- Understand how light forms an image in a camera
- Understand how an image can be captured in a camera
- Develop your ability to take photos under a range of more complex conditions.
This course can be undertaken successfully without sophisticated camera equipment, however you do need the use of a camera. An SLR camera is best but any camera will do. You can do this course using either a film or digital camera; or both.
If you use film, you will need to purchase a minimum of 5 rolls of film and have them developed. (Inexpensive proof prints are acceptable). All photos and written work submitted will be returned to you.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
- Identify the four layers which make up a modern film.
- Explain which layer of film carries light sensitive chemicals
- Describe main developments that led to an increased emulsion speed in film.
- Describe the action of a shutter.
- Explain how the shutter controls light.
- Explain what the "F" numbers on your aperture represent.
- Explain what a doubling of ASA speed represents in terms of sensitivity
- Discuss the pros and cons of a digital camera versus a film camera.
- ....and more!
There are 6 lessons in this course:
Origins of Photography
Image formation; how light works in photography; lenses; understanding photosensitive materials.
Understanding film and cameras
Parts of film: supercoat; emulsion; backing support; anti-halation layer; film sensitivity.
Camera construction; shutter speed; f stop; ASA/ISO
The Camera and its Use
Camera stability; ways of reducing camera movement; depth of field; filters; fault finding.
More on using a camera
Flashes (electronic and manual); flash synchronisation; problems with flash photography (e.g. red eye); using a flash in daylight; special lenses; photo composition.
Planning a photo session; posing for photos; snapshots; water photography; the human form; portraits; animals; action; landscape and still life photography.
Developing your photographic style
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.