Free Photography Courses Courtesy of the United States Navy
|March 14, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Free Stuff, Miscellaneous|
Thanks to a Reddit user that goes by the name of “clutch70706” there is now available, on-line, both a “basic” and an “advanced” photography course, both in PDF format, which was originally put together and published by the Professional Development and Technology Center of the United States Navy. The basic course was originally published in October of 1993, and the advanced version in April of 1995, so, as should be expected, it deals with film photography exclusively. That doesn’t mean, however, that these two rather extensive training courses would not be quite valuable to modern, digital photographers. Both are packed with information which is pertinent to both film and digital photography combined.
The courses cover practically everything from the very basic principles behind how light works and interacts with optics in order to produce photographs — handy information to familiarize yourself with if you’re new to the photographic arts — to standard developing and printing techniques and practices. So, if you’re a digital shutter-bug that’s been itching to try your hand at film photography for the first time, the courses can be quite invaluable. Or, if you’re new to photography in generally, the courses can provide some valuable insight and a foundation to the basic principles you should be acquainted with in order to make the most out of your photographic efforts.
Both courses are set-up as complete self-training courses in photography. So, each contains instruction, exercises for you to carry out, and question and answer tests for you to complete in order to test your newly acquired knowledge. The courses boast that you will be trained in, and tested on, things such as: Theory of Light and Optical Principles; Light Sensitive Cameras and Controls; Basic Photographic Techniques; Photographic Assignments; Portraiture; Copying; Chemical Mixing; Image Processing and Control; Black-and-White Printing; Color Printing; Motion Media; and Job Control and Photographic Finishing, among a number of other things. Although, the grading of the Q&A sections mentioned previously seem to take place by mail. So, seeing as the documents are almost twenty years old, it’s extremely doubtful that there’s still any way to take part in having your answers graded. 🙂 The courses do state, however, that in completing the courses, you “will improve your military and professional knowledge.” …nothing wrong with that, I suppose.
At the very least, these two free photography courses are quite interesting reads, and are loaded with a plethora of informative illustrations and helpful study guides. Together, both courses are comprised of more than 700 total pages worth of information. (480 pages in the basic course, and 226 pages in the advanced) And, that’s quite a lot of photographic information to chew on.
Chapters in the basic course include such topics as: Theory of Light and Optical Principles, Photographic Filters, Photographic Assignments, Basic Photographic Techniques, Portraiture, and more. The advanced course features topics such as: Basic Photojournalism, Photographic Quality Assurance, Electronic Imaging, Aerial Photography, Supply and Logistics, and more.
The Basic course (NAVEDTRA 12700) can be downloaded here (23MB). The advanced course (NAVEDTRA 12701) is available here (14MB). You’ll need at least the free Adobe PDF reader, located here, to read either document.