Karl Taylor's FREE Photography Course

Try out Karl Taylor's unique photography training methods today! The ultimate photography course.
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  • Karl Taylor Photography: Learn Faster. Learn Better

    Karl Taylor is passionate about bringing you inspirational photography tips and the very best “no nonsense” photography education and training available.

    Karl has been a professional photographer for more than 15 years. His work is published internationally and he regularly works for some of the world’s leading companies.

    Karl became involved in the photography training market several years ago after hosting lectures in photography and finding he had a knack for explaining the subject in an entertaining and understandable way. Since then Karl has become very passionate about his Masterclass Training Series and is keen to demonstrate professional but achievable photography techniques in the simplest way possible. As well as presenting and shooting he writes the scripts, formulates the ideas and formats the programmes and training.

    Outside of work Karl is happily married to Hélène and they have two young children. As well as photography and playing with the kids Karl’s other passions are travelling, reading, scuba-diving and kayak fishing.

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Karl Taylor's FREE Photography Course

Try out Karl Taylor's unique photography training methods today! The ultimate photography course.
636 reviews


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Start off learning DSLR photography with 14 instant lessons. Some of these lessons are online videos and others are downloadable PDF fact sheets. You can take on the lessons at your own pace. There is no time limit so enjoy the learning at a pace that suits your daily routine.

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    • None: Just a camera and some enthusiasm!
    • Over 22 lectures and 2 hours of content!
    • Learn SLR photography quickly, simply and effectively. Forget about dull & complicated traditional teaching methods. Prepare to learn photography the fun way!
    • Unlock 19 professionally mastered videos and save PDF fact sheets to your computer. Learn at your pace from the comfort of your home.
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  • SECTION 1:
    Karl Taylor's FREE Photography Course
  • 1
    DSLR Jargon Buster
    2 pages
    Learn SLR photography quickly, simply and effectively. Forget about dull & complicated traditional teaching methods. Prepare to learn photography the fun way! Unlock professionally mastered videos and save PDF fact sheets to your computer. Learn at your pace from the comfort of your home.
  • SECTION 2:
    Getting Started
  • 2
    The 6 Essential Requirements
    2 pages
    The first and most important thing to understand for modern SLR photography, is that to record an image you must have all of the following 6 things.
  • SECTION 3:
    Using Light In Your Photography
  • 3
    Understanding Light (Part 1)

    What makes good light? How do you know when the light is right or what the best time to shoot really is? How do different types of light affect the quality of our photograph?

    This photography video tutorial quickly reveals the answers to these frequently asked questions.

  • 4
    Understanding Light (Part 2)

    Did you know that achieving professional portraiture doesn't always require and expensive studio or an elaborate lighting set-up?

    In this video lesson, I show you exactly how to source great light for indoor portraits with a few simple pieces of inexpensive kit and some pro techniques!

  • 5
    A Review of Light
    2 pages
    In this short lesson we highlight the key concepts behind the various qualities of light. Discover how and when you would expect to find them when planning your photographs.

    This review will help you remember the photography skills retained from our previous two video lessons. It might be worth printing this document for future quick reference.
  • SECTION 4:
  • 6
    Natural Light Portraiture

    OK, so I make a fundamental error at the beginning of this sequence. You might have done this yourself, it was unfortunate the camera was caught me! Keep watching though. I will reveal a fantastic professional secret along with some other great top tips.

    Follow this step-by-step process and by the end of this video you will have learnt how to capture stunning portraits using natural outdoor light to its full potential.

  • 7
    Advanced Portraiture Techniques
    5 pages
    Take your portraiture to the next level with Karl's advice on the techniques for professional level portraiture.

    The complexity of human nature, human emotion and the multiple of environments in which portraits are photographed mean that to obtain an effective, artistic but true to life portrait of your subject can be a testing task for even an experienced photographer.
  • SECTION 5:
    More Advanced Photography Techniques
  • 8
    Shutter Speed Settings
    1 page
    Lets take a look at some of the shutter speed settings you might find in your digital SLR camera.
  • 9
    Action Photography

    Freezing the action or capturing the motion. I shoot some exciting examples of both in this action packed tutorial.

  • 10
    Six Essentials Review
    1 page
    Let's see if those six essentials mean more to you now than they did at the start. Now you should have a good idea of Shutter Speeds and how they can be used to alter the effect of the image captured. The creative effects of shutter speeds can be even more pronounced when used in combination with a tripod and landscape photography.
  • 11
    Travel Photography

    Travelling is often the most active time with our cameras. Here I capture a beautiful sunrise in Paris and show you how filters can make the difference.

  • 12
    Ambient & Artificial Light Introduction
    1 page
    This section introduces artificial light from flash or strobe and mixing it with the existing light which we call ambient light.
  • 13
    Fashion Shoot with Flash & Ambient Light

    A location fashion shoot in Paris with the Karl Taylor Photography team gives you an exciting insight into mixing artificial light with natural ambient light.

  • 14
    2 pages
    Composition is a combination of subject matter and how you decide that subject matter should be arranged within the area of your picture. It is one of the most artistic aspects of photography and can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo! Simply put - it is choice – You are deciding! what the subject will be and how it will be arranged in your picture.
  • 15
    Converting images to Black & White in Photoshop
    9 pages
    To understand black & white photography you first need to understand a little bit about colour. The primary colours of light are red, green and blue and an equal mixture of these will form white light. Our secondary colours are cyan, magenta and yellow. Each of these are opposite to the primary colours and each theoretically cancel the other out. This technical bonus tutorial looks at some of the reasons an image can become several different types of "black & white" and shows you how in Photoshop you can make incredible conversions.
  • SECTION 6:
    Bonus Photography Tutorials
  • 16
    Tripods & Maintenance

    There are literally hundreds of tripods out there. With so much variation in price, manufacturers and size, which ones are best value for money? This video explains what to look out for and also how to keep your equipment in good working order for many years to come.

  • 17
    Polarising Filters

    This tutorial is all about Polarising Filters. Have you ever wondered how Polarising Filters work or what they are used for?

    We take a closer look at which types are best and most practical to use.

  • 18
    Dangers of photography in windy conditions
  • 19
    Landscape Photography Using The Humble 50mm Lens!
  • 20
    High- End Studio Product Photo-shoot

    Watch this pro-level studio product photo-shoot right now!

    This type of shot is normally considered complex because of the interaction of light with liquid and glass. I run you through this studio bottle shoot step-by-step and reveal some professional tips for achieving this type of image.

  • 21
    Photography on a Lunar Landscape
  • 22
    Using a landscape to enhance the feeling of FEAR!


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  • Kani Shanmugam Baskaran

    good basics

  • Mitchell (Majjah) Thomas (Dekhin)

    great course,it says 1m 22 out of 22 complete 100%complete,but it will not allow me to get certificate.The trophy is not green,any help or ideas

  • Chad Lamothe
    Covers the basics in a simple way

    The course was engaging and the instructor explained some basics in a very simple manner. Production quality was great, no problems with audio or video. Instructor provides good information, would recommend.

  • Elouatik Samir
    I love it

    Excellent course

  • Icw Reid

    Karl's delivery and teaching style is good! I found his course informative and fun at the same time. This course covered the main elements and aspects of photography to get you up and running - provided very helpful hints, especially information regarding the use of filters.

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