Introductory Photography Course
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Introductory Photography Course

The fastest way to get off 'Auto' mode and unlock the creative potential of your camera.
4.6 (2,777 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
34,594 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2016
English
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Everything from the basics of how your camera works and correct technique through to setting your AF mode, AF points, resolution.
  • My top 10 tips for framing up great photos, covering everything from rule of thirds and leading lines, through to what to look for in a background and more...
  • What makes your photos come out brighter or darker, how to control exposure with exposure compensation, looks at different metering modes, histogram graphs and more, ending with practical session #1
  • Aperture and Depth Of Field, what it is, the easy way to understand and control it...
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Requirements
  • A camera! That's about it!
Description

I've been running this 1 day photography course around Australia & New Zealand since 2009, helping several thousand people gain more enjoyment from their passion - one small group at a time. However, as we're now busier than ever running our Photography Tours, time has come to throw open the doors and let everyone enjoy it! Divided into sequential sections, each video features plenty of examples, animations and easy-to-understand explanations to guide you right through from basic camera setup and composition, to aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, lighting, lenses, histograms, white balance and so much more! The first 5 parts are ready to watch for FREE! 

Who is the target audience?
  • What skill level is needed? This photography courses is aimed at beginners right through to keen-enthusiast photographers. We start at the very basics (you'd be surprised how often even skilled photographers actually lack some of these fundamentals!) and then work up. We're always delighted to hear that even accomplished photographers who've done the course still report that they were surprised how much they still learnt. The main concern our guests seem to have before they do the course is that they might not be advanced enough, but let me assure you that this is never the case! We've had people attend the course pulling their camera out of the plastic-wrap and turning it on for the first time, and they too find the course invaluable and still well-paced.
  • Suitable for all cameras? Yes for sure! All the theory is exactly the same across all camera types and brands, and as you'll see in my examples and diagrams, I include the various terminology, mode-setting names etc used across the full range of cameras. While most of my examples are using a full-on DSLR camera, things like mirrorless, micro 4/3rd cameras and even bridge / compact cameras etc can do virtually all the same things - sometimes the features might just be buried in a menu somewhere, and/or the effects can be less dramatic - but it's all there, waiting to be unleashed! Even if all you use is a smartphone camera, there's still loads of tips you'll pick up on this course to greatly improve your photography - things like composition, lighting, exposure, practical tips etc - all that stuff 100% applies to all photography, irrespective of what type of camera you have!
  • What makes this course great? There are many reasons why this course has become so popular, but the most common feedback is that it's just taught in a very easy-to-understand and approachable way - no complex jargon words, no unnecessary graphs or irrelevant theory. Having constantly tweaked this course for 7 years, I can now walk you a very well-refined path to learning just what you need to know, as simply as possible, with plenty of great examples etc. Read the reviews - people always come away inspired and full of new understanding. The summary clip-cards and course notes handbook also go a long way to maximising the ongoing value for my course, so you can refer to them either in times of need, or just when you've got some time to kill and want to brush-up without having to stream the videos all over again.
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Curriculum For This Course
5 Lectures
01:20:51
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FREE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE! Normally $480, my popular photography course is now onl
5 Lectures 01:20:51

Usually $480 for the day, award-winning Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray's popular photography course is now online! Check out ChrisBrayPhotography.com to see all the videos and to buy the 'Course Notes' handbook that goes with this course.

This lecture covers a bit about me, how I got here, and what you're in for with this course...

Intro & Background - Photography Course - Part 1
13:22

This lecture covers the basics of setting your camera up, ready to start shooting. Everything from the basics of how your camera works and correct technique through to setting your AF mode, AF points, resolution.

Basic Photography - Photography Course - Part 2
12:45

This lecture covers my top 10 tips for framing up great photos, covering everything from rule of thirds and leading lines, through to what to look for in a background and more...

Composition - Photography Course - Part 3
16:50

This comprehensive lecture covers exposure - what makes your photos come our brighter or darker, how to control exposure with exposure compensation, looks at different metering modes, histogram graphs and more, ending with practical session #1

Exposure - Photography Course - Part 4
20:33

This lecture explains aperture and f/numbers in a way that's easy to understand - what aperture is and how to use it to control depth of field. We look at understanding 'Av mode' / 'A mode' on your camera, some common issues and problems, how to get the best blurry background for portrait photos and a deep depth of field for landscapes, finishing with practical session #2.

Aperture & Depth of Field - Photography Course - Part 5
17:21
About the Instructor
Photographer Chris Bray
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34,594 Students
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Professional Photographer

Photographer, Adventurer & Conservationist.

Born in 1983, Chris grew up sailing around the world and then leading world-first cart-hauling expeditions across the arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, Lowepro ambassador and Canon’s Australian ambassador for five years. 

Chris’s work has appeared in National Geographic (along with Australian and Canadian Geographic) as well as TIME Magazine and Discovery Channel. He’s written a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now a multi award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society, is a International Fellow of the Explorers Club and is also founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects. 

Besides running 1-day photography courses and photo tours around the world, Chris and his wife Jess recently became the first people to sail a junk-rig sailboat through the Northwest Passage over the arctic.