up to you!

Learn how to shoot in every mode of your digital camera.

Learn how to meter & measure light for perfect exposures.

Includes workbook, practice exercises & photo assignments, and access to professional photographers.

Learn how to have complete control of Light & Exposure (learn how to meter and measure light for professional and artistic looking images).

Professional photographer Val Westover, with over 25 years experience as an educator, has created the most complete photography course available, teaching you how to shoot in every mode of your digital camera. Val has personally taught over 25,000 photographers throughout the US and Canada. Learn how to use and control the incredible metering system in your digital camera. The Basic Elements of Photography is the most effective beginner photography course in the country. Thousands of people all over the world passionate about photography have taken this course and now have a stronger understanding of how to have complete control of their camera. Through online videos practice exercises and photo assignments, professional photographer Val Westover, imparts how to have complete control of a digital camera.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Essentials - Preparing for success
14:39

Essentials - Preparing for success is an introduction to the course with photography tips and practice material, followed by a bonus tip on white balance. Keep your digital camera in hand and challenge yourself to find the necessary settings on your camera.

This section includes the photography workbook associated with the entire course. It is suggested to have it printed, as each section includes a practice exercise and a short quiz. The workbook can also be used for note taking and future reference.

Also included are cheat sheets. It is recommended to have them printed and laminated. These cheat sheets will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 2: ISO - Controlling the image sensor
17:40

ISO - Controlling the image sensor is a complete easy study of the digital camera's image sensor. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of ISO and you will always know what to set your ISO. You will also learn how to shoot in Program Mode, controlling your camera's ISO.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

Also included is an ISO cheat sheet. It is recommended to have it printed and laminated. This cheat sheet will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 3: Aperture - Controlling light and depth of field
22:29

Aperture - Controlling light and depth of field is a complete easy study of the digital camera's lens. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of Aperture and you will always know what to set your Aperture. You will also learn how to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode, controlling your camera's lens.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Also included is an Aperture cheat sheet. It is recommended to have it printed and laminated. This cheat sheet will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 4: Shutter Speed - Controlling light and movement
18:02

Shutter Speed - Controlling light and movement is a complete easy study of the digital camera's shutter. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of Shutter Speed and you will always know what to set your Shutter Speed. You will also learn how to shoot in Shutter Priority Mode, controlling your camera's shutter.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Also included is a Shutter Speed cheat sheet. It is recommended to have it printed and laminated. This cheat sheet will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 5: Relationship - Combining aperture and shutter speed
14:49

Relationship - Combining Aperture and Shutter Speed is a complete easy study of the digital camera's relationship with Aperture and Shutter Speed. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of the relationship between Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Section 6: Metering - Measuring light for the correct exposure
28:06

Metering - Measuring light for the correct exposure is a complete easy study of the digital camera's metering system. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of metering and measuring light for correct exposures and you will always know how to adjust your settings for a correct exposure. You will also learn how to shoot in Manual Mode, controlling your camera's ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Also included is a "How to Shoot in Manual Mode" cheat sheet. It is recommended to have it printed and laminated. This cheat sheet will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 7: A breakdown of the basic characteristics of light and composition
31:56

Light and Composition - The creation of a photograph is a explanation of the basic characteristics of light and the basic elements of composition. Lecture includes practice material and photo assignment. By the end of this lecture, you will have a stronger understanding of Light and Composition which will help you to become more creative.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Also included is a omposition cheat sheet. It is recommended to have it printed and laminated. This cheat sheet will reinforce what you will learn in the course.

Section 8: Completion - Start photographing like a pro
08:39

Completion - Start photographing like a pro is a summary of what you have learned in the course. Lecture includes practice material and a photo assignment. This assignment will challenge you to use everything that you have learned, as you now will be able to shoot with confidence, having complete control of your digital camera in full Manual Mode.

Use the photography workbook for the practice exercise, the short quiz and to take notes.

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Also included is your certificate of completion. It is recommended to have it printed, framed and displayed with pride.

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Instructor Biography

Instructor Biography

Capturing True Emotion LLC Stephanie Adriana Westover, Pro-Photographer & Instructor, Capturing True Emotion LLC

Stephanie Adriana

Stephanie Adriana's award winning work can be found in Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Covers and articles for Ladera Ranch Magazine, Coto de Caza Quarterly, Wrangler Magazine, Hotels, Restaurants and Homes around the country. Stephanie also enjoys photographing Destination and Celebrity Weddings, Modeling Headshots, Budoir, Engagement and Family Portraiture.

Stephanie travels the country teaching photography workshops and is commissioned to do private consultations and Photography Expeditions for those looking to improve on composition and work on perfecting their Fine Art Photography, while somehow still finding the time to work on her own Fine Art Photography for Galleries and Clientele.

Baywatch, Teen magazine, Shape, Muscle & Fitness, Modern Bride, Bugle Boy, movies and commercials are what Stephanie did before she found her passion for photography. Having traveled all over the world in many different cities and countries working with many famous and talented photographers Stephanie was able to shape her eye for light, posing and composition. It wasn't until Stephanie met Val Westover that the technical aspects of photography would be revealed so that she could develop and refine her incredibly artistic photographic style.


" Life is so beautiful to me, I am constantly awed and inspired by the beauty that surrounds me, so much so that all I want to do is "Capture that moment in time Forever" with my camera.
I am terribly distracted by color! I'm overwhelmed by the desire to capture it as I see it, brights, darks, brilliant hues and rich tones.... in all of their glory! Some times the beauty of a scene or situation completely captivates me and I'm compelled to photograph it until I've captured it perfectly........ What an awful affliction to have!!

For me time stands still when I'm shooting, I get lost in the moment, I visualize The Wedding, Engagement or Budoir Session before I even start shooting and it sets the tone for capturing amazing magical moments even before the first shot is fired!
Photography is my life, I find inspiration, strength, solace and balance while I'm shooting. Through the art of photography I have the ability to show others how I see life and the world around me..... And all I know is that is pretty cool.

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have so much fun doing our Capturing True Emotion Photography workshops, our participants are incredible, their willingness to learn and the enthusiasm they bring to our classes make what I do so fun and rewarding! I'm constantly having "Pinch me Moments!"
I also want to take a moment to thank Val for giving me and so many others the gift of photography without Val and his incredible passion for what he does, I wouldn't be the photographer I am today."

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