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If you want to start taking better, more creative photos, this is the right course for you. During this course I'll teach you to understand your camera so you can achieve more creative, satisfying results. Completing the course will take you longer than the 1.5 hours of video lessons because I've also included comprehensive assignments for each of the 20+ lessons. Each assignment will take at least half an hour, or more, depending on how much you want to put into it.
The videos are full of footage of me working, photographs we've taken, graphic overlays and animations all demonstrating what I am teaching. There's pages and pages of .pdf files accompanying the lessons with further information and assignments designed to help you put put it all into practice and gain experience. There's also a number of quizzes throughout the course so you can easily asses your own progress. And if you have questions, just ask me in the ask me in the Q&A section of the course.
In this course I'll teach you to take control of your camera and creativity the way I have – by using the Manual Mode on your camera. I find most people we teach in our workshops don't
know how their camera works or how they can really control it to create more interesting photographs. They've had their cameras set on one of the many auto modes and wonder why the results are not so pleasing.
In this course I'll teach you to understand the three ways of controlling your exposure – using the aperture, shutter speed and ISO so that you can be in control of how your photos look, rather than your camera being in control of the results. I'll demonstrate how to effectively use the exposure meter to capture images that look the way you want them to and I'll teach you techniques to use the aperture and shutter speed to achieve truly creative photographs.
This course is presented in a concise manner. We live busy lives and personally I prefer a course of teaching which is focused and clear to the points being made, rather one that contains little useful information padded out to make the course seem of greater value than it really is. The aim of delivering the teaching in short modules is so that those who do not understand the lesson the first time can easily go back and watch the video again, read the accompanying PDF files and complete the assignments. This way you will learn through my teaching and your own experimenting, practice and experience. After all, if you do not pick up your camera frequently and practice what you are learning, you will not develop as a creative photographer.
I do not use much camera jargon and keep my language simple so it's easy to understand if English is not your first language. I asked a Thai friend to check over some of the assignments as I was writing them to make sure they were easy enough to understand. As she read through them her main feedback was "This is much easier to read and understand than an academic text book." She could follow them through and understand without difficulty.
I've been a professional photographer since the 1980s, with a background as a photo journalist and freelancer covering everything from international sports events, corporate portfolios, weddings, travel and much more. My wife and I have taught 100's of people in the photo workshops we run in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am a self taught photographer and teach from my many years of experience.
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|Section 1: Introduction to Manual Mode|
Manual Mode, Why Bother?Preview
Assignment - Manual Mode, Why Bother?
Understanding How Your Digital Camera Makes PhotographsPreview
Assignment - Understanding How Your Digital Camera Makes Photographs
The Exposure Meter. How Does It Work? Part1Preview
Assignment - The Exposure Meter - How Does It Work? Part 1.Preview
Using the Camera’s Monitor to Determine Your Exposure
Assignment - Using the Camera’s Monitor to Check Your Exposure
|Quiz 1||3 questions|
Here's a short quiz to help you asses what you've learned in the first section of Master Your Camera - Master Your Creativity.
|Section 2: Exposure Triangle - All About Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO Settings|
The Exposure Triangle: An Introduction
Assignment - The Exposure Triangle: An Introduction
Setting the ISO
Assignment - Setting the ISO
Setting the Shutter Speed
Assignment - Setting The Shutter Speed
Setting the AperturePreview
Assignment - Setting The AperturePreview
Balancing The Exposure Triangle
Assignment - Balancing The Exposure Triangle
The Exposure Meter. How Does It Work? Part 2
Assignment - The Exposure Meter. How Does It Work? Part 2
Using the Histogram and Highlights
Assignment - Using The Histogram and Highltights
Assignment - Bracketing
Section 2 Conclusion
|Quiz 2||8 questions|
Here's a short quiz to help you asses what you've learned in the second section of Master Your Camera - Master Your Creativity.
|Section 3: Creative Control Belongs To You|
Getting Creative With Shutter Speed
Assignment - Getting Creative With Shutter Speed
What is Depth Of Field?
Assignment - What is Depth Of Field?
Getting Creative With Aperture
Assignment - Getting Creative With Aperture
Getting Well Focused Photos
Assignment - Getting Well Focused Photos
White Balance for the Right Colors
Assignment - White Balance for the Right Colors
Image Quality: RAW or jpg?
Assignment - Image Quality: RAW or jpg?
Make Back Lighting Work For You
Assignment - Make Back Lighting Work For You
Exposing Right In Low Light
Assignment - Exposing Right In Low Light
Dealing With High Contrast
Assignment - Dealing With High Contrast
|Quiz 3||7 questions|
Here's a short quiz to help you asses what you've learned in the third section of Master Your Camera - Master Your Creativity.
Here's a Glossary of photography terms that will give you a better understanding of some technical language I may have used in this course.
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.