Learn with more than 2,000 of my other students currently learning to improve their photography skills. This course will help you to understand how to use your camera, develop higher level photographic techniques, and to make more creative images.
This course is composed of videos, worksheets, assignments and critiques to help guide you through learning digital photography. The course has about 57 lessons and I'm constantly adding new lessons. As an added bonus, I will add you to a private Facebook group (or on udemy) so you can post questions.
This course is like having your own photography coach. This class will keep you shooting and practicing all year long and practice is the only way you will get better at anything.
Last updated 4/21/2016
I have never given this course away for free so my student numbers are not deceptively inflated as you may see on other udemy courses.
This video will welcome you to the class and give you some tips about completing your first assignment, the self portrait.
Welcome letter from Gary Detonnancourt the creator of More Than A Snap Shot.
This video discusses the makeup of a great image. The characteristics you should be trying to include in your own images.
This document will dissuss the hardware and software you might need for this class. In addition it will recommend items you may want to purchase.
Facebook Review Assignment:
Camera Capabilities Questionnaire
After doing the camera capabilities worksheet, answer the following questions.
1. Did you find all of the functions? If not was it because your camera didn't have this function or was it because you could not find it?
2. Did you learn about any features you didn't already know about?
3. Which features would you like to learn more about?
The self portrait is your first assignment and it may also be the most difficult. Do your best to show us who you are and don't worry too much about the technical stuff. Post your assignment so we can get to know you.
This tip will help everyone focus for their self portrait. Put some object where you plan to focus. A teddy bear or mannequin works well. Switch your lens to manual focus. Then focus on the object. Next just jump in the picture your focus will stay where you left it. Just make sure you stand in the same place as your object.
You can use this rubric to help you to evaluate your own images.
This worksheet goes over some techniques to help you hold your camera more steady. Being more steady will prevent you from getting blurry images due to motion.
This video goes over some techniques to help you hold your camera more steady. Being more steady will prevent you from getting blurry images due to motion.
This worksheet goes over the reasons why you would want to use a tripod and gives you some helpful tips.
This video goes over some of the important features you should look for when buying a tripod such as:
weight (light vs heavy)
weight limit (how heavy of a camera and lens can it hold)
composition (metal or carbon fiber)
This worksheet goes over all of the shooting modes and describes how they work. It also recommend which shooting modes you should use.
This video explains what auto focus points you should use. How to change them and how to focus and re-compose on your subject.
This video describes the 3 main focusing modes and what they are used for:
One Shot / AF-S This mode focuses once and locks as long as you hold the shutter button half way down.
AI Focus / AF-A This mode focuses once then if the subject moves it refocuses.
AI Servo / AF-C This mode continuously focuses which is good for moving objects.
This worksheet goes over the basics of focusing technique. Such as where to focus and how to focus.
This assignment asks you to post some images from when you practiced with the focusing lessons.
This worksheet goes over what you should be looking for when you look at your images on the LCD screen. The information in the EXIF data and histogram can help you make decisions about how to improve the next shot you make.
This lesson gives you some idea of what's possible with image editing software. This video uses Lightroom but you may also want to look at other programs like Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CC.
This is an assignment which asks you to show us the before and after images you were able to make with your image editing software.
This video goes over the basic rules of composition and explains how you can apply them to your photography.
This worksheet describes the rule of thirds and explain how it can improve your photographic compositions.
This worksheet talks about how your images need a main subject and that you should build the rest of your image around this main subject. The main subject is usually the thing that first caught your attention in the scene.
This worksheet describes how the background can be just as important as the foreground in an image. If you have a great subject but an ugly messy background that can ruin your image.
This worksheet goes over a few elements that can improve your compostions. Things like leading lines, shapes, and colors.
This worksheet has a variety of little composition tips and tricks to help you make better compostions.
This video talks about what you need to know about how your camera produces and exposure. Knowing how your camera works will affect the decisions you make in your settings and compositions. The video also describes how ISO works.
Remember low numbers like 100 are good for when you have a lot of light and high numbers like 1600 are good for low light conditions.
This worksheet describes how the exposure triangle works. It helps you to understand there is no one right answer when it comes to exposure. There are however, tradeoffs that have to be made by the photographer to get the shot they want.
This worksheet explains how to use your histogram and then how to correct the exposure in the next image by using exposure compensation.
This worksheet discusses how your camera meters a scene with different metering modes.
Matrix / Evaluative - averages the whole rectangle
Partial / Center Weighted Averaging - uses mostly the center area
Spot - meters a small spot in the center of the frame.
This worksheet describes exposure lock and why you would use it.
This video goes over the creative controls available to the photographer through the use of shutter speed and aperture.
Shutter speed controls motion: slow blurs motion and fast freezes action.
Aperture controls depth of field: f/2.8 is wide open vs. f/16 is closed down for more depth of field.
This video describes how you can control white balance. Using the correct white balance will remove color casts from your images. It also discuses how to blend your flash with other sources of light.
This worksheet give you tips on how to shoot natural light portraits.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot sports.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot large groups of people.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot studio portaits.
This video gives you tips on how to use your flash.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot wildlife images.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot macro images.
This video discusses some tips and techniques for doing night photography. It includes, equipment, techniques, settings, and best times for night photography.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot landscapes.
This worksheet gives you tips on which filters you might need for digital photogrpahy.
circular polarizing filter - removes glare.
graduated neutral density filter - can be used to darken a bright sky.
neutral density filter - can be used to get to a slower shutter speed or use a wider aperture.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot landscapes.
This worksheet gives you tips on how to shoot time lapse videos.
Water Drop Photography
Your final assignment:
Say goodby and show us the image you're most proud of since taking this course.
Gary has been a professional photographer since 2005. He started part time as the photographer for his home town, taking photos of town events and scenery. Gary also started a Camera Club in order to further the hobby of photography in our area. He is still currently the President of the Club and offers seminars at the club's monthly meetings. During his time in the camera club he has won many camera club competitions with his nature and studio photography. Gary also does stock photography for agencies like Shutterstock, Istock, Alamy, and Dreamstime.
Gary has been an educator for the last twenty one years in the areas of science, technology, and photography. In 1998, Gary was awarded the technology teacher of the year award for the state of Rhode Island by Microsoft and Technology & Learning Magazine.