Basic Photography Skills

Figure 1   Introduction to Basic Photography Skills from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Basic Photography Skills is a course designed to broaden skills and add photography as another element to your journalism. This course will not turn you into a professional photographer, but it will vastly improve your photography and hopefully will make you more confident with your camera. The course is taught using an affordable point and shoot camera and is split into the following lessons:  

File formats, cameras, lenses and setting up
Photography practice
Composition
Understanding light
Understanding light: flash

File formats, cameras, lenses and setting up

Figure 2  File Formats Cameras and Setting up from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

All the essential information you need to know about JPEGS, TIFFS and RAW files and when to use each file. Confused by your camera? This lesson will recommend settings that will help you get better results from your camera.

Photography practice

Figure 3  Photography Practice from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Photography takes time and practice. Follow Tomas's working practice from beginning to final results and learn how to take better pictures using his methods.

Composition

Figure 4  Composition from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Improve your images by learning how to use lines, the rule of thirds and frames. These three simple rules and techniques will transform your images and give you more professional results.

Understanding light

Figure 5 Understanding Light from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Photography is often referred to as painting with light. In this lesson we hope to show you how to use light and how you can achieve different looks by using the sun as your main light source.

Understanding light: flash

Figure 6   Understanding Light: Flash from Africa Media Online on Vimeo

Often misused, flash can be used creatively and can improve your images not just in low light situations. In this lesson we show you 2 flash settings that can add another dimension and improve your images.