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Digital SLR Level I
Take better photos in all kinds of situations by learning the modes and capabilities of your Digital SLR camera. Learn how to control camera settings for proper exposure and build an understanding of image composition to achieve desired tone, style, and concept. Gain a better understanding of your camera and feel confident transitioning from automatic to manual mode to get creative control over your photos. Recommended prerequisite: VCPH 0101 Digital SLR Basics or equivalent. Required: DSLR camera with manual capabilities.
Adobe Lightroom - Essential Techniques for Photographers
Develop the skills necessary to enhance your digital photography and learn efficient workflow practices. Topics include an in-depth look at techniques for importing files, organizing photographs using the library, editing work in the develop module and outputting images for print and web. Required prerequisites: Digital SLR I or intermediate photography skills and basic computer skills.
Close-up and Macro Photography
Take a closer look at the intricate details of man-made and natural subjects and explore a variety of methods to gain magnification. Learn about lens selection, equipment and accessories for indoor table-top photography, as well as for outdoor subjects such as flowers and insects. You will engage in working with natural light, electronic flash and other light sources, as well as use limited depth of field and macro techniques. You will also participate in field trips, assignments and image critiques. Required prerequisite: Digital SLR I or intermediate photography skills and DSLR camera. Recommended: Macro lens and tripod.
Capture the beauty of nature by focusing on details of life and the landscape. Learn about equipment, accessories, techniques and composition. Discover new aspects of the world around you while learning essential photographic skills in the classroom and on field trips. Recommended prerequisite: Digital DSLR I. Required: Camera with interchangeable lenses (Mirrorless or DSLR). Recommended: Tripod.
Digital SLR Level II
Broaden your technical skills and develop your creative vision through this project-based photography course. You will learn more about exposure through the Zone System and through a progressive series of assignments and critiques that will elevate your ability to evaluate your own work and create stronger images. Required: Digital SLR Level I and DSLR camera with manual capabilities.
Expand your technical know-how and creative abilities working with flash. Start by learning the quality, colour and direction of light as it relates to the flash and exposure. Then explore flash settings and features such as manual, TTL, direct, bounce, off-camera and more. Models will be present for demos and studio shoots. Required prerequisite: Digital SLR Level I or intermediate photography skills and DSLR camera with manual capabilities and external flash.
Portrait Photography I
Capture portraits with meaning. Learn to take compelling portraits using available light, on and off camera flash, and studio lighting techniques. Work in a range of settings from found and created backdrops to subjects in their own environment. Create a project-based portfolio of formal, candid, environmental and editorial portraits. Recommended prerequisite: Digital SLR I. Required: Digital SLR camera with manual capabilities and an external flash.
Photography - Independent Projects
Further advance and refine your creative and practical skills into an emerging photographic practice. Develop a body of strong and meaningful photographic work that draws on your skills and creative vision. You will explore exhibitions, artists, theories and critical debates to create a framework for the development, production and context of your independent projects. Recommended prerequisite: previous DSLR course(s) and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop. Required: Digital SLR camera with manual capabilities.
Writing Skills I
This course is designed for high-beginner level English as a Second Language learners who wish to improve their academic, social, or work related writing skills.
Writing Skills II
This course is intended for intermediate level English as a Second Language learners, many of whom may be studying at post-secondary institutions or working in an office setting, who wish to improve their academic, social, or work related writing skills.
Writing Skills III
This course is intended for advanced level English as a Second Language learners. It includes instruction of social or work-related writing tasks at a pre-academic or semi- professional level. Complex grammatical structures and vocabulary expansion will be introduced as they relate to these tasks.