Digital Photography

Prerequisites: Windows

Whether you're a novice at photography or fairly experienced with taking shots using film, this course will help you to take great shots with a digital camera and to share those images in print and electronically. You'll begin with an overview of the differences between film and digital, and will learn important criteria and resources for choosing a camera and accessories. Next, you'll learn to improve the photos you take, by controlling both the composition and subject matter, and by fine-tuning your camera's settings. You'll then transfer images to your computer, and use strategies and tools for managing the ever-growing collection you build over time. To improve the images you've taken, you'll apply straightforward techniques for cropping, removing red eye, and making brightness and contrast adjustments. The course then shows you ways of getting “traditional” prints as well as ones from your desktop printer, how to email photos easily, and how to quickly create a gallery of your photography on the Web.

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Lesson 1: Buying Photography Hardware
Topic 1A: An Introduction to Digital Photography
Topic 1B: Choosing a Camera
Topic 1C: Choosing Digital Camera Accessories
Topic 1D: Researching Specific Camera Models

Lesson 2: Taking Pictures
Topic 2A: Choosing Camera Angles and Lighting
Topic 2B: Resolution, Compression, and File Format
Topic 2C: Why Override Automatic Settings?
Topic 2D: Controlling Exposure
Topic 2E: Controlling Image Sharpness
Topic 2F: White Balance
Topic 2G: Other Camera Features

Lesson 3: Managing Photos with Windows XP
Topic 3A: Transferring Images to Your Computer
Topic 3B: Windows XP Picture Tasks

Lesson 4: Managing Photos with Image Browser Software
Topic 4A: Managing an Image Library
Topic 4B: Performing Simple Exposure Adjustments

Lesson 5: Editing Images with a Separate Application
Topic 5A: Setting Up ACDSee to Launch an External Image Editor
Topic 5B: Eliminating Red Eye
Topic 5C: Adjust Image Contrast, Color, and Focus with Photoshop Elements
Topic 5D: Applying Effects and Filters

Lesson 6: Printing Photos
Topic 6A: Printing Photo Layouts
Topic 6B: Ordering Prints Online

Lesson 7: Sharing Photos Electronically
Topic 7A: Emailing Photos
Topic 7B: Creating a Web Photo Album
Topic 7C: Creating a Slide Show