Become a Better Photographer!
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Become a Better Photographer!

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Created by Paolo Ferraris
Last updated 10/2019
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What you'll learn
  • How to greatly improve the quality of your images and your shooting technique.
  • How to advance your professional career.
  • Foundational knowledge of the main concepts in photography. The science and the technical reasons behind the features of our gear.
  • Operational technique: photography lessons on how to use your knowledge to identify the problems during a photo shoot and your technique to fix them.
  • Camera Settings for the professional photographer: I will give you my set of settings, the ones I use every day at work, the ones that will make your photo shoots more effective and more efficient.
  • The secrets of great composition: point of view + distance + focal length, inclusion and exclusion, relationship between foreground, subject, background and off camera influence.
  • This photography course is non camera-specific. You will gain foundational knowledge and learn the photographic technique regardless of the camera make and model you own or you intend to buy or rent.
  • You will get the best results from this course if you own or rent a digital camera, possibly a DSLR or a Mirrorless with at least one interchangeable lens.

Become a Better Photographer! is an online photography course designed for professional photographers who want to advance in their career and for photography enthusiasts who want to elevate their knowledge and technique.

This course will be your photography school, your visual boot camp. Together, we will cover the essential concepts of photography for beginners, intermediate enthusiasts and advanced professionals.

What are the key elements of this course?

  • Foundational knowledge of the main concepts in photography: It doesn't matter how you use your camera and your lenses if you don't know why. This course will explain the science and the technical reasons behind the features of our gear.

  • Operational technique: no matter what the shooting conditions are, photographers constantly face challenges and problems when it comes to capturing the best image possible. My photography lessons will give you guidance and will teach you how to use your knowledge to identify the problems and your technique to fix them.

  • Settings: Modern cameras are a jungle of menus, options, screens, dials, and buttons. In this course, I will give you my set of settings, the ones I use every day at work. In time you will develop your own set but it's important that you start your learning curve with a benchmark, a set of tools you can use and deep expertise you can build on, from day one.

In detail, what will you learn with the lessons in this course?

  • In the first section, called "The tools" I will discuss the main components of lenses and camera bodies.

    In regard to lenses, I will introduce key topics like aperture, f-numbers, field of view, focal length and their categorization (fisheye, wide-angle, normal, tele, macro, prime and zoom lenses.)

    About the camera body, we will start examining the difference between the two most modern systems (DSLR and Mirrorless) and their main features like sensor format, pixel count or megapixels, frames per second, ISO range, performance in low light conditions and autofocus system.

  • In the second section, I will examine in detail the main "Ingredients" of the photographic technique: Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO number. We will learn about their relationship with exposure and their creative uses: motion capture, depth of field and the handling of digital noise. I will help you understand the various camera operating modes and which of these ingredients they grant you full control of. I will tell you about the camera mode I favor and most importantly, I will explain why.

    This section will give you a deep understanding of the key elements of the photographic technique. The ingredients you will learn in these lessons will unleash your creativity and will help you shape and perfect your style.

  • In the third section called "Settings" we will examine all the main settings common to all professional cameras, regardless of make and model. I will explain in plain English what these settings do and I will give you guidelines, suggestions so you won’t waste time and energy trying to figure them out during your photoshoots.

    We will cover a huge array of topics: file format, color space, drive mode, metering mode, color temperature, white balance, mixing light, exposure value compensation, creative styles, picture effects, optical image stabilization, GPS settings, how to handle memory cards, how to handle data loss, introduction to post-production workflow, black and white photography in the digital age, how to read and interpret a histogram.

  • In the fourth section called "Focus", we will examine the modern autofocus system's interface and the three main focusing modes: manual, single-shot and continuous.

    I will discuss all the different kinds of focus area settings (wide, zone and spot) and I will give you my guidelines on which one to use according to the scene you're photographing and according to the type of camera you are using.

    I will also introduce Face detection and Face & Eye tracking, the latest and most exciting technological advancement in autofocus systems.

  • In the last section, called "Composition," I will discuss the basic guidelines of composition and most of all my firm belief that composition should not have strict rules.

    I will give you guidance and I will show you some basic techniques. I will explain the importance of creating dimensional layers to produce the impression of depth in your image. I will teach you how to value and enhance the relationship between subject, background, and foreground. I will introduce the concept of off-camera influence.

    This section will be a true creative session that will help you form and develop your style.

Note: this photography course is non camera-specific. Regardless of what gear you own or you intend to buy, this course will give you the expertise and the tools you need to improve your technique, develop your style and advance in your career.

Who this course is for:
  • Professional Photographers who want to advance in their career.
  • Photography Enthusiasts who want to elevate their knowledge and technique.
Course content
Expand all 44 lectures 10:39:47
+ The Tools
3 lectures 37:30

Section Introduction: The Tools

Preview 01:23

SLR: single lens reflex. SLR Mirror and pentaprism. How an SLR operates. DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Advantages of mirrorless cameras. Point and shoot cameras and smartphones. Frame - digital sensor size. Full frame vs APS. Crop factor and magnification properties of lenses according to sensor size. Limited angle of view with APS format sensors. Medium and Large formats. Megapixels. Pros and cons of the megapixels race. Megapixels and low light photography. Megapixels and the increase in file size. Frames per second. ISO range. ISO numbers and digital noise. ISO threshold to get good images. Autofocus systems. How an autofocus system operates. Focus detection points or areas. Settings and their dangerousness.

Preview 19:09

Lens as a series of glass elements. Optical aberrations. Lens components. Caps and hoods. Glare and flare. Focusing element and autofocus systems. Focus motor. Manual focus and focusing ring. Lens mount. Diaphragm mechanics and aperture. Relation to exposure and depth of field. Maximum aperture f-number. Focal length, field of view, angle of view. Magnification power. Compression and expansion of perspective. Fisheye. Wide angle, Normal - Standard, Long - Tele, Macro Lenses. Prime lenses and zoom lenses. Comparison.

The Lens
+ The Ingredients
12 lectures 03:27:06

Section Introduction: The Ingredients

Section Introduction: The Ingredients

The concept of light. Electromagnetic radiation and energy. Wavelength and colors. Visible spectrum. Luminance and sensitivity to light. The ingredients: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO number. Metering. Internal Light Meters. Correct exposure meaning. Technical and artistic use of the ingredients. F and ISO numbers. Stop as the exposure value unit. Metadata. Exposure and Creative correlation between the 3 ingredients.

Light and Exposure

Metering in the pioneer days of photography. Fixing exposure errors with film. Fixing exposure in post-production with photo editing software. Correct exposure as information. Lost detail in under or overexposed images. Dynamic range and luminance range. Cameras with High Dynamic Range. Losing detail in the shadows or highlights. Exposing for the shadows, for the highlights or for the subject. The RAW file philosophy. Digital Negative. File as data, information for the post production editing process. The photographer’s digital workflow.

Under and Over-Exposing

What is a shutter and how it works. Focal plane shutters. Mechanical vs Electronic shutters. Shutterless cameras. Shutter shock. Shutter speed numbers. Bulb mode. Long exposure photography. Mechanical shutter sound as a method to avoid camera blur. Shutter count and how to find it. Shutter noise in DSLR cameras. Silent shooting features with electronic shutters in mirrorless cameras.

Shutter Speed

Motion in a still image. Photography is a visual trick. Freezing the action with fast shutter speed. Definition of blur. Subject motion blur. Guidelines to capture motion blur. Camera motion blur when hand holding the camera. Panning. Communicating speed via panning.

Capturing Motion

Subject motion blur as a creative tool. Optimal shutter speeds for subject blur. Caveat: meaningful motion blur is hard to capture. A fine art series: examples of motion blur techniques. Long exposure photography. Ghosting. Painting with light. Blur, watercolors and soft edges. Creative uses of camera motion blur. Creating texture with motion blur. Focus blur. Quality of out of focus areas of the frame. Creative use of our technical tools.

Shutter Speed Creative Use

Definition of aperture. Diaphragm. Stopping down the lens. F-numbers: definition and relationship with exposure. Geometric sequence in one stop increments. Aperture and fast lenses. Aperture control: rings, dials and viewfinder. F-numbers sequence in ⅓ of a stop. Aperture, sharpness and image quality. Aperture and optical aberrations. Optimal aperture settings. Aperture as a way to judge the quality of a lens. F-numbers on wide angle and tele lenses. F-numbers for zoom lenses. Comparison of lenses with similar aperture but different prices.


Zone of acceptable sharpness. Shallow depth of field. Connection between Aperture and Depth of Field. F-numbers and depth of field. Deep focus. Correlation: focal length and depth of field. Depth of field in relation to distance. Depth of field behind and in front of the focus point: ratio. Aperture affects exposure and depth of field. Depth of field as a tool to separate subject from background. Perspective and layers. Depth of field as a storytelling tool. Depth of field check on DSLR cameras. Depth of field preview button. Depth of field in mirrorless cameras. Caveat: focus and depth of field when working with very fast lenses.

Depth of Field

Subject as the protagonist of a story. Layering. Separation from the background. Rendition of depth. Definition of bokeh and its use. Artistic qualities of focus blur. Use of shallow depth of field in portraits. Photographing faces. Shallow depth of field in product photography. Deep focus in landscape photography. How to avoid being trapped in rules. How to find the right f-number for your shot.

Aperture creative use

ISO scale. Film design and film speed. Silver halide crystals. ISO as a measure of sensitivity to light. ASA, DIN and ISO. ISO numbers in the digital age. Digital sensors and variable sensitivity. ISO numbers sequence. Image grain, digital noise and image quality. Correlation ISO number and noise. ISO 100, the gold standard. Native ISO and ISO expansion. Luminance and color digital noise. Noise suppression filters. Quality trade off with luminance noise filter. Adding grain, coarseness in post production. Digital noise and Black and White photography. Black and White can withstand more noise. ISO Settings guidelines. Auto ISO and introduction to Minimum Shutter Speed.

ISO Number

The recipe: Aperture + Shutter Speed + ISO number. Full manual mode. Manual mode with Auto ISO. Manual mode when using flash strobes. Auto Mode and its lack of creative control. P or Program mode and its increased customization. S or T: shutter speed mode. Full control of motion capture. Freeze the action or capture motion blur. A or Aperture mode. Depth of field control.

Camera Operating Modes

Creative use of Aperture. Separation subject from background and their relationship. How to control shutter speed and ISO number in A mode. Exposure value chart. Minimum shutter speed concept and its relation to exposure value. Image quality vs shutter speed control. Shutter speed control with Image Optical Stabilization. ND filters: what they are and when to use them. Capturing subject motion blur in bright environments.

Why I shoot in A mode
+ Settings (to achieve peace of mind)
19 lectures 04:50:21

Section Introduction: Settings

Section Introduction: Settings

Killing your concentration and mental focus. Settings in the film era. Settings in popular SLRs. Settings on cameras in the digital age. Menu pages and settings: the modern jungle. Buttons and dials. The proper shooting philosophy: setting up the camera before the photoshoot. A driving and culinary analogy. Attention span, mental energy and concentration on the scene. The importance of preparation.

The Perils of Settings

The film negative. Film roll. Film negative. Post production on the film negative. Problems with film. The digital age and the digital file. Data & information. What’s a file format? File format as language. RAW file systems according to camera manufacturers. File format and image editing software. Pros and cons of the digital file. Post production capabilities on the digital negative. Develop module in Lightroom. Local and targeted editing. Sidecar xmp files. Non destructive editing. RAW vs Jpeg: the verdict. Lossy vs lossless compression. RAW preserves sensor’s data. The advantages of RAW formats in post-production. RAW files, dynamic range and color gamut. White balance with RAW files. Raw files’ size. My suggestion: always shoot in RAW format. Turning a RAW file into a Jpeg.

File Format: RAW vs Jpeg

What’s a color space. LAB color space. RGB color spaces. White point. Color gamut. Device dependent and device independent color spaces. Additive color spaces. Primary colors. Red, Green and Blue. sRGB color space. The Adobe RGB color space. RGB color spaces in relation to the LAB color space. Comparison of several color spaces. Comparison of sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamuts. My suggestion on what color space to use on your camera. Color gamut as a sign of the quality of the file’s data.

Color Space

Shutter button and its functionality. Shutter button half-press position. Preliminary tasks: focus lock, exposure lock and secondary settings lock. Shutter button full-press position. Single shooting mode. Why I love this shooting mode. Shooting and selection conscious modes. Continuous or burst mode. Frames per second. Why this shooting mode is dangerous. Burst mode when shooting fast and unpredictable events. Continuous shooting mode in photojournalism: catch the historic moment. Self timer and when to use it. Bracketing modes. Exposure bracketing in the film era. Exposure bracketing in the digital age. HDR: High Dynamic Range technique. Bracketing sequences and exposure increments. White Balance bracketing. Why you should avoid burst mode. Photographer’s best drive control tools: synch and rhythm with the scene.

Drive Mode

Metering mode in regard to exposure. The meaning of correct exposure. Light meters. Sunny 16 rule. Internal light meter. Advantages of internal meters. Light meters’ behavior with images with high dynamic range. Multi-zone metering mode. Terminology in different brands. Factors affecting multi-zone metering. Metering zone and autofocus point. Artificial intelligence and metering. Center metering mode. Spot metering mode: pros and cons. Entire screen average metering mode. Problems with very bright and dark images. Exposure Value compensation. Overriding the camera exposure reading. EV compensation dial. When to use Exposure Value compensation. EV compensation on DSLR cameras. EV compensation with mirrorless cameras. Resetting the dial. EV compensation values I use and suggest.

Metering Mode

Color space and color temperature. Blue spectrum. Yellow-Orange spectrum. Relationship between spectra, the sun's position and atmospheric conditions. Color temperature scale: Kelvin degrees. Warm and cool light according to the source. Daylight. Light as radiation with different wavelengths. Newton’s experiment: dispersing light with a prism. Light refraction. Light sources: examining sun, natural light. Influence of time of the day and latitude. How the quality of light changes during sunsets. The effect of clouds on color temperature. Artificial lighting. Bulbs with different color temperature. Photography LED panels. Daylight and Incandescent/Tungsten settings. The psychology of colors. Color temperature of light as a narrative tool. Warming up or cooling down a picture.

Color Temperature

Definition of White Balance. Radiation and wavelengths. Warm and cool light. Blue and Yellow-Orange spectrum. White balance and color space. Significance of neutral color. Color shift and color cast. How to set the white balance. Color calibration. White balance and skin tones. Auto white balance. Daylight WB. Shade and Cloudy. Artificial lighting WB. Incandescent-Tungsten vs Fluorescent. Flash light. My white balance settings. White balance with commercial light bulbs. White balance in portraits. Influence of color cast on other colors. White balance with RAW files vs Jpegs. The advantages of Auto White Balance with a RAW file. White Balance when shooting in studio with flash lights. White balance and color calibration for monitors.

White Balance

Quality of light. Cool and Warm light. Situations with only one light source with or without blue or yellow spectra influences. Temperature slide in Lightroom. Scenes with two light sources with two different color temperatures. Color balance and color correction affects all pixels’ color temperature. Mixing light with a lack of dominant one. White balance performed in regard to the subject. Importance of having one dominant light source on the subject. Caveat: the dangers of mixing light in portraits. Localized color balance correction is very time consuming. Color correction brush in Lightroom. Techniques to still get a dominant light in environments with mixed light sources. The importance and flexibility of creativity.

Mixing Light

Overriding the exposure reading. Luminance and sensor’s sensitivity to light. Exposure value as combination of Aperture and Shutter Speed. The meaning of “correct exposure”. The RAW file philosophy and camera’s approach to exposure. The creative approach to exposure. EV compensation as a way to reduce digital noise. Digital noise in shadows areas. My EV compensation settings. Camera’s exposure bias according to make and model. Comparison between two camera models. The 0.3 and 0.7 approach. When to avoid shooting with EV compensation. Remember to reset your EV compensation settings. How to properly handle dials and buttons to avoid wrong exposure settings. EV settings in High Dynamic Range situations.

Default EV Compensation

The problem with modern cameras’ menu. A jungle of settings. Panel 1: White Balance, Priority set in Auto White Balance: Ambient and White. ISO setting. File Format. Panel 2: AF illuminator. Silent shooting mode. Auto Focus Track Sensor. Face/Eye Auto Focus Setting. Face registration. Panel 3: Cleaning mode and utility. Problems with a dirty sensor. Date-Time Setup. Power save start time. Format, be very careful about this process. My advice on where to keep this setting, when and how to use it. Camera custom buttons. Focus Area. Focus Mode. ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed. 3 Modes: Standard, Fast and Faster. Warning about buttons. Caveat about the distracting properties of physical camera controls.

My Menu

Terminology: technical and marketing. Creative styles, a confusing array of settings. Creative styles and their relationship with Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness. Definition of the three elements. Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness as key elements of the image editing process in post-production. Picture effects. Changes and image edits performed directly on the Jpeg file. Alteration of the digital negative. Picture effects are cheap filters. Pop terminology, devoid of scientific and technical meaning. Scene selection and the absurdity of full auto mode. Examination of different scene modes. Scene mode as cookie cutter settings applied in camera. Image editing process delegated to the camera. The necessity of personal image editing after the photo shoot. Professional filters for the post production process.

Creative styles, Picture effects, Scene Modes

Release without card. How to turn it off and when to do it. Memory cards are mandatory in the photographer’s toolbox. Risks connected to shooting without a card. Release without Lens. How to turn it off and why. Protect the sensor. Risks: dust, dirt and mechanical damage to the sensor. Challenges posed by dust and dirt in the digital age of photography. Cleaning the sensor: why we have to do it. Guidelines and checklist. Don’t touch your sensor. Use your cleaning utility often. Methodology. Air blower: when and how to use it. Professional cleaning from a camera repair lab vs DIY sensor cleaning kits. Avoid changing lenses and performing cleaning tasks in dusty environments. How to properly expose the sensor.

Release without Lens or Card

Geographic coordinates and navigation systems. Definition of Latitude and Longitude. Parallels and meridians. Global Positioning Systems, who operates and manages it. How GPS works. Satellites and GPS receivers. GPS receivers in cameras and in smartphones connected via bluetooth. Geotagging. GPS coordinates in digital files’ metadata. Map module in Lightroom. Reverse geocoding: definition and uses. How to save coordinates from Google Maps into our files’ metadata. How to make the reverse process effective and efficient. Why it is important to geotag our images. Logistics, research, preparation and geographical knowledge.

Optical Image Stabilization

Geographic coordinates and navigation systems. Definition of Latitude and Longitude. Parallels and meridians. Global Positioning Systems, who operates and manages it. How GPS works. Satellites and GPS receivers. GPS receivers in cameras and in smartphones connected via bluetooth. Geotagging. GPS coordinates in digital files’ metadata. Map module in Lightroom. Reverse geocoding: definition and uses. How to save coordinates from Google Maps into our files’ metadata. How to make the reverse process effective and efficient. Why it is important to geotag our images. Logistics, research, preparation and geographical knowledge.

GPS Settings

Memory cards. Electronic data storage. Flash technology. Advantages of the flash technology. Compact Flash cards. SD: Secure Digital cards. Performance of Read/Write systems. Capacity. How to properly treat cards. Card Cases. How to label, store and organize your cards. Lock switch in modern SD cards. Formatting cards. Process and what it entails. Best practices for formatting cards. File systems and how they classify and store information. When to format cards. Avoid erasing files on camera. Format utility and review process. Backup your data. What to do if you format a card by mistake. How to handle data loss. Data recovery software. Cards failures. Data recovery labs and their services. Professional liability insurance. Best practices when buying new cards. How to handle cards when you are traveling.

Cards and how to handle them

Post production in the film era. Physical negative. Photo labs and darkrooms. Digital age: memory cards and files. Image editing software. Automated editing on batches of images. Non destructive post production techniques. Digital negative as the starting point in the image editing process. The cost of a digital file. Restraint when shooting with digital devices. Image browser and ingestion tools. The selection process. Be very strict in the selection process. The professional photographer selection philosophy. The advantage of image galleries with less images. Introduction to the Lightroom Develop Module. Panels, graduated filters and brushes. Export panel and customization. Difference between a photographer and a retoucher. Software is no excuse to take a bad picture.

Post Production

Monochrome and shades of sepia. Black and white film. Silver halide crystals. Color film. Film grain. Film grain and film speed correlation. Grain in low light photography. The digital age. Color and tonal information. Contrast and texture. Black and white with RAW files. Contrast, sharpness and grain in post production. The reason behind black and white. Black and white as a different visual language. Infrared filter. Black and white as a way to save and fix flawed images. Clarity and out of focus pictures. Black and white with images with very high ISO numbers. Decisions delayed to the post production phase. Filters, software, Silver Efex Pro.

Color vs Black & White

Definition. Histogram in Photography. Tonal variations and distribution. Black, shadows, mid-tones, highlights and white. Histogram shape and balance. Histogram on camera body’s displays. Histogram and its correlation with correct exposure. Histogram in different channels: luminosity, blue, red and green. Histogram when under or over-exposing. Histogram in post production. Comparison Histogram and Monitor’s brightness and contrast. Histogram in Lightroom. Shadows and highlights clipping warning. Shadows and highlights recovery. Histogram shapes: images with low dynamic range, bright image with low contrast, dark image at night, bright image in the background, image of sunset with high dynamic range. Best practices when interpreting histogram shapes. Healthy tonal distribution in digital files.

+ Focus
5 lectures 54:55

Section Introduction: Focus

Section Introduction: Focus

Focusing process. Sharpness and clarity. Focus point and distance. Depth of field. How to change the focus point. Floating lens, focusing lens element. Focus ring and depth of field ring. Focus motor performance. Minimum focus distance. Macro lenses. Focus as a powerful narrative tool. Foreground, subject and background. Out of focus areas. Shooting situations with very shallow depth of field and focus accuracy. Posture when shooting with shallow depth of field. Focusing on moving objects or people. Focus tracking capabilities. Anticipate the action. Focusing in low light conditions. Auto focus assist light beams and infrared beam system. Technique to lock focus accurately in very low light conditions.

What is Focus?

Manual focus. Focus ring rotation. When to use manual focus. Focusing on thin translucent structures and wires. Focusing in the presence of mirrors and reflections. Autofocus system. Phase detection. Contrast detection. Speed and accuracy of autofocus systems. Focus points and alignment with the subject. Edge contrast. Number and distribution of focus detection point is DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The reframing technique. Single shot autofocus mode. How it works. When to use single shot mode. Problems with the reframing technique: focus and exposure lock. Continuous autofocus mode. Moving subjects. Problems with subject tracking and detection points alignment. AF-ON, AFL button and its use.

Focus Modes

Focus detection points. Location of the subject. Focus area vs focus points. How to find and lock focus on a digital camera. Visual reference in the viewfinder. Wide focus area mode. Zone focusing areas. How autofocus systems place focus points. Proximity and centrality in the autofocus philosophy. Peripheral subjects. Pros and cons of focus of zone focusing areas. Center focus area. Spot, cluster and expanded spot area mode. Pinpointing the focus placement. Focus precision vs focus speed. Problems when tracking subjects with focus detection spot-points. Reframing on camera: single shot autofocus mode + spot focus area.

Focus Area

Face and eye detection. Artificial intelligence. Advantages in photoshoots involving people. No reframing needed. Detection and tracking features. Placing focus on objects when faces are in the frame. Choosing the appropriate focus detection area. Face detection when multiple faces are in the frame. Focus priority with faces: proximity and centrality. Face registration feature: how it works. Faces priority. Circumstances when is best to turn face and eye detection off. Lifestyle photoshoots where the product is the subject.

Face Detection. Face & Eye tracking.
+ Composition
4 lectures 47:24

Section Introduction: Composition

Section Introduction: Composition

What is composition. Frame as real estate. Intellectual drawing. Composition in paintings. Example with Caravaggio. Composition as a decision on the arrangement of visual elements. The point of view. Rule of thirds and its explanation. Reading and writing patterns according to different cultures. Visual scanning of the image according to your reading pattern. Where to place your subject according to visual scanning directions. Leading natural and architectural lines. Role of the sky in composition. Ratio sky to land in the frame. Skyscapes. Composition in regard to human movement and human gaze. Composition as the photographer’s signature. Legs as photographer’s best tool.

Composition Basics

What to include and what to exclude from the frame. Distance and focal length to include or exclude elements. Choice of point of view to display visual elements. Tell the bigger story. The subject and background formula. Problems with zoom lenses: zooming in makes the background disappear. The true meaning of filling the frame. Background as a complement to the story told by the subject. How to portray a tridimensional world in a bidimensional medium. Layers and perspective to create the impression of depth. Layers: physical, textural, contrast driven, tonal and color related. Vanishing points. Rows of natural and architectural elements. Photography as a universal language. What is the story in the picture? Why are you taking the picture? Images need to be self sufficient and condense the elements of the story. Photography limitations and strength. Composition as visual language.

Fill the Frame

Subject. Description of subjects. Relationship with background. Mental focus and energy on the subject. Objects, people and situations. Background as a complement to the subjects. Secondary characters and setting. Mood. The good ratio subject to background. The foreground and its relationship with our daily life. Image’s internal framing. Depth and layers. Architectural foreground. Realism. The influences and the consequences of the portion of the scene Off-Camera. The power of the untold. Active interpretative process from the viewer. Master the four realms of the visual art. Photography as a language of emotions. Photography as a system to universally communicate feelings.

Foreground, Subject, Background, Off-Camera
+ Course Conclusion
1 lecture 02:31

Course Conclusion: Become a Better Photographer - Module 1

Course Conclusion