Digital Photography - Essentials

Digital Photography - Essentials

Duration: 18 hours

Teaching Methodolody: Theory & Hands on


This course teaches how to use photography as a tool in our day to day work.


This course is for beginners who seek an introduction to photography. It is designed to familiarize the students with the camera and photography equipment.

This course helps students acquire the necessary skills in the production of photography such as: parts of the camera, frames, lens, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, lighting, composition, perspective…. In the first weeks, the basic photography includes practical photography exercises to build basic skills in photography.Themes for research work and for end of elective projects, will be chosen and assigned to serve their majors or according to their interests.


After a successful completion of the course Student will be able to:

  1. 1. Recognize the parts of the camera and their functions.
  2. 2. Review the basic culture about the history of photography.
  3. 3. Use the photography equipment.
  4. 4. Make a set up for a photography shooting.
  5. 5. Manipulate the light
  6. 6. Operatea visual effect such as: movement, depth of field….
  7. 7. Share an idea through an image.


  1. 1. a Single lens reflex 24 x 36mm (SLR).camera or a digital camera DSLR
  2. 2. a Zoom lens (28x80mm)
  3. 3. a tripod
Digital Photography - Essentials
Digital Photography - Essentials
Digital Photography - Essentials
Digital Photography - Essentials



  • Introduction Equipment
  • Explaining Cameras
  • Anatomy of a dSLR
  • Through the Viewfinder
  • On the LCD Screen
  • Other Camera Types
  • Holding your Camera
  • Explaining Accessories
  • Lenses
  • Camera Support
  • Lighting
  • Other Accessories
  • Explaining Image Formats
  • JPEG or RAW
Getting Started


  • Introducing Exposure
  • Explaining Shooting Modes
  • What are Scene Modes?
  • What are Auto and Advanced Modes?
  • Applying Program Mode
  • Taking Creative Control
  • Explaining Aperture Priority Mode
  • Why use Aperture Priority Mode
  • Applying Aperture Priority Mode
  • Keeping Everything in Focus
  • Using a Shallow Depth of Field for Portraits
  • Isolating a Subject From the Background
  • Explaining Shutter Priority Mode
  • Why use Shutter Priority Mode?
  • Applying Shutter Priority Mode
  • Freezing Movement
  • Freezing Extreme Movement
  • Creating Moderate Movement Blur
  • Creating Extreme Movement Blur
  • Panning for Sharpness and Blur
  • Applying Manual Mode
  • Taking Full Manual Control
  • Explaining Metering Patterns
  • What are Metering Patterns?
  • Explaining Histograms
  • What is a Histogram?
  • Applying Exposure Compensation
  • Fine-tuning Exposure
  • Using Automatic Exposure Bracketing
  • Explaining High Dynamic Range
  • What is HDR Imaging?
Premiere Tour


  • Introducing Focusing
  • Applying Essential Autofocus
  • Using Multi-area and Single-point Autofocus
  • Applying Focus Lock
  • Focusing and Reframing
  • Applying Manual Focus
  • Controlling your Point of Focus
  • Applying Continuous Autofocus
  • Tracking a Moving Subject
  • Applying Prefocus
  • Focusing on High-Speed Subjects
Project Set up


  • Introducing Lenses
  • Explaining Focal Length
  • What is Focal Length?
  • Applying Wide-angle Focal Length
  • Using a Wide-angle Lens Outdoors
  • Using a Wide-angle Lens Indoors
  • Applying Telephoto Focal Length
  • Using a Telephoto Lens for Portraits
  • Using a Telephoto Lens for Distant Subjects
  • Applying Macro Focal Length
  • Applying a Macro Lens for Mobile Subjects
  • Using a Macro Lens for Static Subjects


  • Introducing Available Light
  • Explaining Color Temperature
  • What is the Color of Light?
  • Applying White Balance
  • Selecting the Correct White Balance
  • Applying Light Control
  • Using Reflectors to Add Light
  • Using a Diffuser to Soften Light
  • Applying Low-Light Techniques
  • Working in Low Light Outdoors
  • Working in Dimly Lit Interiors
  • Applying High-Contrast Techniques
  • Exploiting Light and Shadow
  • Exposing for the Highlights
  • Applying Against-the-Light Techniques
  • Creating a Halo of Light
  • Creating a Silhouette
  • Explaining Lens Flare
  • How do you Work with Lens Flare?
Organizing Media

06 - FLASH

  • Introducing Flash
  • Explaining Flash Essentials
  • What are Sync Speeds and Guide Numbers?
  • Applying Built-in Flash
  • Using Fill-Flash
  • Applying Hot shoe Flash
  • Bouncing the Flash
  • Using Flash at Night
  • Applying Off-Camera Flash
  • Using a Simple Lighting Set-up
  • Painting with Light
Video Editing


  • Introducing Image Enhancement
  • Applying Crop and Rotate
  • Cropping for Impact
  • Applying Levels
  • Correcting Exposure
  • Applying Curves
  • Adjusting Contrast
  • Applying Hue and Saturation
  • Boosting Color
  • Applying Monochrome Techniques
  • Converting to Black and White
  • Toning the Image
  • Applying Sharpening
  • Achieving Crisp Details