Topics in Digital Phtography – Intro Lecture

Topics in Digital Phtography – Intro Lecture


Hi I’m Penny Carlson welcome to Topics
in Digital Photography. A new kind of online learning experience at Rutgers.
In this class I’m in teach you how to become a better photographer. The main thing that we’ll focus on in this
class is how to take control of your camera and photo editing skills. You’ll learn what all
the dials and buttons on your camera do and you’re gonna learn how things like
ISO shutter speed and aperture interact together so that you can take the kind
of picture that you want to take. I’ll also teach you how to correct or enhance photos using either Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom and Photoshop. I may introduce you to some other software but the Adobe Suite is the only product
line that you have to use. This is interactive how to photography class. I’m a great fan of learning how to do things using YouTube videos. I’ve used YouTube to teach myself everything from refinishing my deck to fixing a leaky faucet. I thought Higher Ed could take a lesson from the easy style used on YouTube, so I’m teaching courses in that fashion. Each week you’ll have an assignment that you have to complete. I’ll post a video that will show you how to do that assignment. The course will stress the how to aspects of photography more than that will photographic styles, artists, and composition. Though I do have a lecture on composition. The course is designed for students who don’t know how to use an advanced camera and don’t have photo editing skills. If you’re already great photographer and an expert in Photoshop you may find that the course is a little bit basic. Though in the past, student’s who were good photographers coming into the class told me they enjoyed the class and they learned a few new techniques. So you’re welcome take the class and you’ll probably enjoyed showing your work off to your fellow classmates via Flickr. Though this is an online course, It’s very interactive. If you’ve taken and onling class before, you’ve probably interacted with students in the class via discussion forums. We will also use social media. You’ll need to open a Flickr account and will have a group for the class. You’ll post your assignments to the Flickr group so you can share your
work with your classmates. Occasionally we may have an optional meet together session where you can meet your fellow classmates and we’ll work on a specific skill. But if you can’t meet up on campus don’t worry. The meet together session will be totally optional. One of the requirements of this class is that you have a camera that shoots in manual mode. You don’t necessarily need a DSLR. If your camera has a mode dial, like this one right here, it will work for the class. Some newer cameras like this one have a virtual mode dial. And they’ll work just fine. Your camera phone probably won’t work, but camera phones have gotten a lot better over the last few years and have some manual functions. To my knowledge none of the camera phones will let you change your aperture. So if have a cell phone that you think will work come speak to me and we’ll look at it and see if it will work for the class. The other thing your going to need is access to Adobe Photoshop. If your on campus you can use any of the computing labs. They have Adobe Photoshop CS6 which is fine. Most of my videos were shot using CS6 as in the making of this video. The other thing you can do is subscribe to the cloud and I’ll send you information. When making this video the cloud is $9.99 a month for photography tools in Creative Cloud
but have to subscribe for one year. If you are a broke college student and can’t get to the labs on campus that much. You can get a one month free subscription to the cloud. If you’re going to go that route wait to subscribed for the 1 month free subscription until I started using Photoshop. It won’t take you through the
full semester but if have a friend who’s in this class both of you could do the one
month free subscription and use each other’s computers. We’ll be using Rutgers eCollege for this class. Most probably use Sakai. Some of you probably use eCollege. You will be able to get on to
eCollege as student taking this class. I mentioned before you need to set up a
Flickr account where we’ll post our assignment photos to a Flickr group that I created and that you’ll need to join. I’ll walk you through how to do that in a different video. The other thing you’ll really need for this class is a good work ethic. Online courses can be easy to forget about because you don’t
have to go to class. I find that if I don’t give students assignments pretty much every week that they don’t engage. You have something to do almost every week. The class runs from Sunday to Saturday I have an assignments for the week page that’s posted for each week of the class. So every Sunday go into the assignments for the week Check and see what going to be due that week and get it in! Its easy to get an A in this course if you do your assignments on time and follow directions. the easiest way to not do so well in this course, or even to fail, is to not get your assignments in on time. Even though the course is online, I work at Rutgers and I’m in Martin Hall on the Cook Campus almost every day. Though the online learning style sometimes works very well and you can go though things at your own pace There may be some thing that’s tripping you up and I’d be able to show you how to do that particular thing very quickly. So if you’re having problems with the particular assignment Stop by my office. I love talking photography. So come by and see me. Really! All right I hope you have a lot of fun in this class. I know I have a great time teaching it. See you next session

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