Essential skills

Develop an awareness of how a photographic image is a two-dimensional composition of lines, shapes and patterns. Develop an understanding of how differing photographic techniques can affect both the emphasis and the meaning of the subject matter. Look at the composition of different photographs and the design techniques used. Create digital images through close observation and selection that demonstrate how the frame can create compositions of shape, line and pattern. Document the progress and...

Detail

The photographer can communicate more about the natural environment than just with images of the broad landscape. With more than one image cable of being stored on a memory card the photographer is not restricted to making a single carefully chosen statement about a natural landscape on a particular day. With keen visual awareness and close observation the photographer is able to move in close, isolate particular features, and build a more detailed impression of a location. By moving in close,...

Design

In order for the photographer to reveal the connection between the subject and the environment the photographer must carefully position or frame the two elements together. Vantage point, cropping and choice of scale become critical factors in the design. The relationship and connection between foreground and background becomes a major design consideration for an environmental portrait. The choice of vertical or horizontal framing and the placement of the subject within the frame will affect the...

Digital cameras

First Caloptype

Understand the differences between various types of digital cameras. Compare specifications and isolate features important to your personal workflow. Appreciate the limitations of various systems and their impact on image capture and quality. Choosing a digital camera that will meet your imaging needs and not blow a hole in your budget can seem as difficult and confusing as choosing a new mobile phone plan or setting your neighbors DVD recorder to record their favorite TV show in two days'...

Exposure

Gain a knowledge and understanding of exposure and its relationship to light sensitive surfaces, depth of field and selective focus. Understand the camera's TTL light meter. Understand the relationship between subject brightness range and exposure. Create images demonstrating an understanding of metering techniques. An understanding of exposure is without doubt the most critical part of the photographic process. Automatic exposure systems found in many sophisticated camera systems calculate...