Photography: 10 Top Tips - Be More Creative with Your Camera

Learn about different types of light and to use your camera on manual mode to control how your photographs are exposed.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

**Make sure to check out the bonus lesson right at the end of this course for some important information that will help you grow your photography skills even more!**

Welcome to Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera! This is a short course to give you my Ten Top Tips and explain why they will make you a better photographer. With over 25 years experience as a professional photographer I have designed these Top Tips to give you an encouraging start. Learning to use your camera in Manual Mode and freeing yourself from letting your camera making choices for you will allow you to be more creative with your camera. I've kept my language simple and avoided using jargon as much as possible so that if English is not your first language it will be easy enough to understand (and I have had some good feedback from people telling me I am easy to understand.) All the photos and video used to demonstrate my teaching are taken by myself or my wife (I'm not someone who teaches photography by using other peoples photos, except for some special illustrations.)

You will gain a fundamental understanding of your camera and how you can be more creative with your photography. I frequently run photography workshops with people who own modern, high tech, expensive camera equipment and shoot all their photos on auto. In this course I will teach you how to break free from just using your camera's auto modes and how you can be more creative shooting in Manual Mode. Any camera that has a Manual Mode (and that's most cameras) is suitable to sue with this course.

You will learn about the exposure triangle - ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how to use the camera's exposure meter to create well exposed photographs in any situation. I will teach you how to start appreciating different lighting conditions and how to take better photos no matter what the light is like. You will also learn how our eyes see differently than our camera and why this is an important concept for photographers to grasp.

People who enjoy photography are usually visual learners so I have designed this course to be as visually stimulating as possible. Ten Top Tips is mostly presented with video, including lots of photographic examples, diagrams and animations to help illustrate the teaching. 

There is no time limit to the course and I would encourage you to take time to complete each lecture and exercise as you feel comfortable to. Even repeat a lecture and exercise if you are not sure that you are understanding the teaching.

It does take time to learn to operate a camera manually, but I encourage you to persevere as it is rewarding. As you study, do the exercises and practice the teaching in this course you will be more creative with your camera.

What are the requirements?

  • A Camera
  • A basic understanding of your camera will help

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a good understanding of the basic function of their camera
  • Know how to set the camera manually to get a correct exposure
  • Understand how their camera ‘sees’ compared to how our eyes see (and why this is important)
  • Understand different lighting conditions and how these impact photography

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who have a camera they always shoot with on an auto or semi-auto mode who want to learn about shooting in Manual Mode
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to better use their camera - whether it’s a DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot or mobile phone

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Ten Top Tips Course Introduction

This is a short course to give you 10 Top Tips and explain why they will make you a better photographer. You will gain a fundamental understanding of your camera and how you can be more creative with your photography.

1 page
What equipment is needed and about the supplemental resources what are provided with this course and how you can make best use of them.
Section 2: Having a Deeper Relationship With Your Camera
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An outline of how knowing your camera more intimately by using its manual controls will free you up to be more creative with your photography. It's an introduction to how a few Top Tips about the Exposure Triangle, ISO, Aperture Control and Shutter Speed Control can greatly improve your photography.

Explanation of the importance of understanding the camera settings - ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture - that control the amount of light affecting the camera's sensor to make a well exposed photograph.


All about how the ISO setting affects the photograph and why it's good to keep your ISO as low as possible.

1 page

A practical exercise to help you understand about ISO.


Understanding how your shutter speed affects exposure.

1 page

A practical exercise to help you understand more about Shutter Speed settings.


Understanding how your aperture setting affects exposure.

Top Tip #4 Exercise
1 page

How to read the camera's exposure meter to enable you to set the camera correctly


Review of the teaching in section 2

6 questions

Review what you learned in section one of the Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera.

Section 3: It's All About Light

This section introduction will explain why it's so important to understand light. Photography means 'painting with light' - the more I understand about light the better photographer I can be.

Top Tip # 6 Open Your Eyes - See the Light
Following on from the previous lecture we look at light ratios and how they affect image making.

Lower contrast lighting situations are easier to get more satisfying result with your camera.


Be more aware of your background, especially if it is brighter than your subject.

1 page

A practical exercise to help you understand how to isolate your subject from the background.


Our concluding lecture encourages students to always have their camera with them and to use it often.

5 questions

Review what you learned in Section 2 of Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera.

Bonus Tip

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Instructor Biography

Kevin Landwer-Johan, Pro Photographer, 30+ years experience,Workshop Instructor,

I am a New Zealand professional photographer and film maker based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have over 30 years experience. My background is in newspaper and commercial photography. The past 10 years I have also been producing short documentary films for non profit organizations.

My wife and I also run a photography workshop business - Chiang Mai Photo Workshops - teaching what we love to do to all levels of photographers. I have genuine, real world experience teaching, not just in creating video courses.

I am flexible to shoot in different styles and genres and am most passionate about portraits and documentary style.

I sell stock photos and video through various online agencies. The video production company I manage, Acts Multimedia, provides services for non profits at affordable rates.

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