™ Adds Ten New Courses to Impressive Spring Schedule

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65 different courses on photography and imaging start April 5, 2006.™, the worldwide leader in online photography education, today announced that ten new courses have been added to the Spring schedule of classes; classes begin on April 5, 2006. All BetterPhoto courses are taught by a roster of 28 professional, published photographers. All 64 courses can be accessed at

Focus on Photo Style

Advancing from snapshots to making photographs is a quantum step for photographers keen on self-expression. It requires competency with light, color, composition and capturing that definitive sense of moment. But this is just the start! Beyond lays development of a creative "signature" - the emergence of a personal photographic style.

This course, taught by master photojournalist David Bathgate, is designed to lead students on this path, to push them to dig deeper and go further than just documenting what lies before their lens. Based in Europe, David frequently finds himself in Asia and the Middle East covering stories for the international news and photo agency Corbis. His work has appeared in international publications such as TimeAsia, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Focus, Geo, Newsweek, and Businessweek.

What the Histogram Tells You About Exposure

One of the huge advantages of digital photography is the ability to see a histogram reflecting each picture you take. In this exciting online course, professional photographer and author Ellen Anon will show students that once you know how to understand the histogram, it's easy to make sure that all your pictures are exposed perfectly!

Ellen Anon is the co-author of the popular book Photoshop for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book (Sybex, 2005) and the soon-to-be-released Aperture Exposed: The Mac Photographers Guide to Taming the Workflow (Sybex, 2006).

Learning the Canon Digital Rebel Camera

This is an information-rich course designed to help you get stunning images from a student's Canon EOS Digital Rebel or Digital Rebel XT SLR camera in four fun-filled weeks. This course will be taught by Charlotte Lowrie, author of the best-selling book, The Canon Digital Rebel Field Guide, and professional editorial and stock photographer.

Mastering the Nikon D200

This unique online course is devoted to a truly awesome digital SLR camera: the Nikon D200. Taught by professional photographer, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, and longtime BetterPhoto instructor Tony Sweet, this 4-week class will take the mystery out of the camera controls, dials, menus, and functions. Students will learn custom functions, ISO settings, white balance, file formats, and more.

Advanced Camera Raw Creative Techniques

This course will focus on how to use Camera Raw to create sepia-toned images, process and combine a Raw black-and-white and color image for a hand-colored effect, create faded and toned photos, and you'll capture and process ultra high-resolution, High-Dynamic Range images. Using these techniques, professional photographer and author Charlotte Lowrie will show students how to produce some of the most creative and stunning high-resolution images in their collections.

Understanding Professional Lighting

One of the toughest things to do in photography is to choose lights: how do you know what you want when you don't know what anything does? Most people buy lights twice, since they outgrow the first set almost immediately. Instructor John Siskin, a widely published professional photographer, draws on more than 15 years of experience in teaching professional lighting. In this 8-week online course, students will learn about the different types of lights on the market - and how to use them. Students will also get information on the application they most want for strobe lighting: portrait, product or architecture, in studio or on location.

Macro Photography: An In-Depth Look at Close-up Subjects

Author/photographer Jon Canfield will teach students how to capture close-ups in nature and the studio. From insects and flowers, to jewelry, to abstract images of everyday objects, students will focus on the little things in life.

Jon is the author of several books - RAW 101: Better Images with Photoshop Elements and Photoshop, Print Like a Pro: A Digital Photographer's Guide, Photo Finish: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Printing, Showing, and Selling Images (co-authored with Tim Grey) - and has written on macro techniques for Shutterbug and PC Photo magazines.

Digital Art Photography

How can color help define a message within a photographic work? How does one balance ambient color when composing a photograph? Writer and photographer Matt Bamberg - author of Digital Art Photography for Dummies - will show students how to spot and frame color in candid street photography to create award-winning photographs.

Topics in this exciting four-week online photography course include: developing an eye for color; exploring how your camera handles light and color; creating color photo sets; and shooting for color at night.

Macro II: Advanced Techniques

An eroded sand beach becomes an abstract of tiny hoodoos; a blossom is seen through ethereal clouds of color much as a bee would view it on the wing in a garden; and abalone shells become iridescent canvasses of color.

Brenda Tharp teaches this fun 4-week course that will help students go beyond the basic macro image and show them how to create more expressive and interpretive close-ups. The author of Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, Brenda will show students how to make the best macro image they can with the gear they have.

Low-Light Photography

Professional photographer Jed Manwaring shows students that there is no time of day or night when you can't make photographs. The technical aspects of low-light photography are simple once students understand how to put all the pieces together. This course will help students master the concepts of low-light photography so they can make creative decisions as they build their compositions.

Discover the magic of photographing in situations where most people might say "it's too dark to make pictures." Capture the subtle colors of dawn or twilight, the mood of the night, the neon glow of a city street

BetterPhoto brings together over 50,000 active members for learning, fun, and community. The site offers over 60 courses on photography and Photoshop, taught by scores of published, professional photographers including Tony Sweet, Brenda Tharp, Jim Zuckerman, Outdoor Photographer editor Rob Sheppard, and Shutterbug editor George Schaub. The monthly contest, considered the best on the web, brings in over 25,000 entries monthly, and awards winners in 10 categories.

About is the worldwide leader in online photography education, offering an approachable resource for photographers who want to improve their skills, share their photos, and learn more about the art and technique of photography. Headquartered in Redmond, WA, is a fun, approachable community, offering online photography courses led by highly respected and published professional photographers, who act as mentors. BetterPhoto also offers a range of gallery and web hosting options that are easy to use and powerfully customizable, and offers a rich community experience and the best photo contests on the web. The site is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2006.

For more information, visit the BetterPhoto website at

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