Certificate in Travel Photography Online CourseCourses For Success
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What you'll learn on the course
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.
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
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 best advantage.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sailing the Seven Seas
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes,...