INTERNATIONAL Level 2 Photography Certificate

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INTERNATIONAL Level 2 Photography Certificate

Learn how to impress your followers with perfectly composed photographs which stand out in the crowd on every platform.

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  • $400.00
  • Course Includes
  • Professional one to one training
  • Practical visits and shoots
  • Training Material
  • Professional Assessor with LAPT Certificate

What you will learn

  • Understand the 'Exposure Triangle' and get out of the Auto mode.
  • Get incredible natural portrait lighting with this one simple pro tip that will flatter your subjects
  • Get sharper images with better focusing technique and use of shutter speeds
  • Working with natural light and dealing with the sun
  • How understanding the direction of light can dramatically improve your photos
  • How to use composition to take more dramatic and creative images
  • Flatter your family and friends with some great posing tips (individual and group posing)
  • How to improve your flash photography
  • Controlling depth of field and the 'block of focus'
  • How to get blue skies in your photos instead of washed-out white skies
  • How to take better photos in the snow
  • How to avoid camera shake and get sharper images
  • How to take photos of fireworks
  • The myth of megapixels and image quality
  • Digital cameras and their settings

Course Content

12 sections • 13 lectures • 13h 00m total length
Use the Exposure Triangle to understand exposure and get out of the Auto mode
Get out of the Auto mode using the exposure triangle, which demonstrates in simple terms how the individual aspects of exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) affect the final exposure of the photo.
The ISO setting, what is it and what's it for?
The ISO setting is very important if you want to take photos indoors, or if the light is failing outside because the higher ISO values on your camera will allow you to take photos in much lower light. This video explains what it is, why you need to understand it, and how to change the ISO settings on your camera. Take a look at the 'ISO Noise Example' for an idea of how changing the ISO can directly affect the amount of noise in an image. This photo was taken a few years ago, cameras are getting better all of the time and so high ISO noise is now being handled much better by modern cameras.
Exposure Compensation, why you sometimes need to darken or lighten your images
Ever had your photos come out too light or too dark? If so, you've just fooled your camera's metering system. Too much brightness in a scene can force the photo to be too dark. Weird eh? You'd think it would be the other way around! This film shows the problem in more detail and describes how the simple exposure compensation setting can be used to brighten or darken your pictures.
Lens apertures, learn about one of the most important camera settings
The lens aperture controls the amount of light entering through the lens and also controls the depth of field. It's not really complicated, so don't be put off by the weird numbering and the back-to-front system! A good understanding of apertures will see an improvement in your photos, more so if you use a DSLR.
5 Tips for tack sharp focussing
This lecture shows 5 ways to help you get sharp focus, although aimed at DSLR photographers there are also helpful tips here for compact camera users. Here's a list of tips:- Get out of Auto and select your own focus area Focus and re-compose Make use of edge-contrast Manual pre-focussing Use 'Live Mode' for improved manual focussing
Choose the right shutter speeds to avoid camera shake & get sharper photos
No matter how careful you are, when you press the shutter button there is always some movement of the camera. At faster shutter speeds there is no noticeable effect on the picture but at slower shutter speeds, images can look blurry due to the camera movement. This is generally referred to as camera shake and is made worse as you zoom in with your lens. Your camera's shutter speed, the focal length, the way you stand, and the way you hold the camera all have an effect on the amount of camera shake.
Use your histogram to nail the exposure for those important images.
For today's photographers, the image histogram is a very powerful tool, the trouble is that many people either don't know of their existence or think that they are too complicated. The good news is that the histogram is actually very simple to read, and once a few simple concepts are grasped, it will enable you to take much better pictures.
Aperture & depth of field - start getting creative (DSLRs)
For DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Users Please note that this lecture begins in the same way as the next lecture in describing 'Depth of Field', but then it splits off and refers specifically to aperture priority, mostly used by DSLR and Mirrorless camera users Improve your photos by using depth of field to control which parts of the image are in focus. Aperture size is the main control for depth of field, but the focal length and how far away you are from your focussed subject also make a difference. It's much easier to show than it is to explain, so get a better understanding by watching this film.
Scene modes & depth of field (Compact cameras)
For Compact Camera Users Only Please note that this lecture begins in the same way as the previous lecture in describing 'Depth of Field', but then it splits off and refers specifically to compact cameras. Aperture size is the main control for depth of field, but on many compact cameras you don't have direct access to the aperture setting (and nor would many people want it!). Due to the size of the sensors inside compact casmeras, the images have a wide depth of field, most of the photo is in focus, so you are limited in your options. But there is a way around it, you can use the built-in scene modes (you know the ones, Portrait, Landscape, Beach and Snow, etc....) to provide some control of depth of field in order to determine what's sharp and what's not!