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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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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)

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.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction to Manual Mode
Assignments Overview
Manual Mode, Why Bother?
Assignment - Manual Mode, Why Bother?
Understanding How Your Digital Camera Makes Photographs
Assignment - Understanding How Your Digital Camera Makes Photographs
The Exposure Meter. How Does It Work? Part1
Assignment - The Exposure Meter - How Does It Work? Part 1.
Using the Camera’s Monitor to Determine Your Exposure
Assignment - Using the Camera’s Monitor to Check Your Exposure
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 Aperture
Assignment - Setting The Aperture
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
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
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.

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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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