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Some of the most powerful photos are those that capture the moment at precisely the right instant: whether it’s a shot of your kid scoring a goal, a whale breaking the surface, or a family member unexpectedly meeting Tom Hanks.

To get that kind of shot, many things need to come together, and this course is designed to give you the skills to pull these shots off. Learn how to instinctively recognize a situation for its photographic potential, and discover how to quickly evaluate the scene in terms of available light, positioning of people, and where the most dramatic action is likely to occur.

You’ll also gain the ability to select the right lens, the best shutter speed, depth of field and more. By course end, you will be able to take spontaneous, unplanned action photos and—much in the way a photojournalist does—communicate a compelling story or convey a powerful emotion.

This is an online cohort-based course. You can complete the course at a time and place of your choosing. However, be mindful of weekly deadlines and expect to commit 3-4 hours a week. There will be an optional one-hour live Q&A session with an instructor each week.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Review concepts such as composition, depth of field, shutter speed for action photography 
  • Describe tips and techniques for travel, nature, street, sports and event photography 
  • Identify a theme or direction to plan for action photography 
  • Practice action photography in the field, including street and sports photography


Module 1: Introduction and Techniques

Module 2: Lose the Snapshot Mentality

Module 3: Street Photography Field Outing

Module 4: Sports Photography Field Outing

Module 5: Action Photographers - Inspiring Your Future

Evaluation Method




You can register for this course only when you have completed all required courses or have obtained permission from the instructor.


Required Materials

  • Digital SLR camera and any lenses you have for your camera
  • Learners will be asked to set up a Pinterest account for one assignment
  • Learners will need a computer with microphone and webcam to attend Q&A sessions


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93002

Instructor Barry Brady

Important dates

  • Nov 3 12 a.m. Orientation Module Opens
  • Nov 14 10 – 11 a.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 21 10 – 11 a.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 28 10 – 11 a.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Dec 5 10 – 11 a.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Dec 12 10 – 11 a.m. Q&A Session (Optional)