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Photography Course: Intermediate

Building on the basic camera instruction provided in Introductory Photography course, this class focuses on the substantial advantages of the RAW workflow. The digital photographic process will be demystified, including interpolation, white balance, digital color, and file formats. Simple photographic lighting techniques will be demonstrated using natural and artificial sources and electronic flash. The course concludes with a challenging practical assignment: using a single light source and simple light modifiers, each student will create a complex, powerfully lit conceptual studio photograph in the classroom.

Questions about this photography class? Interested in a private or customized photography training? Call to speak with a photo training consultant: 781-376-6044.


Please call 800-851-9237 to schedule this training course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Fri, Jan 01 2016 - Online

How to read and use histograms

  • Why read your histogram
  • Locating your camera’s histogram
  • What to look for
  • Luminosity red, green, and blue-sensitive histograms

How to view exposures

  • Understanding the exposure triangle - ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
  • Testing your exposure
  • Auto, Manual, and semi-automatic modes

Verifying accurate color with white balance

  • Color temperature
  • Different light sources and their hues
  • Camera calibration

Using your flash to enhance your image

  • Photographing using irect flash
  • Indirect flash photography
  • Off-camera flash

Sensor types and sizes

  • Types and their benefits
  • CCD, CMOS, Live MOS, Four Thirds System
  • Understanding photosites

Digital file types and their advantages

  • Understanding compression
  • Best formats for print and online

Your digital darkroom – Editing in Raw

  • Setting up your camera for raw
  • Opening your RAW files
  • Editing controls in Camera Raw
  • Editing in batch
  • Saving your files

Camera extras

  • Using Bluetooth and GPS features in your camera
  • Where to find settings
  • Geotagging your photo
  • How to take advantage of geotagging

Advanced lens options

  • Lens selection based upon shot - sports, wildlife, landscapes, architecture, portraits, and more.
  • Best lens for your budget
  • Variable apertures
  • Fixed apertures
  • Focal lengths
  • Working with macro, wide, tele, fisheye and architectural lenses

To participate in this photography class you will need a camera that can be set in manual mode. Digital SLR cameras from any manufacturer can be used, as can modern mirrorless cameras.

You will receive a comprehensive course manual for this class developed by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI instructors have created many of the official training guides and books for Adobe Systems.


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AGI's team of experienced instructors are led by the design and usability expert and best-selling author of more than 20 books including Creative Cloud for Dummies, Creative Suite for Dummies, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. Classes are led by experienced professionals who have extensive professional and training experience, and also work in our consulting practice areas and as practicing professionals. For Federal agencies, American Graphics Institute classes are offered under GSA contract 47QTCA19D003Y.

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