Digital Photography: Shifting to Manual


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Is your camera Automatic or Autocratic ? On fully Automatic settings, probably a bit of both… Programmed Automatic modes of digital photo devices recall the maxim “The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity” – avoiding outright pictorial disaster on one hand, inadvertently limiting creativity on the other.

Many photographers rely on Automatic presets due to a low comfort level with their camera’s menus or failed results from previous attempts. Digital Photography: Shifting to Manual will help students understand the theory behind various camera modes, thereby sidestepping common photographic ‘tripwires’ when taking pictures. Those wishing to develop a creative style will also find this course of interest…

Each evening will cover 1–2 key camera functions (Exposure, White Balance, Color, Dynamic Range, JPEG versus RAW, etc.) – weighing the pros and cons of Automatic versus Manual / Auto overrides. There will also additional (in response to feedback) photo assignments integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

The key goal of this course is to understand and simplify – more importantly select – the menu options of modern digital cameras with confidence. Participants should ideally be familiar with the menus of their camera (or Smartphone) in advance so as to raise questions during sessions.

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This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).