Introduction to Photography Course (3 Month - October Course)

Introduction to Photography Course (3 Month - October Course)


This photography course is a comprehensive program that will teach you how to take control of your camera. You will learn the secrets of exposure, lighting, and lenses. You’ll receive training on proper composition as you learn how professional photographers create the perfect shot in all conditions. The course offers an introduction to a wide variety of different photographic genres – weddings, nature, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, studio, still life and more.

This workshop will also lead you through the basics of Photography & Photoshop. Photoshop can be used for all kinds of art making, but this workshop focuses on the workflow and tools mainly used with photography. Learn basic navigation (layout and resizing), adjustments (cropping, color, brightness and contrast, simple retouching), saving and exporting files, as well as browsing, organizing and editing large batches of photographs using the couple software Bridge. This workshop is perfect for those whom have never even opened Photoshop as well as for people who have explored the software a bit on their own, but could use some basic tips and understanding.

Throughout the course, you will complete photo projects and submit them to be reviewed and evaluated by a professional photographer. By the time you complete the program, you’ll have the confidence and skills to turn your love of photography into a full or part-time career.

Materials Provided:

  • DSLR Camera w/ kit lense & Camera Bag

  • Laptop

  • Notebook and pens for notes

  • A memory card for digital camera (32gb)

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Course Syllabus


  1. On Photography (it’s not rocket science)

What In The World

  1. What is a camera?

  2. Different Types of Cameras

  3. Focal Length

Indecent Exposure

  1. Exposure, Pipes and Buckets

  2. The Histogram

  3. Shutter speed

  4. Aperture

  5. ISO

  6. Metering Modes

Stay In Focus

  1. Autofocus

  2. Manual Focus

  3. Depth of Field revisited

Your Way Around the Camera

  1. Flash

  2. Tripod

  3. Filters

  4. White Balance

  5. Scene modes vs. PASM

  6. RAW vs. JPG

  7. Film vs. Digital

  8. The Decision Process

Find your Flow

  1. Digital Workflow

  2. DAM and Backups

  3. Levels and Curves

  4. Layers and Masks

Keep Your Vision Close

  1. Composition Basics

  2. Break the Rules!

  3. Be Inspired

  4. Share your work

Navigating Photoshop CC

  1. Workspace, Tools, and Panels 

  2. Discovering the Tools panel

  3. Accessing tools and their options

  4. Using the Zoom features

  5. Maximizing productivity with screen modes

  6. The importance of a good selection

  7. Using the Marquee tools

  8. Changing a selection into a layer

  9. Working with the Magic Wand tool

  10. The Lasso tool

  11. Adding to and subtracting from selections

  12. Adding to and deleting from the selection

  13. Saving a selection

  14. Feathering a selection

  15. Using the Quick Selection tool

  16. Making difficult selections with the

  17. Refine Edge feature

  18. Using Quick Mask

  19. Copying and pasting a selection

  20. Using the Pen tool for selections

  21. Converting a path to a selection

Painting and Retouching

  1. Setting up your color settings

  2. Understanding color gamut

  3. The RGB color model

  4. The CMYK color model

  5. Selecting colors

  6. Starting to paint

  7. Using the Color panel

  8. Using the Brush tool

  9. Changing opacity

  10. Applying color to an image

  11. Changing blending modes

  12. The Eyedropper tool

  13. Retouching images

  14. Using the Clone Stamp tool

  15. The History panel

  16. The Spot Healing Brush

  17. The Healing Brush

  18. Using the Patch tool

Color Correcting an Image

  1. Using the Camera Raw plug-in

  2. Using Camera Raw controls

  3. Choosing your color settings

  4. Working in RGB

  5. Reading a histogram

  6. Making the Curve adjustment

  7. Defining the highlight and shadow

  8. Locating the White and Black Point

  9. Inputting the white and black point values

  10. Adjusting the midtones

  11. Setting the neutral

  12. Sharpening your image

  13. Taking care of red eye