EDUCATING THE PEOPLE AS A DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND CAMERA PERSON VIA OPEN EDUCATION SYSTEM. A CASE STUDY FROM TURKEY: ANADOLU UNIVERSITY OPEN EDUCATION FACULTY

H. Eryilmaz

Anadolu University (TURKEY)
Today, Photography and visual arts are very important in our modern life. Especially for the mass communication, the visual images and visual arts have very big importance. In modern societies, people must have knowledge about the visual things, such as photographs, cartoons, drawings, typography, etc. Briefly, the people need education on visual literacy.
In our day, most of the people in the world, have a digital camera for photography or video image. But it is not possible to give people, visual literacy education in classic school system. But the camera users need a teaching medium for using their cameras effectively. So they are trying to use internet possibilities, some internet sites and pages as an information source. But as the well known problem, not all the sites give the correct learning or know-how on internet. There are a lot of mistakes and false information.
Because of the reasons giving above, Anadolu University Open Education Faculty is starting a new education system to educate people as a digital photographer and camera person in 2009.
This program has very big importance as a case study. The language of photography and digital technology is English. Not all the camera users understand English.
So, owing to this program, most of the camera users and especially people who is working as an operator in studios will learn a lot of things on photography, digital technology and camera systems.
On the other hand, these people will learn about composition, visual image's history etc.
Because of the reasons given above, this program is very important especially for developing countries. This paper will try to discuss this subject.