Jump Start Your Photography

Easy to follow instructions to get your creativity going.
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  • Lectures 52
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course covers the basics of composition, camera functions and lighting:

Composition: You will instantly and dramatically improve your photographs by learning the first 3 rules of composition. Applying these techniques will make your photos stand out.

Camera Functions: Manny explains in easy to understand terms what all the pros know about camera settings. Put your camera on "Manual" and take control of the exposure.

Lighting: Proper use of lighting is the single thing that turns an OK photo in to a great photograph and enables you to capture photos with incredible detail and clarity.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should be familiar with their own camera and how the controls work
  • Own a basic camera with f-stop, shutter speed and ISO controls
  • A DSLR camera is ideal but some point and shoot cameras may work well in this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the relationship between f-stops, shutter speed and ISO in order to get the perfect exposure
  • Use available light to create pictures with detail and clarity
  • Be part of the exciting world of creative photography using these skills
  • Use composition to dramatically improve your photos

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who want to get away from auto settings and take control of their image
  • Beginners who are ready to start the process to become an advanced amateur or pro
  • Students who want to explore their creativity
  • Students who are willing to practice, practice, practice

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Introduction- Jump Start Your Photography
Section 1: Introduction to Composition

An overview of what students will learn about composition.


You will learn what is a photograph, what makes a photo stand out and the importance of eliminating distractions.


Dominant subject rule and defining your visual statement.


A photo session where Manny demonstrates the Dominant Subject Rule.


Learn about Formal Composition and how it provides balance. Manny takes you on a shoot where he demonstrates this technique.


Learn how informal composition adds interest in a photograph. Manny demonstrates this technique with a subject on a porch.


Summary on composition and 5 habits of a great photographer.


A demo on location on Formal Composition.


A demo on Informal Composition with model in front of doors.


A study in Composition.


Informal composition provides interest and a more dynamic photo.


Comparing formal and informal composition by changing angle on subject


Manny uses dominant subject rule and cropping to create interest in a photo.


A composition study including psychological impact to the viewer.


Closeup study of lighting and composition


Using a foreground object to frame your subject.


Using dominant subject rule on tall buildings using wide angle lenses.


Using composition techniques in archetectural features.

Section 2: Camera Functions

An introduction to camera functions including lenses, iris, shutter speed and ISO settings. Also explains the 3 planes of focus.


Comparing normal, wide angle and telephoto lenses and there effect on the image.


A look at how a lens works including focal plane and focal point.


Exposure, metering and histogram.


Manny explains the aperture and the f-stop's effect on exposure and explains aperture priority.


A look at the shutter and how it effects exposure, motion and blur.


ISO effect on exposure and image quality. You will also get a final review on exposure.


What is a Histogram and a Light Meter? Setting the camera to MANUAL Mode and use The Histogram and Light Meter to get a perfect exposure.


What to do to succeed. Learn how to maximize your chances of mastering what you just learned.


Using a slow shutter speed versus a fast shutter speed. How it affects the look of the photo.


How to avoid loosing all your shots. Setting up the camera so it won't take a photo unless there is a memory card in it.


Getting out of focus photos with Auto Focus? A quick remedy.


How lens selection affects the amount of background that is visible. An outdoor shoot showing the difference of a 105mm versus a 50mm lens.

Section 3: Lighting

Contrast and Light Ration. What they are and what they do.


When is the best time to take photos? WHat direction should the light come from?


Understanding the Golden Hour and Flat Lighting.


On location with mother and child and Flat Lighting.


Using Flat Lighting on pets indoor and outdoor. Scenery with Flat Lighting


At the beach during the Golden Hour with a couple.


Avoid bright sun and contrast and use shade to get detail and pleasing images.


Taking a great outdoor photo. The difference between direct sunlight, patchy sunlight and solid shade.


Summary of Flat lighting and what to do next.


Bonus examples of photographing in the shade using Flat Lighting.


Bonus footage of mother and child indoor. Plus, how to hand hold the camera steady.


Mother and child using window light. Insight and recap of taking the photos


silhouette at the beach


Ever wonder how to get natural expressions from a child? On location Portrait of a young lady using soft indirect light.


On location using Flat Lighting. Comparing Formal and Informal Composition


Photographing flowers Comparing direct with indirect light . Sunlight vs. overcast sky.


Want to learn how to take fantastic photos of small products? This tutorial makes it so easy and exciting!


Outdoor product photography. Getting the right exposure


On location cClose up portrait of a young lady using Flat Lighting.


Bring all the elements of a great photo together. Lighing, composition, background selection,

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Instructor Biography

Emanuele Pontoriero, Photography Instructor at Udemy

Winner of The Fassbender Award, Telly Award, Communicator Award, Emanuele "Manny" Pontoriero started his career as an apprentice.

After 3 years he became a full time professional photographer

Throughout his career he has been a member of the:

Professional Photographers of New Jersey
Professional Photographers of North Eastern Pennsylvania
Professional photographers of Greater New York
Professional Photographers of America

He was Print Chairman for the Bergen, Passaic, Hudson chapter of the Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey for 3 years.

Averaging about 55 weddings a year and traveling to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Manny has photographed over 2,000 weddings. Besides the hundreds of Christian and Jewish weddings he has photographed Italian, Greek, Croation, Cuban, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Iranian, Ethiopian and many other ethnic weddings.

Although most of the photography revolves around weddings and portraits Manny also does commercial photography. He has done photography for;

Unelever Brothers (North Bergen, N.J.)
Palisades General Hospital (North Bergen, N.J)
Prudential Securities (New York City)
Prudential Bache (United Kingdom)
Seamans (Orlando)
YKK Zippers (New Jersey)
Johnson and Whales University (Florida)
Rasmussen College (Florida)

When not taking photos he is lecturing and teaching photography. He has lectured at the Professional Photographers Assoc. of.N.J and B & H Photo Video in New York City. Has been on the Advisory Board for the Photography Dept. of St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.
He is Co-owner of Get The Picture DVDs which are the popular instructional DVDs that teach photography and are sold on Amazon.
He is a frequent guest on Studio 10, a Tampa morning TV show.

"When you love what you do you never have to worry about going to work"

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