Individualized instruction in photography online and hands-on in the classroom.
Instructor Don Camp

What's this class all about? Syllabus


Tools for this class:
  GIMP official site Downloads are free.
  iPiccy online photo editor
  Flickr The photo sharing site we use in class.
You will also need to be able to order prints from your photos. Walgreens, Costco, and Rite-Aid all make good prints and have a one hour service. You can upload pictures from your computer to these sites, and the prints will be waiting for you to pick up in about an hour.
Required Project  
Get to Know Your Camera.

Every camera is different. But any camera can become a wonderful and creative tool if you know how to use it. This project explores the capabilities of your camera, whether that camera is an iPhone, a professional level DSLR or a  point and shoot camera. You will learn and practice using your camera's controls and explore the creative limits and range of your lenses. If you are new to photography or have a new camera, this is the place to begin.

Explore the controls available on your camera Project #1
Required Class Project 
Back to School Bash
Take your camera or camera phone to the Back to School Bash and take several dozen photographs of various activities. These moght be students involved in games or activities such as eating, hanging out, or water sports. Next week you'll have opportunity to upload the six best to your Flickr site.
Back to
                School Bash.
Required Project
Introduction to Photography.
Photography is fun. Photography is creative. Photography is useful. Get to know what the special terms used in photography mean and what you can do with your camera and how to do it with a couple of videos and web pagesIntroduction to Photography
Fundamentals of Photography, Lecture 6
"Quite literally, light makes a photograph. Light, along with composition, are the two building blocks of photography." (Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer) . Watch the video take notes and complete the project.

Project    Ambient Light
                Fundamentals of Photography
Project  Around the House
This is a project that asks you to see interesting things in ordinary places, and there is nothing more ordinary than breakfast.

There is no place that has more photo opportunities than your home.

Find some ordinary things and make them look great. Around the House

Project  Composition
Any picture you like is a good picture. But almost any picture can be improved by paying attention to the composition. 

Learn the secrets of composition. Project Composition

Project   Take control: Aperture
Every camera has an aperture, even if it is set automatically. The aperture is the size of the opening in the lens. Its function is to control the amount of light that enters the camera. The aperture on most cameras can be changed to allow more or less light into the camera. But the aperture does much more. Its size determines the depth of field, and it determines the shutter speed required to make a well exposed picture. And those both make a big difference in your picture.

Get to know how the aperture can be changed and how you can control the picture using the aperture. Project aperture

Project  Take control: Shutter speed
Every camera has a shutter, though fully automatic cameras do not allow direct control of the shutter.  The shutter opens and shuts allowing light to reach the camera's sensor making the exposure. But shutter speed, like the aperture, does much more. With any subject that is moving, the shutter speed determines how sharp the picture is. That makes the shutter speed very important if a sharp picture is desired. But it also allows creative control.

Watch the video and take notes, the complete the project.

Get to know how the shutter speed can be changed and how you can use shutter speed creatively. Project shutter speed


Upload pictures to the class Flickr site LINK

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