This course can be applied toward a program:

Online: Cohort-based

In this hands-on course, you explore the essentials of photography in depth. You begin by learning what all the controls, buttons and menus on your camera are for and when to use them.

After gaining a thorough understanding of your camera and its capabilities, you examine key photographic concepts, including the fundamentals of digital image capture; aperture and shutter priority; exposure and depth of field; lens selection and more.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to evaluate any photographic situation and know instinctively which settings to use and which lens to go with to achieve the shot you want—even in manual mode. 

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, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of digital image capture (pixels, sensors, etc.)
  • Select the right lens for a shot
  • Achieve the correct exposure and manipulate it to achieve desired effects
  • Manipulate the speed of exposition to freeze motion or create the feeling of motion
  • Manipulate the aperture size to achieve the desired depth of field
  • Choose the aperture-priority, shutter speed-priority, manual, and automatic mode appropriately for a situation


Module 1: Getting to Know Your Camera

Module 2: Exposure and Shutter Speed

Module 3: Aperture and Depth of Field

Module 4: Exposure Compensation & Shooting Modes

Module 5: Putting it All Together and Using it in New Settings


Evaluation Method


Required Materials

  • Learners must have access to a digital SLR camera
  • A tripod is strongly recommended, but not required
  • Learners will need a computer with microphone and webcam to attend Q&A sessions




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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93004

Instructor Mauricio Orozco

Important dates

  • Sep 8 12 a.m. Orientation Module Opens
  • Sep 19 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Sep 26 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Oct 3 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Oct 10 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Oct 17 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)


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