Creative Arts & Special Interest
Pursue a lifelong passion! Learn new skills or start your own business with these noncredit creative arts programs.
Course Details & Registration Information
- have explored landscape photography, and discuss methods for getting sharp images.
- have discovered ways to capture images of animals, both in the wild and in captivity.
- have learned how to make the most of the photographic opportunities you'll find at sea.
- Lesson 01 - Before You Go
We'll cover a lot of ground in our first lesson where we'll start with an overview of the equipment you'll need to pack before you
head out on the road. We'll look at cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as other options for stabilization. You'll be ready to go
before you know it!
- Lesson 02 - Wilderness Work
In this lesson, we'll look at a number of different ways to photograph the wilderness. You'll explore ways to carry your equipment,
keep it safe from rain, and power it up on a long trip away from home. We'll discuss some of the basic rules of composition and
how to put them to good use, as well as focal points and getting the depth of field that best suits your subject
- Lesson 03 - Animal Antics
In today's lesson, we'll concentrate on animals and how to capture their essence, whether they're in the wild or protected in
cages. We'll look at equipment for zooming in and camera options for the best quality images. It's easy to get up close to a
captive animal, but when you're in the wild, you'll need to know how to merge with nature so you can observe natural behavior,
so we'll discuss that, too. We'll also go over shooting fast-moving animals like birds in flight, and how to use your camera to its
- Lesson 04 - Beaches and Aquariums
Even under the water, light is the magic that makes the photographic process work. So in this lesson, we'll look how to manage
light when you're under and over the water. When you finish this lesson, you'll know how to work with backlighting, reflectors, fill
flash, and spot metering. You'll also see how to use lines in an image to set off your subject as you improve your composition.
- Lesson 05 - Nights and Lights
Sometimes you'll find that there isn't much light when you're traveling and you'll need to know how to accommodate low light
and mixed light situations. Today, we'll work with settings on your camera like customized white balance, ISO, and flash options
to make sure you get the pictures you want. You'll also see the power of shooting in RAW, and the options available with digital
editing. As we finish up this lesson, we'll even explore some options for cave photography, lightning, and fireworks!
- Lesson 06 - Hot and Humid
Visiting warm climates is a big part of many travel experiences, so in this lesson, you'll see how to protect your equipment from
condensation and heat. You'll also see how to work within a rainforest environment. With the added control that manual
exposure settings give you, you'll find the Sunny 16 Rule a great help. We'll also take a look at macro work and how to get the
best shots of the details wherever you are.
- Lesson 07 - Cold and Wet
In today's lesson, we'll move from warm climates into winter settings. Snow and ice make great backgrounds for dynamic photos,
but they can present some exposure challenges, so we'll discuss how to solve any of those problems. We'll also look at shooting
indoors, freezing action, and how to make the most of bad weather. When you finish here, you'll have a good idea of how to
photograph star trails and the Northern Lights as well.
- Lesson 8 Sailing the Sevens
Welcome aboard! As we move into today's lesson, you'll investigate the many advantages of cruising and being at sea with your
camera. Lighting can be confusing at sea, but with easy solutions to exposure latitude issues, you'll get the shots you want. To
finish off the lesson, I'll send you on a photo assignment where you'll document your journey with all the tools at your
disposable. Bon voyage!
- Lesson 09 - Up, Up, and Away!
It's time to rise above everyday sightseeing and shoot from the air. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to learn many techniques
for working from a hot air balloon, a helicopter, or an airplane. We'll talk about histograms and blinkies, and how they can help
you improve your shots as well as how to use exposure compensation to quickly correct exposure problems. You'll see the
importance of perspective from the air and how to shoot through hazy skies
- Lesson 10 - Cityscapes
Big cities are a part of many trips, and you won't want to miss the action! We'll start today's lesson by discussing sightseeing
tours, safety precautions, and making the most of your time in the city. You'll also see how to shoot in fog and use various
metering options and handheld light meters. Many cities have amusement parks, so we'll spend some time discussing how to
put panning, long exposure, and light painting to work to bring home images of all the fun.
- Lesson 11 - Beyond the Border
As we near the end of our course, you'll see how to make the most of a trip across the border. We'll look at international travel,
power concerns, and customs issues so you can make sure you get back and forth across the border easily. You'll also have a
chance to explore the mysteries behind model releases and selling your work. And you won't want to leave home without a
passport, so we'll spend some time discussing how to take a great passport photo, too!
- Lesson 12 - After You Get Back
Welcome home! In our final lesson, it's time to get your images organized so you can share the best of your images with friends
and family. We'll conclude with information on cleaning your camera so you're ready to go when the next opportunity arises.
You'll find that in six short weeks, you've mastered a wealth of techniques that will change your pictures forever!
• Internet access
• One of the following browsers:
o Mozilla Firefox
o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
o Google Chrome
• Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
- Attendance 80% or above
- Students must past 10 quizzes or the final exam with 70% or better.