Discover Digital Photography (Self-Paced Tutorial)
An informative introduction to the fascinating world of digital photography.
Discover Digital Photography is designed for the novice photographer with no previous experience with digital cameras.
This course will teach you all about digital cameras, from DSLRs to smart phone cameras and what different equipment is used for. You will learn about different display methods for your camera, including sizing, print options, online storage, and how social media factors into digital photography. And if you have old slides, negatives, or prints, this course will also teach you how to scan those “old school” photo assets.
By the course completion, you will understand how composing photos has changed with the evolving capabilities of digital photography.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- A few Windows-specific examples are included. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
1 What Is Digital Photography?
In your first lesson, you'll have a chance to become familiar with the online classroom and discover the many resources available to you, including the beginning of our Digital Dictionary. You will also learn how digital photography works and what's needed to get started with a digital workshop at home.
2 Let's Talk About Cameras
In today's lesson, you'll have an opportunity to understand the key features of a digital camera. This will be helpful as you learn about what to look for both inside and outside the camera and as you explore the different levels of equipment available.
3 Shopping for Digital Equipment
When it's time to buy the camera that's right for you, you'll want to know how to make your best choice. This lesson covers more of the attributes and features of digital photography, so you're ready to go shopping!
4 Storing Digital Images
Digital storage is a big issue. In this lesson, you will learn the ways to address this aspect of digital photography. When it comes to digital images, you'll need storage space—not only on your camera, but also on your computer and somewhere offline for backup. This lesson also recommends how to get the most out of your storage space and the best backup option.
5 Phone and Tablet Photography
Digital photography isn't limited to traditional cameras! You probably have your phone or tablet with you most of the time, and this lesson explores the option of using that camera to take pictures, display your images, or even do quick editing. If you've been a bit confused by all the new terminology connected with smartphones and tablets, here you'll find easy explanations and clear examples of how to make the most of this technology.
6 The Digital Darkroom
The ability to edit your digital images is one of the most compelling features of digital photography. Today's lesson looked at several of the software programs available to you and some of the many features you'll find in digital editing programs.
7 Digital Photography Online
Using digital images online and on your computer are big parts of digital photography. In this lesson, you'll discover ways you can easily use digital images with email and on websites. You will also learn how to size images for use on the Internet. You'll love learning how simple it is to use your images as backgrounds and computer wallpaper. With digital photography, you can customize almost anything!
8 Digital Printing
Printing digital images can take many forms. This lesson explores the options for printing at home and the extensive network of retail printers available for digital work. You'll also learn how to prepare your images for the best quality prints, regardless of where you print them. If archival quality is important to you, or if you're scrapbooking, there are some things you'll want to know!
9 A Changing Society
This lesson explores how new and how digital imaging is changing communication, business practices, and the way photographers protect their images.
10 Scanning and Restoring Photos
Scanning printed images is an important option for digital photography. Today's lesson focuses on restoring old and damaged photos, as well as using scanners to convert slides, negatives, and prints into digital images. You'll even learn how to capture an image of a 3-D object with a scanner! A scanner is a terrific tool for digital photographers and does an excellent job of connecting traditional photography with the digital era. This is an especially important lesson for scrap bookers working on family histories with damaged images or printed documents.
11 Traveling With Digital Equipment
Travel photography is always a favorite subject for photographers, whether you're shooting in your own backyard or around the world. Digital photography presents some different challenges and opportunities. This lesson focuses on how professionals in the field handle the challenges, as well as techniques and opportunities you can use when you travel, including file organization with Adobe's Lightroom.
12 Composing Digitally
Your final lesson will teach you how to compose your pictures with digital options in mind. There's a lot more to be a digital photographer than just owning a digital camera. Today you will see some great examples of difficult situations that you can remedy with digital solutions. The more you learn about your options, the more you'll want to experiment!