Essential Photography Skills - Beginner Digital SLR Training
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Essential Photography Skills - Beginner Digital SLR Training

Introduction to digital SLR photography. Master your camera and understand the basics of digital SLR photography.
4.6 (33 ratings)
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392 students enrolled
Created by Brent Mail
Last updated 5/2014
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the essential elements in photography
  • How cameras work, and how light travels through your digital SLR
  • Exposure explained: Simple to understand with diagrams. Studio portrait shoot demonstrating exposure
  • Light and how critical it is to photography. How to modify light, and go on location for a sunset shoot
  • Depth of Field and how Aperture and Focal Length contribute to DOF. When to use it and why
  • Lenses, which lens to use for portraits or landscapes, why are some lenses more expensive than others
  • Go on location with Brent to photograph a landscape, and discover the secrets behind capturing beautiful seascapes.
  • Shutter Speed. Go on location and discover how to add movement to you images.
  • Learn about autofocus, and when to use the different autofocus settings.
  • ISO and how to use it properly. What about noise in your images?
  • Composition, and the rule of 3rds. Analyse the images we have taken so far. What makes an image good?
  • Inspiration. What inspires you to take pictures, and where Brent finds daily inspiration.
  • How to shoot in manual mode, as well as semi-automatic modes like shutter priority mode.Go along with Brent and see exactly how he creates these images....
  • eBook manual with high resolution images and exposure chart
  • Full resolution images included in most lectures - download and enjoy
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Description

Introduction to DSLR Photography for Beginners (newly updated with new examples, original image download and much more)

Master your camera and understand the basics of digital SLR photography with this Photography Course Online.

Recent comments from Diane Bell "I enjoyed this course. The tip I benefited from the most was how to hold the camera. Camera shake can be a big issue. Thanks for the course. I got a lot out of it."

Photography can be Frustrating in the Beginning

Are you frustrated with the average shots you're getting with your DIGITAL SLR camera? Are you stuck in automatic mode? Do the words "aperture", "shutter speed", "ISO" and "exposure" sound like a foreign language, but one you would like to speak?

Learn the basics of photography in 120 minutes..... Guaranteed.

This downloadable step-by-step video series covers the basics of photography, from how your camera works, exposure, shutter speed and aperture, all the way to what inspires you and how to compose your images for maximum impact. 

Short & Sweet Videos Lessons

Brent goes into detail and demonstrates each essential photographic ingredient in these fun, casual and easy-to-learn videos.

Easy Self-Paced Learning

Take this course at your own pace, come back and re-watch sections if you like, or watch the entire course in one-go. It's recommended that you watch one section at a time and then go out and practice what you have learned.

Photograph On-Location & In-Studio

Join Brent as he photographs portraits in the studio and outdoors as well as go on location to capture landscapes and sunset pictures.

You will never have to shoot in auto mode again.

Popular Photography eBook Included

Included is a full manual (Essential Photography Skills eBook 2nd edition) that goes with these videos, Print it out, especially the Exposure Chart, plus 2 bonus videos will help you shoot like a Pro.

Download the Original Images

Download the full resolution original images from the lectures; follow along on your computer. For example: The lecture on shutter speed - check out the fast shutter speed images and compare them to the slow shutter speed images - zoom right in. Awesome!

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Who is the target audience?
  • Digital SLR owner
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
3 Lectures 04:17

Sneak peek at what's in this video training series & what you can expect to learn.

Preview 02:34

Introduction to the 7 Essential Photography Skills needed to create stunning photo's

Preview 01:43

This is the perfect manual that goes with these videos, including an exposure chart and many high resolution images from the photo shoots. Download and print it out, especially the exposure chart.

Essential Photography Skills eBook - second edition
6.2 MB
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First Steps
4 Lectures 24:31
Find out how cameras work, and how light travels through your digital SLR.
How Cameras Work
08:13

Exposure Explained: This is the section most people have the hardest time grasping, so I have included many extras, like the exposure section from my 2nd edition eBook and the exposure chart. Download the exposure chart below and print it out, it will help you understand exposure and f-stops. Feel free to stop the video, rewind and watch sections again.
Exposure Explained
06:48

How does shutter speed effect exposure - with many examples.
Shutter Speed & Exposure Examples
04:55

Shutter Speed and Exposure
3 questions

Here we have a look at how Aperture effects Exposure, with many examples.
Aperture & Exposure Examples
04:35
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The 7 Essential Photography Skills
9 Lectures 01:15:52
Light and how critical it is to photography. How to modify light, and go on location for a sunset shoot.
Light
04:06

Soft light and Hard light
2 questions

Depth of Field and how Aperture and Focal Length contribute to DOF. When to use it and why. Download the examples and check them out, zoom right in.
Depth Of Field & Aperture
07:44

Lets have a look at a few examples of how Aperture effects Depth of Field, including some great online examples.
Aperture & Depth of Field Examples
07:29

Aperture and depth of field
3 questions

Lenses, which lens to use for portraits or landscapes, why are some lenses more expensive than others. Download the original images from this photo shoot and see the difference in the images when I use different lenses.
Lenses & Optics
14:01

Shutter Speed. Go on location and discover how to add movement to you images. Learn about autofocus, and when to use the different autofocus settings. Download the chapter on shutter speed, and the original images from the photo shoot, check them out, zoom right in.
Shutter Speed
12:21

Understand how shutter speed has been used in the images we have taken, with some great online examples too.
Shutter Speed Examples
08:56

ISO and how to use it properly. What about noise in your images?
ISO & Noise
05:17

Composition, and the rule of 3rds. Analyse the images we have taken so far. What makes a photograph good or bad? Download the chapter on Composition & Inspiration, print it out.
Composition
08:32

Inspiration. What inspires you to take pictures, and where I find my daily inspiration. This is a must-watch chapter.
Inspiration
07:26

Inspiration - take action
1 question
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Bonus Tips
3 Lectures 10:46
No more camera shake & blurry images | How to hold your camera effectively.
How to hold your camera like a pro
04:02

How to hold your camera
1 question

What to look for when choosing a tripod.
Preview 06:39

Feedback Please
00:05
About the Instructor
Brent Mail
4.5 Average rating
87 Reviews
1,295 Students
3 Courses
Award Winning Professional Photographer

Full-Time Professional Photographer

Hi, my name in Brent Mail and I’m a full time professional photographer, which means that I make my living from photographing people. I am a lover of great photography, the outdoors – especially the ocean – a good Thai curry and of course a custom hand-crafted espresso latte (which goes down better with friends). Oh, did I mention that I love sports too, especially the kind that gets the adrenalin pumping!!!

Photography Teacher & Mentor:

I love to share my knowledge & passion for photography with others. I run a number of photography workshops throughout the year, and love to help people understand the art of photography. This is my chance to interact with my students and get some valuable feedback, which I incorporate into my training videos. 

Successful Photography Studio Owner:

I started and run a small boutique photography studio near the beach in the quite seaside town of Anna Bay, Port Stephens (about 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney, Australia). I have hand picked my crew, and we all love what we do, as you will see once you come into our studio for a coffee and a chat. 

Award Winning Photographer:

How can you be sure that you are an expert in your field? The best way to gauge this is to enter your very best prints into a photography competition. Not just any photography competition, but a professional photography competition where you compete against the best professional photographers in the world. I have been doing this for a number of years now and have been lucky enough to win a few awards.  

Hope you enjoy my casual style of teaching, and please leave me some feedback. Cheers, Brent

More info here: http://brentmailphotography.com/