CERTIFICATE IV – LIGHT COMPOSITION AND FLASH

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CERTIFICATE IV LIGHT COMPOSITION AND FLASH

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$428.95
Payment plan $1.00 deposit $9.95pw
Next course starts August 30th
Enrolments Open Now
Maximum 10 Students.
Course duration 46 weeks

Designed for beginner to intermediate level photographers. Incorporating the Certificate III level program; in this course you’ll discover the power of light quality, colour and direction.  Express your work through quality composition and light modification, post production techniques and the advantage of on and off camera flash. A 10 step learning process that involves practical shooting assignments, tutor feedback and assessments. This course will take your shots from okay to WOW.

Learn manual exposure mode.
Learn the reasons for over and underexposure.
Learn the functionality of your camera system.
Develop your own style.
Learn white balance and the role of the histogram.
Shoot images that tell stories.
Become an advocate of light.

Learn how to manipulate light.
Learn how to compose images correctly.
Be inspired by challenging assignment briefs.
Learn the role of post production.
Shoot long exposures and night images.
Learn on and off camera flash.
Develop a mini folio.

Lesson Structure:

Lesson 1: Understanding the Camera.
In this lesson you will find your way around the camera body and begin the understanding of what all the knobs and buttons are for.  Setting your camera to P you will be required to shoot a few images for your tutor to see where you’re at, what type of photography you like and understand what camera model you use and what you do and don’t know.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 2: Understanding Exposure How to Shoot in Manual Mode.
This is a transition lesson.  Moving off any presets such as AV, TV or Auto and onto M – Manual Exposure mode.  In this lesson you will learn how the internal camera light meter interprets reflected light.  How to use Aperture and Shutter speed creatively.  What role the ISO plays and how the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work together to create the image.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 3: Understanding the role of the lens.
In this lesson you begin to explore the role of different lens focal lengths. When and why to use a lens and for what purpose.  The differences between shorter and longer focal lengths and how the aperture works with different lens applications.  A great lesson to continue your learning with.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 4: Advanced exposure techniques.
In this final foundation lesson you will learn the reasons for high and low key exposure.  When to use the different metering modes, how to use the histogram and why the light meter is a guide to exposure.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 5: 
Understanding Light. In this lesson you start your advocacy for light.  Yes light is the critical factor in any photography.  Light quality, hard and soft, light colour and light direction. Silhouettes, shadows, soft light and mixed lighting.  Why not try some night photography as well.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 6: Understanding Composition and Design Elements.
In this lesson you’ll explore the foundations of composition and design elements.  An inspiring assignment brief looking at shape, pattern, rule of thirds, line and even the abstract shooting of music.  This one will stretch your creativity.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 7:  The role of reflectors and light modifying techniques.
Grab your 5N1 and use gold, silver, white and black to modify and manipulate light colour and direction.  Discover diffusion technique and create professional looking images.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 8: Portfolio development
Our students love this exercise.  Drawing inspiration from your favourite images or photographers, use the works to motivate and drive your mini portfolio and see just how far you’ve come.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 9: On and Off Camera Flash Introduction to the Speedlite
Don’t be afraid – Flash is your friend.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 10: Advanced Flash.
In this advanced lesson you will learn multiple exposure, panning with flash, bounce, fill and other exciting flash techniques to finish off your course perfectly.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

How does it work and timetable?

The eLearning courses allow you to go at your own pace.
Once enrolled you have automatic access to the course content.
Your tutor will assess your work and provide a report that contains audio and video of comments and suggestions for you to work on and progress from.

Questions or assistance is available Mon-Friday between normal business hours.  You will have your tutors email address and mobile phone number.

Assignment range from 3-6 images depending on the lesson you’re doing.

What you’ll need.

You’ll need your own camera.  A DSLR is recommended but not compulsory, and access to the internet.
A tripod, 5IN1 reflector and external flash is required.
Editing software Adobe Lightroom is required.

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