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Preparation~Finding My Student Head

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Yesterday I cleared and sorted my desk area in readiness for starting my photography course. I now have ample space to move around and work on my theory and assignments.


In preparation for Mondays study I checked through my course work folder, which has all my theory lessons to read around and my practical assignments.

Noting lesson one is all about aperture, shutter speed and ISO then lesson two is about shooting in manual ~ I have decided to read the four downloaded books on each of these four subjects so that I am prepared for the lessons relating to them and hopefully result in some good photographs on my practical assignments.

Cognitive issues may require regular rereading of these books to ensure that the information is successfully filed in the memory banks ~ but I am determined to understand these fundamental basics inside and out, so will do whatever it takes to get there. I am seriously considering recording myself reading them to listen back to whenever I can which would be easier for me.

Looking through the lesson plan ~ each lesson module comes with assignments relating to them, so lesson one has 3 assignments but lesson two only one. However if a lesson has less modules the assignments are bigger.

The course is laid out as follows;

Lesson Plans & Assignments

Lesson One:
Understanding Aperture
Understanding Shutter Speed
Understanding ISO

Lesson Two:
How to shoot in Manual

Lesson Three:
How to use Focal Points
Shooting Sharp Images
Using EXIF Metadata to become a better photographer

Lesson Four:
The main differences between JPEG / RAW /TIFF
RAW / NEF File Format – Why Shooting in RAW / NEF is a useful learning tool for beginners

Lesson Five:
White Balance
Exposure Compensation
Metering Modes
Natural Light
Into the Sun
Low Light

Lesson Six:
Camera Settings for Vibrant Colours
One Simple Green Rule that will change your photography

Lesson Seven:
Cropping for Print

Lesson Eight:
Flower Close-ups
Sweet Spot
Intentional Blur
Car Light Trails

Lesson Nine:
HDR Basics

Lesson Ten:
Crystal Clear Images
Noise Reduction
Black & White Images

Lesson Eleven:
Camera Gear

Lesson Twelve:
Stock Photography
Learn What Images Sell Well
Selling Your Own Prints
Printing Your Images
Preparing your Images for Print
Business Of Photography – The 10 Essentials

I have also realised, that due to my health issues some of these lessons and assignments may well lead into more than one week. This is because I am not always well enough to venture out to different locations in order to successfully complete the assignment. I will have to try and be flexible and kind to myself when a lesson takes longer to complete than I would like.

I am beyond excited to get my teeth into this course, I love photography and wish I had realised this when I was younger ~ perhaps if I had my working life would have followed a different course.

Having said that, photography is a perfect hobby for me in my life right now. My daughters are at the point of adulthood and requiring my input far less than previously. Also a hobby I can afford to take slowly, enjoy the process and not have to worry about deadlines or grades.

If you are interested in looking at the course for yourself you can register here. I found it by sheer luck via a google search and am so happy I did.

The Open University course I completed was very brief ~ only 12 weeks long and to be honest I didn’t really fully understand the process or what I was doing because I was on the clock. I was hugely surprised to have passed but feel that it doesn’t really reflect any real knowledge ~ how could it over such a short time span?
letter with address blocked outThis time I aim to go slowly, read around each topic and assignment so that I completely understand the information and photographic settings required for different shots and environments.

In the future I would love to be able to share wonderful photographs of my family, friends, pets and places I visit.

As for lesson twelve ~ you never know, perhaps I may manage to sell a few prints on cards or something, who can say. My focus though is purely as a hobbyist photographer and not making money or turning it into something that feels like work.

So, off for some pre~lesson reading, see you again after lesson one.



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