OU course T189 - I passed!

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  1. Bursar

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    Got my OU results today for the T189 photography course, and passed with a 74.

    Scale: Outstanding, Excellent, Well achieved, Achieved, Just achieved, Not quite achieved, Not achieved

    Part 1 Performance
    Visual awareness Achieved
    Technical quality Well achieved
    Part 2
    Written component Well achieved

    I know there were a few others here who took it, so how did everyone get along?
     
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    :thumbsup:Well done that man.:thumbsup:
     
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    :thumbsup::thumbsup: Congratulations Well done
     
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    Super - congrats to you. Can you give us a quick review of what you got out of the course. Was it worthwhile. Key things you learnt etc?

    Would help those of us thinking of doing the same.

    Ta
     
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    That would be very helpful !!! :D
     
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    Nice one Bursar......next goal.......letters after your name :smashin:
     
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    Congratulations. :thumbsup:
     
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    I always believed your Surname was after your name ;)
     
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    well done :thumbsup:

    what was covered on the course
     
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    Congratulations and Well done:smashin:... now the Photos..pls :lesson:

    T189 sounds ( a bit) like a military code of some sort...:rotfl:
     
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    WELL DONE! Really Pleased for you...:thumbsup:


    I be totally honest..........

    I didnt do it.. didnt submit assessment , didnt do any work on it at all... so a big fat fail.. :D:D:D:smashin:

    It bored the pants off me.. Really could not be bothered..and I didnt have the time It was too much PS e 5, orientated for me..and I hate cs2/3/pse5 with a passion, I wanted to learn how to use the camera.. not adapt the pics after I d cocked them up! And the web site it was on was just god damn awful to navigate!

    Dont get me wrong.. ~I was all fired up ready to go...willing and able- but it wasnt for me at all.. I feel ive learned far more on here and other forums and reading tutorials on the net..and via word of mouth and having a fella " in the know" has been a godsend too.,:thumbsup:(cheers babes)

    OH well.. live n learn- I personally feel there is not other way than hands on.. adapting the pics after is secondry.. and can be learnt at any given time..
     
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    Whatever gets you there...:)

    I would however say that it can be a combination of great technique, forums, word of mouth and PS or E ( you can warm up to it you know)
    Besides Not all of us can have a "fella ( or damsel) in the know" :rotfl: ( some partners don't want to know!!)

    Anyway it also has to be fun
     
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    Thanks all :)

    The official site for the course is here.

    But here's a run down of the subjects we covered:
    • Week One - Interesting images
      • Fundamentals of image composition
      • Looking critically at images
      • Balancing colour and light
      • Choice of subject
      • Where should you put your subject
      • Perspective and geometry
    • Week Two - Light becomes data
      • Your camera
      • Lights, cameras and human eyes
      • Settings and sensitivity
      • Colour
      • Seeing far and wide
      • Two more things a camera can do that the eyes cannot
      • The sensor
      • Memorising, compressing and storing
      • Finding information about a digital image
    • Week Three - Exposure
      • How to virtually assess the exposure in an image
      • Controlling image exposure before you take the image
    • Week Four - Focus and depth of field
      • How lenses help gather and focus light
      • What do we mean by focus
      • Field of view and magnification
      • Effective focal length and camera shake
      • Optical and digital zoom
      • Focal length and perspective
      • Controlling depth of field
      • Rescuing a poorly focussed image
      • Putting it all together - some tips for better images
    • Week Five - Undertsanding and using colour
      • Let there be light
      • Sensing colour: eye versus camera
      • Sensors in the camera
      • Colour perception: eye and brain together
      • Composing colour photographs
      • Colour in digital images
      • Composing colour images
      • Framing colour images
      • Using Elements to adjust colour in digital images
      • Exploiting the artist's colour palette
    • Week Six - Printing and projecting your photos
      • Display tecnologies
      • Projection
      • Printing technologies
      • How long will my photos last
      • Subtractive colour systems
      • More printing
      • Colour problems
      • Adjusting your monitor
      • Colour management
    • Week Seven - Innovation in photographic imaging
      • Technology and technique
      • Composing an image to control its meaning
      • Experimental photography
      • Genre-established aesthetics
      • Pop culture and post-modernism
      • Visual culture and digital aesthetics
    • Week Eight - Critiquing and creativity
      • What have you learnt?
      • Commenting on and critiquing images
      • Creative image making
    • Week Nine - Sharing a panel of ten images and preparing for the ECA
    • Week Ten - Submitting your ECA

    Some of the weeks might seem a little light, but believe me, I have oodles of pages of course notes printed from the OU site! Each week also involves an assignment that makes use of the subjects you've covered that week. These aren't marked, but you are encouraged to post them on the OUs little mini-Flickr type site and share them with the other students for comments.

    Around week 5 there's an online exam of 20 questions that covers what you've learnt up until that point. The ECA is the end of course exam where you submit 10 images and have to write a few hundred words discussing them and techniques used to improve/edit the pics.

    There's also loads of video tutorials (supplied on DVD) that show how to use Elements and a lot of the weeks course notes have virtual cameras on the webpage so you can change things like ISO, focal length and so-on and see what effect it has on the image.

    It really is a good course, but the wet weather in the middle of it put a bit of a damper on my ability to go out and shoot stuff. I also lost a little bit of enthusiasm about 3/4 of the way through, but that was entirely down to me rather than the course.

    All in all I'd recommend it, as a beginners course. For those who are more advanced/accomplished photographers, there probably isn't a great deal to be gained.
     
  16. Bursar

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    That's a shame. Bored or not, I wasn't going to pay that money for the course and not pass it!
    I kind of agree. I wasn't particularly impressed at the start as the course website makes it sounds like a 'photography' course, but when you start to get the literature, it turns into an 'editing images' class.

    I didn't really bother with too many of the DVD tutorials either, as I'm much more comfortable with PaintShop Pro, and did 90% of my editing there. I've been using it for years, so the PS/E interface just feels odd.

    The only marking you really get is the ECA at the end (the mid-course exam is only 10% of your final mark). I guess it's pretty difficult to have an online based course with 1500 students who all need professional critiquing and marking every week that focuses purely on the photographs.

    And yes, the website is rubbish. Once I figured out the FirstClass software to access the forums, it was a much better experience. The OpenStudio site (for sharing the photos with other students) was a bit flakey at times too, but then we were the guinea pigs as it was the first time the course had been run.
     
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    EEEK! you paid!

    I wouldnt have done to be honest- and im pleased ( but not proud) i was exempt from them especially after like you said seemed promising at first and then turned into a massive plug for PSE5.. arghhhhhhhh

    Nice to see another PSP fan anyway...... :thumbsup: and once again Well done
     
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    Yeah, 'fraid so... Still, easy come, easy go :)

    I've uploaded my final ECA pics if anyone's interested. Some of them I've posted before, but I think there are a couple of new ones there.

    I think the In Focus image with the glasses and dictionary is probably the first one I've taken that I actually consider a 'photograph'. I'd say up until then, pretty much everything else has been a 'snap'.
     
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    Thats a great set.. I must admit.. the "focus" was the first one I made a be-line for to view.. it caught my attention straight away.(before 'id finished reading your post too!

    so Well done
     
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    Got paranoid as I'd not had anything in the post, logged into the OU and found I got 93%....I still take crappy pix but my thumb is focus much more now though...

    Part 1

    Visual awareness Excellent
    Technical quality Excellent
    Part 2

    Written component Excellent

    I think they said you needed to be "outstanding" to even begin thinking of LRPS :eek:
     
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    Nice one Bloodnock! You must be well chuffed :clap:

    My local photo club is starting up again shortly, so I'm hoping that they'll be able to help me along my way to further improvement.
     
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    Nice one Bursar....the course looks pretty full on.....

    Congratulations :clap: on ur high pass and more importantely sticking with it for 10 weeks :eek:

    Time to put theory into practice....looking forward to your photos
     

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