6 Free Photography Courses from the US Army
|March 16, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Free Stuff|
The other day we brought you two extensive free photography courses that were published by the United States Navy back in the 1990s. Well, if you liked that post, you’re sure to love this one — we’ve managed to dig up a further SIX absolutely free photography courses; each one originally published by the United States Army.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #1:
“STILL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR JOURNALISTS”
The first one is titled “Still Photography for Journalists”, published by The Army Institute for Professional Development, and the Army Public Affairs Center out of Fort George G. Meade, Maryland in June of 1989. It’s cataloged as “Subcourse DI0250 – Edition 9.” It’s 122 pages and contains “5 lessons, giving the journalist the tools necessary to perform as a photojournalist. These lessons will provide a general knowledge and understanding of using a 35mm camera, film and exposure, controlling light, film development and making prints.” The .PDF for this course can be downloaded by right-clicking on this link, and choosing “save link as…” or, “save target as…” The .PDF file is about 3MB in size, and, as with all .PDFs, you’ll need a way of viewing it. You can download Adobe Reader XI, a free .PDF reader at this website.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #2:
The next course in the series is titled “Photojournalism I” and appears to be a continuation of the first. It too contains 5 lessons “giving the trained photojournalist advanced information in photojournalism. These lessons will provide an understanding of photojournalism, a knowledge of obtaining, recording and writing a photograph cutline, cropping a photograph for publication and establishing a field photographic darkroom.” This installment is 82 pages long. The .PDF file is under 1MB, and can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #3:
Continuing on in the free photography courses from the US Army series, comes the third installment: “Photojournalism II.” This one is a total of 46 pages and the .PDF file clocks in at just over 600kb. Photojournalism II contains “three lessons, giving the trained photojournalist advanced information in photojournalism. These lessons will provide an understanding of photojournalism, preparing a shooting script, shooting a picture story and producing a 35mm color slide presentation.” The .PDF file for this free photography course installment can be downloaded by right-clicking on this link.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #4:
The final installment in the “Photojournalism” series from the US Army is “Photojournalism III.” This free photography course document is 33 pages in total, and the .PDF file is just over 500kb in size. “Photojournalism III” provides the final three lessons in the series, which, it is said, will “provide an understanding of sports photography, shooting a spot news photograph and shooting a personality feature photograph.” This free photography course .PDF is available by right-clicking on this link.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #5:
This installment in the US Army’s free photography course series is a little less photography oriented. Nevertheless, it does cover some photography related topics like proper lighting, framing and composition, so we figured we’d include it here. It’s title “Electronic Journalism” with an Army catalog identifier of “Subcourse Number DI 350 – Edition A.” It runs 76 pages long, and the .PDF file is just over 2MB in size. The course claims that it was designed “as part of the Broadcast Journalist course to introduce you to an entry-level understanding of Electronic News Gathering/Electronic Field Production Equipment, Lighting For Electronic News Gathering, Framing And Composition, Video Scriptwriting and Electronic Editing.” It contains five lessons in total. You can download the .PDF file for this free photography course by right-clicking on this link.
FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE #6:
“PHOTOGRAPHY IN CLIMATIC EXTREMES”
The final free photography course from the United States Army is titled “Photography in Climatic Extremes.” It’s the shortest course out of the six, totaling just 30 pages, but it’s probably not the most uninteresting. It was published by the Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon in Fort Gorden, Georgia in June of 1987 and was designed to “teach you the knowledge necessary to perform tasks relating to operating photographic equipment in various parts of the world. It provides information on operating in cold, desert, dusty, humid, and hot regions.” This free photography course from the US Army contains a total of three lessons. The .PDF file is just a little over 200kb in size. You can download this document by right-clicking on this link.