Digital Photography - Online Courses

These online courses are 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.



Introduction to Photoshop CC

Introduction to Photoshop CC

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is the world's most popular photo-editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. Discover the fastest and most effective ways to use Photoshop from an expert and former columnist for Photoshop User magazine (who has twice been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame).

You'll learn how to use Photoshop while accessing it from the Creative Cloud (CC). The course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions that you'll have no trouble following—even if you've never used a computer graphics program before! And you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

Photoshop CC has a host of impressive new features for photographers, and you'll encounter a number of them. We'll begin with an introduction to the Photoshop environment. Next, you'll learn how to create simple digital paintings (including some brushes that let you create the look of an oil painting from a photo).

Then you'll be editing your own photographs to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct image exposure. You'll master techniques for switching the backgrounds on images and removing wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like they do in magazines. You'll also learn about the content-aware Move tools in CC that, like magic, let you move something on an image and intelligently replace the "hole" left behind at the same time.

By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you'll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Photoshop
Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you've never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you'll learn simple commands that make an image "pop."

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Choosing Colors and Painting
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop . . . where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You'll find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You'll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

More Brush Tools
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Colorizing Images
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? Today you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. We'll also cover some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image . . . and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Making and Saving Rectangular and Oval Selections
If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Using Additional Selection Tools
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? Today you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the exact selections you want as you practice putting two images together.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Creating and Customizing Brushes
You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in "real life" is spill it! Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Discovering Gradients
Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Setting Type and Adding Effects to Text
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Setting Image Resolution and Image Sizes for Input and Output
Today you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web. You'll find out how to scan an image so it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Fixing Images
In this lesson, we'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the "preview" feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus you'll learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Exposure, Color, and Tonal Value
Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? In this lesson, learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so it looks perfect.

Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CC that includes the Adobe Photoshop CC; (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); or Photoshop only. Photoshop/Lightroom combo at lower price (Offer might be withdrawn at any point). 

Windows Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2GHz or faster)
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1*
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL® 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Mac Requirements

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3.2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services. 
Note: You must be able to download files in Zip format from the internet and have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer, be able to save, and organize.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Introduction to Photoshop CS5

Introduction to Photoshop CS5

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is the world's best-known photo-editing program—the tool that artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on for image creation and editing. In this course, you'll learn how to use Photoshop with skill and confidence, even if you're a beginner. 

You'll get detailed, step-by-step instructions from an expert and columnist for Photoshop User magazine who's twice been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame. You'll have no trouble following each step—even if you've never used a computer for graphics before. And you'll have lots of fun putting your new skills into action in this project-oriented course.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 has a host of impressive new features for photographers, and you'll get to know several of them in these lessons. You'll begin with an introduction to the Photoshop environment. Next, you'll learn how to create simple digital paintings and find out about the new brushes that let you alter a photo to achieve the look of an oil painting.  

After that, you'll edit your own photos to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct the image exposure. You'll also learn how to switch the backgrounds in images and how to remove wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like professionals do in magazines.

By the time you finish this fun, hands-on course, you'll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Photoshop CS5
Your journey begins. Whether you’re an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you’ve never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you’ll learn simple commands that make an image “pop.”

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Choosing Colors and Painting
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop—where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You’ll find out how Photoshop “thinks” about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You’ll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

More Brush Tools
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so that you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest, too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you’re altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Colorizing Images
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part’s in color? Today you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. We'll also cover some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image . . . and quickly undo whatever steps you don’t like.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Making and Saving Rectangular and Oval Selections
If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image, so you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Using Additional Selection Tools
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? Today you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools as you practice putting two images together.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Creating and Customizing Brushes
You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in ”real life” is spill it! Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can modify the new bristle brushes to help you turn photos into art . . . or to create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Discovering Gradients
Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Setting Type and Adding Effects to Text
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Setting Image Resolution and Image Sizes for Input and Output
Today you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web. You'll find out how to scan an image so that it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Fixing Images
In this lesson, we'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the preview feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus you’ll learn the difference between tire tracking and powder-puff stamping.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Exposure, Color, and Tonal Value
Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? In this lesson, learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so that it looks perfect.
Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CS5 that includes the Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software (for either Windows or Mac); software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins; Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista; Mac OS X. You must be able to download files in Zip format from the Internet and have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Introduction to Photoshop CS6

Introduction to Photoshop CS6

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is the world's best-known photo-editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. Discover the fastest and most effective ways to use Photoshop from an expert and former columnist for Photoshop User magazine.

You'll learn how to use Photoshop with detailed, step-by-step instructions that you'll have no trouble following—even if you've never used a computer graphics program before! And you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

Photoshop CS6 has a host of impressive new features for photographers, and you'll encounter a number of them. We'll begin with an introduction to the Photoshop environment. Next, you'll learn techniques for creating simple digital paintings (including some brushes that let you create the look of an oil painting from a photo).  

Then you'll be editing your own photographs to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct image exposure. You'll master techniques for switching the backgrounds on images and removing wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like they do in magazines. You'll also learn about the new content-aware Move tool in CS6 that, like magic, lets you move something on an image while intelligently replacing the "hole" left behind.

By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you'll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Photoshop
Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you've never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you'll learn simple commands that make an image "pop."

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Choosing Colors and Painting
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop—where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You'll find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You'll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

More Brush Tools
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so that you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Colorizing Images
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? Today you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. We'll also cover some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image . . . and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Making and Saving Rectangular and Oval Selections
If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Using Additional Selection Tools
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? Today you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the selections you want as you practice putting two images together.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Creating and Customizing Brushes
You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in "real life" is spill it! Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can modify the new bristle-tip brushes to help you turn photos into art . . . or to create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Discovering Gradients
Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Setting Type and Adding Effects to Text
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Setting Image Resolution and Image Sizes for Input and Output
Today you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web. You'll find out how to scan an image so that it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Fixing Images
In this lesson, we'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the "preview" feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus you'll learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Exposure, Color, and Tonal Value
Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? In this lesson, learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so that it looks perfect.
Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, Adobe Creative Cloud or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 that includes the Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software (for either Windows or Mac); software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins; Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista; Mac OS X.

Note: You must be able to download files in Zip format from the Internet and have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Intermediate Photoshop CC

Intermediate Photoshop CC

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is the world's most popular photo-editing program. It's a fun and creative way to alter photographs and prepare them for print or the Web. If you're already familiar with Photoshop, this course will help you explore the program's more advanced features.

You'll master the techniques of non-destructive editing so you can re-edit, re-use, and change projects long after they were originally created (and long after the Photoshop "undo" command has expired). If you like scrapbooking or you want to make page layouts that you can fill with graphics, you'll appreciate the reusable templates you can create with Photoshop CC.

You'll also learn how to save every single pixel in your original image, and use Smart Objects to crop or resize an image and get it back to its original size months afterwards. (You'll even gets some tips on how to warp Smart Objects that will make the tabloid newspapers jealous!) And you'll see how to make adjustments to your images, such as shadowing and embossing, that can be edited at any time without destroying the original image.

Whether you want to use Photoshop to edit photos, design scrapbook pages, or do original artwork, this class will give you the building blocks you need. You'll take a giant leap forward in creativity and productivity—and you'll also have a lot of fun!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Layers
In this lesson, you'll create, view, and hide layers. Why do layers matter? Well, they open a world of opportunities for fine-tuning your images. You can edit a layered image nondestructively, so you don't have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Manipulating Layers
Today we'll focus on the clues Photoshop gives to explain exactly what you're doing to a layer as you're working. You'll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers. Knowing this information will let you alter images quickly and nondestructively . . . and the lock commands will help you prevent others (and you!) from accidentally altering your work.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Introducing Smart Objects
Take advantage of Smart Objects—the most awesome and significant innovation in Photoshop since the layers feature was introduced. You can place a RAW-format photo (or JPG or TIF) file inside the Smart Object and re-edit it in Camera RAW anytime you want. You'll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you'll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

More Smart Effects With Smart Objects
Today you'll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer. You can even use filters nondestructively, so long as you apply them to a Smart Object (gee, those come in handy!). You'll also create a pear that, when cut open, has an orange inside it.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Using Adjustment Layers

Each time you edit the exposure in an image, you lose image quality. But what if there were a way to edit the exposure as much as you wanted and not hurt the quality? There is! An Adjustment layer makes no permanent change to the image, and you can stack up these layers as you wish. You won't ever want to apply a regular Levels command or Adjustment command directly to an image again.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Introducing Layer Masks
In this lesson, you'll find out about layer masks—another way that Photoshop lets you have your cake and eat it too. If you bring a picture of little Johnny onto a new background image, and you erase all the stuff that was in the background, what happens if you change your mind? You'd better hope you have the original image somewhere, and then you're in for a lot more work. However, if you use a layer mask, you'll keep every pixel that's in the original image and hide the parts of the original that you no longer wish to see.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Image Restoration and Retouching
Did the dog eat Grandmother's portrait? Or did time and water do that damage? No matter. Using layers makes it easier than ever before to restore some of your treasured family heritage. You'll get ample practice with that today. Again, the theme of this lesson is nondestructive editing, which means working in layers so that you can always change your mind about a correction without having to begin again.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Grayscale and Gradient Masking
What happens if you want to place a person into a swimming pool or the ocean using Photoshop? To make the composite realistic, you need to transition from total opacity above the water line to total transparency below it. You'll learn that skill today as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You'll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you'll create a Web page header.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

More Mask Techniques
One of the most common ways to lose sleep while using Photoshop is to try to add a new background behind a model with wispy, flowing hair. Hair and fur have always been the bane of Photoshop users. Photoshop can help, however. You'll learn some new tricks today as we explore some commands on the Masks section of the Properties panel.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Clipping Masks and Layer Groups

Have you ever wondered how to put images inside type like those old postcards for various cities? You'll find out today. It's called a clipping mask, and it's a digital version of spreading glitter onto a paper that has a design drawn in glue—the glitter only sticks to the glue. In this case, the new layers only stick to the base layer in the clipping mask. Making a clipping mask is easy, but it provides one of Photoshop's "wow" moments.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Luminosity Masking
Photoshop can use the values in an image to correct the image. That sounds scary and mysterious, but it's actually easy to do. Today you'll create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. This lesson should nurture your creativity and yet give you some solid ways to add punch to an image or to create stunning sepia tones.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Creating Complex Composites
In this course, you've created composites in so many ways. But there's still more to learn! Today you'll create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. You'll use Content-Aware Scale to make unusual adjustments to your image size. You'll try a wonderful stained-glass framing technique. And you'll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you've learned.
Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud either the full version or the Photography special is acceptable. You may also use the 30-day free trial software provided by Adobe, but if you do, you must wait until week 3 of the course to install it and actually begin to work through the course. Otherwise your trial will end before the last four lessons are released.

Windows Requirements: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2GHz or faster), Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1*, 1GB of RAM, 2.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices), 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL® 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended), and Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Mac Requirements: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9, 1GB of RAM, 3.2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices), 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended), Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Note: Introduction to Photoshop CS3, CS4, or CS5 needs to have been completed or you need a good working knowledge of the basic tools in Photoshop and be able to make selections, use the Clone Stamp tool and Healing brushes, and do elementary color correction. You will also need to have a program that extracts the example files from the Zip file provided with each lesson, know how to create a new file folder and locate files on your hard drive. You will need an online album to display and share your work with the instructor. Instructions will be provided in the first lesson.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Intermediate Photoshop CS5

Intermediate Photoshop CS5

$190 + applicable tax

If you're already using the basic tools in Adobe Photoshop CS5, take your photo-editing skills to a new level!

In this course, you'll become an expert at using layers, layer masks, and other advanced features that let you change images easily long after you create them (and long after the Photoshop "undo" command expires). 

Non-destructive editing lets you work faster and reuse parts of images over and over. In these lessons, you'll learn how to save every single pixel in your original image so you never have to say, "I'm sorry—I tossed that information." In addition, you'll discover how to use Smart Objects so you can crop or resize an image and return it to its original size months afterward. (You'll even learn some clever tricks for warping Smart Objects!)  

After that, you'll find out how to add shadows or embossing non-destructively. And if you want to design page layouts you can fill with different images, you'll learn how to create templates you can reuse.  

Whether you use Photoshop to edit photos, make scrapbook pages, or design original artwork, this course will give you all the skills you need to let your creativity shine. Once you see what non-destructive editing can do for your projects, you'll never look back!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Layers
Layers add a new world of possibilities to using Photoshop. In this lesson, you’ll create, view, and hide layers. Why do layers matter? Well, they open so many opportunities for fine-tuning your images. You can edit a layered image nondestructively, so you don’t have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Manipulating Layers
Today we’ll focus on the clues Photoshop gives to explain exactly what you’re doing to a layer as you’re working. You’ll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers. Knowing this information will let you alter images quickly and nondestructively . . . and the lock commands will help you prevent others (and yourself!) from accidentally altering your work.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Introducing Smart Objects
Take advantage of Smart Objects—the most awesome and significant innovation in Photoshop since the layers feature was introduced. You can place a RAW-format photo (or JPG or TIF) file inside the Smart Object and re-edit it in Camera RAW anytime you want. You’ll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you’ll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

More Smart Effects With Smart Objects
Today you’ll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer. You can even use filters nondestructively, so long as you apply them to a Smart Object (gee, those come in handy!). You’ll also create a pear that, when cut open, has an orange inside it.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Using Adjustment Layers

Each time you edit the exposure in an image, you lose image quality. But what if there were a way to edit the exposure as much as you wanted and not hurt the quality? There is! An adjustment layer makes no permanent change to the image, and you can stack up these layers as you wish. You won’t ever want to apply a regular Levels command or Adjustment command directly to an image again.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Introducing Layer Masks
In this lesson, you’ll find out about layer masks—another way that Photoshop lets you have your cake and eat it too. If you bring a picture of little Johnny onto a new background image, and you erase all the stuff that was in the background, what happens if you change your mind? You’d better hope you have the original image somewhere, and then you’re in for a lot more work. However, if you use a layer mask, you’ll keep every pixel that’s in the original image and hide the parts of the original that you no longer wish to see.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Image Restoration and Retouching
Did the dog eat Grandmother’s portrait? Or did time and water do that damage? No matter. Using layers makes it easier than ever before to restore some of your treasured family heritage. You’ll get ample practice with that today, plus links to websites that specialize in image restoration. Again, the theme of this lesson is nondestructive editing—working in layers so that you can always change your mind about a correction without having to begin again.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Grayscale and Gradient Masking
What happens if you want to place a person into a swimming pool or the ocean using Photoshop? To make the composite realistic, you need to transition from total opacity above the water line to total transparency below it. You'll learn that skill today as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You'll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you'll create a Web page header.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

More Masks Panel Techniques
One of the most common ways to lose sleep while using Photoshop is to try to add a new background behind a model with wispy, flowing hair. Hair and fur have always been the bane of Photoshop users. CS5 introduces an ingenious new command to make this process easier. That's one of the tricks you'll learn today when we explore some new commands on the Masks panel.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Clipping Masks and Layer Groups

Have you ever wondered how to put images inside type, like those old postcards for various cities? You’ll find out today. It’s called a clipping mask, and it’s a digital version of spreading glitter onto a paper that has a design drawn in glue—the glitter only sticks to the glue. In this case, the new layers only stick to the base layer in the clipping mask. Making a clipping mask is easy, but it provides one of Photoshop’s “wow” moments.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Luminosity Masking
Photoshop can use the values in an image to correct the image. That sounds scary and mysterious, but it’s actually easy to do. Today, you’ll create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. This lesson should nurture your creativity and yet give you some solid ways to add punch to an image or to create stunning sepia tones.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Creating Complex Composites
Do you like the look of double-exposed images? Would you enjoy creating a seamless composite of your vacation images? Then this is your lesson! It’s one of my favorites in the course. Up to now, you’ve masked images so that you can either see the image in the layer or not, or you’ve used a gradient or paint in the mask to get a grayscale transition. Now you’ll use photos in the mask to get a hide-and-seek look to layer visibility. You’ll also create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. And you’ll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you’ve learned.
You will need Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Windows or Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Macintosh. This can be part of the Creative Suite in Standard or Extended editions or it can be a standalone version of either Standard or Extended. However, no features from the Extended version will be taught.

Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins. If you want to use the 30-day free trial software provided by Adobe, you will need to wait until the third week of the course to install it and actually begin working through the course. Otherwise, your trial will end before the last four lessons are released.

You can also obtain a one- or two-month subscription for the product at a cost of $49.00 per month. This allows you to use the demo for one month if you like and then buy a one-month subscription so you can take the course for its full length.

This course can be taken on a PC or a Mac. On the PC platform, any of the following are acceptable: Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 recommended); or Windows 7. On the Mac platform, you will need Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.

You will need to have a working knowledge of the basic tools in Photoshop and be able to make selections, use the Clone Stamp tool and Healing brushes, and do elementary color correction. If you are new to Photoshop, you should start with Introduction to Photoshop CS5.

In addition, you will need to have a program that extracts the example files from the Zip file provided with each lesson. You also will need to know how to create a new file folder and locate files on your hard drive.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Intermediate Photoshop CS6

Intermediate Photoshop CS6

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is one of the most amazing software programs ever developed. It's a fun and creative way to alter photos and prepare them for print or the Web. In this course, you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level by exploring more advanced features in Photoshop that let you easily re-edit projects long after they were originally created (and long after the Photoshop "undo" command has expired).  

These techniques, called non-destructive editing, let you work faster and reuse parts of images over and over again. If you like scrapbooking or want to make page layouts that you can fill with different graphics, you'll learn how to create reusable templates.  

You'll learn how to save every single pixel in your original image so you never have to say, "I'm sorry I tossed that information." You'll see how to use Smart Objects, so that even if you crop or resize an image, you'll be able to get it back to its original size months afterwards. (And you'll learn some tricks to warp Smart Objects that will make the tabloid newspapers jealous!)  

Whether you're a photographer who wants to use Photoshop to edit photos, a scrapbooker, or an artist, this course will teach you the building blocks you need to unleash your creativity. It's also a lot of fun!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Layers
In this lesson, you'll create, view, and hide layers. Why do layers matter? Well, they open a world of opportunities for fine-tuning your images. You can edit a layered image nondestructively, so you don't have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Manipulating Layers
Today we'll focus on the clues Photoshop gives to explain exactly what you're doing to a layer as you're working. You'll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers. Knowing this information will let you alter images quickly and nondestructively . . . and the lock commands will help you prevent others (and you!) from accidentally altering your work.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Introducing Smart Objects
Take advantage of Smart Objects—the most awesome and significant innovation in Photoshop since the layers feature was introduced. You can place a RAW-format photo (or JPG or TIF) file inside the Smart Object and re-edit it in Camera RAW anytime you want. You'll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you'll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

More Smart Effects With Smart Objects
Today you'll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer. You can even use filters nondestructively, so long as you apply them to a Smart Object (gee, those come in handy!). You'll also create a pear that, when cut open, has an orange inside it.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Using Adjustment Layers

Each time you edit the exposure in an image, you lose image quality. But what if there were a way to edit the exposure as much as you wanted and not hurt the quality? There is! An Adjustment layer makes no permanent change to the image, and you can stack up these layers as you wish. You won't ever want to apply a regular Levels command or Adjustment command directly to an image again.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Introducing Layer Masks
In this lesson, you'll find out about layer masks—another way that Photoshop lets you have your cake and eat it too. If you bring a picture of little Johnny onto a new background image, and you erase all the stuff that was in the background, what happens if you change your mind? You'd better hope you have the original image somewhere, and then you're in for a lot more work. However, if you use a layer mask, you'll keep every pixel that's in the original image and hide the parts of the original that you no longer wish to see.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Image Restoration and Retouching
Did the dog eat Grandmother's portrait? Or did time and water do that damage? No matter. Using layers makes it easier than ever before to restore some of your treasured family heritage. You'll get ample practice with that today, plus links to websites that specialize in image restoration. Again, the theme of this lesson is nondestructive editing—working in layers so that you can always change your mind about a correction without having to begin again.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Grayscale and Gradient Masking
What happens if you want to place a person into a swimming pool or the ocean using Photoshop? To make the composite realistic, you need to transition from total opacity above the water line to total transparency below it. You'll learn that skill today as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You'll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you'll create a Web page header.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

More Mask Techniques
One of the most common ways to lose sleep while using Photoshop is to try to add a new background behind a model with wispy, flowing hair. Hair and fur have always been the bane of Photoshop users. Photoshop can help, however. You'll learn some new tricks today as we explore some commands on the Masks section of the Properties panel.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Clipping Masks and Layer Groups

Have you ever wondered how to put images inside type, like those old postcards for various cities? You'll find out today. It's called a clipping mask, and it's a digital version of spreading glitter onto a paper that has a design drawn in glue—the glitter only sticks to the glue. In this case, the new layers only stick to the base layer in the clipping mask. Making a clipping mask is easy, but it provides one of Photoshop's "wow" moments.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Luminosity Masking
Photoshop can use the values in an image to correct the image. That sounds scary and mysterious, but it's actually easy to do. Today you'll create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. This lesson should nurture your creativity and yet give you some solid ways to add punch to an image or to create stunning sepia tones.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Creating Complex Composites
In this course, you've created composites in so many ways. But there's still more to learn! Today you'll create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. You'll use Content-Aware Scale to make unusual adjustments to your image size. You'll try a wonderful stained-glass framing technique. And you'll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you've learned.
This course requires Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windowsor Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mactintosh. It can be part of the Creative Suite 6 in Standard or Extended or Cloud editions or it can be a standalone version of either Standard or Extended. No features from the Extended version will be taught, however.

You may also use the 30-day free trial software provided by Adobe, but if you do, you must wait until week 3 of the course to install it and actually begin to work through the course. Otherwise your trial will end before the last four lessons are released.

This course can be taken on a PC or a Mac. On the PC platform, any of the following are acceptable: Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. On the Mac platform, you will need Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7.

You need to have completed Introduction to Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS6. If you have not taken one of these courses, you need to have a good working knowledge of the basic tools in Photoshop and be able to make selections, use the Clone Stamp tool and Healing brushes, and do elementary color correction.

In addition, you will need to have a program that extracts the example files from the Zip file provided with each lesson. You need to know how to create a new file folder and locate files on your hard drive.

If you wish to share your work with the instructor, you will need an online album in which to display your work. I'll provide instructions for this in the first lesson.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer

Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer

$190 + applicable tax

Adobe Photoshop CC (also known as Photoshop Creative Cloud) is a powerful subscription software solution providing support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. In this course, you'll master techniques to edit and enhance your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. Designed for those with no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished photo editor.

This course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for basics like cropping, rotating, and sizing images.  You'll also experiment with Photoshop's tools for correcting exposure, adjusting color and color casts, as well as working with Adobe's powerful layer and selection tools.  You'll learn exactly what you need to do to add text, retouch, and even clone away unwanted elements from your images.  You'll see how to work with raw images and prepare images for print or online use. All along the way, your instructor will guide you with detailed explanations and instructions for using the tools that make this software so popular and unique in the world of digital image editing. The lessons are yours to keep so you'll have all the information you need to work on your own images.

As the high-end program in Adobe's collection of photo-editing software, Photoshop CC gives users all the tools they need to create outstanding digital images. Because this course is specifically targeted at photographers, you'll come away with a collection of useful techniques and quickly start seeing amazing results in your images!


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Tour of Photoshop CC
Photoshop CC is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images. In this lesson, we'll introduce online training, see how to download images for you to use in class, and start with a tour of Photoshop CC. This class starts at the beginning, with the various tools for displaying images, and I've designed it to bring even the inexperienced user to a comfortable level of editing and enhancement.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Corrections and Cropping

In this lesson, you'll see the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images. You'll like the new Crop tool in Photoshop CC! We'll also discuss the various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage. You'll learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so you'll have everything you need for future editing.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Get Ready to Print
As we continue our study of Photoshop CC, you'll learn how to prepare your documents for printing.  To get the best quality print, you want to be sure that each image is the right size and resolution.  We'll define terms, explore menus, and look at ways for you to be sure your prints will be just the right size.  You'll see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing when you finish this lesson.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Right Size for the Job
Whether you want to use your image on a website, in an email, or for a large print, you need to be sure the size is right. If it's for the Web, you'll want it small enough to load quickly, but still sharp and clear. If you need an enlarged print, you'll want to be sure it has all the quality of the original. This can be a stumbling block for some new Photoshop users, so we'll take our time and practice with several images to help you learn all the steps. We'll also go over how to use Photoshop's tools for artistic cropping so your images are both artistically and technically the best they can be.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Colors and Layers
One of the most powerful features in Photoshop is layers, and in this lesson, you'll have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of layers as you go. You'll also see how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Adjusting Color
As you continue to build your knowledge of layers in this lesson, you'll also see how to work with color. Photoshop has a huge palette of color options that you can use in your images, and the color tools are amazing! You'll see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work. These features are among the many sought-after highlights of Photoshop, but beware! You may find yourself tinkering with images even after the lesson is over.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Adjusting Light and Color
Light is the essence of photography, but it isn't always cooperative. In this lesson, we'll discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you've taken an image. You'll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and you'll have a chance to work with Levels and Curves, two of Photoshop's best features for correcting lighting and color tones.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Raw Editing
Even if you don't shoot in raw image format, Photoshop has a set of sophisticated editing tools for you to use! Camera Raw is Photoshop's editor for processing raw images, giving you the opportunity to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats, and leaving your images with startling clarity and dynamic color. In today's lesson, you'll see how to adjust your images quickly and easily, just like a pro. If you're not quite sure what raw files are or if they're something you'd like to use, we'll walk you through the process, and you can decide what's best for your type of work. Either way, you'll learn more about Photoshop and what it can do for you!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Text and Selections
Mixing words and pictures is an important part of digital photography, and Photoshop gives you lots of ways to make your text as dazzling as your pictures. In this lesson, we'll explore Photoshop's text tools, and you'll find out how to add text to your images. You'll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool and work further with layering.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Intermediate Selections
As we continue our study of selection tools, today you'll learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off.  You'll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images. You'll practice using feathering to see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image.  You'll also see how to use the Marquee tool to create borders and frames around your pictures. To wrap up our study of the selection tools, we'll also explore the many options in the Select menu.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Advanced Selections

In our last lesson on the selection tools, you'll work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work when you need it most.  You'll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together.  We'll work extensively with the Add to selection option and see some shortcuts for making selections easier. As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you'll have a chance to explore and work with features on the Select menu.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Images
In our last lesson, you'll learn how to put many new tools to work! We'll discuss Retouching and Correcting tools, and you'll perfect your skills with the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes. We'll also discuss when to use each tool for the best results. The power of Photoshop will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.
This course is written with Windows software, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences which your instructor will provide in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CC software.   

Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints.  Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to students.

In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CC or later updates such as Photoshop CC (2014) installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer II

Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer II

$190 + applicable tax

Adobe's Photoshop CC is the industry standard professional photo editing software for digital photographers and graphic artists, now available through the Creative Cloud. If you already know the basics of this powerful program, you're ready to expand your skills and put the power of Photoshop to work.

You'll learn advanced techniques with layering, working with multiple selections, applying type masks and special effects, and using filters to enhance images.  You'll also take multiple images and combine them in to collages and panoramic photos, retouch portraits, and learn the tools and techniques for photo restoration.  As we move through the class, you'll see how to take multiple images of the same subject and apply high definition range (HDR) for amazing color and contrast. 

In addition, you'll master a workflow for efficiently processing your images and have a chance to bring all your skills together in a final exercise.

This class is perfect for you if you're already familiar with cropping, printing, color adjustments, and the basics of using layers and selection tools, and you want to take your photo-editing skills to the next level.

If you haven't fully unlocked the mysteries of Photoshop CC, you'll find all the answers you need in this course. By the time you complete these fun, easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on activities, you'll be a true Photoshop guru.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

A Photographer's Workflow
Photoshop CC is an exciting release of Adobe's popular photo editing software. This is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, we move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, we'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, and you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Portrait Perfection Tools
Today we'll look at tools to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. We'll look at the Blur Gallery that gives you professional options for portrait work. You'll also see how to smooth away wrinkles, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life . . .

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Distortion and Brush Tools

Distortion. You don't often strive toward distortion in photography, but with the options in Photoshop, you'll discover how it can work wonders! You'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools, including Photoshop's Puppet Warp tool. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Photoshop.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Restoring Old Prints
Photoshop gives you lots of options for editing images, and in this lesson, we'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to reverse the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Text Masks and Layer Styles
In this lesson, we'll explore advanced ways to use text, special effects, and layers. You'll master the art of creating text from images and building multilayer documents with sophisticated edging for both text and image components to draw your viewer's attention right where you want it. You'll also see how to professionally blend layers together by refining edges with Photoshop's Refine Edge technology.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Special Effects and Filters
Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop offers countless special effects and filters that you can use to show off your images. You'll have a chance to experiment with Photoshop CC's new Camera Shake filter and see how to sharpen and blur photos, as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Layers and More Layers
Working with layers is one of Photoshop's most powerful capabilities. In this lesson, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also see how to arrange, link, and lock your layers for just the look you want.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Advanced Layers With Patterns
As we continue our discussion about layers, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Photoshop's tabbed windowing feature. Using layers in Photoshop is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Advanced Manipulation Tools
You're going to have fun with this lesson! Today we'll explore the fun and fantastic features of advanced Photoshop editing. You'll see how to patch, clone, fill, and even work magical proportional adjustments with the high-end repair tools Photoshop provides. We'll work with Content-Aware Scale and Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill, so you'll know how easy it is to create sophisticated adjustments, even when you need to change the image significantly.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Panoramics and Projects
Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots, and in today's lesson, you'll see how Photoshop helps you blend these to provide seamless imagery. You'll also learn how to add colored borders to make your images just the size you want. With all these options under your belt, you'll see how to create customized photo cards with your own captions and add watermarks to protect your images.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

HDR Photography
As you work through this lesson, you'll create dazzling images from ordinary ones using Photoshop's HDR Processing tools. You'll see how to combine several images to get the best exposure from each one, and you'll learn how to create the effects of multiple-image combinations from just one original. We'll work with both color and black-and-white imagery, and I think you'll find the results are surprising. You'll also get some tips on how to shoot for HDR work, so your work will be easier when you're back at the computer.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Bringing It All Together!
In our last lesson, you'll have an opportunity to put Photoshop CC to work! We'll walk through three separate approaches to improving an image with highly sophisticated editing tools. You'll see real-life applications for the tools and features we've discussed in class, and you'll discover ways to put the class material to work on your own images. You'll also have a chance to analyze differences in workflow and see what works best for you.
This course is written using Windows, but Macintosh users will find the software nearly identical and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences (which are provided).

Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, scanner, or other device. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, downloading and saving files from a web site will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to the student.

In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CC installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.

Adobe's Photoshop CC for Windows or Mac OS

Windows requirements include:
Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor; Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1; 1GB RAM; 2.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage); and any other requirements Adobe indicates for this software.

Mac requirements include:
Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support; Mac OS X v10.7, 10.8, or 10.9; 1GB of RAM; 3.2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage); and any other requirements Adobe indicates for this software.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer

Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer

$190 + applicable tax

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a powerful software solution providing support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. In this course, you'll master techniques to edit and enhance your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. Designed for those with no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished photo editor.

This course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for basics like cropping, rotating, and sizing images.  You'll also experiment with Photoshop's tools for correcting exposure, adjusting color and color casts, as well as working with Adobe's powerful layer and selection tools.  You'll learn exactly what you need to do to add text, retouch, and even clone away unwanted elements from your images.  You'll see how to work with raw images and prepare images for print or online use. All along the way, your instructor will guide you with detailed explanations and instructions for using the tools that make this software so popular and unique in the world of digital image editing. The lessons are yours to keep so you'll have all the information you need to work on your own images.

As the high-end program in Adobe's collection of photo-editing software, Photoshop gives users all the tools they need to create outstanding digital images. Because this course is specifically targeted at photographers, you'll come away with a collection of useful techniques and quickly start seeing amazing results in your images!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Tour of Photoshop CS6
Photoshop CS6 is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images.  In this lesson, we'll introduce online training, see how to download images for you to use in class, and start with a tour of Photoshop CS6.  This class starts at the beginning, with the various tools for displaying images, and is designed to bring even the inexperienced user to a comfortable level of editing and enhancement.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Corrections and Cropping
In this lesson, you'll see the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images. You'll like the new Crop tool in CS6! We'll also discuss the various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage.  You'll learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so you'll have everything you need for future editing.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Get Ready to Print
As we continue our study of Photoshop, you'll learn how to prepare your documents for printing.  To get the best quality print, you want to be sure that each image is the right size and resolution.  We'll define terms, explore menus, and look at ways for you to be sure your prints will be just the right size.  You'll see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing when you finish this lesson.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Right Size for the Job
Whether you want to use your image on a website, in an email, or for a large print, you need to be sure the size is right.  If it's for the Web, you'll want it small enough to load quickly, but still sharp and clear.  If you need an enlarged print, you'll want to be sure it has all the quality of the original.  This can be a stumbling block for some new Photoshop users, so we'll take our time and practice with several images to help you learn all the steps. We'll also go over how to use Photoshop's tools for artistic cropping so your images are both artistically and technically the best they can be.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Colors and Layers
One of the most powerful features in Photoshop is layers, and in this lesson, you'll have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of layers as you go.  You'll also see how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Adjusting Color
As you continue to build your knowledge of layers in this lesson, you'll also see how to work with color.  Photoshop has a huge palette of color options that you can use in your images, and the color tools are amazing!  You'll see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work.  These features are among the many sought-after highlights of Photoshop, but beware!  You may find yourself tinkering with images even after the lesson is over.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Adjusting Light and Color
Light is the essence of photography, but it isn't always cooperative.  In this lesson, we’ll discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you've taken an image.  You’ll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and you'll have a chance to work with Levels and Curves, two of Photoshop’s best features for correcting lighting and color tones.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Raw Editing
Even if you don't shoot in raw image format, Photoshop has a set of sophisticated editing tools for you to use!  Camera Raw is Photoshop's editor for processing raw images, giving you the opportunity to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats, and leaving your images with startling clarity and dynamic color.  In today's lesson, you'll see how to adjust your images quickly and easily, just like a pro.  If you're not quite sure what raw files are or if they're something you'd like to use, we'll walk you through the process, and you can decide what's best for your type of work.  Either way, you'll learn more about Photoshop and what it can do for you!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Text and Selections
Mixing words and pictures is an important part of digital photography, and Photoshop gives you lots of ways to make your text as dazzling as your pictures.  In this lesson, we'll explore Photoshop's text tools, and you'll find out how to add text to your images, including the new text preview option in CS6. You'll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Intermediate Selections
As we continue our study of selection tools, today you’ll learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off.   You’ll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images.  You'll practice using feathering to see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image.   You'll also see how to use the Marquee tool to create borders and frames around your pictures.  To wrap up our study of the selection tools, we'll also explore the many options in the Select menu.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Advanced Selections

In our last lesson on the selection tools, you’ll work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work when you need it most.   You'll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together.   We'll work extensively with the Add to selection option and see some shortcuts for making selections easier.  As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you’ll have a chance to explore and work with features on the Select menu.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Images
In our last lesson, you'll learn how to put many new tools to work! We’ll discuss Retouching and Correcting tools, and you’ll perfect your skills with the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes.  We'll also discuss when to use each tool for the best results.  The power of Photoshop will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.

• Internet access
• Email
• One of the following browsers: 
    o Mozilla Firefox 
    o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    o Google Chrome
    o Safari
• Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)

 

This course is written with Windows software, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences which your instructor will provide in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CS6 software.   

Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints.  Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to students.

In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CS6 installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.  


Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer II

Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer II

$190 + applicable tax

Adobe's Photoshop CS6 is the industry standard professional photo editing software for digital photographers and graphic artists. If you already know the basics of this powerful program, you're ready to expand your skills and put the power of Photoshop to work.

You'll learn advanced techniques with layering, working with multiple selections, applying type masks and special effects, and using filters to enhance images.  You'll also take multiple images and combine them in to collages and panoramic photos, retouch portraits, and learn the tools and techniques for photo restoration.  As we move through the class, you'll see how to take multiple images of the same subject and apply high definition range (HDR) for amazing color and contrast. 

In addition, you'll master a workflow for efficiently processing your images and have a chance to bring all your skills together in a final exercise.

This class is perfect for you if you're already familiar with cropping, printing, color adjustments, and the basics of using layers and selection tools, and you want to take your photo-editing skills to the next level.

If you haven't fully unlocked the mysteries of Photoshop, you'll find all the answers you need in this course. By the time you complete these fun, easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on activities, you'll be a true Photoshop guru.


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

A Photographer's Workflow
Photoshop CS6 is an exciting release of Adobe's popular photo editing software. This is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, we move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, we'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, and you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Portrait Perfection Tools
Today we'll look at tools to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. We'll look at the new CS6 Blur Gallery that gives you professional options for portrait work. You'll also see how to smooth away wrinkles, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life . . .

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Distortion and Brush Tools
Distortion. You don't often strive toward distortion in photography, but with the options in Photoshop, you'll discover how it can work wonders! You'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools, including CS6's Puppet Warp tool. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Photoshop.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Restoring Old Prints
Photoshop gives you lots of options for editing images, and in this lesson, we'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to reverse the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Text Masks and Layer Styles
In this lesson, we'll explore advanced ways to use text, special effects, and layers. You'll master the art of creating text from images and building multilayer documents with sophisticated edging for both text and image components to draw your viewer's attention right where you want it. You'll also see how to professionally blend layers together by refining edges with Photoshop's Refine Edge technology.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Special Effects and Filters
Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop offers countless special effects and filters that you can use to show off your images. You'll have a chance to experiment with CS6's new Oil Paint filter and see how to sharpen and blur photos, as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Layers and More Layers
Working with layers is one of Photoshop's most powerful capabilities. In this lesson, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also see how to arrange, link, and lock your layers for just the look you want.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Advanced Layers With Patterns
As we continue our discussion about layers, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Photoshop's tabbed windowing feature. Using layers in Photoshop is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Advanced Manipulation Tools
You're going to have fun with this lesson! Today we'll explore the fun and fantastic features of advanced Photoshop editing. You'll see how to patch, clone, fill, and even work magical proportional adjustments with the high-end repair tools Photoshop provides. We'll work with Content-Aware Scale and Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill, so you'll know how easy it is to create sophisticated adjustments, even when you need to change the image significantly.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Panoramics and Projects
Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots, and in today's lesson, you'll see how Photoshop helps you blend these to provide seamless imagery. You'll also learn how to add colored borders to make your images just the size you want. With all these options under your belt, you'll see how to create customized photo cards with your own captions and add watermarks to protect your images.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

HDR Photography
As you work through this lesson, you'll create dazzling images from ordinary ones using Photoshop's HDR Processing tools. You'll see how to combine several images to get the best exposure from each one, and you'll learn how to create the effects of multiple-image combinations from just one original. We'll work with both color and black-and-white imagery, and I think you'll find the results are surprising. You'll also get some tips on how to shoot for HDR work, so your work will be easier when you're back at the computer.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Bringing It All Together!
In our last lesson, you'll have an opportunity to put Photoshop CS6 to work! We'll walk through three separate approaches to improving an image with highly sophisticated editing tools. You'll see real-life applications for the tools and features we've discussed in class, and you'll discover ways to put the class material to work on your own images. You'll also have a chance to analyze differences in workflow and see what works best for you.

• Internet access
• Email
• One of the following browsers: 
    o Mozilla Firefox 
    o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    o Google Chrome
    o Safari
• Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)

 

This course is written with Windows software, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences which your instructor will provide in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CS6 software.   

Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints.  Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to students.

In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CS6 installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Introduction to Lightroom CC

Introduction to Lightroom CC

$190 + applicable tax

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a fantastic tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're a busy parent shooting lots of pictures or a professional photographer with many clients, Lightroom will help you get the results you want in a lot less time.

In this course, you can use Lightroom Classic CC (a desktop application part of Creative Cloud subscription) or Lightroom 6 to see how this powerful program can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how you edit your images and make additional alterations later. So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will help you perfect your collections of digital photos!

Note: Adobe now has two versions of Lightroom CC: Lightroom Classic CC (for the desktop) and Lightroom CC (for the cloud, desktop and devices). 

This course is written specifically for Lightroom Classic CC and not for the new Lightroom CC.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Meet Lightroom!

In our first lesson, we'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Learn About Libraries

As we continue our discussion about libraries and importing images to Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many options you have! In this lesson, we'll discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. We'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, categorize, and sort images for a clean start to managing your images.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Quick Fixes

Today we'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as we move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of our journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Shapes and Sizes

Today, we'll begin our exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your images. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

The Right Light

Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. In today's lesson, you'll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

The Right Color

With today's lesson, we'll complete our study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. We'll focus on color today, and you'll see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. We'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. We'll also use the new Radial Filter tool. You may not know exactly what each of these does as we begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Sharp and Clear!

Next in our study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but at times . . . things don't go as planned, and you'll be able to put the snap back into your images with Lightroom's tools. We'll work with sharpening and noise-reduction tools today, and then you'll see how to apply any of the editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

To Sync or Not to Sync?

We'll continue our discussion on synchronizing or copying changes from one image to many in this lesson. But not all changes are meant to be copied, and you'll work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas. This lesson will wrap up our study of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Exporting

We've taken the first few weeks to see how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what we can do with these images outside of Lightroom. Today's lesson is on exporting Lightroom's images, and you'll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you're working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe's companion products: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Printing

In today's lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Rating and Collecting

Today we'll go back to the organizational side of Lightroom and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and we'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort, especially if you're using Lightroom's facial recognition feature! You'll see how to use Lightroom as a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Slideshows
In our last lesson, we'll show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC or an updated version of 6 (for example: 6.1).

(Lightroom software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins)

 Windows

  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 1 GB of Video RAM (VRAM). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM is suggested for large, high resolution monitors, such as 4K and 5K-resolution monitors.
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space
  • DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
  • OpenGL 3.3 and DirectX 10-capable video adapter for GPU-related functionality

 Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support*
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
  • 2 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 1 GB of Video RAM (VRAM). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM is suggested for large, high resolution monitors, such as 4K and 5K-resolution monitors.
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices).
  • DVD-ROM drive required if purchasing Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® retail boxed version
  • Open GL 3.3–capable video adapter for GPU-related functionality

Students will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class. We provide basic directions for this, but students should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on their computers, and locating them for use. Both Macintosh and Windows users are welcome, but Mac users should be aware that the course is written using Windows. Mac-Windows differences are minimal and students with Macs will only need to make a few standard Windows-to-Mac conversions, and we include notes when those need to be made. Instructors have Mac computers and software available to answer questions. The software runs nearly the same on both. 

 

 

 

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Introduction to Lightroom 4

Introduction to Lightroom 4

$190 + applicable tax

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is a fantastic tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're a busy parent shooting lots of pictures or a professional photographer with many clients, Lightroom 4 will help you get the results you want in a lot less time.

In this course, you'll see how Lightroom 4 can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom 4's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how you edit your images and make additional alterations later. You'll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You'll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom's powerful organization tools and create customized slideshows and presentations. You can use Lightroom 4 as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need. 

So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will help you perfect your collections of digital photos!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Meet Lightroom 4!
In our first lesson, we'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom 4. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Learn About Libraries
As we continue our discussion about libraries and importing images to Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many options you have! In this lesson, we'll discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. We'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and metadata and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, sort, and export images for a clean start to managing your images.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Quick Fixes
Today we'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as we move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of our journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Shapes and Sizes
Today, we'll begin our exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your image. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

The Right Light
Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. In today's lesson, you'll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

The Right Color
With today's lesson, we'll complete our study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. We'll focus on color today, and you'll see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. We'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. You may not know exactly what each of these does as we begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Sharp and Clear!
Next in our study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but at times . . . things don't go as planned, and you'll be able to put the snap back into your images with Lightroom's tools. We'll work with sharpening and noise reduction tools today, and then you'll see how to apply any of the editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

To Synch or Not to Synch?
We'll continue our discussion on synchronizing or copying changes from one image to many in this lesson. But not all changes are meant to be copied, and you'll work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas. This lesson will wrap up our study of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Exporting
We've taken the first few weeks to see how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what we can do with these images outside of Lightroom. Today's lesson is on exporting Lightroom's images, and you'll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you're working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe's companion products: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Printing
In today's lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Rating and Collecting
Lightroom has fans in two different areas: developing and organization. Today we'll go back to the organizational side and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and we'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort. It makes Lightroom a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Slideshows
In our last lesson, we'll show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!

• Internet access
• Email
• One of the following browsers: 
    o Mozilla Firefox 
    o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    o Google Chrome
    o Safari
• Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 or an updated version of 4 (for example: 4.3). (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.)  If you have any difficulty updating to 4.3, please visit this Adobe Help screen for assistance: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4836075

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive (if installing from DVD)
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services*

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.6.8, 10.7, or v10.8
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive (if installing from DVD)
  • Internet connection required for Internet-based services*

Note:  Students will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class.  We provide basic directions for this, but students should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on their computers, and locating them for use. Both Macintosh and PC users are welcome, but Mac users should be aware that the course is written using a PC. Mac-PC differences are minimal and students with Macs will only need to make a few standard PC-to-Mac conversions, and we include notes when those need to be made.  Instructors have Mac computers and software available to answer questions.  The software runs nearly the same on both.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Introduction to Lightroom 5

Introduction to Lightroom 5

$190 + applicable tax

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is a fantastic tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're a busy parent shooting lots of pictures or a professional photographer with many clients, Lightroom 5 will help you get the results you want in a lot less time.

In this course, you'll see how Lightroom 5 can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom 5's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how you edit your images and make additional alterations later. You'll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You'll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom's powerful organization tools; create customized slideshows and presentations; and fine-tune the overall color and lighting of your images. You can use Lightroom 5 as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need. 

So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The hands-on, easy-to-follow exercises in this course will help you perfect your collections of digital photos!


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Meet Lightroom 5!
In our first lesson, we'll take some time to be sure you're comfortable with the way the online classroom works, downloading images for class, and where things are in Lightroom 5. You'll learn how to create an organizational system that works with Lightroom and keeps your images easily available to you. With Lightroom's import tools, you'll be able to add keywords to images and add personalized metadata for easy searches and Internet security.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Learn About Libraries
As we continue our discussion about libraries and importing images to Lightroom, you'll be pleased to see how many options you have! In this lesson, we'll discuss shortcuts for photographers working with Lightroom and several different ways to speed up the import process. We'll also explore a variety of methods to add keywords and metadata and use them to search and sort your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll have all the tools you need to import, sort, and export images for a clean start to managing your images.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Quick Fixes
Today we'll explore how Lightroom works behind the scenes—something you'll want to know as we move into developing or making changes to your images with Lightroom. With an understanding of how the Library module works for importing, organizing, and exporting images, you're ready to work with Lightroom's Quick Develop tools. In this lesson, you'll see how to make quick changes, not just to one image, but to groups and large batches of images. This is just the beginning of our journey through Lightroom's Develop tools. You'll also learn how to work with multiple images and make virtual copies—all part of Lightroom's quick and easy developing tools.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Shapes and Sizes
Today, we'll begin our exploration of the Develop module and the many tools for editing and adjusting images. You'll have lots of hands-on practice with tools for straightening, rotating, and cropping images. It may seem like a straightforward subject, but Lightroom has many variations, so you can perfect both the shape and the size of your image. You may prefer to straighten based on a horizon in the image, or by fine-tuning the alignment against a grid. You can crop to a variety of different preset shapes, create your own custom shape, or crop by hand. You'll be pleased with the results!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

The Right Light
Color is an integral part of the perfect print, and it's important to see how Lightroom helps you adjust your overall color tone and lighting with several sophisticated tools. In today's lesson, you'll see how to pick the best white balance for your images, use a histogram to adjust the light, and find and correct problem areas with exposure clippings. These changes may be simple, but the right color and lighting bring your pictures to life, and you'll want to start the development process with these adjustments!

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

The Right Color
With today's lesson, we'll complete our study of the Basic panel, and you'll have quite a collection of tools at your disposal from the Develop module. We'll focus on color today, and you'll see how a subtle adjustment can clear away muted tones. We'll work with contrast, shadows, highlights, saturation, vibrance, and more. We'll also use the new Radial Filter tool. You may not know exactly what each of these does as we begin, but you'll find it's easy to experiment until you like what you see—and before you know it, you'll master the tools!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Sharp and Clear!
Next in our study of Lightroom, you'll have fun seeing the difference when you sharpen an image. Photographers work hard to shoot crisp images, but at times . . . things don't go as planned, and you'll be able to put the snap back into your images with Lightroom's tools. We'll work with sharpening and noise reduction tools today, and then you'll see how to apply any of the editing options to batches of images, bringing Lightroom's two best features together. It just gets better and better!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

To Sync or Not to Sync?
We'll continue our discussion on synchronizing or copying changes from one image to many in this lesson. But not all changes are meant to be copied, and you'll work with several tools like Red Eye Correction, Spot Removal, and the Adjustment Brush so that you can see how Lightroom corrects subtle issues in selected areas. This lesson will wrap up our study of the editing tools in Lightroom, and you won't be disappointed!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Exporting
We've taken the first few weeks to see how to import images to Lightroom and develop them with an amazing array of tools. Now it's time to see what we can do with these images outside of Lightroom. Today's lesson is on exporting Lightroom's images, and you'll see that there are many options for size, shape, and further editing. Whether you're working with raw or JPEG, Lightroom will efficiently process your images, save your changes, and provide you images you can upload to printers, create scrapbooks with, or use with Adobe's companion products: Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Printing
In today's lesson, you'll see how to use Lightroom's Print module to create a variety of output options. Whether you print at home or send your images out to print, Lightroom has a number of menus you'll want to be familiar with. You'll see how to print single images, create contact sheets, and customize layouts for many purposes. Once you've mastered the Print module, you'll be ready to print with all the advantages of using Lightroom.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Rating and Collecting
Lightroom has fans in two different areas: developing and organization. Today we'll go back to the organizational side and see how to rate images with star ratings and color labels, and we'll also look at how to create collections. With all these tools, you'll be able to categorize and find things with very little effort. It makes Lightroom a fast tool for locating images and moving forward in your workflow. You can work simply with Quick Collection and Target Collection, or you can create a sophisticated network of your own collections!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Slideshows
In our last lesson, we'll show off a bit with Lightroom's slideshow and identity plates. You'll see how to create both a PDF presentation and an MP4 Slideshow with music and special effects from your Lightroom collections. You'll also build an Identity Plate that you can use both in printing and presentations. With all the things you've learned in Lightroom, this is a great way to share your images with friends, family, and clients!

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 or an updated version of 5 (for example: 5.3). (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.) 

Windows

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive (if installing from DVD)

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1024x768 display
  • DVD-ROM drive (if installing from DVD)
Microsoft® Windows Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8 or 8.1; Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8.

Note: Students will need to download zip files and extract images for use in class. We provide basic directions for this, but students should be comfortable with downloading files, saving them on their computers, and locating them for use. Both Macintosh and Windows users are welcome, but Mac users should be aware that the course is written using Windows. Mac-Windows differences are minimal and students with Macs will only need to make a few standard Windows-to-Mac conversions, and we include notes when those need to be made. Instructors have Mac computers and software available to answer questions. The software runs nearly the same on both.


 

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer

Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer

$190 + applicable tax

Bring out the best in your photos!  In this course, you'll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that will greatly improve the look of your digital images. If you're upgrading from an earlier version, you'll build a strong foundation in using Adobe's award-winning editing program. Even if you have no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished user.

As you explore this program's many easy-to-use features and tools, you'll gain control of Photoshop Elements' award-winning technology. Elements is so well designed that even from the start, you'll be able to get results that you never imagined possible. You'll master techniques for editing images, fixing flaws, enhancing the final product, creating simple art projects, preparing images for email and the Web, and organizing your images.

With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this course makes it easy to learn how to edit your images like a pro. You'll also get plenty of practice as you complete fun, hands-on exercises that ensure you understand the basics of this program as well as more advanced techniques.


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Elements
Photoshop Elements is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images. In our first lesson, we'll introduce online training, show you how to download the images you'll use in class, and start with the very basics of Photoshop Elements. We'll take things a step at a time so that even new users can get comfortable editing and enhancing their digital photos. You'll also find information about what's new in Elements.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Quick Fixes and Formats
Today we'll discuss the many file formats digital images can take and how you can use them to your best advantage with Photoshop Elements. You'll learn how to save updated originals and copies of your images, as well as how to use Smart Fix to produce fast results. You'll see how to crop with the Rule of Thirds Grid Overlay and rotate images to get just the look you're after, and you'll practice using the Straighten tool for one-step corrections.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Sizing Images
Digital images come in all sizes! In this lesson, we'll discuss image resolution, pixels, and recommendations for resizing pictures with excellent results. When you want high-quality prints, you'll see just how to resize them and maintain quality with Photoshop Elements' sizing options. We'll also discuss the different shapes images can take and how you can be sure your prints will fit the frames you choose.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Printing Images

Photoshop Elements gives you lots of options for printing your documents, and you'll learn about all of them in this lesson. You'll find out how to add temporary colorful borders and print images to just the size you want. You'll also practice saving photos for use on websites using Photoshop Elements' Save for Web. In addition, we'll take a look at the Organizer and see how to print multiple photos on a page.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Creating Files and Layers

Most of the time, photographers have plenty of images to work with, but in some instances you'll want to create a new file as a foundation for your images. You'll learn how to do that in this lesson. You'll also see how to use Elements' tabbed windowing for quick access to your open images. From there, you'll add color and then move a photo onto your background. You'll discover how to use the Layers feature in the process.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Adjusting Color
Ever wondered how professional photographers can make the colors in some images look out of this world? Today you'll find out how they do it! You'll work with color adjustments in your images, including hue and saturation. You'll also create black-and-white images from color images using Elements' Black and White Conversion feature, and you'll pick individual colors to replace with others. You'll learn how to make quick changes with this! You'll also look at a tool that can help adjust skin tones quickly.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Adjusting Light and Color
Light is the essence of photography, but it's not always cooperative. In this lesson, we'll discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you've taken an image. You'll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and we'll cover techniques for adjusting shadows and highlights. You'll also have a chance to work with the histogram, Levels, and Color Curves—all excellent tools for correcting lighting and color tones. Through all this, you'll see how Elements keeps track of your changes and lets you go back through them if you want to undo something.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Using Organizer

In this lesson, we'll take a look at how Organizer works to keep track of your images. You'll see how to sort your pictures, add tags, and collect them in albums for use in projects like scrapbook pages and greeting cards.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Creating Text and Selections
In your creative projects, you'll often want to pair photos with text. Photoshop Elements gives you plenty of text tools, and in this lesson, you'll explore those and add text to your images. You'll see how Photoshop Elements uses layers with text, and you'll get tips on how to master the Layers panel. You'll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, including the color-based Magic Wand tool and the flexible Lasso tool. With these, you'll discover the power of Feathering selections and copying selections within an image.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Making Intermediate Selections

As you continue your study of selection tools, you'll learn how to create a silhouette image using the Quick Selection tool. You'll also practice using any of the selection tools in a reverse mode for tricky selections. We'll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images and how the new Text on Selection tool works with any shape! You'll also work more with Feathering and see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image. Finally, we'll go over how to add colors with the Gradient tool.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Advanced Selections
In our last lesson on the selection tools, you'll work with the Selection Brush tool for detailed and exacting work when you need it most. You'll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. We'll work extensively with the Add to selection option, and we'll preview our work with Mask Mode. You'll have a chance to experiment with some of Photoshop Elements' filters and color options, as well as the settings in the Magnetic Lasso tool. As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you'll have a chance to explore and work with the Select menu.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Images
As we bring this class to a close, you'll find many new tools to put to work and still more to learn. We'll discuss Retouching and Correcting tools, and you'll perfect your skills with the Red Eye Removal tool (including the new Pet Eye option), the Clone Stamp tool, and both the powerful Healing Brushes and the Content-Aware Healing option. You'll learn when to use each tool for the best results. The power of Photoshop Elements will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.

Adobe Photoshop Elements software (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 7 / 8, Mac OS X 10.8 through v 10.10; Internet access; email; and the Internet Explorer or Netscape or Firefox Web browser.

Note: This course is written for the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome and Mac keystroke conversions are included in the course material. Teaching staff has Mac software and equipment available and can help troubleshoot with Mac students to complete course material if necessary.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer II

Photoshop Elements 13 for the Digital Photographer II

$190 + applicable tax

Bring out the best in your digital images! If you have a basic working knowledge of Adobe's Photoshop Elements, these lessons will help you take your skills to the next level. Gain ability and confidence as you master the advanced features of this award-winning software, specifically designed for photo enthusiasts. Packed with hands-on activities and step-by-step instructions, this course will make you an accomplished user in just a few weeks. 

Adobe combines the power of their award-winning technology with the ease of use and quick results you want. You'll be amazed at how effectively you can use artistic filters, layering techniques, and advanced editing tools. Before long, you'll be creating collages, turning images into text, merging images, and restoring old photos like a pro.

Photoshop Elements gives you room to grow while allowing you to create exciting effects right from the beginning. Because it offers you more features and tools than you'll find in simpler programs, it broadens the options available to you as an amateur photographer. With the techniques you'll learn here, you'll be able to edit and enhance your photos with ease, and you'll have the power to transform any shot from "okay" to "wow!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

A Photographer's Workflow
Photoshop Elements is an excellent program for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, we'll move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, we'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, so today, you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Portrait Perfection Tools
In this lesson, we'll look at tools you can use to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. You'll see how to smooth away wrinkles with the Surface Blur filter, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life. . . .

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Distortion for Photographers
Distortion. It's not something you'd think would be desirable in photography, but with the options in Elements, you'll discover how distortion can help you work wonders! In this lesson, you'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Elements.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Restoring Old Photos
By this point, you'll be familiar with lots of the options Photoshop Elements provides for editing images. In this lesson, we'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to turn back the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Text Variations and Clip Art
Many computer programs allow you to include clip art in your documents. But did you know that with Photoshop Elements, you can make your own? In today's lesson, you'll see how to extract small portions of a photograph without any surrounding border and how to use them in other images and documents. You'll also find some great ways to merge text and imagery to create outstanding photographic impressions and how to customize the Elements panel display.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Artwork, Effects, and Filters
Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop Elements offers countless special effects, filters, and styles that you can use to show off your images. In this lesson, we'll explore how to add frames, backgrounds, clip art, and shapes to expand your creativity. You'll see how to sharpen and blur photos as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Layers and Layer Styles
Working with layers is one of the most powerful aspects of Photoshop Elements. In this lesson and the next, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also put the Smart Brush tools to work with quick edits that leave you with stunning images.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Patterns and More Layers

As we continue our discussion of layers in this lesson, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Elements' tabbed windowing feature. Photoshop Elements with layers is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat. You'll also have a chance to work with Photoshop Elements' features, Text on Shape and Text on Custom Path—it just gets better and better!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Moving Pictures
So far, we've done a lot with still photos, but in this lesson, we'll look at moving pictures. You'll see how to create an animated presentation from a sequence of images. And if that isn't enough, you'll also see how to create dazzling slideshows with animation, text, and music to showcase your images.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Bigger Pictures
In this lesson, you'll learn how to achieve beautiful ranges of color and contrast (sometimes referred to as High Definition Range) by combining multiple exposures of the same subject using Photomerge Exposure. We'll also discuss how to enlarge any image, correct vignettes, and create custom, colored borders of many sizes and shapes around your work. Your friends and family will be impressed by the professional-looking enlargements you create!

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Merging Images
Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots. But did you know that you don't need a special camera or lens to get these shots? Today you'll see how the Photomerge feature in Elements helps you blend several photos to provide seamless panoramic imagery, as well as other Photomerge options. We'll also look at some quick options for watermarking groups of photos all at once, including the Elements Recompose tool—an exciting feature with fast and easy results—as well as the new Content Aware Move tool.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Tools, Tricks, and Raw Images
Our last lesson will fill you in on a few remaining tools, like the Cookie Cutter tool and the Shape tools, and you'll see how to use both to create more variations of clip art. You'll also work with Adobe's Camera Raw tool and discover the benefits of working with these large, uncompressed files. You'll find yourself with lots of knowledge and hours of practice under your belt as you finish up this class about the advanced features of Photoshop Elements.

Adobe Photoshop Elements (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.10.

Note: This course is written using the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversions—which are included in the course material. Teaching staff has Mac software and equipment available and can help troubleshoot with Mac students to complete course material if necessary.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Discover Digital Photography

Discover Digital Photography

$190 + applicable tax

Join us and explore the world of digital photography!

Discover Digital Photography introduces the technology that has catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century. You'll explore a broad overview of the basics of digital photography, including equipment, software, and practical uses. We'll discuss different types of digital cameras, from phones and tablets to digital SLRs, all of which offer a wide array of photographic options. We'll also help you decide what type of equipment fits your needs, and you'll have hands-on exercises so you can explore the areas that interest you.

A discussion of digital photography wouldn't be complete without digital editing options. We'll explore a number of software packages, and you'll learn how to compose your shots when you know you have digital editing available to you. You'll also find out about your digital storage options—on the camera, the computer, and even beyond into cloud storage and online backups. 

Whether you plan to print or upload your images, you'll want to be sure that they're the right size to display with excellent quality and speed. We'll review how to size images for use on your computer, the Internet, and with social media. You'll also get a good introduction to printing images and making decisions about your archival options. And we'll discuss how industry and business use digital imaging today.

Digital photography plays a big part in social media communication and image sharing, and we'll discuss the basics of posting images online and some pros and cons of uploading to the Internet. This is especially important if you're traveling and sharing pictures with friends and family back home. As we get to the end of our class, you'll have a chance to explore more options for traveling with your camera that might be new to you!

Whether you're new to photography or a long-time photographer looking to move comfortably into the new world of digital work, this class provides opportunities for putting digital photography to use. This course serves as an excellent introduction before taking Secrets of Better Photography where we focus our time on camera settings, features, and the mechanics of taking better pictures.




Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

What Is Digital Photography?
In our first lesson, you'll have a chance to become familiar with the online classroom and discover the many resources available to you, including the beginning of our Digital Dictionary. You'll also learn how digital photography works and what you'll need to get started with a digital workshop at home. We'll discuss computers and provide you with information so you can make the best decision about which type you need, if you need one at all! You'll also come away from this lesson with a good understanding of how we find ourselves in the midst of the digital age and so many fascinating opportunities.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Let's Talk About Cameras
In today's lesson, you'll have an opportunity to understand the key features of a digital camera. This will be helpful as you learn about what to look for both inside and outside the camera and as you explore the different levels of equipment available.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Shopping for Digital Equipment
When it's time to make a decision and buy the camera that's right for you, you'll want to know how to make your best choice. In this lesson, we'll discuss more of the attributes and features of digital photography so you're ready to go shopping!

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Storing Digital Images
Digital storage is a big issue (no pun intended!). So in this lesson, we'll look at ways to address this aspect of digital photography. When it comes to digital images, you'll need storage space—not only on your camera, but also on your computer and somewhere offline for backup. Today, we'll discuss recommendations and guidelines for getting the most out of your storage space, as well as how to choose the best backup option for you and your work.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Phone and Tablet Photography
Digital photography isn't limited to traditional cameras! You probably have your phone or tablet with you most of the time, and this lesson explores the option of using that camera to take pictures, display your images, or even do quick editing. If you've been a bit confused by all the new terminology connected with smartphones and tablets, here you'll find easy explanations and clear examples of how to make the most of this technology.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

The Digital Darkroom
The ability to edit your digital images is one of the most compelling features of digital photography. In today's lesson, we'll look at several of the software programs available to you and some of the many features you'll find in digital editing programs.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Digital Photography Online
Using digital images online and on your computer are big parts of digital photography. In this lesson, you'll discover ways you can easily use digital images with email and on websites. We'll also discuss sizing images for use on the Internet so they display quickly. You'll love learning how simple it is to use your images as backgrounds and computer wallpaper. With digital photography, you can customize almost anything!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Digital Printing
Printing digital images can take many forms, and in this lesson, we'll explore the options for printing at home and the extensive network of retail printers available for digital work. You'll also learn how to prepare your images for the best quality prints, regardless of where you print them. If archival quality is important to you, or if you're scrapbooking, there are some things you'll want to know!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

A Changing Society
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy saw a whole new world spill out in front of her, and she turned to her dog and said, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"   Sometimes our world seems a bit like that with all the changes that the Internet, digital imaging, and high-end technology have brought to everyday life. In this lesson, we'll look at what's new and how digital imaging is changing our communication, business practices, and the way we, as photographers, manage, and protect our images.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Scanning and Restoring Photos
Scanning printed images is an important option for digital photography. In today's lesson, we'll look at restoring old and damaged photos, as well as using scanners to convert slides, negatives, and prints into digital images. You'll even learn how to capture an image of a 3-D object with a scanner!  A scanner is a terrific tool for digital photographers and does an excellent job of connecting traditional photography with the digital era. This is an especially important lesson for scrap bookers working on family histories with damaged images or printed documents.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Traveling With Digital Equipment
Travel photography is always a favorite subject for photographers, whether you're shooting in your own backyard or around the world. Digital photography presents some different challenges and opportunities, so in this lesson, we'll look at how professionals in the field handle the challenges, as well as techniques and opportunities you can use when you travel, including file organization with Adobe's Lightroom.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Composing Digitally
In our final lesson together, we'll look at how to compose your pictures with digital options in mind. There's a lot more to being a digital photographer than just owning a digital camera, and today you'll see some great examples of difficult situations that you can remedy with digital solutions. The more you learn about your options, the more you'll want to experiment!
A few computer-specific examples are included, which are based on Windows. Mac students are welcome, but may not be able to duplicate all examples.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Introduction to Camtasia Studio 8

Introduction to Camtasia Studio 8

$190 + applicable tax

Become a desktop video guru with Camtasia Studio! This power, easy-to-use suite of tools allows you to record, edit, and produce professional-level videos and export your finished production to almost any type of device.

In this course, you'll learn how to:

  • Capture action on your computer's desktop using the Camtasia Recorder, as well as how to import video, audio, and still images from other sources.
  • Edit and expand upon your content in the Camtasia Editor, incorporating transitions, callouts, voice-over narration, content animation, and other features including green-screen effects.
  • Record and edit audio content; and use Camtasia's noise reduction, volume leveling, and other audio-cleaning features.
  • Produce your finished video, incorporating clickable links, tables of contents, search features, and more.

Along the way, we'll examine microphones and cameras, free and open-source media converter utilities, ways to insure successful recordings, and how best to address different audiences.  We'll also investigate various free and low-cost online venues for distributing your productions. And it's all taught with hands-on, easy-to-follow instructions so you'll be using this powerful software on your own in no time.


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

What Is Camtasia Studio?
Camtasia Studio is a suite of software tools that allow you to digitally record your computer's screen output. You can then edit and enhance these recordings and deploy the finished production (commonly referred as a screencast) by one or more different methods. Our goal for today's lesson is to better understand Camtasia's role in the creation of screencasts. We'll also examine the various hardware and software requirements for making successful screencasts.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Touring the Recorder Interface
Camtasia Recorder is the tool you'll use to capture your screen. In this lesson, you'll explore the Recorder interface, learn how to make screen captures, and examine some methods for assuring your captures always come out well.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Camtasia Recorder Effects
In our last lesson, you got an overview of the Recorder interface, how to make a capture, as well as ScreenDraw special effects available at recording time. Today, we'll look at those effects tools in greater detail—specifically, annotation effects, cursor effects, and the ScreenDraw tools.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Working With Tools Options
Having options is a good thing, and Camtasia gives you many. Today, we'll examine some of those options, including whether to start capturing the second you click the Record button or begin with a countdown. Another option we'll look at is having the Recorder track your keyboard actions. Our goal for today's lesson is to examine these and the various other options available in the Camtasia Recorder.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Entering the Camtasia Studio
Once you've shot your footage, the next step is to assemble that footage into its final form. For us, that means moving from the Camtasia Recorder to the Editor. In today's lesson, you'll have an introduction to the Editor workspace.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Introduction to Timeline Editing
In today's lesson, we'll explore more ways of manipulating your production via the Camtasia Editor. You'll learn more about the Preview window as well as some basic editing techniques. We'll spend some time discussing how to move objects around the Canvas, and we'll dig into the many tools the Editor has for fine-tuning your production.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Callouts and Cursor Effects
In today's lesson, we'll focus on callouts and cursor effects. Callouts are graphic elements you include to focus the viewer's attention on important content within your screencast. Cursor effects enhance the user experience by drawing your viewer's attention to what the cursor is doing. Today, you'll learn just how helpful these features can be in aiding the viewer's understanding of your video content.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Exploring the Visual Properties Tab
Fans of the old '60s TV show Batman may recall the spinning graphics that popped up during fight scenes, saying things like POW! WHAM! or CRUNCH! They'd explode from the middle of the screen, spinning as they grew to block all action behind them. Similarly, everyone's seen scrolling titles that move up the screen at the end of a production. You're also likely familiar with the old split-screen effect with footage of one event sitting beside footage from another. How these effects are achieved in Camtasia is the result of working with the Visual Properties tab and dragging objects around the Canvas. In this lesson, we'll examine the various animation and effect techniques made possible with this aspect of the Camtasia interface.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Creating Quizzes
Often, the purpose of your production is educational. To this end, Camtasia includes a Quizzing Service testing option that allows you to quiz your viewers, as well as gauge the success of your presentation. In today's lesson, we'll explore Camtasia's quiz-building interface and scoring service.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Editing Audio With Camtasia
Sometimes you begin a production with high-quality audio-source files. Sometimes your audio sources don't measure up! But either they're not bad enough to rerecord them, or rerecording just isn't an option. What do you do then? Fortunately, Camtasia's audio-editing tools are pretty good. In today's lesson, we'll look at the Audio tab—specifically, its volume adjustment, noise removal, and volume leveling tools—as well as the audio-specific interface elements of the Timeline itself.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Producing Your Video
Once you have your presentation edited and it's ready to go out to the world at large, it's time to run it through the Production Wizard. In today's lesson, we'll examine the various options at your disposal, discussing how to export your videos to online services like YouTube and Screencast.com, as well as how to use the wizard's custom settings to produce video for upload to your own website or to disk.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

How People Respond to Multimedia Presentations
Humans are curious creatures, especially when it comes to making observations about ourselves. What often seems like common sense, when re-examined scientifically turns out to be wrong. So, in our closing lesson, we'll examine the research that's been done concerning the way people respond to multimedia presentations. The goals of today's lesson are to understand how people best absorb information and then apply that to your production habits.

• Internet access
• Email
• One of the following browsers: 
    o Mozilla Firefox 
    o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    o Google Chrome
    o Safari
• Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)

 

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8 or later are all acceptable (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.


Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

$190 + applicable tax

Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

Starting with simple projects, you'll quickly learn how to build pages, use artistic journaling, and produce sophisticated illusions. Photoshop Elements lets you build your own clip art, create frames, and develop multi-layer pages with an endless array of layouts and designs.

You'll see how to draw and create your own art, build collages and scrapbooks to share, and work with both color and black and white. If you need to restore or age images—the tools are all available to you. 

Join us and take your scrapbooking to a new level!


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

What is Digital Scrapbooking?
Digital editing gives scrapbooking a new level of creativity! In our first lesson, you'll have an opportunity to become familiar with the online classroom, Photoshop Elements 11 (the digital editing software we'll be using in this course), and a number of ways to integrate digital options with traditional scrapbooking. You'll see how to keep your personal style intact while taking advantage of fun and easy techniques to enhance your scrapbooks.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Journaling

In this lesson, you'll have an opportunity to experiment with and explore the many options for enhancing text. You'll see how to add color, shape, and styles, along with more advanced techniques like warping text to fit on objects, making circles with words, and transforming images into text. Journaling is an important part of the storytelling process, so let's put the words to work!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Layering

Whether you're working with scissors and glue or digital images, one of the ways to embellish scrapbook pages is to layer artistic elements. In our lesson today, we'll explore Adobe's layers so you can master the ability to build pages with many different pieces to create the look that tells your story best! We'll discuss sizing, background images, frames, and piecing together pages with multiple images, text, and clip art.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Clip Art
Now that you're comfortable with backgrounds, cropping, text, and layers, it's time to add some pizzazz to your pages! In this lesson, you'll see how to create and use clip art to add personal touches and dimension to your scrapbook. You may be surprised at how many important details you have in your pictures, and with Photoshop Elements, you'll be able to pick those out and use them just where you want them. Creating clip art is fun and easy with the tools in Elements. You'll be a pro by the time you finish this lesson!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Themed Layouts
Continuity and strong story lines captivate readers—even in scrapbooks! Today's lesson focuses on defining themes, using repetitive elements, and sizing enlargements for excellent quality. You'll see how to build two-page layouts, create panoramic images, and use two different techniques for adding frames to your pages.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Beauty of Black and White
Bold and beautiful, black-and-white photography leads us into a lesson on how to take a classic look and make it modern, timeless, or even old-fashioned. You'll see how to turn color photos into stunning black-and-white images, or how to keep just a portion in color. We'll also explore using gradients to create black-and-white backgrounds to set off color images.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Creative Illusions
Today we're going to work a little magic as you learn to create special effects to enhance your backgrounds and pages. You'll even be able to create some of these from nothing! The illusion of texture and dimension is important when building a sophisticated scrapbook, and we'll look at ways to build pages that might just make you wonder if they're real. With the Effects panel, the Filter menu, and some new tricks with layers and layer styles, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Bountiful Brushes
You're going to have fun today. Much like finger painting lets you release your artistic side, Photoshop Elements brushes are full of possibilities for detailed strokes, colors, and patterns—some even paint pictures! You'll see how to use the standard brushes, create and customize your own, and build pages and backgrounds with a variety of styles and patterns.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Digital Nostalgia
In today's lesson, you'll see how to turn back the hands of time to create pages using restored images and nostalgic pages. You'll also learn how to age a modern photo to match the look of older ones. With the pattern tools in Photoshop Elements, you'll create fabric-like backgrounds and even see how to add a bit of stitching. Digital editing merges the old and the new in surprising ways!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

3-D Imagery
Digital scrapbooking gives you lots of options for creating three-dimensional looks, and today you'll see how to use new shortcuts to make this quick and easy. With Photoshop Elements Guided Edit and special filters, you'll be able to create reflections, spheres, and many more effects.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Digital Drawing
Today you're going to draw! I think you'll enjoy how creative you can be with Photoshop Elements drawing tools, even if you don't think of yourself as artistic. With the Pencil tool, the Undo option, and the Eraser tool, changes and corrections are easy. You can even remove something and put it back. You'll see how to add line graphics with Wingdings and turn color images into coloring pages, as well as some other drawing techniques you can use to build backgrounds and art for your scrapbook pages.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Bringing It All Together
In our last lesson, you'll explore a couple of automatic options in Photoshop Elements to help you finish your scrapbooks quickly. You'll see how to build an automatic collage page from your images and how to upload them to book formats you can print at home or send out to have professionally printed. You'll finish this week with lots of great ideas to finish your scrapbooks and share them with your family and friends!

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13 for Windows/Mac (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Due to a significant change in the look and menu appearance of Photoshop Elements starting with version 11, students with earlier versions of the software should upgrade to Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13 before starting this course. Instructions, screenshots, and examples all rely heavily on specific instructions for these versions.

Note: This course is written with the Windows version of the software. Mac students are welcome, but will need to make standard Windows/Mac keystroke conversions—many of which are included in the course material. Teaching staff has Mac software and equipment available and can help troubleshoot with Mac students to complete course material if necessary.

 

 

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X

$190 + applicable tax

Make the leap from home video enthusiast to professional video editor using Apple's revolutionary Final Cut Pro X editing software! Whether you're an absolute beginner, an iMovie user, or an editor needing to upgrade from a previous version of Final Cut Pro, this course will prepare you to work on any type of editing project quickly and intuitively.

We'll cover the FCPX interface and its basic editing toolset including its advanced handling of metadata, the Magnetic Timeline, the Ripple and Insert edit tools, filters, titles, transitions, and audio tools. We'll also explore many of its advanced features such as Auditions, Compound clips, color correction, masks, and Roles.

You'll discover every feature of the FCPX software via hands-on tutorials in which you'll edit footage to produce finished works that you can show to potential employers, family, and friends. Each lesson focuses on general editing techniques and strategies for many different kinds of projects involving dialogue, music video, documentary interviews, action sequences, and promotional video. Along the way, you'll develop essential skills that will make editing your videos fast, expert, and fun.

By the end of the course, you'll know how to edit professional video presentations for use on the Web, in education, for business, or for a career in the motion picture industry!

Course Revised March 2014

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Video Editing Basics
In this first lesson, you'll get acquainted with the basic concepts and workflows of video editing with Final Cut Pro X. You'll explore the FCPX interface, using actual footage you import into your first project. We'll talk about how to review your footage, and you'll practice by adding keywords and markers to your clips to make them easy to identify. By the end of the lesson, you'll lay the foundation for your Editor's Reel, the business card of the professional video editor!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

File Management, Troubleshooting, and Projects
Today you'll get to know some of the challenges of working with digital video. We'll explore techniques for managing your files in FCPX, and we'll talk about how different kinds of video compression may affect the way you work and your best options for optimizing your media. We'll also look at some basic troubleshooting techniques that every editor should know. In the final part of the lesson, you'll make selections from your clips and edit them into your first project!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Talking the Talk: Editing a Dialogue Scene
This lesson is all about dialogue! You'll edit a dialogue scene today—evaluating your footage for technical quality and comparing different takes and making decisions about which are the best to use. We'll also walk through some techniques that will help you to quickly produce a rough cut. Finally, to refine your edit into an effective fine cut, you'll use some of FCPX's advanced editing tools.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Finding the Statue in the Stone: Editing the On-Camera Interview
We have a special way of editing the on-camera interview, the staple of all documentary films and videos. In this lesson, you'll discover how to tease the story out of an interview and how to build on that story with related visuals. You'll work on pacing, condensing time, creating rhythm, and making a compelling narrative out of your footage. Along the way, you'll experiment with a new set of FCPX editing tools.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Editing Music Videos
Who doesn't like music videos? And today, you'll learn how to edit them! We'll discuss the basic concepts and strategies for editing music videos, and you'll get lots of practice along the way. You'll import, analyze, and mark music; you'll use a few new editing tools to precisely adjust your cuts; and you'll make transformations to your images in the Viewer window. We'll also talk about how design principles and copyright influence the way you work.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Saying It All in 30 Seconds: Editing a Promo
Today's lesson is about getting to the point quickly! You'll edit a promo video for a famous horror film. We'll cover the format-specific techniques for editing your video down to an exact 30 seconds in length. You'll rough out the elements in the script, analyzing the dialogue for its rhythms and finding exciting images to help tell the story. Finally, once you've trimmed your images to perfection by slipping and sliding your shots, you'll discover the power of FCPX's audio mixing tools.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Working With Auditions
Action, action, action! You'll edit a quick-moving action sequence in this lesson, and while you work, you'll discover the benefits of using Auditions, a special set of FCPX tools specifically designed to help you choose the best possible clips for your edits. After you cut the sequence, you'll discover how to fix problems with audio, and I'll also show you a convenient way to add music.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Cooking With FCPX: Ingredients, Utensils, and Techniques
In this lesson, we'll explore important technical details about video files, FCPX customization, and some of the basic tricks of the editor's trade. You'll develop a better understanding of the kinds of files you'll use for different projects, and you'll discover how to tailor the FCPX work space to match your needs. Finally, I'll give you some useful tips for audio mixing, flipping images, and altering the speed of video clips for better editing.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Creating Magic in FCPX: Transparency, Compositing, and Animation
Today you'll conquer the brave new world of motion graphics. You'll develop basic skills for creating transparencies, combining multiple images, and animating different image layers. By the end of the lesson, you'll transform your raw project materials into complex visual compositions that harness many of the same techniques as the latest action movies!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

High-Tech Crayons: Color Correction in FCPX
This lesson is all about color! Color can be an important creative component of any video, adding emotion and giving new meaning to the visuals. Today, you'll explore the automatic and manual color tools in FCPX, while incorporating elements of color theory into your working method. You'll also use the professional tools of the trade, video scopes, to assure the quality and effectiveness of the colors and contrast in your images.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Pictures Tell Stories: Unleashing the Imagination With Still Photos, Video, and Narration
Can narration help you tell a story? Yes! That's what we're going to talk about in this lesson. We'll start by recording narration in FCPX's recording window. Then, using iPhoto as a companion to FCPX, you'll work with still photos and video to bring visual punch to your narrative descriptions. You'll explore the Crop tool and the Ken Burns effect, adding movement to your stills. And finally, you'll bring the whole thing together using Lower Third titles and Compound Clips.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

The Editor's Show Reel: Your Video Calling Card
Our final lesson is about showing the world what you can do! Your editor's reel features the best of your work in a short, exciting video showcase that you can use to impress potential employers, as well as friends and family. You'll get the inside scoop into all the things that will help you create the perfect reel. Using Roles, you'll create alternate versions of your work, and finally, you'll pull it all together by outputting distribution formats for the Web, mobile devices, and DVD.

• Internet access
• Email
• One of the following browsers: 
    o Mozilla Firefox 
    o Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
    o Google Chrome
    o Safari
• Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)

 

Apple, Final Cut Pro X, updated to Version 10.0.3 or above; FCPX is available exclusively from the Mac App Store (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); No Windows version, Mac only; Mac OS 10.6.8 and above.

Note: It is recommended to use a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better, Open-CL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (512MB of VRAM recommended), and 2GB of RAM (4GB of RAM recommended). A display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher and 2.4GB of disk space is recommended. Final Cut Pro X must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

$190 + applicable tax

Get control of your digital SLR camera!  In this course, you'll break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

You'll start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, we'll explore exposure controls.  You'll learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  You'll find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot.

Then we'll turn our attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode.  With these skills, you'll be able to take your photography to the next level. Finally, the course explores high dynamic range photos and how to master those difficult and tricky exposure situations.

By the end of this course, you'll truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you'll be able to use your camera to take the photos you've always dreamed of.


 


Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
In this lesson, you'll explore the basics of your DSLR camera. We'll take a tour of the DSLR, examining the different parts, buttons, and controls, and we'll also explore the exposure mode options you can select for different shooting situations. We'll discuss some general maintenance and housekeeping issues with memory cards, batteries, and cleaning—and by the end of this lesson, you'll feel empowered to get started with your DSLR camera!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Zooming In on Lenses
Today we'll explore DLSR lenses. One of the most important features of the DSLR is the ability to change lenses based on shooting conditions. You'll find out how lenses work, and we'll discuss some of the most common DSLR lenses and in what shooting conditions those lenses can help you get the best photos. We'll also talk about common lens filters and how they can help protect your lens and improve your photos.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Seeing Clearly: Exposure, Focus, and Metering
Do you know how your camera sees a photo? In this lesson, you'll learn about the three components of exposure—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You'll also learn about metering modes and how your camera uses these to determine the correct exposure for a photo. We'll discuss autofocusing and how your DSLR determines focus, and you'll find out how to manage autofocus and solve some common focusing frustrations!

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Going Deep: Using Aperture
We've talked briefly about aperture in earlier lessons, but in this lesson, we'll go deep into aperture. You'll learn how this aspect of exposure controls how much light enters the camera, and you'll discover how to control this light to affect the quality of your photos as well as certain focusing effects. We'll discuss how aperture is measured and how to use the Aperture mode on your camera, and before you're finished with this lesson, you'll have a chance to take some photos and practice using aperture!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Speeding Up and Slowing Down With Shutter Speed
Today we're going to talk about shutter speed—a second aspect of exposure. Shutter speed controls the amount of time that light enters the camera when you take a photo. You probably equate shutter speed with fast-action shots, such as sports photos. A fast shutter speed can stop action, but a slow shutter speed also offers a world of shooting opportunities. We'll explore both fast and slow shutter speeds in this lesson, as well as the Shutter Priority mode.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Getting Bright With ISO
In this lesson, we'll explore how ISO settings affect camera exposure. ISO manages the camera's sensitivity to light—the higher the ISO setting, the more sensitive. While ISO appears to be an easy fix for potentially dark photos, it can be a tricky setting to use. Today, you'll learn all about ISO solutions, as well as potential ISO problems, and you'll see how to manage ISO on your DSLR.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Making the Most of Flash Photography
I promised we'd talk about flash photography, and here we are! In this lesson, you'll explore your DSLR's flash options. You'll learn about using and controlling the on-board flash, and you'll also learn how to use an external flash with your DSLR's hot shoe. You've likely heard that professional photographers use natural lighting, but professionals also know how to use a flash when they need it. We'll discuss how to get the best photos using your flash, and you'll learn the professionals' tricks as well!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Managing Photo Files, Editing, and Movies
This lesson is all about editing photos and shooting movies on your DSLR. Your camera organizes photo information and stores the photos you take on memory cards. This way, you end up with a digital photo you can use on a computer or print. But how does this work, and what options do you have? What about resolution? What if you take a shot you love but just need a quick editing change to it? Your DSLR can help you with all of these issues, so today we'll spend some time in the DSLR's menu options!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Working With Manual Mode
Manual mode is an exposure mode on your DSLR that lets you make all of the decisions. You get to choose the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO . . . basically, anything you can configure or change, you can do it in manual mode. The good news is that manual mode gives you complete control over your camera. The downside is that there's a bit of learning curve that comes with control. In this lesson, you'll learn how to master manual mode and use it in a variety of shooting situations. To be a great DSLR photographer, manual mode is a must!

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Getting Better Exposure
Your DSLR is a sophisticated tool that can help you take great photos. But the DSLR can only capture what you choose for it to capture. As such, a poor photo through the viewfinder will be a poor photo it its final form. For all of the bells and whistles, your DSLR needs a human—a photographer—to capture great photos. In this lesson, you'll explore how to get better exposure through composition, managing available light, and working with a few additional DSLR features: the histogram and exposure bracketing.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Shooting HDR Photos
In the previous lesson, you learned about a helpful feature called exposure bracketing. With exposure bracketing, you can take several identical photos using different exposures. This way, you can choose which photo looks best. Exposure bracketing also offers another option—shooting high dynamic range (HDR) photos. With an HDR photo, you combine all three exposures from the bracketed shots, creating a photo with a higher range of color and exposure than you could capture otherwise. We'll explore this in today's lesson, and you'll have lots of opportunities to practice as well!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Mastering Difficult Shooting Situations
Even though your DSLR is a wonderful camera, there are a few specific shooting situations that are always difficult to master. In this final lesson, we'll explore the three kinds of photos that give DSLR photographers the most trouble: fast-action shots, macro shots, and low-light photography. The good news is your DSLR can help you master these shooting situations if you know how to use the camera's tools and features, and in this lesson, you'll see how to put these features to work!
Any digital SLR camera.  Point and shoot digital cameras are not compatible with the course content. Windows XP or newer OS; Mac OS X or newer OS.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera

Photographing Nature with Your Digital Camera

$190 + applicable tax

Nature photography can be a fun, relaxing, and exciting hobby! In this course, you'll learn about the many aspects of outdoor photography as well as how to master your digital camera's controls and features. With the knowledge you gain in this course, you'll be taking exceptional nature photos in no time.

We'll explore composition and lighting issues, and you'll find out how to take beautiful photos of landscapes, flowers, trees, and water. Along the way, we'll delve into your camera's shutter speed and aperture controls so that you'll be able to capture the photos you really want. Then we'll shift gears a bit and consider telephoto work in nature photography. Some natural subjects are always too far away or too dangerous to photograph up close, so we'll see how telephoto lenses and composition techniques can help.

We'll also focus on photographing animals—wild and domesticated, as well as large and small. You'll find plenty of tips to help you get great zoo shots and take excellent photos of pets. If you're a bird lover, you're in for a treat because you'll get an entire lesson about photographing birds.

In addition, we'll talk about macro photos, which are extreme close-ups of small items in nature. You'll find macro photography opens up a whole new world for you! And then we'll discuss using your computer to process your photos and digitally correct the most common problems. We'll wrap up by exploring abstract nature photography. You'll see how your photos can become works of art rather than just snapshots of nature. By the end of this course, you'll have become the nature photographer you always wanted to be!

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

The Joy of Nature Photography
In this first lesson, we'll explore what makes nature photography an exciting and joyful hobby. You'll do fun exercises that help you focus on the details in the world around you. We'll delve into the concepts of composition, form, shape, and contrast. And finally, you'll join me on a photographer's journey in one of my favorite places in the world!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Light and Composition
Nothing could be more important to a photographer than light, right? So today we're going to explore how to work with different kinds of sunlight, use fill flash, and photograph the sun. We'll talk about using the rule of thirds to compose attractive photos, and we'll also take a look at three cool natural forms that make great patterns to photograph. Light + composition + natural forms = the next step in your development as a nature photographer!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Landscape Photography
Landscapes are a pleasure to photograph, so we'll explore how to make landscape photos that are a pleasure to look at, too! In this lesson, you'll figure out how to manage aperture settings and depth of field to get the most from your landscapes, and you'll realize the benefits of focal points and vantage points. You'll also receive some tips to help you spice up landscapes that are flat or lack obvious details.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Photographing Flowers and Trees
Nature is full of interesting subjects to photograph, and flowers and trees are two of the best. So get ready to experiment photographically with a variety of textures, patterns, and colors. We'll start today with the basics of photographing flowers, and then we'll move on to explore advanced techniques the pros use. You'll also gain an appreciation for the ways trees can communicate feeling and practice photographing them in a way that evokes the specific feeling of a season or place. You'll discover the joys of trying unexpected perspectives as you take your photos.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Photographing Water
Water is a fun subject to photograph, but it does present some challenges that we'll tackle together in this lesson. You'll learn how to use your camera to compose photographs of large bodies of water (like oceans and lakes), and you'll receive fun tips for taking effective shots of streams and rivers. You'll also get better acquainted with your shutter-speed settings and practice controlling them to blur or freeze action to create interesting effects.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Telephoto Photography
Telephoto equipment can help you get close to subjects that are far away or too dangerous to approach, thus giving you access to an otherwise inaccessible natural world. So today we'll investigate the ways telephoto equipment can enhance your experience of nature photography. You'll find out how your camera and lenses handle magnification, and you'll gain an understanding of how to work effectively with a telephoto lens. Then we'll turn our attention to composing telephoto shots, and you'll practice photographing clouds, the moon, and the stars. Whether you're already working with a telephoto lens, want to buy one, or prefer to stick with the zoom lens on your consumer camera, this lesson will help you gain confidence in the telephoto realm.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Large Animal Photography
Large animal photography, as you might expect, can be a lot of fun and very exciting! In this lesson, we'll explore how to get the best photographs of large animals, whether domesticated or in the wild. You'll photograph single animals, groups, and animals in zoos and other captive areas. You'll also learn how to get pets to cooperate for a photo shoot!

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Small Animal Photography
Today, we'll delve into strategies for photographing small animals in the wild, including reptiles and other sneaky creatures. We'll discuss common composition, angle, and lighting issues you're going to be wrestling with. You'll learn tricks for photographing small animals at zoos, including animals in terrariums and aquariums. And you'll receive tips for photographing your small pet, including how to keep your pet's attention and what to do to avoid getting an ugly yellow color cast in your photos when shooting pet portraits indoors.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Photographing Birds
In this lesson, you'll learn about the challenges of photographing birds and the techniques for overcoming those challenges. Birds in flight, for example, can be tough to handle, because you have to be fast on the draw with your camera's settings and manage backlighting to prevent exposure problems. You'll learn to deal with these issues and get started setting up a bird photo studio in your own backyard, which you can use to practice all of your bird photography skills year-round.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Macro Photography
With today's lesson, we'll delve into macro photography, which you'll use to document some of the smallest creatures in our natural world. We'll sort through your equipment options, ranging from inexpensive attachments to more expensive options like macro lenses. And we'll investigate the particular challenges of exposure, shutter speed, and depth of field. We'll end with a look at a collection of macro photos and discuss what works and what doesn't.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Post-Processing
Photo-editing software gives you the opportunity to correct common photography problems and enhance photos creatively. Need to fix a blemish, crop a photo, or adjust the color? In this lesson, you'll find out how to make these quick fixes. Then we'll turn our attention to more advanced functions, like using layers and masks to make complex edits. And we'll finish by exploring some of the just-for-fun options of photo-editing software, like special-effects filters and using layers to add text. If you're not already working with photo-editing software, I'll direct you to a free program you can download in order to explore the techniques we discuss.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Abstract Nature Photography
Today we'll wrap things up with a fun exploration of the creative possibilities of abstract nature photos. You'll expand your understanding of subjects and composition, and you'll see how abstract photos work to achieve a specific effect or feeling. We'll end our discussion with a tour through a gallery of abstract photos, and I'll share a final entry in my photo journal about my visit to Tulum, Mexico—a favorite spot for photographers.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Photographing People with Your Digital Camera

Photographing People with Your Digital Camera

$190 + applicable tax

Photographing people can be fun, exciting – and complicated! This course will make taking beautiful pictures of adults, children, and babies simple. Don't be nervous if you're new to digital photography, because we'll start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You'll discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems, and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos and make other improvements. Next, we’ll move onto portrait and formal group shots, where you’ll learn how to organize people, which angles to use, and which to avoid. You'll become proficient in action photography, and you'll also learn several fun and creative ways to photograph children and babies. You'll even gain expertise in filling your photographs with imagery, setting moods, and creating themes. This course will have you well on your way to becoming a skilled people photographer.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Digital Camera Basics
Photographing people is one of the most exciting and complicated kinds of photography. Yet, with just a few skills, you'll soon be taking better pictures of people. In this lesson, we'll begin by exploring digital photography equipment and talk about how to set up an inexpensive home studio.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

All About Exposure
Today you'll learn about exposure and the pivotal role it plays in photography. We'll talk about the three camera controls that affect exposure, and you'll find out how to use these controls to achieve the desired effect in your photographs.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Techniques

In this lesson, you'll learn about light.  Every photo is made from the effects of light on your digital camera's sensor, so the importance of understanding and using light has an enormous impact on your photos.  You'll find out how to make the most of indoor and outdoor light and how to use some tactics to give you better shots.  Then, we'll explore some difficult lighting situations and how to overcome those problems in order to take great people photos.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Composing Photographs

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to compose a photo.  Photo composition involves not only the primary subject and secondary objects, but also the general look and overall feeling of a photo.  You’ll find out how to tackle common composition problems, use the rule of thirds, put tactics to work in order to shoot sharp photos, and use depth of field to your advantage.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Taking Portraits of Individuals and Groups
People photographers spend most of their time taking portraits of individuals and groups, but posing and arranging these shots can be difficult.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to solve common problems with portraits and how to arrange and shoot portrait and group photos that give you a true representation of the individual or group.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Photographing Hands, Faces, and People with Their Pets
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to take photos of faces, hands, and people with their pets.  You’ll discover how to manage composition, posing, and angles, and how to capture meaningful photos that communicate to the viewer.  You’ll also learn how to handle lighting with pets and how to keep their attention as you photograph them.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Photographing Children
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to take photos of babies and children.  You’ll discover some practical tips that will help you shoot those intimate, personal photos.  We’ll explore techniques for taking photos of children in motion, discuss how to pose kids, and consider specific issues related to photographing babies and newborns.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Action Photography
Have you ever tried to get some good sports photos, only to be disappointed with the results?  Maybe the image was blurry or the gym lighting made your photos have a yellow tint.  Sports photography is often rather difficult, but this lesson will help you learn tools and tricks so you can capture great sports images.  You'll learn all about managing shutter speed, composition, lighting, and you'll find out what makes a sports photo look great.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Macro and Abstract Photography
In lesson, you'll learn about macro and abstract photography.  Macro photography uses specialized lenses and lens attachments that allow you to get very close to items, while abstract photography focuses on photos that may not have a discernable subject.  You'll be surprised to know that you can use both of these techniques to create beautiful photos of people, and in this lesson, you'll find out how.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Shooting Formals and Weddings
One of the more challenging types of people photography is shooting formal events, such as proms and weddings.  In this lesson, we'll tackle this difficult subject and explore how to manage posing, lighting, and composition.  We'll also explore how to manage distractions, problems, and even how to take great photos of inanimate objects, such as the wedding cake!

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Post-Processing Photos of People
In this lesson, you'll find out how to make the most of image editing software and your people photos.  Even good photos sometimes need a bit of editing work to make them great, and in this lesson, we'll focus on editing techniques specific to photos of people.  You'll see how to adjust composition, exposure, and how to fix common problems, such as facial blemishes.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

The Business of Photography
After you master your people photography skills, you may want to begin a business.  In this final lesson, we'll explore the business of photography.  You'll find out how to manage clients, the services you'll offer, and you'll learn about photography contracts – a vital part of your business.  You'll even be able to download a contract and customize it to meet your business needs.
You will need a digital camera and a digital editing program of your choice, such as the latest version of Photoshop Elements.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Secrets of Better Photography

Secrets of Better Photography

$190 + applicable tax

Master your digital camera and learn the secrets behind outstanding photos! Whether you have a digital SLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or something in between, you'll learn how to use it the way you want to in this hands-on course!  You also have the opportunity to have your lesson assignments critiqued by our knowledgeable teaching team of professional photographers.

You'll see how to choose the best photographic equipment for you and how to compose images with style.  Exposure topics like aperture, shutter speed, metering, and ISO settings will all make sense as we break them down into simple concepts.  If you want to work with manual exposure on your digital SLR, we cover that, too! We'll also explore natural and artificial lighting, freezing or blurring motion, portraiture, children's photography, pet photography, photojournalism, and digital editing options. 

With each lesson, you'll have an assignment to apply the lesson topic using your own camera and, if you wish, your teaching team and your classmates will comment on your assignment images in a safe, constructive and positive environment. 

After six short weeks, you'll see the difference in your photographer's eye and your photos!  Secrets of Better Photography is also an excellent class to prepare you for the more advanced class, Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

The Subject of Photography
In this first lesson, you'll learn how to see the subject of each photograph—before you press the shutter button. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Camera Equipment
As we move to the technical side of photography, we'll take a look at the options available in camera equipment. Whether you have a point-and-shoot camera or the latest digital SLR, you'll gain a better understanding of the equipment and tools photographers use.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Your Photographic Eye
Returning to artistic elements in this lesson, you'll learn how to develop your photographer's eye and incorporate compositional guidelines as you take better pictures. This information will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the class.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Lighting
Light is the essence of photography. In this lesson, we'll explore how to control and use light to your advantage. You'll compare the advantages of natural light, available light, and artificial light and see when you'll want to use each to capture the special effects you're after.  You'll also learn how to use the ISO and white balance settings on your camera to make the most of the light you have.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Sharp Shooting
Today we'll explore the options for using your camera and other tools to get sharp, crisp images.  Photography often requires compromise to accommodate conflicting priorities, and after this lesson, you'll be able to decide what's most important to you.  Becoming aware of screen resolution, camera shake, stabilization, and focus options, as well as preprogrammed modes, will give you a variety of tools to put to work.  You'll also see how to test your lenses and cameras and evaluate your equipment.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Aperture and Depth of Field
Using manual exposure settings opens up a whole new world of professional and creative options.   In this lesson, you'll begin an exploration of how to get the most out of your camera's features, starting with Aperture Priority and the control it gives you over depth of field.  Whether you want to create an image with a soft background highlighting your subject or a far-reaching landscape shot with all the details in focus, controlling your aperture settings puts that power in your hands.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Shutter Speed and Motion
You'll see how to capture motion in this lesson as we continue the topic of manual exposure settings.  Whether you want to freeze the action of fireworks or merge a waterfall into a velvety illusion, shutter speed is the key!  Setting your shutter speed gives you the control you need to get the images you want, and it's easier than you might think.  You'll have lots to practice with as you finish this lesson.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Portraiture
In this lesson, you'll learn the tricks of portrait photography. Whether you're working professionally or just as the family photographer, these techniques will help you take better portraits.  You'll see how to pose people so they'll look their best, when to use digital editing, and how various lighting techniques will help you create pleasing portraits.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Children and Pet Photography
Photographing children, pets, and groups is a challenge for even the most seasoned professional photographer. In this lesson, you'll learn some techniques and strategies to bring out the best in your pictures.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Photographic Challenges
Now that you know how your camera works and what you want to do, it's time to take a look at how to handle challenging situations. When the light is low or the subject just seems out of reach, you want to know how to get the shot! In today's lesson we'll focus on how to use your tools and knowledge to beat the challenges and come away with the pictures you're after.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Photojournalism

Photojournalism is a fascinating field for photographers. This fast-paced world presents challenges of its own. In this lesson, you'll see how the pros handle this type of work. We'll also discuss how to get started in the field.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Digital Options
Digital editing is a real bonus for photographers. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic and artistic editing techniques available to all photographers, as well as some of the technical issues of digital photography.
A digital or film camera. This class does not involve digital editing or other computer specific programs, so both Mac and Windows operating systems are welcome.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer

Travel Photography for the Digital Photographer

$190 + applicable tax

The lure of travel is surpassed only by the inevitable desire to bring home pictures and share your adventures. Since the late 1800s when George Eastman produced the first traveling camera with the slogan, "You press the button, we do the rest," travel and photography have been eternally joined. With the added benefits of digital photography so readily available to consumers today, the field is full of new opportunities and new challenges.

Join us and discover this fascinating world through a photographer's eye. This course will address the special needs and techniques digital photographers need to capture scenes from around the world and bring them home. We'll focus on specific tips for digital photographers, and how to use both traditional techniques as well as those unique to digital equipment.

We'll look at subjects such as wildlife on land and at sea, and how to get the best shots of animals in captivity as well as those in the wild. We'll discuss ways to blend in with nature for this popular area of photography and the best kind of equipment for specialized shooting.

We'll share tips on taking shots for professional use and those to treasure from a family vacation. We'll discuss the situations that require model and property releases, and those that don't. You'll learn how and when it's appropriate to pay people to take their picture and how to make the most of those types of opportunities.

Environmental challenges can put your camera equipment in jeopardy, yet conditions such as freezing temperatures and tropical heat often abound in some of the most beautiful places in the world. This class will address those issues and offer practical solutions that travel easily.

You'll learn more about traveling with digital equipment and what to take and what to leave behind as you venture into the wilderness, onto a cruise ship, up in a helicopter, or over an international border. We'll share various examples from destinations around the world, and expand your knowledge of techniques for shooting digitally and working with the images after you get back.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Before You Go
We'll cover a lot of ground in our first lesson where we'll start with an overview of the equipment you'll need to pack before you head out on the road. We'll look at cameras, lenses, and tripods, as well as other options for stabilization. You'll be ready to go before you know it!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Wilderness Work
In this lesson, we'll look at a number of different ways to photograph the wilderness. You'll explore ways to carry your equipment, keep it safe from rain, and power it up on a long trip away from home. We'll discuss some of the basic rules of composition and how to put them to good use, as well as focal points and getting the depth of field that best suits your subject

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Animal Antics
In today's lesson, we'll concentrate on animals and how to capture their essence, whether they're in the wild or protected in cages. We'll look at equipment for zooming in and camera options for the best quality images. It's easy to get up close to a captive animal, but when you're in the wild, you'll need to know how to merge with nature so you can observe natural behavior, so we'll discuss that, too. We'll also go over shooting fast-moving animals like birds in flight, and how to use your camera to its best advantage.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Beaches and Aquariums
Even under the water, light is the magic that makes the photographic process work. So in this lesson, we'll look how to manage light when you're under and over the water. When you finish this lesson, you'll know how to work with backlighting, reflectors, fill flash, and spot metering. You'll also see how to use lines in an image to set off your subject as you improve your composition.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Nights and Lights
Sometimes you'll find that there isn't much light when you're traveling and you'll need to know how to accommodate low light and mixed light situations. Today, we'll work with settings on your camera like customized white balance, ISO, and flash options to make sure you get the pictures you want. You'll also see the power of shooting in RAW, and the options available with digital editing. As we finish up this lesson, we'll even explore some options for cave photography, lightning, and fireworks!

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Hot and Humid
Visiting warm climates is a big part of many travel experiences, so in this lesson, you'll see how to protect your equipment from condensation and heat. You'll also see how to work within a rainforest environment. With the added control that manual exposure settings give you, you'll find the Sunny 16 Rule a great help. We'll also take a look at macro work and how to get the best shots of the details wherever you are.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Cold and Wet
In today's lesson, we'll move from warm climates into winter settings. Snow and ice make great backgrounds for dynamic photos, but they can present some exposure challenges, so we'll discuss how to solve any of those problems. We'll also look at shooting indoors, freezing action, and how to make the most of bad weather. When you finish here, you'll have a good idea of how to photograph star trails and the Northern Lights as well.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Sailing the Seven Seas
Welcome aboard! As we move into today's lesson, you'll investigate the many advantages of cruising and being at sea with your camera. Lighting can be confusing at sea, but with easy solutions to exposure latitude issues, you'll get the shots you want. To finish off the lesson, I'll send you on a photo assignment where you'll document your journey with all the tools at your disposable. Bon voyage!

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Up, Up, and Away!
It's time to rise above everyday sightseeing and shoot from the air. In this lesson, you'll have a chance to learn many techniques for working from a hot air balloon, a helicopter, or an airplane. We'll talk about histograms and blinkies, and how they can help you improve your shots as well as how to use exposure compensation to quickly correct exposure problems. You'll see the importance of perspective from the air and how to shoot through hazy skies.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Cityscapes
Big cities are a part of many trips, and you won't want to miss the action! We'll start today's lesson by discussing sightseeing tours, safety precautions, and making the most of your time in the city. You'll also see how to shoot in fog and use various metering options and handheld light meters. Many cities have amusement parks, so we'll spend some time discussing how to put panning, long exposure, and light painting to work to bring home images of all the fun.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Beyond the Border
As we near the end of our course, you'll see how to make the most of a trip across the border. We'll look at international travel, power concerns, and customs issues so you can make sure you get back and forth across the border easily. You'll also have a chance to explore the mysteries behind model releases and selling your work. And you won't want to leave home without a passport, so we'll spend some time discussing how to take a great passport photo, too!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

After You Get Back
Welcome home! In our final lesson, it's time to get your images organized so you can share the best of your images with friends and family. We'll conclude with information on cleaning your camera so you're ready to go when the next opportunity arises. You'll find that in six short weeks, you've mastered a wealth of techniques that will change your pictures forever!
Completion of Beverly Schulz's Secrets of Better Photography online course (or equivalent photography experience.)
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020