Learning digital photography can be overwhelming! There is an entire world around just waiting to be seen and experienced. Knowing how your camera will enable you to take pictures as you see it with your own eyes!
Learn and Master Your DSLR Camera So You Can Capture the Beautiful World Around You.
Understanding Basic Fundamentals is a Major Step in Defining Your Style as a Photographer.
- Recognize the core of what goes into making a great photo.
- Become confident in taking control of your camera settings.
- Learn different types of blur and how to remove them.
- Find inspiration to take photos you never thought you could take.
After having taught thousands of people online and in person on how to improve their photography, I have learned the steps needed to rapidly increase your understanding and build upon it. I have taken 2 years of photography training and knowledge and condensed it down into an easy to follow and easy to understand format.
You will have more confidence in the photos you take by the end of the course as we cover topics such as lighting, exposure modes and settings for specific environments. We'll even address popular questions about buying new camera gear. And as bonus, I've even got some tips for you when you're working with clients.
Throughout this course, there are 48 different lessons covering every thing from lighting to working with clients. At the end of each section you'll find a short quiz. The quizzes are intended to reinforce key principles that you should have learned by watching the videos.
Photography is a subjective art, but there are core fundamentals of what makes a great photo no matter the creative twist and personal style you apply to it.
Understanding these basics will transcend through the work you do making your photos stronger and truly stand out against the sea of photos readily available online.
While it might be one thing to understand what goes into making a great photo, it's another thing entirely to actually capture the moment we're seeing with our own
eyes. A fair amount of this course is dedicated to helping you understand how the camera works, the function of different settings, and when to use them.
To strengthen your learning, there are various Photo Challenges attached to certain lessons that you can practice with. You're strongly encouraged to take the time to complete these challenges because it's the fastest way to build upon each new concept you will learn in these classes. As you practice with your own camera, things will suddenly start to click and make better sense, leaving you with more confidence and experience.
This course is for all new photographers with any DSLR camera. Each camera, however, does function and operate slightly different between brands and models. For specific function, turn to your owners manual for exact directions.
As you complete this course, you will have more knowledge, stronger confidence, and better pictures. You will feel good with the work you are doing as you are finally able to share with others the world as you see it.
Let's get started!
What are the requirements?
What am I going to get from this course?
- DSLR Camera (And kind)
- Owners Manual for camera
- Photoshop or Lightroom
What is the target audience?
- Over 58 lectures and 6 hours of content!
- Take better pictures
- Understand the core fundamentals of photography
- Be a master of their camera
- Have great confidence to work with clients
- What to look for in buying camera gear
- Beginners with a DSLR camera
- Willing to learn and open minded
- Willing to get out and do photo challenges
- NOT for Intermediate or Advanced Photographers
Section 1: Welcome!
Lecture 1 Course Overview 01:50
Section 2: 1 - Fundamentals of a great photo!
Lecture 2 Section Overview 01:12
Lecture 3 It's All About That Lighting! 05:15
Lighting is one of the most important elements to any photograph. You'll learn the difference between hard light and soft light, and different ways that you can work with the light so you can go from a good photo to a stunning photo.
Lecture 4 5 Elements of Composition 05:54
Learn more about the Rule of Thirds, Leading Space, Leading Lines, Perspective and Symmetry.
Lecture 5 The Golden Rule of Thirds 08:52
This is the most common element of composition that photographers learn about. And it's one that shouldn't be called a rule! We talk about why the rule exists and how it helps balance the different elements in the picture.
Lecture 6 Depth of Field 10:19
From in focus, to out of focus, never loose sight of the main subject in your photo.
Lecture 7 Tack Sharp Focus 08:40
The focal point of your picture needs to be tack sharp! But learn what learn what holds a lot of new photographers back.
Lecture 8 White Balance 06:15
Whether you're getting warmer or colder - I'll tell you why "Auto" is all you'll ever need despite having the presets in your camera.
Quiz 1 Section 1 Quiz 5 questions
Section 3: 2 - Exposed Camera Settings
Lecture 9 Section Overview 01:13
Lecture 10 Demystifying Camera Modes (P, Tv, Av, M) 06:24
Understand the different camera modes (P, Av, Tv, M) and what they are doing when you switch into them.
Lecture 11 Aperture Priority Mode Explained 02:58
Arguably the most popular camera mode for photographers! You have control over the Aperture in your camera.
Lecture 12 Shutter Priority Mode Explained 03:26
You have control over the shutter speed in this mode.
Lecture 13 ISO Explained 05:12
ISO refers to how much light affects the picture. Coming from old film days, this helps make up for the limitations of the shutter and aperture.
Lecture 14 Exposure Compensation 03:22
It's the painless way of making your photos brighter or darker after you get your settings in the general area of where they need to be.
Lecture 15 Manual Mode Explained 05:09
Manual mode is a must know camera mode and one you should be striving to be better at. The best way to learn manual mode is to do Night Photography.
Lecture 16 Bracketing/HDR 08:06
Three different images taken to make one perfectly exposed photo. Well.. almost perfect!
Quiz 2 Section 2 Quiz 5 questions
Section 4: 3 - Why are my pictures blurry?
Lecture 17 Section Overview 01:23
Lecture 18 Motion Blur Sickness 04:30
Happens when everything around you seems to be moving faster than the camera can capture.
Lecture 19 Camera Shake Syndrome 02:40
When you're the one that can't stop moving long enough for the camera to take the picture.
Lecture 20 Lens Quality Control 03:21
You get what you pay for. And sometimes we skip on paying for quality just so we can a new lens.
Lecture 21 Lens Focusing Points 02:58
Focus points are nice and very handy - but can also be the cause of why the wrong area of your picture is in focus.
Lecture 22 How the Focusing System Works 03:57
There is phase detection and contrast detection. You'll learn which does what and where you'll find it.
Lecture 23 Back Button Focusing (more Advanced) 04:14
A simple setting that more advanced users might appreciate when focusing your lens.
Quiz 3 Section 3 Quiz 5 questions
Section 5: 4 - Handy Camera Knowledge
Lecture 24 Section Overview 01:15
Lecture 25 RAW vs JPG 09:22
What is RAW and why every photographer is telling you that you need switch to this uncompressed format.
Lecture 26 Full Frame vs Crop Sensor 05:16
Comes down to the camera body and even the lenses you put on the camera.
Lecture 27 Picture Styles/Control 05:34
"In-camera editing" to speed up the process of getting the look you want in your pictures.
Lecture 28 Memory Cards & Storage 08:54
One of the few things paying for a name brand just might be worth every penny.
Lecture 29 Types of Lenses 06:17
Interchangeable lenses have been a blessing a curse. Now that you switch lenses, which one do you choose?
Quiz 4 Section 4 Quiz 3 questions
Section 6: 5 - Kick It Up A Notch With Flash
Lecture 30 Section Overview 01:11
Lecture 31 Basics of Flash Photography 14:20
Lighting is everything! And now with flash photography, you can control the quality of light in your pictures.
Lecture 32 On-Camera vs. Off-Camera Flash 08:10
Go from "Meh." to "Wow!" by moving the light just 3 feet away.
Lecture 33 Light Modifiers 09:38
Its one thing to have light in your photos. But lets talk about the quality of light you get by putting something over the light.
Lecture 34 Suggested Gear to Get Started 1 page
I'll share with you the best gear I own that's actually affordable!
Quiz 5 Section 5 Quiz 5 questions
Section 7: 6 - Essence of Photo Editing
Lecture 35 Section Overview 02:09
Lecture 36 Photo Editing Basics 11:13
When shooting in RAW, you have got to dress them up a little!
Lecture 37 Lightroom Workflow 13:38
Adobe's most popular editing and photo management software for photographers.
Lecture 38 Photoshop Workflow 12:46
We'll walk through the basic workflow of using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop together to manage and apply basic edits to your pictures.
Lecture 39 How to Edit HDR Images 10:57
You can overdo it with HDR images - we will walk through best practices when it comes to these types of photos.
Quiz 6 Section 6 Quiz 5 questions
Section 8: 7 - Buying New Camera Gear
Lecture 40 Section Overview 01:48
Lecture 41 Buying Camera Bodies 07:28
Lets talk about when it's time to upgrade and what that camera body is going to do for you.
Lecture 42 Buying Camera Lenses 09:03
Arguably the most important purchase you'll make because the quality of pictures comes down to the quality of glass they pass through.
Lecture 43 Buying Flash Gear 03:02
It can be overwhelming, but I've got some great tips so you don't break the bank and can get started with some new gear.
Lecture 44 Buying Tripods 10:24
There's more to these than a set of legs! A nice tripod will cost some money for sure but worth it for years to come.
Lecture 45 Buying Other Accessories 06:52
There is a lot of fluff and a lot of great accessories to go with your camera. But, lets not waste our money just to outfit ourselves with some nifty gadgets!
Lecture 46 Renting vs. Buying 04:42
Rent? Or buy? Either way, it could be the next step to furthering the progression of your photography.
Lecture 47 "My Gear" Starter Kits 1 page
Don't worry - I've got all my gear recommendations in one place for you to check out.
Quiz 7 Section 7 Quiz 3 questions
Section 9: 8 - On-Location Photo Shoots
Lecture 48 Section Overview 01:10
Lecture 49 Portrait Photography 09:53
We will walk through important tips and tricks to have successful portrait sessions to make you look like a pro and your client look like a model.
Lecture 50 Landscape Photography 03:47
Keep things interesting. Tell a story. Share the world around you with stunning photos.
Lecture 51 Night Photography 03:58
The fastest way to learn manual mode on your camera is through night photography. In this video, we show you a light painting of a waterfall.
Lecture 52 Panorama Photography 16:52
From taking the pictures to stitching them together in Photoshop - you'll have stunning panoramas.
Lecture 53 Action Photography 09:00
I'll teach you how to photograph captivating water drop shapes right in your very own kitchen!
Lecture 54 Flash Photography 06:48
We will walk through how to setup your lighting and get the results you need and want.
Quiz 8 Section 8 Quiz 4 questions
Section 10: BONUS - Working With Clients
Lecture 55 Section Overview 01:29
Lecture 56 Setting Prices 07:02
These are guidelines for staying competitive and how to approach clients with your prices.
Lecture 57 Getting Model Releases 04:48
It doesn't hurt to have a layer of protection for yourself when working with clients.
Lecture 58 Crafting an Experience 12:07
The experience is what keeps people coming back and telling their friends why you need to be their photographer.
Quiz 9 Bonus Quiz 3 questions
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