DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 101, a Free Online Course
This is a free, beginning-intermediate level course in digital photography. It consists of five videos, which contain examples, lessons, and ideas for creative photography.
Lesson 1: Introduction to digital photography: includes learning about the camera, history of photography, famous women photographers, and a lesson in how to take a great selfie.
Lesson 2: Basic concepts in photography (exposure, metering, depth of field), to zoom or not to zoom, and framing. DIY project: how to make your own light reflector with aluminum foil. MATERIALS: Aluminum foil, a cookie sheet.
Lesson 3: Take it outdoors! We’re going outside for this lesson. We’ll look at how to photograph distant objects, moving objects, flowers (with magnifying glass for a cool effect), and how negative space affects our photos. DIY project: how to make a light-diffuser for outdoors photography. MATERIALS: an empty picture frame and white tissue paper.
Lesson 4: People. People are the most popular subject for photography. We’ll learn about posed vs. candid shots, how light and background make a photo work, and work on a special project of photographing hands. DIY: make your own glitter effect using aluminum foil (you’ll need a helper to take the photo). MATERIALS: aluminum foil.
Lesson 5: Artistic expression. Use your curiosity to create one-of-a-kind photos. Ideas: photograph works of art (paintings, sculpture), things that are moving, or everyday objects in a new, unexpected setting.