Learn to "Create More Than A Snapshot" Photography Class
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Learn to "Create More Than A Snapshot" Photography Class

Learn to control your camera to create the images you you've always dreamed of making.
4.0 (26 ratings)
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1,955 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2016
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 29 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 57 lectures 06:32:32
+ Getting Started
9 lectures 01:01:52

Welcome Video

This video will welcome you to the class and give you some tips about completing your first assignment, the self portrait.

Preview 02:22

Welcome letter from Gary Detonnancourt the creator of More Than A Snap Shot.


This video discusses the makeup of a great image. The characteristics you should be trying to include in your own images.

What Makes A Great Image

This document will dissuss the hardware and software you might need for this class. In addition it will recommend items you may want to purchase.

A Word About Equipment
4 pages
Lesson 1: Getting to Know Your Camera

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?

Preview 8 pages
How to Shoot a Self Portrait with a dSLR.

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.

Self Portrait Assignment
2 pages

You can use this rubric to help you to evaluate your own images.

Image Critique Rubric
1 page
+ The Basics
5 lectures 07:18

This worksheet goes over some techniques to help you hold your camera more steady. Being more steady will prevent you from getting blurry images due to motion.

Hand Holding Your Camera Worksheet
3 pages

This video goes over some techniques to help you hold your camera more steady. Being more steady will prevent you from getting blurry images due to motion.

How to Hold Your Camera Steady

This worksheet goes over the reasons why you would want to use a tripod and gives you some helpful tips.

Using a Tripod
2 pages

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)
ball head
Preview 03:02
The Difference between a Photo & Video Tripod
+ Camera Settings and Functions
5 lectures 06:01

This worksheet goes over all of the shooting modes and describes how they work. It also recommend which shooting modes you should use.

Auto Modes:


Creative Auto





Night Portrait

Manual Modes


Shutter Priority

Aperture Priority



Shooting Modes
9 pages

This video explains what auto focus points you should use. How to change them and how to focus and re-compose on your subject.

How to Focus Your Camera and Re-Compose.

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.

Auto Focus Modes

This worksheet goes over the basics of focusing technique. Such as where to focus and how to focus.

What's Your Focus Worksheet
3 pages

This assignment asks you to post some images from when you practiced with the focusing lessons.

+ Working with Images
4 lectures 45:54

This worksheet goes over what you should be looking for when you look at your images on the LCD screen. The information in the EXIF data and histogram can help you make decisions about how to improve the next shot you make.

Using Your LCD Screen to Proof Images
6 pages
Dealing With Digital Files

This lesson gives you some idea of what's possible with image editing software. This video uses Lightroom but you may also want to look at other programs like Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CC.

Image Editing

This is an assignment which asks you to show us the before and after images you were able to make with your image editing software.

+ Composition
6 lectures 23:59

This video goes over the basic rules of composition and explains how you can apply them to your photography.

Slideshow: Composition

This worksheet describes the rule of thirds and explain how it can improve your photographic compositions.

The Rule of Thirds
3 pages

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.

Preview 2 pages

This worksheet describes how the background can be just as important as the foreground in an image. If you have a great subject but an ugly messy background that can ruin your image.

It's all about the Background
1 page

This worksheet goes over a few elements that can improve your compostions. Things like leading lines, shapes, and colors.

Line, Color, Shape, and Pattern Images
2 pages

This worksheet has a variety of little composition tips and tricks to help you make better compostions.

Composition: Odds & Ends
1 page
+ Exposure
11 lectures 01:56:20

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.

Slideshow: Understanding Exposure

This worksheet describes how the exposure triangle works. It helps you to understand there is no one right answer when it comes to exposure. There are however, tradeoffs that have to be made by the photographer to get the shot they want.

Exposure Triangle
7 pages

This worksheet explains how to use your histogram and then how to correct the exposure in the next image by using exposure compensation.

Histograms & Exposure Compensation
5 pages

This worksheet discusses how your camera meters a scene with different metering modes.

Matrix / Evaluative - averages the whole rectangle

Partial / Center Weighted Averaging - uses mostly the center area

Spot - meters a small spot in the center of the frame.

Exposure and Metering Modes
3 pages

This worksheet describes exposure lock and why you would use it.

Exposure Lock
2 pages

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.

Slideshow: Understanding Exposure II
Know where to point your camera for the best exposure.
How to blur water with slow shutter speeds.
How to Shoot a White Subject Like Snow.

This video describes how you can control white balance. Using the correct white balance will remove color casts from your images. It also discuses how to blend your flash with other sources of light.

Slideshow: White Balance
+ Types of photography you may want to explore.
17 lectures 43:06

This worksheet give you tips on how to shoot natural light portraits.

Natural Light Portraits
3 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot sports.

Sports Photography
2 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot large groups of people.

Photographing Groups of People
2 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot studio portaits.

Studio Photography
2 pages

This video gives you tips on how to use your flash.

Flash Photography
2 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot wildlife images.

Wildlife Photography
2 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot macro images.

Macro Photography
2 pages

This video discusses some tips and techniques for doing night photography. It includes, equipment, techniques, settings, and best times for night photography.

Slideshow: Night Photography

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot landscapes.

Landscape Photography
2 pages

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.

Filters for Landscape Photography
3 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot landscapes.

Digital Landscape Photography Techniques
3 pages

This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot time lapse videos.

Time Lapse Photography
1 page
How to Know if your Sensor is Dirty

Water Drop Photography


Gary Detonnancourt


  • 1 speed-light (sometimes 2) plus colorful gels for flashes
  • Medium focal length lens (24-70 mm range) or macro lens
  • Backgrounds: white foam core or other printed patterns
  • Containers: black paint pan or other containers to catch the drops (these should not have writing on the bottom) Plus some extra containers to hold liquids.
  • Liquids: water, milk
  • Additives: glycerin, soap, sugar, syrup - to thicken the water
  • Dropping: a dropper or plastic bag
  • Stands and tripods
  • Focus aid: ruler, pen etc...
  • Flash trigger
  • Paper Towels
  • Lighting:

  • 1/16 or 1/32 power on manual flash mode for a fast flash duration. This helps freeze the water drop. Point the flash at the background behind the drop.
  • Exposure:

  • Manual mode
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 sec. or as high as your flash can sync.
  • ISO: 100 or 200
  • F-stop: f/8 or higher depending on your exposure. If you not getting enough depth of field try moving the camera further away from the drop.
  • How to Photography Water Drops

    Your final assignment:

    Say goodby and show us the image you're most proud of since taking this course.

    Final Assignment