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Photography: Master Your Camera - Master Your Creativity

Take control of your photography and stop letting your camera make all the creative choices. Switch off 'Auto'.
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 24 Supplemental Resources
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has been using their camera on the automatic modes who wants to learn how to control it using Manual Mode.
  • This course is for anyone wanting to learn more about how their camera functions so they can use it more creatively.
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What Will I Learn?
Be confident to control their camera using manual settings to adjust the exposure.
Have a good understanding of the basic function of their camera
Understand how to use the exposure meter
Understand different lighting conditions and how these impact photography
Understand how their camera ‘sees’ compared to how our eyes see (and why this is important)
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  • You will need a camera with Manual Mode - believe it or not, that's most cameras ... even the one on your smart phone, because there are many apps available to enable Manual Mode on your phone camera.
  • You will need a desire to learn some technical stuff. It may seem like a big step to take if you are only using the Auto modes on your camera, but with the solid teaching I offer from over 30 years experience, clear illustrations and in depth exercises and assignments, you can master manual mode!
  • You will need a computer to view and compare the photos you will be taking during this course.
  • You will need to know how to view the metadata of your photos. There are many programs and apps that will let you do this (too many to show you on each one.)
  • A tripod will be helpful, but is not essential
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 47 Lectures Collapse All 47 Lectures 02:31:34
Introduction to Manual Mode
10 Lectures 32:30

This video gives you an introduction to this course which teaches you how to become more creative with your camera.

Preview 04:54

Assignment - Manual Mode, Why Bother?

Assignment - Understanding How Your Digital Camera Makes Photographs

Using the Camera’s Monitor to Determine Your Exposure

Assignment - Using the Camera’s Monitor to Check Your Exposure

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 1 Quiz
3 questions
Exposure Triangle - All About Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO Settings
17 Lectures 56:40
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

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

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 2 Quiz
8 questions
Creative Control Belongs To You
20 Lectures 01:03:32
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

Take a look at this conclusion video for the course and check out the links here to find out more info and stay in touch.


Kevin LJ

Please check our website for discount offers on our courses, new blog posts, news about out mentoring program and other related information about learning photography.

Take a look at our YouTube channel also as I often upload different content there. Some of it is teaching photography and post processing and other is video work we produce for our non profit social responsibility commitments.

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And, if you are in South East Asia, drop by and take one of our courses in person in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Conclusion Bonus Lecture with Links

Here's a short quiz to help you asses what you've learned in the third section of Master Your Camera - Master Your Creativity.

Section 3 Quiz
7 questions

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.

Glossary of Photography Terms
About the Instructor
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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.

I am always interested in constructive feedback and would love to know student's ideas on other photography course you would like to see me produce.

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