Photography Basics : Five Days to Better Pictures
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Photography Basics : Five Days to Better Pictures

A guide to mastering five techniques that will rapidly improve your photography.
3.7 (106 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.
11,715 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Hind
Last updated 3/2016
Price: $20
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn five powerful techniques for rapid improvement.
  • Build upon your photography skills and gain an ability to take better pictures.
  • Gain greater confidence as a photographer and have a clearer idea of what type of photographer you are.
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  • You will need a camera and also an ability to understand and control it's basic functions.

Learn the five most powerful photography techniques that will make you a better photographer as quickly as possible.

Improve your photography with five powerful techniques for beginners to rapidly improve.

  • Find out what the five most important photography techniques are to rapidly improve your picture taking.

  • Learn how to implement these techniques for rapid improvement

  • Recognise strengths and weaknesses in your photography and how to use this to your advantage

  • Find out the best ways to improve your picture taking and enjoy your photography even more.

Fundamental skills and techniques to build on.

Learn the fundamental skills and techniques that will provide the solid foundation on which to improve your photography for years to come. Once understood, these basic principals will transform your photography and give you the confidence to explore and improve further.

Content and Overview

This course is intended for the beginner photographer and also for photographers who have some basic knowledge. We all want to improve out picture taking and the course outlines five top techniques for improving rapidly and developing your photographic technique.

The course is divided into five “days” or sections and the best way to follow the course is to work through a section at a time allowing for practice time and photography time in between.

The course is divided into five days or sections (although it doesn't have to be completed over five days) and each day introduces a particular concept or technique. Each concept is explained carefully and in as simple way as possible so that it's easy to understand how you can implement the ideas presented to quickly see an improvement in your photography.

If you work through each day carefully, study the examples and practice the ideas taught you will see a rapid improvement in your pictures. You will feel more confident as a photographer and have a thorough understanding of some of the most important photographic technique. You will be able to use your new skills and apply them in a wide variety of photographic situations and this will help push your work up to the next level.

Who is the target audience?
  • Ths course is for beginner photographers who have some basic knowledge but want to improve as quickly and effectively as possible.
Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:30
Monday - Pre Envisage
5 Lectures 19:15

An introduction to the first day of the course.

Preview 02:37

Learn how to educate your creative eye and how to build a creative vocabulary. Learn to put your work in context and work out some basic photographic ideals to aim for.

Preview 07:40

The first step in pre envisaging a great photograph. Do this to immediately start taking better pictures.

Imagine What you Want

Learn the technique to help you get the perfect final shot. Learn from some of the photographic masters and learn about how to make the most of a photographic opportunity.

Work the shot

This help sheet summarises some of the ideas and resources used so far and suggests ways in which you can put your new knowledge into use.

2 pages
Tuesday - Composition
3 Lectures 13:15

Introduction to the second day.


Learn the compositional rules that will have the biggest impact on improving your pictures.

Composition for Fast Improvement

The quickest and most effective way to improving the composition in your photographs.

The Secret to Great Composition
Wednesday - Exposure Secrets
3 Lectures 11:32

Two situations where most cameras produce poor pictures and the easy way to correct this.

Two Frequent Problem Areas

Learn how to get a great picture every time by understanding back lighting and the problems it can cause.

Back Lighting Secrets
Thursday - Timing
2 Lectures 06:18

Find out about the best and worst times to get the best pictures and the optimum times for best results.

The Very best Time to Get the Best Pictures

The Decisive Moment
Friday - Practice
1 Lecture 02:49
Practice Makes Perfect!
Bonus Section
2 Lectures 06:15

Thinking about buying a new camera? There may be better ways to improve your photography and spend your money.

Why you Probably Don't Need a New Camera

Pearl of Wisdom
About the Instructor
Andrew Hind
4.3 Average rating
251 Reviews
18,941 Students
4 Courses
Professional Photographer and Teacher

I have been a photographer since I was 16 starting with film cameras, processing and printing my own films as a teenager and then becoming a professional photographer in 2003. I have wide experience of shooting weddings, portraits and commercial photography at a professional level both using film and digital equipment and I enjoy shooting street photography on my Iphone in my spare time as well!

I also have a professional teaching qualification from Cambridge University and I have taught photography alongside my other work in schools to a wide age range of children as well as at A level to more mature students.