Whether you are brand new to the digital world, or have recently taken the step from film to digital
format, this course will help to take the guesswork out and help you to become more comfortable
with this new technology. This course will teach you how to use your digital camera to create
great photos - not just “snapshots”. You will learn about different lenses, when and how to use them,
the use of available light and strobe photography, establishing digital files, and how to print your photos.
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By trade, Jestein Futrell is an architect. Like many architects she is a jack of all trades. Jestein is a professional photographer, graphic artist, painter, videographer, Photoshop guru just to name a few. Her photography skills were discovered at a very early age. Her parents began teaching her photography at the age of four with her own personal camera. When she is not traveling, she also photographs products, weddings, events, and portraits. Jestein’s award winning design and photography work spans three continents.
Photo by Jestein Futrell, professional photographer
There are no prerequisites for this course.
DSLR Camera, no point and shoot.
Target Audience: Students who want to learn the basics of digital SLR camera operation.
Student Course Materials: Introductory handout, student input/areas of interest questionnaire, 3 Photobooks are available – Strongly recommended, not required – The Digital Photography Book Vol. 1,2, 3 by Scott Kelby – available at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Bring your sample photos.
Equipment: D-SLR Camera, lenses, flashes, camera owner’s manual
At the end of the course you will be able to:
Teaching Methodology and Assessment:
Course will be standard lectures with weekly assignments based on subjects covered. There will also be critiques of the assignments by instructor and students. Sample photos are part of homework assignments.
Criteria for Successful Completion: At a minimum, for a Clayton State University Continuing Education Certificate and CEUs, 80% attendance (5 of 6 classes), active participation and a completed evaluation for the course. Be prompt, be prepared with camera, lenses, and owner’s manual. Contact instructor if missing a class (prior to the start of class) to obtain assignment for the following week. Students are expected to be productive, do the assignments, and bring sample photos. Every student
has a responsibility to contribute to a positive learning environment.
Amount of contact time (in hours) needed to effectively teach this course: 12
Number of CEUs to be offered: 1.2