Learn to "Create More Than A Snapshot" Photography Class
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- To be able to get out of auto mode and control the camera yourself.
- To be able to compose an artistic image and not just take snapshots.
- A camera that has some manual settings.
- Some type of image editing software. Picassa, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom etc..
Learn with more than 2,000 of my other students currently learning to improve their photography skills. This course will help you to understand how to use your camera, develop higher level photographic techniques, and to make more creative images.
This course is composed of videos, worksheets, assignments and critiques to help guide you through learning digital photography. The course has about 57 lessons and I'm constantly adding new lessons. As an added bonus, I will add you to a private Facebook group (or on udemy) so you can post questions.
This course is like having your own photography coach. This class will keep you shooting and practicing all year long and practice is the only way you will get better at anything.
Last updated 4/21/2016
I have never given this course away for free so my student numbers are not deceptively inflated as you may see on other udemy courses.
- This course is for beginners to intermediate level photographers.
- The course is best for people with DSLRs, but you can use any camera to take this class.
This video will welcome you to the class and give you some tips about completing your first assignment, the self portrait.
Facebook Review Assignment:
Camera Capabilities Questionnaire
After doing the camera capabilities worksheet, answer the following questions.
1. Did you find all of the functions? If not was it because your camera didn't have this function or was it because you could not find it?
2. Did you learn about any features you didn't already know about?
3. Which features would you like to learn more about?
The self portrait is your first assignment and it may also be the most difficult. Do your best to show us who you are and don't worry too much about the technical stuff. Post your assignment so we can get to know you.
This tip will help everyone focus for their self portrait. Put some object where you plan to focus. A teddy bear or mannequin works well. Switch your lens to manual focus. Then focus on the object. Next just jump in the picture your focus will stay where you left it. Just make sure you stand in the same place as your object.
This video goes over some of the important features you should look for when buying a tripod such as:
weight (light vs heavy)
weight limit (how heavy of a camera and lens can it hold)
composition (metal or carbon fiber)
This worksheet goes over all of the shooting modes and describes how they work. It also recommend which shooting modes you should use.
This video describes the 3 main focusing modes and what they are used for:
One Shot / AF-S This mode focuses once and locks as long as you hold the shutter button half way down.
AI Focus / AF-A This mode focuses once then if the subject moves it refocuses.
AI Servo / AF-C This mode continuously focuses which is good for moving objects.
This worksheet talks about how your images need a main subject and that you should build the rest of your image around this main subject. The main subject is usually the thing that first caught your attention in the scene.
This video talks about what you need to know about how your camera produces and exposure. Knowing how your camera works will affect the decisions you make in your settings and compositions. The video also describes how ISO works.
Remember low numbers like 100 are good for when you have a lot of light and high numbers like 1600 are good for low light conditions.
This video goes over the creative controls available to the photographer through the use of shutter speed and aperture.
Shutter speed controls motion: slow blurs motion and fast freezes action.
Aperture controls depth of field: f/2.8 is wide open vs. f/16 is closed down for more depth of field.
This worksheet gives you tips on which filters you might need for digital photogrpahy.
circular polarizing filter - removes glare.
graduated neutral density filter - can be used to darken a bright sky.
neutral density filter - can be used to get to a slower shutter speed or use a wider aperture.
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