10 Steps to Dramatic Nature Photography
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10 Steps to Dramatic Nature Photography

Take your nature photography to a new level by learning what goes into making striking images.
4.2 (31 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
195 students enrolled
Created by Jim Zuckerman
Published 7/2012
English
English [Auto-generated]
Price: $29.99
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improve your compositional skills
  • Learn how to exposure correctly even in challenging lighting situations
  • Understand what makes backgrounds complementary as well as distracting
  • Think outside the box in capturing motion
  • Learn how important graphic design is in creating fine art images
  • Become more sensitive to light and its qualities
Description

This is a comprehensive course that will help you dramatically improve your nature photography.  In the 10 videos, Jim Zuckerman gives you concrete steps on How to Become a Wildlife Photographer by creating stunning landscapes, increasing your awareness of light and how it affects nature photography, capturing powerful pictures of wildlife, paying attention to background elements, macro photography, and much, much more. Jim's instruction isn't theoretical or hard to follow.  It's down to earth easy to understand concepts that you can put into practice immediately.

Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 02:41:54
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:09

Jim introduces the video course on dramatically improving your nature photography.

Preview 01:09
+ The Ten Steps
10 lectures 02:40:00

This lesson will make you re-think your approach to shooting landscapes.  The world is basically a 'compositional mess' -- rocks, trees, fallen logs, mountains, dirt, bushes are everywhere -- and it can be challenging to find good compositions.  Jim gives you a unique tool -- a concrete formula --to help you find winning shots in every location. If you have a hard time coming up with great landscape pictures, this will be invaluable to you.

Preview 18:15

Light is everything in photography. There are two types of lighting that you should be using for all of your outdoor nature photography, and this video demonstrates with beautiful examples the kind of light that makes all the difference. If you follow Jim’s guidelines in this lesson, your photography will instantly take a quantum leap forward.   

Understanding Natural Light
34:21

This lesson covers the all-important topic of depth of field – choosing what is in focus and what isn’t.  Jim explains the artistic considerations of rendering subjects and backgrounds sharp or blurred, and he explains what lens apertures are ideal under different circumstances.

Depth of Field
16:51

This lesson covers the all-important topic of depth of field – choosing what is in focus and what isn’t.  Jim explains the artistic considerations of rendering subjects and backgrounds sharp or blurred, and he explains what lens apertures are ideal under different circumstances.

Depth of Field
15:21

Learn why and how the shapes of your subjects are so important in making pictures outstanding.  This is one of the two main factors that make or break your pictures.  Jim compares and contrasts successful pictures with those that aren't good, and he discusses what you should look for to take winning images.    

Graphic Design
16:14

Jim explains why including the sun in your compositions adds such a dynamic element.  He discusses how to correctly expose when shooting directly into the sun, and he distinguishes between exposures when the sun is small in the frame as well as large. This one lesson alone will have a big impact on your nature work.

Include the Sun
08:52

Macro photography opens a whole new world to you.  In this video lesson, Jim explains your equipment options and teaches you the best ways to take great closeup photos.  He also introduces ring flash and shows how effective it is in lighting small subjects beautifully.  Finally, he gives you ideas of exciting subjects to shoot.   

Macro Photography
23:30

Good exposure underlies all successful photographs, and in this lesson Jim simplifies the technique you can use to consistently arrive at good exposures.  It is surprisingly easy.  Contrast must be fully understood so you can deal with harsh shadows and bright highlights, and this video explains everything you need to know to be happy with your exposures.   

Exposure Made Easy
09:42

Capturing motion in a still photograph takes previsualization, knowledge of  your camera, and experimentation.  Nature is full of motion -- galloping horses, running cheetahs, flowers blowing in the wind, birds in flight -- and this video will expand your horizons so you can use simple techniques to freeze special moments in the natural world or blur them artistically to create fine art imagery.

Capturing Motion
05:05

Sometimes special moments occur in nature that are extremely brief, and you have to be ready to capture them.  Jim explains his technique for photographing split-second events like a cheetah running at top speed, the perfect position of a rearing horse, or a snake with its tongue out.

Peak Moments
11:49
+ Course Wrap Up and Next Steps
1 lecture 00:45

Jim offers some concluding remarks to the course.

Conclusion
00:45