How To Take Better Photographs
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How To Take Better Photographs

A crash course in the common pitfalls of amateur photographers. Moms, travelers and anyone with a camera can benefit!
3.8 (4 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.
46 students enrolled
Created by Anne Clay
Published 9/2012
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take better photographs
  • Learn tips from a professional photographer to boost your images to a new level!
  • Learn how to correct bad images
  • Discover the joy of Digital Scrapbooking
  • Learn lighting, posing and camera angle tips that will make all the difference in your photos
  • Learn tips for travel photography
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  • An interest in preserving your cherished memories in photographs

Years ago BEFORE I was a professional photographer, I thought that I took nice pictures. I had a great camera and big heavy expensive lens and a good eye for art, but I was a TERRIBLE photographer. This was in film days where you had to wait to see your pictures developed before you realized that you missed the boat completely! As a professional photographer for the past eight years, I have studied under some of the best lighting and posing experts in the world and I would like to bring you some attainable, easy tips that will ensure that you get great photographs of your family, friends and trips. In this “Photography for Beginners: How to Take Good Photos” course I will also teach you how to create digital scrapbook pages in Photoshop and the importance of printing your photographs to preserve them for future generations.

Take this Photography for Beginners course and learn how to take good photos.

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone that wants to take better photographs - hobbyists or professionals
  • People with a camera or even camera on their cell phones
  • Mothers of young children....catch their images now before they grow up!
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:38

This course is full of pictures both taken before I was a professional photographer and after. I show you all the pitfalls and mistakes that can be made and how to improve your photos, taking them from bad or average to wonderful.

Preview 02:38
Common Errors in Photography
1 Lecture 29:45
Here's a look at my early portfolio of images. We will discuss what went wrong and why. Hopefully you will all learn from my mistakes!
Preview 29:45
Salvaging Bad Images
2 Lectures 03:50

Watch as I take a few salvageable images from my "former days" into photoshop and correct them making them into more useable and printable pictures.

Correcting your bad images in photoshop

View the difference in a few of my savable pictures as we look at the before and after results.

Correcting Bad Images Movie
How the Pro's Do It!
2 Lectures 36:18

Learn some of my best tips as a professional photographer to bring your portraits of your loved ones to a new level! You do not have to settle for mediocre images, with this teaching you have the tools that you need to get professional results!

Portraits Like A Professional

In this teaching I will walk with you through some of my portfolio of professional images taken in the past and explain to you how I took them. This is a great teaching to encourage you to be able to get the same results.

A Professional Photographers Portfolio
Traveling Tips
1 Lecture 19:17

Here's a teaching for all you who are going on vacation. It's a short set of traveling tips that combined with the other teachings will help you build a pictorial account of your trip that will make you proud to show you friends and neighbors!

Traveling Tips
Digital Scrapbooking
4 Lectures 27:53

Consider saving your great family images by making digital scrapbooks and having them printed. Preserving your memories is what taking pictures is all about after all. It's great to post them on the internet and share them with others, but you should have something tangible, in your hands that stands the test of time. This is a short explanation about the "how" in digital scrapbooking. The slides are also available in PDF form.

Digital Scrap Books

The PDF of the lecture above on Digital Scrapbooking
Digital Scrapbooking
21 pages

Watch as I guide you through some of my professional digital scrapbooks made for high school seniors. I will speak to you about backgrounds and picture placement as well as what makes a nice book presentation.

A Look At My Digital Books

See how I put together four pages of a digital scrapbook as I talk you through my thought process.

Digital Scrapbook Demo
1 Lecture 01:27

I hope that you enjoyed this teaching and have learned many tips that will help you take better pictures of your friends, families and trips! I hope too that I've encouraged you to preserve those treasures by getting your favorite images off of your cell phones and computers and into print! Enjoy your photographic journey! 

Digital Photography Ending
About the Instructor
Anne Clay
3.0 Average rating
8 Reviews
105 Students
2 Courses
Professional Photographer and Digital Artist

Anne Clay has devoted her life to making the world a better place - and a more artistic place. Among her accomplishments are: Bachelor's Degree from Kuyper College with art courses from other educational institutions in design concepts, art history, life drawing, lighting and photoshop. She was head of the art department for 2 years in one of the nations largest and leading printing companies in the early eighties. Anne was the founder of Lollipop Dreams painting murals and artistic finishes in houses over New England. In addition she was the founder and teacher of Kaleidescope Music and Art, helping children get in touch with their creative side through art and music. She is a recording artist, composer and worship leader.

Trained in photography and dark room from a young age, she has brought her love of photography to a new level by combining digital photography with her art experience. Every portrait is about not only capturing the essence of the client, but by molding it into a work of art that stands on its own in a timeless nature.

Anne has received multiple first place awards for her senior portrait photography and artistic rendering in photographic matter.

Anne is a member of Professional Photographers of America and was a member of Professional Photographers of North Carolina, South East Area Professional Photographers and Photographic Society of the Triangle, Inc, and Professional Photographers of New England

Relocated in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Anne is now serving the Historic Blackstone Valley as well as parts of Boston and Rhode Island. 

Anne continues to learn from great masters of photography. Anne is committed to continuing to grow and refine her craft making sure that you get top rate service and masterful portraits.

Anne is currently offering creative photographic workshops with Arthur Levi Rainville of New Bedford, Massachusetts  to other professional photographers around the country.