If you have a DSLR you probably also have a large, fat and often confusing manual to go with it! You're probably full of creative ideas but frustrated at how complicated it all seems to take a picture on your DSLR and overwhelmed by menu choices and buttons.
This course will show you how simple the basics of your DSLR really are and teach you how your camera really works. We'll learn about basic settings and use your new technical understanding to take creative and artistic photographs. By the end of the course you will be able to control the camera rather than the camera controlling you!
Hello! Welcome to the course, a little about me, what we are going to be doing together and what to expect!
If you can understand how a simple pinhole camera works you're well on your way to understanding how any modern camera works as well. Learn how only two basic controls are the foundations of photography and understanding your camera.
Learn exactly what goes on inside the camera to make the image and why this is so important to understanding how to take great pictures.
Have a look inside a camera and learn how the shutter is controlled, what it does and why it's so important to improving your photography.
Learn about how to use the camera's aperture and how it's used to control the quantity of light that enters the camera.
Find out how the light actually travels inside your camera, how can you see an image through the viewfinder and what happens when you press the shutter.
Find out why your pictures might be coming out too light or too dark. Get to grips with how shutterspeed and aperture combine to make the correct exposure.
Which mode should you use, what's the difference between them? It's really not as complicated as it may seem once you understand how the camera works.
A simple guide to setting up your DSLR so that it can help you out with the less important bits whilst you experiment, learn and have fun with the bits that really matter!
Learn about how changing the shutterspeed can dramatically change the look of your images and allow you to get really creative.
Professional hints, tips and techniques for making sure that your shutterspeed photographs are perfect every time.
A handy reference sheet with lots of ideas for great shutterspeed photographs and a list of mini projects that will really help with your shutterspeed photography skills.
Get a professional look to your images and start to create a much more artistic look to your work by understanding how to use aperture.
Lots of practical ideas and mini projects to really help you to understand how to use the aperture to make your photographs look professional and artistic.
Learn how to understand 80-90% of how your camera works by combining aperture and shutterspeed. Discover the key that even many experienced photographers don't really understand.
A summing up of everything that you have learned in the course and some ideas on how you could develop your knowledge further.
I have been a photographer since I was 16 starting with film cameras, processing and printing my own films as a teenager and then becoming a professional photographer in 2003. I have wide experience of shooting weddings, portraits and commercial photography at a professional level both using film and digital equipment and I enjoy shooting street photography on my Iphone in my spare time as well!
I also have a professional teaching qualification from Cambridge University and I have taught photography alongside my other work in schools to a wide age range of children as well as at A level to more mature students.