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Photography Fundamentals

Organized, free training from around the web and turned into a progressive curriculum.

Organized & Curated Training Library

This curriculum is built around the best, free training from around the world to help students master the basics of their disciplines. There is so much free training related to the fundamentals of photography. We spent months searching for the best and organizing it into a curriculum.

If you want to master photography then you must learn the fundamentals. You learn by doing, and this curriculum will guide you through projects as you watch the training.

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Curriculum

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1. History of Photography.


Giving students a historical context of their discipline is an essential starting point. Our curriculum features videos that highlight the history of photography and camera technology.

All of our programs start with a history module to give students a foundation they can build on.


2. Digital Photography & Camera Basics.


This program is built around digital photography. Learning how to use a digital camera, shoot in manual and process raw images is essential for any beginner.

Before you can consider higher concepts such as composition, color theory or story, you have to understand how the equipment works and what the workflow looks like.


3. Post Production & Editing.


Once you understand the basics of producing an image with a digital camera, you can move into post production and editing. This module focuses on editing and processing images.

Great images are captured in the field, but there are important post production concepts that can refine and improve your images.


4. Composition & Concept.


Now that you've mastered the workflow of digital photography, it's time to consider higher concepts to improve your work. The theories of strgon composition are simple but essential for students to learn.

This module also focuses on bringing unique concepts into your work and how a single image can tell a story.


5. Story & Portrait.


This module is for those who want to take great portraits or tell a story through portrait work. Working with subjects or documenting a story is a great use of digital photography.

What are the elements of a great portrait? How do you work with a model on set? How do you tell a story through portraits? These are the questions explored in this module.


6. Push The Color.


Color theory is another set of concepts that photographers are wise to study. Photographers should understand the basics of complimentary colors and how color communicates different emotions.

Students are encouraged to create a photo project that explores some aspect of color theory.


7. Landscapes & Timelapse.


This module contains training related to shooting landscape photography and doing timelapses. This may not be relevant to every photographer in our program, but can lead to fun expirments.

The basics of doing timelapse is easy and fun. Landscape photography, while simliar to other types of photography, does contain specific concepts that are good to know.


8. Commercial Photography.


Commercial photography relates to shooting products and models in an advertising context. There are concepts related to this type of photography that are important for those wanting to pursue this type of portfolio.

Client expectations and final results are different in commercial work than in portrait work, like weddings or seniors. Doing good commercial work is often about a clear emphasis, strong lighting concepts and dynamic images.


9. Liberal Arts.


Create Academy is primarily a vocational school with a focus on skills that are relevant for the current job market. We also believe that Liberal Arts are more important than ever. Students are asked to engage with material related to history, philosophy, economics, psychology or political science.

Part of our mission is to encourage individuals to be positive members of our free society. We all have a responsibility to learn what we can to make informed decisions for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world.


10. Portfolio Review.


There are many specific types of photography portfolio's. Your portfolio can be geared towards different end uses, such as; commercial, portrait, editorial, nature, sports or landscape.

The type of portfolio you build should directly reflect the type of work you want to get paid to do. If you want clients to hire you as a photographer they need to see examples of what you can do.


11. Thesis Project #1.


At this point in the curriculum the focus for each student is on creating original works that are aligned with their long term goals. Self-initiated projects that reflect the student’s technical and artistic skills are essential for building a portfolio that stands out.

Students pitch their thesis project, recieving feedback from peers and mentors before engaging in full production.


12. Thesis Project #2.


At this point in the curriculum the focus for each student is on creating original works that are aligned with their long term goals. Self-initiated projects that reflect the student’s technical and artistic skills are essential for building a portfolio that stands out.

Students pitch their thesis project, recieving feedback from peers and mentors before engaging in full production. After this project, students have all the tools, knowledge and processes needed to continue their journey in Photography.


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