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Richard Lewis 
Photo courses
12 Feb 2008 at 20:39 GMT
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I would like to learn more about photography on an academic level, can anyone suggest a certified course(s) for an amateur photographer, either web based or home learning package.


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Richard.
 
re: Photo courses
22 Feb 2008 at 05:56 GMT
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This is the intro of a book you may like. i was sent a link to the full version:
http://download.yousendit.com/B29CB92D794C9AED

As someone who writes photography books, I often get calls from friends
and colleagues who are unhappy with their current cameras and want me to
recommend something that “takes better pictures.” Nine times out of ten,
further discussion reveals that a new camera isn’t the answer. All most people
need to turn out terrific photos is simply a little technical guidance and some
help with their photographic technique.
To get good results from a digital camera, you need to understand traditional
photography controls, such as exposure and focus options. That’s only half
the story, however. You also have to master digital-only features such as white
balance, resolution, and image file formats.
Professional photographers go to school for years to study these subjects and
refine their craft. Just because you have neither the time nor the inclination
to get a degree in photography doesn’t mean that you, too, can’t take
professional-looking pictures, however. With this book, you can get stellar
results from your digital camera without setting foot inside a classroom.
Shoot Like a Pro! Digital Photography Techniques condenses the most important
lessons of photography school into one, easy-to-digest package. You’ll not only
get the information you need to decipher the jargon associated with digital
photography, but also learn techniques that enable you to take full advantage
of all the creative controls your camera offers.
Each chapter shows you secrets that the pros use every day to get perfect
pictures, no matter how challenging the subject. Whatever you want to do
with your digital camera, from taking product shots for your business to
capturing a family celebration, this book will help you look like a pro.
xv
Better Photography:
It’s Easier (and Cheaper) Than You Think
If you’re just beginning to explore photography or if you’re new to the digital side of
things—or both—you may be intimidated by all the new lingo that you encounter. Thumb
through the color insert in this book, for example, and you’ll probably see at least a few
terms that are completely foreign to you.
Unfortunately, both the photography and computer industries are infatuated with
technical jargon. Bring the two together, and you get twice the technospeak. As a result,
concepts that are actually quite simple seem incredibly complex. Rest assured that you
don’t need photography or computer experience to successfully use the techniques featured
in this book. I’ll give you all the background information you need to understand each
concept.
Nor do you need expensive, studio-level equipment. Some techniques that I discuss do
involve features that aren’t found on low-cost, entry-level digital cameras—things like
manual exposure control, for example. Don’t fret if your camera doesn’t offer all the
bells and whistles; I’ll show you ways to achieve similar results with even a basic, fully
automatic camera.
As for the techniques themselves, I’ve concentrated on tricks that make a big impact
without being complicated. In fact, most people are surprised to find out just how easily
they can improve their pictures by incorporating these techniques into their shooting
routine. I think you will be, too.
Pixels to Portraits to Panoramas:
All You Need to Know
This book emphasizes simple, practical ways to get pro-quality results with your digital
camera. Among other things, you’ll find out how to
• Take better advantage of all the options on your digital camera—from resolution
to ISO to exposure metering mode.
• Shoot flattering formal portraits and memorable family snapshots.
• Take dynamic product shots for your company’s ads or web site.
• Exploit your camera’s macro-focusing capabilities to capture the intricate details
of a subject.
• Create seamless wide-format panoramas and 360-degree virtual reality images.
• Manipulate colors using traditional and digital filters.
xvi Shoot Like a Pro!
• Solve common photo problems, such as eliminating reflections in glass objects,
wiping out red-eye, and working in dim lighting.
• Produce stunning, long-lasting prints of your favorite pictures.
• Prepare image files for use on the web or in a multimedia presentation.
Along the way, I’ll introduce you to camera accessories that can enhance your
photography as well as computer hardware and software that make photo retouching
and file management a breeze. Most of these products are very affordable—you may
even be able to find a no-cost solution just by looking around your home or office.
A few products, such as tripod heads for shooting panoramas and special macro flash
units, are on the expensive side. But if you specialize in the type of projects that call for
these accessories, you’ll find that they’ll quickly pay for themselves by saving you time
and frustration.
Margin Icons, Featured Software,
and Other Details
To help you quickly locate the information that’s of most interest to you, this book uses
little graphics—known as icons in tech talk. Here’s your icon decoder ring:
• Pro Tip This icon highlights a trick that professionals use to achieve a particular
creative goal more easily.
• Cost-cutter Look to paragraphs marked with this icon for tips on ways to stretch
your photography budget.
• Cool Tools This label points you toward camera features and accessories that I
find especially useful, fun, or both.
• Troubleshooter Information marked with this icon has two purposes: to help
you avoid problems in the future and to help you get out of jams that you didn’t
see coming.
• Technical Aside This icon flags background details that give you a better
understanding of a technical issue or term.
• How To Sections that carry the How-To logo walk you step-by-step through
a digital-darkroom process, such as removing red-eye and setting the print
dimensions for a picture.
Speaking of the How-To sections, you’ll notice that they all feature one particular
software product, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. I selected this software because it’s
reasonably priced (under $100), offers all the tools most digital photographers need, and is
available for both Macintosh andWindows-based computers. Moreover, you can download
a trial copy from the Adobe web site (www.adobe.com) for free.
If you use Photoshop Elements 1.0 or Adobe Photoshop, you’ll find that most
instructions mesh with your software exactly. You can easily adapt the steps in the
How-To sections to other programs as well.
One final bit of instruction about the instructions: This book uses a vertical line
to indicate a chain of menu commands. For example, when you see the instruction
“Choose File | Print,” click File on the menu bar (at the top of the program window)
to open the File menu. Then click the Print command on that menu.
Experiment, Be Patient, and Enjoy!
As I mentioned earlier, you may feel a little overwhelmed when you first start exploring
this book. Instead of trying to absorb everything all at once, try incorporating one new
technique each time you use your camera. The best way to improve your photography
technique is bit by bit, just as you would learn any other skill. To make the learning
process more fun, practice with subjects you enjoy, whether that’s the great outdoors,
a family member or pet, or downtown streets.
Remember that with your digital camera, experimentation is free. If you don’t like
the outcome of a shot, just delete the image and try again. Before long, you won’t be
pressing that Delete button nearly so much. And for every picture that doesn’t turn
out, you’ll take ten that make you stop and say, “Wow, that’s a great picture!”
 
re: Photo courses
22 Feb 2008 at 05:57 GMT
number of posts: 2
member since: 22 Feb 08
location: United Kingdom

status: offline
This is the intro of a book you may like. i was sent a link to the full version:
http://download.yousendit.com/B29CB92D794C9AED

As someone who writes photography books, I often get calls from friends
and colleagues who are unhappy with their current cameras and want me to
recommend something that “takes better pictures.” Nine times out of ten,
further discussion reveals that a new camera isn’t the answer. All most people
need to turn out terrific photos is simply a little technical guidance and some
help with their photographic technique.
To get good results from a digital camera, you need to understand traditional
photography controls, such as exposure and focus options. That’s only half
the story, however. You also have to master digital-only features such as white
balance, resolution, and image file formats.
Professional photographers go to school for years to study these subjects and
refine their craft. Just because you have neither the time nor the inclination
to get a degree in photography doesn’t mean that you, too, can’t take
professional-looking pictures, however. With this book, you can get stellar
results from your digital camera without setting foot inside a classroom.
Shoot Like a Pro! Digital Photography Techniques condenses the most important
lessons of photography school into one, easy-to-digest package. You’ll not only
get the information you need to decipher the jargon associated with digital
photography, but also learn techniques that enable you to take full advantage
of all the creative controls your camera offers.
Each chapter shows you secrets that the pros use every day to get perfect
pictures, no matter how challenging the subject. Whatever you want to do
with your digital camera, from taking product shots for your business to
capturing a family celebration, this book will help you look like a pro.
xv
Better Photography:
It’s Easier (and Cheaper) Than You Think
If you’re just beginning to explore photography or if you’re new to the digital side of
things—or both—you may be intimidated by all the new lingo that you encounter. Thumb
through the color insert in this book, for example, and you’ll probably see at least a few
terms that are completely foreign to you.
Unfortunately, both the photography and computer industries are infatuated with
technical jargon. Bring the two together, and you get twice the technospeak. As a result,
concepts that are actually quite simple seem incredibly complex. Rest assured that you
don’t need photography or computer experience to successfully use the techniques featured
in this book. I’ll give you all the background information you need to understand each
concept.
Nor do you need expensive, studio-level equipment. Some techniques that I discuss do
involve features that aren’t found on low-cost, entry-level digital cameras—things like
manual exposure control, for example. Don’t fret if your camera doesn’t offer all the
bells and whistles; I’ll show you ways to achieve similar results with even a basic, fully
automatic camera.
As for the techniques themselves, I’ve concentrated on tricks that make a big impact
without being complicated. In fact, most people are surprised to find out just how easily
they can improve their pictures by incorporating these techniques into their shooting
routine. I think you will be, too.
Pixels to Portraits to Panoramas:
All You Need to Know
This book emphasizes simple, practical ways to get pro-quality results with your digital
camera. Among other things, you’ll find out how to
• Take better advantage of all the options on your digital camera—from resolution
to ISO to exposure metering mode.
• Shoot flattering formal portraits and memorable family snapshots.
• Take dynamic product shots for your company’s ads or web site.
• Exploit your camera’s macro-focusing capabilities to capture the intricate details
of a subject.
• Create seamless wide-format panoramas and 360-degree virtual reality images.
• Manipulate colors using traditional and digital filters.
xvi Shoot Like a Pro!
• Solve common photo problems, such as eliminating reflections in glass objects,
wiping out red-eye, and working in dim lighting.
• Produce stunning, long-lasting prints of your favorite pictures.
• Prepare image files for use on the web or in a multimedia presentation.
Along the way, I’ll introduce you to camera accessories that can enhance your
photography as well as computer hardware and software that make photo retouching
and file management a breeze. Most of these products are very affordable—you may
even be able to find a no-cost solution just by looking around your home or office.
A few products, such as tripod heads for shooting panoramas and special macro flash
units, are on the expensive side. But if you specialize in the type of projects that call for
these accessories, you’ll find that they’ll quickly pay for themselves by saving you time
and frustration.
Margin Icons, Featured Software,
and Other Details
To help you quickly locate the information that’s of most interest to you, this book uses
little graphics—known as icons in tech talk. Here’s your icon decoder ring:
• Pro Tip This icon highlights a trick that professionals use to achieve a particular
creative goal more easily.
• Cost-cutter Look to paragraphs marked with this icon for tips on ways to stretch
your photography budget.
• Cool Tools This label points you toward camera features and accessories that I
find especially useful, fun, or both.
• Troubleshooter Information marked with this icon has two purposes: to help
you avoid problems in the future and to help you get out of jams that you didn’t
see coming.
• Technical Aside This icon flags background details that give you a better
understanding of a technical issue or term.
• How To Sections that carry the How-To logo walk you step-by-step through
a digital-darkroom process, such as removing red-eye and setting the print
dimensions for a picture.
Speaking of the How-To sections, you’ll notice that they all feature one particular
software product, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. I selected this software because it’s
reasonably priced (under $100), offers all the tools most digital photographers need, and is
available for both Macintosh andWindows-based computers. Moreover, you can download
a trial copy from the Adobe web site (www.adobe.com) for free.
If you use Photoshop Elements 1.0 or Adobe Photoshop, you’ll find that most
instructions mesh with your software exactly. You can easily adapt the steps in the
How-To sections to other programs as well.
One final bit of instruction about the instructions: This book uses a vertical line
to indicate a chain of menu commands. For example, when you see the instruction
“Choose File | Print,” click File on the menu bar (at the top of the program window)
to open the File menu. Then click the Print command on that menu.
Experiment, Be Patient, and Enjoy!
As I mentioned earlier, you may feel a little overwhelmed when you first start exploring
this book. Instead of trying to absorb everything all at once, try incorporating one new
technique each time you use your camera. The best way to improve your photography
technique is bit by bit, just as you would learn any other skill. To make the learning
process more fun, practice with subjects you enjoy, whether that’s the great outdoors,
a family member or pet, or downtown streets.
Remember that with your digital camera, experimentation is free. If you don’t like
the outcome of a shot, just delete the image and try again. Before long, you won’t be
pressing that Delete button nearly so much. And for every picture that doesn’t turn
out, you’ll take ten that make you stop and say, “Wow, that’s a great picture!”
Richard Lewis 
re: Photo courses
24 Feb 2008 at 13:16 GMT
number of posts: 6
member since: 6 Dec 07
location: uk

status: offline
thanks for the link.


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