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EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course: Advanced

Go beyond the Basics with advanced digital photography course. Learn Creative Scenarios, Image Editing and HD Videos.
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Go beyond the basics into more Creative Photography and Videography with your DSLR camera.

This Digital Photography Course takes the Basics you learned in "EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course for Beginners" and explores more Creative Scenarios, including: Better Portraits, Night Photos, Nature (including Sunsets), Macro Photos, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Imaging, and Time Lapse (those cool videos where 12 hours happens over a few seconds). It also has Chapters on Image Editing and DSLR Video.

This Advanced Course is actually 3 Courses in One:

●  CHAPTER 2 Let's get Creative that has all the Creative Topics mentioned above,

●  CHAPTER 3: Image Editing including "Image Formats", "Basic Editing" (Part 1 and 2) and "Advanced Editing" (Part 1 and 2)

●  CHAPTER 4: DSLR Video including "Video Introduction" and "Video Basics" (Part 1 and 2).

You may have heard of some of the Topics covered in these online photography classes but thought they were too complicated to try. But with the solid basics you learned in the Beginners course you can explore these areas easily. This Advanced photography course refers back to some of the concepts covered in the Beginners course to refresh your memory and reinforce the ideas. This approach makes it easy to understand and to remember.

Recent Member Comment: "Loving this teaching Ken! I’m so appreciative that you took the initiative to pioneer this method of teaching. It’s safe to say I’m addicted for want of a better word. I’m soaking in all this wisdom and knowledge." Andy UK

These are some of the exciting things you will Discover:

●  Key Elements to getting Better Portraits

●  The MOST important setting in Night Photos and How to use it.

●  The Tools and Tricks to get Great Nature Photos

●  An Effective and Affordable Macro Photo solution

●  How to get Predictable lighting in Macro Photos

●  The MOST important setting in Macro Photos

●  What is HDRI and the amazing results you can get

●  How to take and process Images for HDRI

●  How to set up a Time Lapse sequence

●  Key Settings and Equipment for Time Lapse sequences

●  Tips for Processing your Time Lapse sequences into Video

●  Explanation of Image Formats

●  Key ways that you can improve your Photos on the computer

●  Basic Image Editing using Photoshop and free software

●  Levels and Curves explained

●  Benefits of DSLR HD Video

●  The Best Settings for DSLR HD Video

●  Essential items for ‘filming’ in Bright Daylight

●  Affordable equipment to get Cinematic HD Video

Now is your chance to push the Creative envelope of your Photography and have a lot of fun in the process.

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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 19 Lectures Collapse All 19 Lectures 06:29:26
Getting Started
3 Lectures 08:04

Quick Promo Video for EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course: Advanced created by Ken Schultz.

I recommend you take the EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course for Beginners before taking this more Advanced Course - unless you have a good understanding of the basics in Photography.

Preview 01:22

This Video gives you an Orientation and Overview of the EasyDSLR Advanced Course.

This Course is a follows on from EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course for Beginners.

It is Highly Recommended that you take the Beginners Course first but if you are more advanced in your Photography you will have no trouble keeping up with the comtent in this course.

You will notice the numbering of the Videos follows on from the Beginners Course and there is mention of 'Gold Videos' and 'Gold Course'. This was part of a single Course that had Gold videos that have become this Advanced Course.

Preview 06:42

The Photo Triangle illustrates the 3 Main concepts in getting a great Photo. Camera settings and other values are overlaid showing their influence on different components of an image.

The Photo Triangle was introduced in the Beginners Course and we will revisit it in the Advanced Course.

(See Page 2 for the Key)

Photo Triangle And Key
2 pages
Let's get Creative
6 Lectures 02:28:12

Key elements to good Portraits.

Now it’s time to put the concepts you learned in the Beginner's Course into action!

There are some key concepts to getting Better Portraits:

  • Lens Choice – This is where we can apply the knowledge from the Composition Video.
  • The next key thing is Lighting – flattering lighting can be achieved a few ways – using Fill Flash, using Flash Diffuser, and using Off Camera Flash and Reflectors.

In this video you will learn:

  • Lens Choice and Portraits
  • Fill Flash and Diffusers for more flattering lighting
  • Introduction to Off Camera Flash
  • Clam Shell Lighting
  • Window Light – Reflectors vs Flash

Some of the Gear mentioned in this video.




These are required if your DSLR does not have built in Wireless Flash Triggering System

The second Pocket Wizard High-end system has Transceivers - which can act as both Transmitters or Receivers.


I hope you enjoy these Creative Videos.

Better Portraits

Key elements to creating artistic Night Photographs.

There are some key elements to getting great Night Photos – the most important being long Shutter Speeds.

In this video you will learn:

  • Why Long Shutter Speeds make great Night Photos
  • What ISO settings you should use - Hint: Not high!
  • Using Small Apertures for large DOF
  • Why Manual Exposure is better
  • Autofocus can have trouble at night
  • Creative use of White Balance in night photos
  • How to photograph Fireworks

For Night Photos the most important accessory is a Tripod – because of the long Shutter Speeds. A remote is optional.

My recommendations for accessories are:

Preview 11:20

In this video I cover some tips for taking great Nature photographs of:

  • Birds,
  • flowers,
  • landscapes,
  • silky rivers and
  • stunning sunsets.

I also show you the amazing Black Card Technique.

The key accessories I used in this Video are:

A note about Lenses and Teleconverters

For good Wildlife Photos you need a Telephoto or good Telephoto zoom lens.

Some people have asked about using a good zoom like the amazing Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with a Teleconverter (Extender) like the Canon 2X or 1.4X. These are my recommendations.


Macro Photography - Gear and Techniques

There are different options for taking Macro Photos – In this Video I discuss the gear options and how to take Macro Photos both indoors and outside.

In this video you will learn:

  • How Macro Photography can open up a New World of Photos
  • What Options there are for taking Macro Photos
  • An effective and affordable Macro solution (my favorite)
  • Why you need a Tripod for Most Macro Photos
  • An essential accessory for making Tripod photos easier
  • DOF and Macro shots
  • Using Predictable lighting in Indoor Macro shots

This is the list of recommended accessories for Macro Photos:

Macro Tubes
These are my favorite option (they give better quality than the Macro Filters and you don’t have to buy one for each lens diameter as they fit between the lens and camera. They are also a lot more affordable than dedicated Macro Lenses)

Macro Filter

Canon Macro Lenses

Nikon Micro (Macro) Lenses


Macro Slider/Rail (focusing rack)

Macro Light

This LED light above is very affordable – and it has a nice feature I didn’t mention on the video – it has an option to switch on just the left LEDs, the right LEDs or All the LEDs (so you can get the effect of side lighting to gove your subject more dimension but using predictable lighting).

If you really need a stronger light source then the Macro Flash Ring may be a better option for you like the one for Canon below (but they are more expensive)

There are third party Macro Ring Flash units for Both Canon and Nikon (and other brands) but a popular option for Nikon users is the Close-up Speedlight system below (not a Ring Flash but also used for Macro – and has the benefit of being wireless so you can use it off the camera)

Macro Photos

High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging explained and demonstrated.

High Dynamic Range Images are created by combining images of different exposure in an attempt to capture the full range of lighting in a scene. In this video I explain what HDRI is and how to create HDR images.

In this video you will learn:

  • What HDRI is
  • How to take images for HDRI
  • Using Exposure Bracketing or Manually taking different exposures
  • HDRI Processing using Photomatix Pro
  • Types of HDRI processing and display
  • When to use HDRI
  • Types of scenes that benefit from HDRI with Before and After examples

Recommended accessories and Software for HDRI:


HDRI Software

  • Photomatix Pro (currently 4.1) – You can Download a Free Trial for Windows or Mac OS X – I have arranged a Special Coupon for my members – so after trying it out -  if you want to buy, use the Coupon Codeeasydslr108″ (without quotes) for 15% Off Discount.
  • There is other software like HDRExpress (easy to use but I found Photomatix Pro better) and Picturenaut (free but I had trouble getting a good image with it) and others – but let’s keep it simple – if you want to try out HDRI just download the free Photomatix Trial – you can try out all the features – give it a go

Other HDRI training

If I have succeeded in getting you excited about the possibilities of HDRI – you may want to take it a lot further than my introduction. This course is for beginners and intermediate DSLR users but I did want to introduce different areas of Photography to show you some of the many paths you can take your hobby or career. I am planning a more advanced mini course on HDRI - please email me at and let me know if you would be interested. 

HDR Imaging

In this introduction to Time Lapse photography I show you the setup for 3 Time Lapse sequences and the important things to consider.

You can download the HD version of the finished Timelapse sequences below.

Download HD 720p finished Time lapses here

In this video you will learn:

  • How to set up a Time Lapse sequence
  • Important equipment for Time Lapse
  • Key Settings for Time Lapse sequences
  • Tips for Processing your Time Lapse sequences into Video

Key accessories I used in this Video are:

For those lucky Nikon owners … some newer model Nikon DSLR cameras have a built in Interval Timer so you don’t need to get a Timer Remote as mentioned above. Just look for Interval Timer Photography in your manual (for example it’s on page 56 for the Nikon D5100)

I hope you enjoyed the Videos in this “Let’s get Creative” Chapter – I have included topics that a lot of people are interested in. Some of the topics may seem a little ‘scary’ to dive into at first. But I attempted to make them easy to understand so you can experiment and try out these creative avenues with your photography.

Time Lapse
Image Editing
6 Lectures 02:43:50

DSLR image formats explained.

The most common types of Image Formats used in DSLR Cameras are JPEG (JPG) and some form of RAW file format. In this Video I give you an introduction to these Image formats.

You will learn:

  • Introduction to Image Editing
  • The 2 Main Image Formats
  • What Image Resolution is
  • JPG Compression and the effect on Image Quality
  • Benefits of RAW Files
  • Basic Pixel Color Modes
  • Comparison of JPG and RAW formats
Image Formats

Basic Image Editing in Photoshop and free editing software.

Part 1 of this Video shows you how to edit your photos using a free Online editor at

It’s good to know the basics and take the best photos you can but often you may need a few improvements on the computer afterward. Image editing is a huge subject and there are entire courses on Adobe Photoshop (the Image Editing Industry Standard) or other image editing software.

A full treatment of Image editing would be many hours of training. So what I’ll do is just give you some of the ways you can improve your images that relate to the points of The Photo Triangle.

In this video you will learn:

  • Improving the Composition of your Photos by Cropping and Rotating
  • Ajusting Exposure or Tonal values
  • Basic Color Correction of your image
  • Quick Red Eye Removal

Part 2 has more Basic Editing in Photoshop.

Recommended Software:
Editing Software

Recommended Editing Courses:
If you like my style of Presentation then you will love Phil Steele’s Online Video Courses.

Basic Editing (Part 1) Online Editing

Part 2 - Basic Image Editing in Photoshop and free editing software.

Part 2 of this Video shows you how to edit your photos using free software with your camera and Photoshop.

In this video you will learn:

  • Improving the Composition of your Photos by Cropping and Rotating in Photoshop
  • Ajusting Exposure or Tonal values in Photoshop
  • Basic Color Correction of your image
  • Quick Red Eye Removal in Photoshop
  • Image Sharpening (effectively enhancing Focus)
  • Image Blur to simulate Depth of Field

Recommended Software:
Editing Software

Recommended Editing Courses:
If you like my style of Presentation then you will love Phil Steele’s Online Video Courses.

Ready to Dive Deeper – watch the Advanced Editing Video next!

Basic Editing (Part 2) Photoshop

RAW files, Curves, Color Balance and advanced topics.

We take Image Editing further in this Video. In Part 1 I show you RAW file editing mostly.

In this video you will learn:

  • RAW File editing in Camera Raw (Photoshop Plugin)
  • Limits of RAW file recovery

Still need the Basics – watch the Basic Editing Video!

Recommended Software:
Editing Software

Recommended Editing Courses:
If you like my style of Presentation then you will love Phil Steele’s Online Video Courses.

Watch Part 2 for more Advanced Editing using Tools and Tricks in Photoshop.

Advanced Editing (Part 1) Camera RAW

In Part 2 of Advanced Editing I go deeper into tricks and tools of Photoshop.

In this video you will learn:

  • More Advanced Exposure and Color Tools in Photoshop
  • How to fix spots with Spot Healing Brush
  • The joys of the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Advanced Layer Editing using Layer Masks

Still need the Basics – watch the Basic Editing Video!

Recommended Software:
Editing Software

Recommended Editing Courses:
If you like my style of Presentation then you will love Phil Steele’s Online Video Courses.

Advanced Editing (Part 2) Photoshop Tricks

 BONUS VIDEO: A quick Review of Photoshop Actions by Florabella

One of the tools that really helps give you a Professional edge to your Photos is Actions for Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements). You can certainly achieve the same results buy becoming a Photoshop Ninja but Actions can give you a quick start to amazing images.

In this video you will learn:

Recommended Actions:

  • Classic Workflow + Hazy Skies
  • LUXE

The Classic Workflow has Classic Film which will be one of your most used action (I find I start with that one first to see if it’s a good starting point then add tones and other effects on top). You may prefer LUXE II, but I found I liked the LUXE original collection better.

Click here to visit Florabella Collection

Other Recommended Software:
Editing Software

Recommended Editing Courses:
If you like my style of Presentation then you will love Phil Steele’s Online Video Courses.

BONUS Video: Photoshop Actions
DSLR Video
4 Lectures 01:05:20

Benefits and shortcomings of DSLR Video and introduction to the DSLR Revolution.

Many of the newer DSLR cameras have HD Video capabilities. Although this is a Digital Photography Course I want to give you an introduction to Video using DSLR cameras.

DSLR cameras are Revolutionizing the independent film industry due to their low cost and amazing quality video.

In this video you will learn:

  • Main Benefits of DSLR Cameras for HD Video
  • A few Shortcomings of DSLR Video and how they are ovecome
  • A brief introduction to the HD DSLR Revolution

One of the factors that give DSLR cameras an amazing film look is the really Narrow (Shallow) Depth of Field you can create. The shallow DOF comes from a combination of Wide (large) Aperture Lenses and Large Sensor size. High-end HD Video cameras with their smaller sensor and smaller lens apertures cannot create the same shallow DOF.

Video Introduction

Basics of how to do DSLR Video.

In Part 1 of this Video I go through some Basic Settings and Techniques of doing HD Video with your DSLR Camera. This will be an introduction as it would require an entire course to go though the topic in detail.

In this video you will learn:

  • Introduction to DSLR Video and how the The Photo Triangle applies
  • Important Settings for good Video
  • Tips for taking great Video

You can download the Steps for Setting your DSLR for HD Video from the next Lecture then follow on to Part 2 where I go into useful accessories.

Video Basics (Part 1) Settings

Checklist or Cheat Sheet of DSLR Settings and Steps for getting great HD Video with your Camera.

DSLR Video Checklist
2 pages

Basics of how to do DSLR Video.

In Part 2 I go through some useful gear for getting great HD Video with your DSLR Camera. Some are these Accessories are relatively inexpensive allowing you to get 'Hollywood' footage without a 'Hollywood' budget.

In this video you will learn:

  • Inexpensive Accessories that raise the level of your Video
  • How a Cheap Prime lens can give you awesome indoor footage
  • How to get “Film-like” Depth of Field in Bright Daylight
  • The One item that gives a Cinematic look to your Video

The key accessories I recommend for Video are:

The Accessories above are affordable and you can spend a lot more money if you want to get into High-end DSLR Video Production.

I have given you a taste of how great HD Video with DSLR Cameras is.  If you want to take things further I recommend the Book by Kurt Lancaster – DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras (there is a Kindle Version as well). Kurt goes into Depth about DSLR Video including High-end Gear and Video Editing. On that note – if you do want to get into serious Video you will need Non-linear Editing Software.

Recommended Editing Software

That concludes your EasyDSLR Advanced Course!

I hope you found the Lessons inspiring. You should have come out of this Course taking Better Photos and maybe a little bit of awesome HD Video.

Thank you and All the Best with your Photos.


Ken Schultz

Ken Schultz

Photographer and Instructor

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Photographer and Instructor

Ken is the creator of the EasyDSLR Digital Photography Course. Ken setup a blog on digital photography in December 2010 and helped hundreds of new DSLR buyers with an eBook, "Digital SLR Buyer's Guide." After many questions from new DSLR buyers, Ken realized that a Basic DSLR course was needed to fill the gaps in photography knowledge required to get great photos with a DSLR. After 8 months of production, EasyDSLR was launched (September 2011).

This course condenses 30 years of Ken's photojournalism and his in-the-field experience capturing images of international travel, ocean life through his career as a marine biologist and as a professional wedding photographer into a layman's course for photography newcomers. It's not for Professionals but rather for those with minimal background in photography or those making the transition from film SLR cameras to Digital SLR cameras.

Ken's "in the trenches" background gives him a unique perspective enabling him to explain photographic principles in simple terms. Photography is an Art as well as being technical. Ken's talent is being able to educate and inspire without overloading the viewer with too much technical jargon.

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