Photography: Learn how to use your camera in the Manual Mode

Go from confused DSLR camera owner to creative photographer. Learn how to photograph.
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

*** In 2013 CBS Miami voted Crea8fotos (my company) as best photo class in South Florida***

Why take this course?

Are you a photo enthusiast who has just upgraded to a DSLR camera? Are you a mom or dad with a new family member; who wants to document your family life? Is photography a new hobby?

Are you using photography for your social media campaigns or for your business? Do you want to learn how to use your camera in the manual mode to get better photos?

If you have a DSLR camera and are wondering which button to press and what that dial does… This course is for you.

  • Lets demystify the manual mode! You will learn step by step how to start a photo shoot using the manual mode.
  • Learn about exposure and how to tweak the exposure.
  • You will learn how to enhance a person or an object by using the shallow depth of field technique.
  • You will learn how to create unique photos about movement: Learn how to control motion by doing panning, blurring and freezing motion.
  • Change the mood and the environment will change too: You will learn how to use the white balance to add an atmosphere to your photos and to correct the color of light.
  • Learn how to make your images more dynamic by using 3 different composition techniques.
  • Upon completing the course you will create a photo portfolio.

How long is this course?

The videos will take a bit over 1 hour to watch. It will take longer to do the photography exercises. Watch the video and then duplicate what you see.

What will I get from this course?

  • How to use the important features in the camera so that you can photograph in the manual mode with confidence.
  • How to use color, lines and composition techniques to create unique compositions.
  • How to create your own unique photo style.
  • How to create a photography project.

What are the requirements?

  • A dslr camera with a lens, batteries, memory card, camera manual, computer to download your photos

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to master the camera, photo techniques and composition to make your photographs stand out
  • How to de-clutter your backgrounds and how to create super sharp images
  • How to create motion blur, freeze and panning motion in your photographs
  • How to create your very own portfolio
  • Have fun with the camera and take great photos!

What is the target audience?

  • Did you just get a DSLR camera and don't know what to do with it? This course is for you.
  • Newbie photographers: Needing to understand a bit about how to use the camera features in the manual mode?
  • Mom with a new camera? Do you want to learn about your camera and how to shoot in the manual mode?
  • Hobbyists and travel photographers who want to learn how to shoot in the manual mode and how to create more dynamic compositions: This is a good course for you.
  • Do you work with Social media marketing? If you need to use a camera for you work: Learn how to use the camera in the manual mode to create better photographs.
  • Fashion blogger needing to master the camera to take great shots for work.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
A Little about Marguerite and this class
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01:29
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Hi and welcome to the course!

I am happy that you have joined the class and look forward to sharing your photographs here.

Should you have any questions about the course please write them in the "Discussions".

Do you want to start a cool photo discussion that pertains to the class? Post in "Discussions"

During this class you will be learning how to use the camera in the manual mode and you will be creating a very cool portfolio at the end of the class!

If you like this course and found it useful post a short review on Udemy.

Your review and your feedback will help me be a better teacher. Thanks for your support!

I look forward to seeing your photos and discussions!

Marguerite

00:52

The First Two Sections:

The first two sections will discuss 2 cameras : The Nikon and the Canon

If you have a different camera you may want to go through this AND use your camera manual to find the important features on your camera.

The Section: Start Using the Manual Mode Now!

This sections and all the other sections below it show you how to use the manual mode. You will learn how the shutter, aperture and the ISO work. You will learn about the white balance and more.

After the lectures there will be an activity that will ask you to do what was shown on the video.

Do all the activities so that you understand how to photograph with your camera.

Towards the end of the class we discuss how to create a portfolio.

You will finish the class with a set of images: A photo portfolio to share with your friends and family.

Section 2: The Nikon 810 camera: Get to know your camera!
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This section is about the Nikon 810 camera and it's features, the features we will use in class.

This section will also help with other Nikon models. You may have to consult your manuals because some of the dials and buttons have changed places.

00:27

Get to know your camera. You will learn the important features that will help you take great photographs in the manual mode. Go through the videos with your camera and manuals.

You will learn:

  • How to set the camera to the manual mode.
  • How to use the "INFO" button to confirm that you set the camera settings accordingly
  • How to find and control the aperture
  • How to find and control the shutter
  • How to find and control the ISO


Take your time understanding where each feature is.

My tip: Watch the video more than once so that you will feel very comfortable with your camera and with changing the settings on your camera.

05:39

Get to know some of the most important features that you will need to know shoot in the manual mode.

Activity: Find these features on your camera
Article
01:51

The point of focus will allow you to produce the maximum amount of sharpness in a specific area.

When you work with one point of focus you will have more control over the sharpness on your images.

Lets say that you want to photograph a flower, you will place the point of focus on the flower to make sure it is super sharp.

Lets say you will want to photograph a person. Place the point of focus on the eye of the person.

  • Learn how to set one point of focus
  • Learn how to move the point of focus

We will be working with one point of focus!

Activity: Find the Point of Focus control
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Activity: Set your camera to ONE Point of Focus
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04:04

Learn how to adjust more settings on the camera.

Some of these setting will not need to be changed during this class.

View all settings on the control panel to confirm your changes

Set the lens to A for auto focus

Single shot: When you press the shutter release you will only take on photo

White Balance: Adjusts the color

Quality of image: size of the image

Meter Mode: metering

ISO:

Image area

About the Zoom lens: Wide angle lens - telephoto

Tip: Work with your manuals. Some features may differ or you may want to investigate a little more about each setting.





Activity: Find the White Balance Control
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Now that you have finished learning about your camera go to Section 4.

Starting your Manual Adventure.

You will learn how to use the features you just found.

Section 3: The Canon Rebel: Getting to know your camera!
Article

This section is about the Canon Rebel camera and it's features, the features we will use in class.

This section will also help with other Canon models. You may have to consult your manuals because some of the dials and buttons have changed places.

00:27

Get to know your Canon camera. You will learn the important features that will help you take great photographs in the manual mode. Go through the videos with your camera and manuals.

You will learn:

  • How to set the camera to the manual mode.
  • How to use the "INFO" button to confirm that you set the camera settings accordingly
  • How to find and control the aperture
  • How to find and control the shutter
  • How to find and control the ISO

Take your time understanding where each feature is.

My tip: Watch the video more than once so that you will feel very comfortable with your camera and with changing the settings on your camera.

03:51

Get to know some of the most important features on the camera. You will need to know these in order to shoot in the manual mode.

Activity: Find these features on your camera
Article
02:00

The point of focus will allow you to produce the maximum amount of sharpness in a specific area.

When you work with one point of focus you will have more control over the sharpness on your images.

Lets say that you want to photograph a flower, you will place the point of focus on the flower to make sure it is super sharp.

Lets say you will want to photograph a person. Place the point of focus on the eye of the person.

  • Learn how to set one point of focus
  • Learn how to move the point of focus

We will be working with one point of focus!


Find the Point of Focus control
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Set your camera to ONE point of focus
Article
03:36

Learn how to adjust more settings on the Canon camera.

Some of these setting will not need to be changed during this class.

View all settings on the control panel to confirm your changes

Set the lens to AF for autofocus

Stabilizer

Single shooting: When you press the shutter release you will only take on photo

AF on camera: One shot

White Balance: Adjusts the color set it to AUTO or AWB until you do the specific lecture

Quality of image: size of the image

Meter Mode: metering

ISO: previous lecture

About the Zoom lens: Wide angle lens - telephoto

Tip: Work with your manuals. Some features may differ or you may want to investigate a little more about each setting.

Activity: Find the White Balance control
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Now that you have finished learning about your camera go to Section 4.

Starting your Manual Adventure.

You will learn how to use the features you just found.

Section 4: Start using the Manual Mode now! This section teaches you how.
00:39

Now it's time to use some of those important features on your camera. Find out how to control the aperture, the shutter and the ISO. Get to know how to start a manual photo session with the aperture in mind and with the shutter in mind. The white balance will help you do color corrections and more. Get to know your camera meter.

Tip: Starting to photograph in the manual mode takes a little time. View the video and practice tweaking your exposures. The more you do this the easier it will be.

00:28

Learn about what the aperture controls and how to control it on your camera.

  • The aperture controls the amount of light that goes through the lens.
  • The aperture controls the amount of sharpness in a photograph.
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The Lens:
  • The Aperture is the opening on the lens
  • The F-stop is the measurement of the openings.
  • Large aperture: soft focus background (shallow depth of field). Lots of light goes through lens.
  • Small aperture: maximum sharpness (sharp depth of field). Little light goes through the lens.

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Compare the Lens to the pupil of your eye:
Compare this to your pupil: When it's bright your pupil will be small so that little light reaches the eye
When it's dark your pupil will be large so that more light will reach the eye.
02:47

How can you change the sharpness on your photographs? You know those beautiful portraits and photos of flowers that have a wonderful blurry background? Or the very sharp landscape images?

You can create blurry backgrounds or super sharp images by controlling the aperture.

Get to know the aperture!

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

Check out the Aperture cheat sheet.

Activity: Explore the Aperture
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02:45

The Shutter Speed is also called the shutter.

It controls the amount of light to reach the sensor

It controls motion. So if you want to take photographs of sports or people in action you can choose to freeze motion or to blur motion.

1/60 (60) is the slowest shutter speed without a tripod.

1/4 or 1/8 will blur and is good for panning

1/1000 will freeze motion but you may need to set the shutter to 1/2000 or faster is the subject is moving really fast (car races or similar).


The ISO controls the sensitivity to light. You will use this to help with your exposure and when you photograph under different types of light: sunny days, cloudy and dark days or night photography.

Sunny days: ISO 100 or 200

Cloudy days: 400

Night: 800 or higher

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

Activity: Find these shutter speed numbers
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03:28

Reminder: Manual Mode!

Turn your camera on set the lens to 50mm. Do not change the lens.

Find the largest aperture on your lens. What is it?

Find the smallest aperture on your lens? What is it?

Now one more time find the largest aperture on your lens.

What direction did you turn your dial to? Did you turn it to the right or to the left.

Create your reminder: Left for light (Canon)

or

right for light. (Nikon)

It will take a while to remember al the information about the aperture. By creating your reminder you will know which direction to turn the dial and this will make your photographing less stressful!

Don't forget to remember your reminder!

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Most Canon Cameras

You will turn the dial to the LEFT for the largest aperture (for more light)

Most Nikon Cameras

You will turn the dial to the right for the largest aperture (for more light)

Activity: Find some ISO numbers
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04:44

Learn how the aperture, the shutter and the ISO control light.

These are the 3 features you will change constantly.

You will learn how each one controls light individually.

This will be your first exercise:

Set an object on a table

It will be good to do this near a window so that you only work with natural light

Follow the instructions on the video.

You will work with a specific setting and then change the aperture, the shutter and the ISO control light.

Learn how to control the light with the aperture the shutter and the ISO.

This is a simple exercise for you to see how this works. We will put it all together later.

MY TIP: Do this exercise 2 or more times so that you feel more comfortable changing your camera's features and understanding what these controls are doing.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

Activity: Learn how to control light Aperture, Shutter, ISO
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06:00

You will learn how to start a photo shoot. What should you set first? And then what to do?

If your photo is about the aperture: (Aperture Priority)

Choose the TECHNIQUE

Shallow Depth of Field
  1. Choose the lens
  2. Set the aperture FIRST
  3. Set the shutter
  4. Set the ISO
Sharp Depth of Field
  1. Choose the lens
  2. Set the aperture FIRST
  3. Set the shutter
  4. Set the ISO

This lecture will show you that it's best to lower the camera to the level of the objects.

Follow all the tips on the video.

You will be tweaking your exposures until you get a good exposure.

MY TIP: If you feel confused about how to tweak your exposures, view the video a couple of times. View the video while you work (stop and go, stop and go).

Take your time with this lecture because it's important to feel comfortable adjusting your camera settings to obtain a good exposure while you obtain the desired technique.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

Activity: Start a photo shoot in the manual mode
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04:19

You will learn how to start a photo shoot when your image is about motion. What should you set first? And then what to do?

Set the desired shutter speed first and then set the other features. Follow the tips on the video.

You will learn how to start a photo shoot. What should you set first? And then what to do?

If your photo is about the shutter: (Shutter Priority)

Choose the TECHNIQUE

Blur Motion

  1. Choose the lens
  2. Set the aperture FIRST
  3. Set the shutter
  4. Set the ISO

Freeze Motion

  1. Choose the lens
  2. Set the aperture FIRST
  3. Set the shutter
  4. Set the ISO


You will be placing a bowl under water to learn how to control the shutter speed.

Follow all the tips on the video.

You will be tweaking your exposures until you get a good exposure.

MY TIP: If you feel confused about how to tweak your exposures, view the video a couple of times. View the video while you work (stop and go, stop and go).

Take your time with this lecture because it's important to feel comfortable adjusting your camera settings to obtain a good exposure while you obtain the desired technique.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.


Activity: Start a photo session SHUTTER
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03:33

The White Balance controls the quality of the color of the light in your images.

It controls the color according to the light you are working under.

If you are working out doors you set the White Balance to sunny or cloudy.

Get to know the white balance feature. It will help you correct the colors in your photos and later on you will see how you can use it to change a mood and emotion.

You will love working with the white balance!

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

02:14

The camera meter will help you get a good exposure faster.

You still need to know how to find and adjust the aperture the shutter and the ISO.

I suggest that you look at the “How to start a photo shoot” and practice getting a good exposure that way. It will allow you to see all the exposures and you will know how to choose the best one for you.

Once you have that down and that it's second nature to you, use this method.

And then if you feel that you just want to do this one, that is good too.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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My tip: Photograph using the camera meter if you feel more comfortable with it.

You may want to do this only later when you have more practice tweaking.

Practice using the camera meter.

Activity:

Lets say that you want to photograph using the SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD technique

You will need to set the APERTURE first because that is how you will obtain this technique

1) Set the aperture to the largest aperture (example: F-5.6) (DO NOT change this ANYMORE!)

2) Set the ISO according to the light you are working under (example low and bright light ISO 400)

Look through the viewfinder

3) Adjust the shutter by looking through the viewfinder, moving the shutter control until the camera meter shows that you have a perfect exposure.

4) Look at the photo and tweak if necessary

**** You can also change the ISO to obtain a better exposure but try to keep it at a low number (800 or lower) so that you will not have noise.

The cool thing about this is that you can do it looking through the viewfinder. Just remember that you do not want to change the APERTURE when it's about the shallow depth of field!

You will still want to look at the image after you took the photo and tweak if necessary.

Activity:

Sharp Depth of Field

1) Set the aperture to a small aperture (example: F-16)(DO NOT change this ANYMORE!)

2) Set the ISO according to the light you are working under (example low and bright light ISO 400)

Look through the viewfinder

3) Adjust the shutter by looking through the viewfinder, moving the shutter control until the camera meter shows that you have a perfect exposure.

4) Look at the photo and tweak if necessary

**** You can also change the ISO to obtain a better exposure but try to keep it at a low number (800 or lower) so that you will not have noise.

Activity

Blur Motion

1) Set the shutter speed to 1/4 or 4 (do not change this anymore)

2) Set the ISO according to the light you are working under (example low and bright light ISO 400)

Look through the viewfinder

3) Adjust the aperture by looking through the viewfinder, moving the aperture control until the camera meter shows that you have a perfect exposure.

4) Look at the photo and tweak if necessary

**** You can also change the ISO to obtain a better exposure but try to keep it at a low number (800 or lower) so that you will not have noise.

Activity

Freeze Motion

1) Set the shutter speed to 1/1000 or 1000 (do not change this anymore)

2) Set the ISO according to the light you are working under (example low and bright light ISO 400)

Look through the viewfinder

3) Adjust the aperture by looking through the viewfinder, moving the aperture control until the camera meter shows that you have a perfect exposure.

4) Look at the photo and tweak if necessary

**** You can also change the ISO to obtain a better exposure but try to keep it at a low number (800 or lower) so that you will not have noise.

Consult your manual if you need help with finding the camera meter.


00:55

You have just learned how to control many things on your camera and how to start a photo session using the manual mode. Congratulations!

Section 5: Start your Manual Mode Adventure outside the classroom. Lectures + Assignments
00:36

You are about to start your Manual Mode adventure.

The lectures will give you tips and show examples of how something can be done.

The assignments will give you a chance to go out and practice.

Now that you know how to start a photo shoot in the manual mode and how to tweak your exposures it's time to go outside and do some fun assignments. After all that is why you are taking this course, right? Down load the assignment schedule and have a great time with your camera. Share your photographs with us here.

Share your success stories with us!

What did it feel like to be able to control the exposure?

What did it feel like to look at things in a different way?

00:32

This schedule will help you organize the photography assignments.

I like working with schedules because they keep me on track. It's easy to skip a week or two and then not continue a class.

Stay motivated! Share your work and let me know when you need clarifications.

You will take at least 13 weeks to do the assignments.

The assignment will help you with composition and creating your own photographic voice.

These assignments will require that you go looking for different subjects to photograph. I hope you will enjoy them and I look forward to seeing your work.

04:37

Download the assignment schedule + tips

Depth of Field.

Shallow Depth of Field step by step "how to".

  • Learn how to set the objects for the depth of field exercise.
  • Learn how to set the camera for the best results.

Follow the instructions on the video.

In this assignment you will be setting up some objects at home and you will be shooting in the manual mode with natural light.

You will be working with one point of focus. If you feel you want to review this topic, review it now so that you can do this assignment successfully.

Control the aperture and create images with a shallow depth of field and a sharp depth of field.

Use the point of focus to enhance different objects.

The depth of field is crucial to photography. This is how you will start to play with creativity. You can enhance subjects in different parts of the image. You can hide things that are too cluttered or too messy.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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The Depth of Field will allow you to enhance a subject or to show everything in focus.

This is when you start to control how your images are going to look. Your camera is not doing the choices anymore. You are telling the camera what to do.

Follow the tips on the video to create your shallow depth of field assignments.

Shallow Depth of Field

Sharp Depth of Field

Submit the best ones.

Don't forget to tweak your exposures and only show us the best exposures. Start practicing the art of tweaking your exposures so that they become second nature. So take a test shot, look at it and if it's too dark brighten it up or if it's too light darken it AND use the tips on my videos to do this.

During the first week tweaking exposures may slow you down a bit and you may feel frustrated. Keep practicing because the more you do this the faster you will become and in a month or so it will be second nature to you.


06:38

Learn how to control motion in your photographs. You will learn how to create 3 different types of motion.

Motion Assignments.

  1. Motion Blur (indoors)
  2. Freeze Motion (indoors)
  3. Panning Motion (outdoors)

Follow the instruction on the video and duplicate what you saw.

Practice so that you feel comfortable changing the settings to get a good exposure.

This assignment has one part that is to be done in your home. Take your time learning about motion freeze and motion blur. Once you feel comfortable changing your camera settings and understanding how to control motion take your camera out side and do the challenge: Motion panning. It's a lot of fun.

My Tip:

Take notes so that you will know how to set your camera for your assignments. So for example when you are outdoors and you want to do to the panning motion my notes would look like this:

  1. Shutter 1/4
  2. Aperture: F-11
  3. ISO 400 (if low light)
  4. Pre focus
  5. Small camera movement parallel to subject, same speed as subject at the same direction of the moving subject
Freezing motion
  • Shutter 1/1000
  • Aperture F-5.6
  • ISO 400 (if low light)
  • Pre focus
  • Wait for the subject o come in front of the camera. Do not move the camera. No need for a tripod.
Blur Motion
  1. Shutter 1/4
  2. Aperture: F-11
  3. ISO 400 (if low light)
  4. Pre focus
  5. Best with a tripod or try not to move! But ... chances are that the camera will move, view video.

03:02

The white balance is there to correct the color of the light on your photos.

I love to use it as a filter too.

For this assignment you will use the white balance feature to correct color and to change the mood in your photos.

Warm them up or cool them down. Attract people to your image or make them feel more distant.


Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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White Balance: Photograph a landscape and use the different white balance settings.

Download the assignment schedule for more specific information about this assignment.


Use the AUTO

Use the one for the light that you are working under for example "daylight"

Change the mood: Tungsten or cloudy or shady.

Follow the instructions and tips for these assignments.


Do the assignment in doors and out doors.

02:31

This is one of the oldest techniques used in the world of arts. Apply this to your photographs to make your composition more dynamic.

Remove symmetry and create more drama.

This is another way that you can enhance a special subject in your photographs.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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Download the assignment schedule for more information about this assignment.

Follow the tips on the video "How to apply the rule of thirds in your photographs".

Place the important part of the photograph on

1/3 at the bottom of the frame

1/3 on the left side of the frame

1/3 on the right side of the frame

1/3 on the top of the frame

Choose different types of things to photograph: landscapes, flowers, seascapes...

Don't forget to tweak exposures.

At the end of this assignment you will know how to use the rule of thirds to enhance parts of the scene or to enhance an object.


02:55

You will learn the importance of the horizon line and how to use it in your compositions.

Can a horizon line be on 1/3 of the image?

What will it look like if ti's on 2/3 of the image.

Use the horizon line to make your images more dynamic.

Assignment:

You will photograph scenes and place the horizon line in different parts of the frame and see how they affect the image differently.

Follow the tips on the assignment.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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Download the assignment schedule for more information about this assignment.

Follow the tips on the video.

For this assignment it will be better to photograph landscapes or seascapes.

You need to find scenes that will have a horizon line.

05:38

Guidelines are used to direct the viewer to a certain part of the image. It's another way of enhancing a subject. Guidelines help you organize a scene. It adds a little structure to the photograph. Learn how to use guidelines creatively.

This lecture will help you create interesting composition with your guidelines.

MY TIP:

Your assignments.

Now...This is what I call "slow photography". You will need to take your time and look for your guidelines and place the camera in a way that will make the guidelines work for you.

Sometimes a guideline works better when the camera is at a low position, closer to the ground and sometimes it will work better when the camera is at eye level. Test this out and see which one will work out best for your image.


Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

06:17

Color will add a mood to the photograph. Depending how it's used it enhances an area in the image. It's important to understand visually what color can do.

For this assignment you will look for color and not a specific object of a certain color.

The idea is to go out photographing in an urban area and photograph color affects. The video will clarify this.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

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This assignment is all about color.

Choose different colors and go looking for them.

Do not photograph flowers!

For example

30 images Red: doors, ball, balloons, shoes, stop signs, fire hydrants, cars, fruits

30 images Blue: Sky, houses or buildings, signs, look for different objects from the other colors. Try not to repeat them - if you do repeat them (signs) use very different compositions.

30 images Yellow: Flowers, signs, houses, different objects

30 images Green: Grass...

Color combination:

Red and blue

Yellow and green

It will be fun to create a composition with colors. Think abstract or be literal. Look for parts of shapes and texture.

The video will help you understand this assignment.

At the end of this assignment you will understand how to use color to enhance an image.

  • You will have more experience with composition.
  • You will understand where to place things to make them more interesting.
  • You will understand how color affects an image.


03:56

This assignment will take you to another level. You will be asked to photograph the same thing in different ways from different point of views. Learn how to see things and express your vision and feelings about that scene or object using the techniques you have used in class. Start to create your own unique photography style.

At the end of this assignment

  • You will have experience in seeing and looking.
  • You will have a greater understanding about composition and framing.
  • You will learn how to express your vision in a photograph.
  • You will learn how to see things in different ways.
  • You will learn how to work more with your intuition.
  • You will learn how to tap into your creativity.

Download the PDF file for the video transcript.

A few words about the portfolios
01:56
02:53

For this assignment you will pick the favorite and the best images from the assignments. Place them in a folder and study them.

Are there some that are stronger than others? Is there one subject that is attracting you more than others?

Start editing out images. More tips are on the video.

It's important to spend time with your photographs and to learn how to choose the best ones.

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Download the assignment schedule for more information about this assignment.

The difficult task of choosing the best images:

Every time you look at a photograph ask these questions:

  1. Is the exposure good?
  2. Is it in focus?
  3. Is the framing good?
  4. Is the camera angle and camera height good?
  5. Is there something that is enhanced in an interesting way?
  6. Does it have one of the composition techniques (horizon line, rule of thirds, guidelines or other)?
  7. What is it about? Is it an abstract? About landscape, botanical? What is the main subject?
  8. Do I really like it?

If your images passes your "test" then add it to the portfolio.

Create your website and start your different portfolios.

SHARE YOUR PORTFOLIO WITH US!

02:05

Congratulations. You have finished the lectures!

You know how to:

  • Find important features on your camera.
  • Control your aperture, shutter and the ISO.
  • How to start a photo shoot with the manual mode: Aperture priority and shutter priority.
  • How to tweak your exposure to get a good exposure.
  • Create images with the shallow depth of field technique and the sharp depth of field technique.
  • Create images with the motion blur, motion freeze, motion panning techniques.
  • You know how to use different techniques to create more dynamic compositions: Guidelines, horizon lines, rule of thirds.
  • You know how to control color and how to create a mood with color.
  • You know how to use color in your compositions.
  • You have a portfolio on a site with your best images.
Section 6: Quick Tips: Exclusive photo tips for you!
Where do you store your photographs?
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Follow the Steeple: How to find a subject to photograph
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What do filters do for lenses?
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How to choose a tripod?
01:36
How to tweak your white balance with an ExpoDisc, check it out.
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Section 7: Bonus Assignments: Seduce your creativity.
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The more you practice the more you will feel comfortable with your camera and you will start to develop your distinct and remarkable style. Photograph different things and photograph often!

After you finished these photo shoots you will have an idea of what you prefer to photograph. Create your own photo project about that topic. Start to create your own photo project and challenges.

Tip: Create a new photo project every 2 months.

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Assignments and tips for your to practice your photography.

Download the bonus assignments.

Do the bonus assignments so that you keep the momentum going.

Challenge yourself by going to different places to photograph.

Create your assignments: One day you can go looking for birds. Another day look for architectural elements. Another day you can photograph color.

Choose the best ones and add them to your portfolio and share them here.

The previous video will help you create your assignments.

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Instructor Biography

Marguerite Beaty, Photography Teacher @Udemy

★ I am a photographer and I love to teach photography.

★ Do you want to learn how to use the manual mode in your camera?

★ Do you want to create a photo portfolio to share with friends and family?

♥ Learn how to capture your newborn child's earliest moments with awesome photos?

Some of my past lives: I worked as a stockbroker in São Paulo, Brazil for approximately six years. When I moved to New York City in 1988 I changed careers and returned to school. I studied at the School of Visual Arts for one year and finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Florida International University.

I received a full scholarship from the University of Miami to do my Masters of Fine Arts in Photography. The best 3 years I have ever had! Just imagine: 3 years working on photography projects. What a luxury! ♥

During that time I taught at the university and began to exhibit my work. Upon completing school I continued to teach as an adjunct and to photograph for different corporations.

I taught at the University of Miami, Art Institute, Barry University among other places.

These are some of the places that showed my work:

Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Fl

Museum of Latin America, Long Beach, Ca.

Dot Fiftyone, Miami, Fl

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami

Michael C Rockefeller Arts Gallery Fredonia NY

These are some of the grants that I received:

Creative Capital, New York Foundation, State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Artist Enhancement Grant Miami-Dade County, Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, Travel Grant to Washington DC

These are some of the awards:

MOLAA Award an Invitational Juried Art Competition and Exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California

Golden Mouse Award in 2014 for Online Photography Classes.

At this time: I am focusing on teaching one-on-one classes while I develop new online classes. I teach Introduction to photography, studio classes, the business of photography, social media for photographers and baby photography classes.

My photography work has changed directions completely. I am enjoying travel photography and the adventures that come along with traveling. My interest in food photography came from one of those very special trips.

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