Introducing Photography for Parents Online
Introducing Photography for Parents Online
Welcome to your very first module in our Photography for Parents course. Well, this module is technically Module 0 and we are mostly here to show you how the course will work and what’s expected of you, but still.
Over the next 6 weeks we will take you through a step-by-step journey into photography and we hope you’ll enjoy the ride.Use the arrows to navigate your way through this little introduction to your course.
Your course consists of several elements that come together to create an intergrated and interactive learning experience.
We will only ever use your submitted homework photos to provide feedback on them. That’s it. Your photos are not kept on our server after the course is finished – we clean our upload tray straight after. If we do see some great shots you’ve taken throughout the course we may ask you for permission to add them to our student gallery or add them to our student hall of fame on the main site, but we will always ask you first and never assume consent. You’re in control.
We require all students to sign up to a code of conduct that regulates the activities around the submitted photos. In short, you are not permitted to download, repost, edit or use in any other capacity any photos that are not your own. If you have been taking photos of children who are not yours, you also require permission from their parents to post them here. Simple, really. You will be asked to sign up to the code of conduct before you are allowed to access Module 1.
Simply access the relevant thread on your forum ( we will have these created for you ahead of time ) and attach the photos to a new post ( you will find a handy ‘attachment’ button at the bottom). Provide any commentary you need on the photos in the body of the message. You can attach up to 7 files per post and they need to be under 5MB in size each.
Apart from the main content introduced in each module, the bulk of the action will be taking place on the forums – that’s where you will be submitting your homework images, receiving feedback from the instructor and chat with other participants. You can submit the homework for each module at any point throughout the course – we even keep the forums open a few weeks afterwards to give you some breathing time. The forums are moderated daily throughout the week – we slow down a little at the weekend but will still keep an eye on things.
See the following pages for an overview of the individual modules.
We dispel the myth that the camera faithfully records the very same things you are seeing with your naked eye and help you understand how its perception of focus, light and space differs from ours.
We take you through your camera focus modes, light metering and getting you to understand how your zoom lens does a lot more than just zooming in.
At the end of the module you are able to use your focus selectively, begin understanding light in photography and start using the space in your photographs with a purpose.
The first of our 2 most technical modules. We start you off by helping you understand EXACTLY how a photo happens inside your camera.
We introduce and explain exposure and the elements that make a well exposed photo and give you an introduction to the camera shooting modes. We then focus on shooting in the Aperture priority.
This is the module where (amongst other things) you learn how to make your camera take portraits with soft, blurry background or shoot stunning landscapes. Our students tend to call it “the most eye-opening” part of the course.
In this module we continue on the technical side but with a lot of creative twists. In this section, we look at shooting in Shutter priority and discover the many ways of capturing your moving children – SHARP! But also how to play with creative motion blur for those attractive, artistic results.
We have fun with writing in light and creative light-trails and do a bit of water play – the kids LOVE it.
At the end of the session you will know exactly how fast your shutter should be for what effects and never go back to the shaky, blurry images again.
Module 4 – It’s all about light
In module 4 we’re going back to end element we covered briefly in Module 1 – Light. We learn how to use light creatively, discover different types of light and lighting situations and learn how to create specific effects such as silhouettes or split light.
We learn how to make the most with natural light but also how to use even your little pop-up flash to enhance, rather than wash-out your subjects. We also have a go at taking more creative types of images such as creating bokeh or photographing fireworks.
At the end of the module, you will begin to think of light in terms of quality rather than just quantity and use it creatively
This module takes us back to the fundamentals of photographic composition.
We look at the many different reasons for organising what’s in your image in different ways and how this choices affect the “stories” your photos tell.
We introduce the very fundamental composition rules and then we show them why and how to break them.
We make you think and consider everything that you see through your viewfinder before pressing the shutter button. This is where you begin to truly take creative control of your images.
This is the one where we bring it all together. We consider the separate elements of photographic technique the introduces in the previous weeks and see how they apply to children’s photography specifically.
We explore the different challenges of taking images of children at different ages and suggest ideas to help you create unique and varied images.
We look at how taking photos with one child varies from taking images with multiple children or children and adults.
We round off your journey by ideas for mini projects and suggested next steps.