Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography
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Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography

The Greatest Online Professional Photography Class: How to Take & Sell Photos for Beginners & Advanced Photographers
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Last updated 9/2017
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Includes:
  • 13.5 hours on-demand video
  • 25 Articles
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family and friends
  • You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings
  • You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like photographing kids, landscapes, panoramas, wildlife, and much more
  • You will know how to edit your photos like a professional
  • You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules
  • You will know how to make money with photography
  • You will know how to light your subjects with flash and natural lighting
  • You will know how to take better photos with your smart phones
  • You will know the history of photography
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Requirements
  • Students need to be excited about learning photography, as you will learn best with a mind ready for action!
  • No fancy camera is required, but some sort of camera (even a smart phone) would help you learn as we prompt you to take action with practice lessons.
  • A computer with the capability to edit photographs is also ideal if you want to follow along in the Photo Editing section. We'll be using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and other free applications to edit, and we'll show you how to get free trials to follow along.
Description

This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and sell them, whether you use a smartphone, mirrorless or a DSLR camera.

This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

Master Photography Techniques to Create Extraordinary Images and Boost Your Freelancing Income.

While there are plenty of photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it's hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

This course is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills, take stellar images, and make money with their photos.

Just a few of the things you'll learn:

  • Understand How Cameras Work and What Gear You Need
  • Master Shooting in Manual Mode and Editing Photos
  • Follow Our Photo Adventures and See How We Shoot Photos Ourselves
  • Use Stabilization, Composition, and Lighting
  • Learn How to Sell Photos or Start a Photography Business

Improve Your Photography Techniques, Acquire Clients, And Make More Money

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your photography skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer taking photos of nature, animals, or people, a great photographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can sell your photos so you can turn your passion into a career. This course shows you how.

Unlike other photography classes that are more limited in scope, this complete course teaches you how to take amazing photos and how to make money by selling them.

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching photographers what it takes to improve your techniques to earn more money.

You'll start with the basics and tackle how a camera operates, the types of cameras and lenses available, and equipment you'll need for accomplishing your goals. You'll then dive into the different styles of photography you can focus on.

You'll learn about your camera settings, including how to shoot in manual mode. You'll use stabilization tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You'll even learn how to take great photos with a smartphone or tablet and how to edit images.

So you can sell your photos, you'll learn how to brand yourself, create a portfolio and website, and find freelance work or a full-time position. Gain insight into licensing, fair use, and more. And if you want to get into wedding photography, you'll learn how to start your own business.

By the end of this master course, your confidence as a photographer will soar. You'll have a thorough understanding of your camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable photos and start a profitable photography career.

About the instructors:

Phil Ebiner started teaching online courses in 2012, and now has over 135,000 happy students on Udemy learning all sorts of things from photography to video making. Phil worked as a photographer at a private college a few years ago doing event coverage, marketing & advertising, and social media.

Sam Shimizu-Jones has been taking photos his entire life. Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, he fell in love with photography skating around town. Since then, he's traveled the world taking photos for business and pleasure. Most recently, Sam worked as the photographer for Floating Doctors, a medical non-profit working in Panama.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to take better photos
  • This course is for beginners who want to become a skilled photographer
  • This course is for moms, dads, kids, grandparents, and anyone else wanting to document their lives in a more beautiful way
  • This course is for amateur photographers wanting to improve their skills and start a business
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to edit photos professionally
  • This course is for anyone who wants to make money with photography
Curriculum For This Course
234 Lectures
14:36:25
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Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 49:31

In this video, we'll talk about what this course is all about, why you should take it, and who should take it!

Preview 02:04

This document will show you what sections will help you achieve your personal goals.

Preview 01:07

To introduce you to the Photography Masterclass, we want to show you how exposure works - a basic lesson you'll need to become a great photographer - in less than 3 minutes. Don't worry, if you don't completely understand, we dive deep into every aspect of exposure in a later lesson.

Enjoy!

Preview 02:44

Download a complete guide to photography for beginners. It's a great companion to taking this course. The downloadable guide contains images (but no animated GIFs). You can see the GIFs in the lesson itself.

Preview 43:35
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Drop Auto - Understand Exposure
13 Lectures 39:06

In this video, Phil introduces you to what you'll learn in this section.

Introduction to the Drop Auto section
00:58

In this video, Sam explains what exposure is - a basic principle of photography.

The dictionary definition says -

In photography, exposure is the amount of light per unit area (the image plane illuminance times the exposure time) reaching a photographic film, as determined by shutter speed, lens aperture and scene luminance. In digital photography "film" is substituted with "sensor".

Preview 01:29

In this video, Sam explains what aperture is, how to change it, and how this affects exposure.

The dictionary definition says -

A space through which light passes in an optical or photographic instrument, especially the variable opening by which light enters a camera.

What is aperture (aka. f-stop or iris)?
03:08

These charts will help explain what aperture (aka iris or f-stop) is, and how it works.

Aperture Charts
01:20

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of shutter speed and how it effects your exposure.

What is shutter speed?
03:04

Check out this amazing video of a slow motion camera shutter.

Dive deeper into shutter speed & watch a slow motion shutter
01:09

In this lesson, we'll cover what ISO is and how it effects your exposure.

What is ISO?
04:03

In this lesson, we'll cover the exposure triangle, bringing everything we've learned in the past few videos into focus.

What is the exposure triangle, and how does it work?
02:36

Check out this diagram to help you understand how the exposure triangle works. Hopefully these examples will give you a better idea of why you use the exposure triangle to get creative shots!

Exposure Triangle - Diagram & Examples
01:39

In this photography demonstration, Sam explains how he gets proper exposure using the manual controls of his camera.

Live Demonstration - Getting the Right Exposure
05:21

Practice setting your exposure in 3 different locations.
Exposure Practice
1 question

In this lesson, Sam shows you how to use the camera's light meter to help get proper exposure.

Using your camera's light meter
03:28

Test your knowledge of exposure!

Do you know your exposure triangle?
4 questions

Here is a chart from Nikon that explains the different types of metering.

Spot vs. Center-Weighted vs. Matrix Metering
01:57

What is a histogram?

It’s basically a graph that visually represents the exposure of each pixel in your image. On the left side of the graph, the blacks and shadows are represented. On the right side, the highlights and brighter areas are represented. The middle section includes mid-tones. The higher the peak in each section means the more pixels at that exposure.

The graph goes from 0-255 (0 being black and 255 being white). And each tone is one pixel wide on the graph. Check out the visualization below. You can see that there are lots of brights in this image (without even seeing what the image is!).

How can we use the histogram?

First, we can tell if the image is well-exposed. If the graph has pixels going from 0 to 255 (from black to white) without any crazy spikes, then you have a well-exposed image.

The first image to the left is a good example of this. The second image will be over-exposed (too bright), and the third image will be under-exposed (too dark).

Preview 08:53
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Photography Basics
9 Lectures 17:05

In this lesson, we'll cover the basic process of how a camera works.

How does a camera work?
04:25

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of the inside of your camera.

Shutters & Sensors
02:38

Check out this chart of sensor sizes to give you a visual idea of the difference!

Preview 00:15

In this lesson, we talk about the difference between RAW & JPEG file formats.

File Formats - RAW vs. JPEG
02:28

In this video, we'll demonstrate what shooting in RAW means - a photo with A LOT MORE information!

The Power of Shooting in RAW Revealed
03:26

Check out this chart of white balance symbols to help you identify the options in your camera.

White Balance Symbol Chart
00:07

In this lesson, we'll cover what burst mode is, how to turn it on with your camera, and creative uses of burst mode.

Understanding Burst Mode
00:57

Here, we provide you a chart and basic information about using scene modes on your camera.

Scene Modes Chart
00:31

In this lesson, we'll cover depth of field - and what focus is.

What is focus - depth of field explained
02:17
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Drop Auto - Focus, Depth of Field & Low Light Photography
9 Lectures 19:53

In this video, we'll give you a quick tip on how to adjust the viewfinder focus if it is blurry.

How to Adjust the Viewfinder Focus
01:15

In this video, we'll cover how to use auto-focus on your camera.

Read more about Nikon's auto-focus feature's here.

Getting in focus using the auto-focus mode
03:23

These diagrams and photos will help you understand what depth of field is.

Depth of Field - Visualized
00:41

In this lesson, we'll cover how to use your camera's manual focus.

Getting in focus using the manual mode
02:21

In this lesson, we'll cover how to photograph fast objects and get sharp images.

Shooting fast objects
01:46

Practice using the skills in the previous lesson about shooting fast objects.
Photographing Fast Objects
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover how to properly shoot in low light situations.

Shooting in low light
02:10

In this lesson, we'll cover how to take photos at night!

Shooting at night
03:10

In this photography demonstration, we'll talk specifically how to take better photos in low light situations.
Live Demonstration - Low Light Photography
04:25

It's another practice session! Shooting photos inside isn't easy, and you need to practice shooting photos when you don't have much available light. Again, post your photos to the course page when you're done!
Practice Shooting in Low Light
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover what we learned in this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Conclusion - what did we learn in this section?
00:42
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Composition - Shoot Better Photos
12 Lectures 36:38

In this lesson, we'll cover what we'll be learning this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Introduction to the Composition section
00:48

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of composition - what's in your frame?

Preview 01:39

In this lesson, we'll cover one of the most popular rules in photography - the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds
07:24

In this lesson, we'll cover when it is a good idea to throw out the rule of thirds, and how to do it!

When to throw out the rule of thirds
01:14

Take a look at some examples of photos that use the rule of thirds, and some that break it!

Rule of Thirds: Visualized
01:00

In this lesson, we'll cover how changing your perspective really affects your photography.

Perspective: changing your angle
03:05

Check out these images that show how changing your perspective really plays a big role in the feeling that your photograph gives.

Perspective: Visualized
01:37

In this photography demonstration, Sam practices his own compositions and walks you through the entire process.

Live Demonstration - Getting Great Compositions
06:45

Test your knowledge on the basics of composition!

Do you know your basic composition?
2 questions

Your photography tells a story. Just like you, it has a mood. Capture different moods with different types of photographs.

What's the Mood of your photo?
05:46

In this lesson, we'll cover the difference between a wide angle and telephoto photo.

Wide Angle vs Telephoto & Zoom
03:25

Check out these images that help visualize the difference between a wide and telephoto lens.

Wide vs. Telephoto Lenses: Visualized
01:28

In this lesson, we'll cover backgrounds, and how backgrounds play a big part in your photography.

Choosing a background
02:26
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Creative Compositions
9 Lectures 36:07

In this lesson, we'll cover how to properly shoot a panoramic image with your smartphone or DSLR.

Panoramic compositions
02:34

In this lesson, we'll cover how to position your subject.

How to position your subject
05:13

In this lesson, we'll talk about two types of focusing on details.

Focus on the details
01:37

In this lesson, we'll cover how to use focus and depth of field to get creative photos.

Using depth of field creatively
02:12

What is bokeh? In this photography tutorial, we'll talk about what bokeh is (and isn't). Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke and means a couple of things. It means 'blur' and it means the 'quality of blur.'

Most people tend to think of bokeh as simply the round spherical shapes that happen when you have lights in the background of a photo. It is much more than that, and in this bokeh tutorial, Sam and I will try to explain it.

Bokeh - What is it? How to get 'good bokeh'?
09:56

What is macro photography? Macro photography is a really cool type of photography where you are able to focus on a subject very close to your lens. This makes them seem 'larger than life.' Be it a bug or flower, macro photography allows us to see the minute details.

One definition of macro photography states that it is when the subject is actually bigger the size on the camera sensor. Macro lenses have a unique ability to focus closely on a subject and magnify it to larger than life.

Macro Photography - What is it? How to achieve it?
08:28

In this lesson, we'll cover basic color theory and how it plays a big role in photography.

Colors - think about how colors affect your photos
02:58

In this lesson, we'll cover the difference shooting black and white photos makes.

Black & White photos - adding emotion by subtracting color
02:47

Take a walk outside, and start snapping some photos. You'll never know what you'll find!
Go on a Photo Adventure
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover what we learned in this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Conclusion - what did we learn in this section?
00:22
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Live Demonstrations - Real & Raw Hands-On Photography
8 Lectures 31:52

Welcome to this new section where we get really real with you. We'll be going out and shooting photographs in a variety of situations. These videos are a great follow-up to all of the theoretical lessons. Now you can see us actually shoot photographs and understand our method - from exposure to composition.

Intro to Live Demonstrations
01:01

In this photography demonstration, we go down to Echo Park in Los Angeles and practice shooting photos of a fountain.

Live Demonstration - Shooting at Echo Park
04:26

Be a part of the future of this course.

We Need You
00:40

In this photography demonstration, Sam gives you some tips on street photography.
Tips for Street Photography
01:35

In this photography demonstration, Sam practices shooting portraits of our friend Caleb.
Live Demonstration - Shooting Portraits
09:50

In this photography demonstration, Sam practices shooting a flower in low light. He gives advice on how to get super sharp focus.
Live Demonstration - Flowers, Focus, and Low Light Photography
04:47

In this photography demonstration, Sam practices shooting water down at the LA river.

Live Demonstration - Shooting Down by the LA River
06:07

In this video, while Sam and I were shooting some live demonstrations, we respond to a student question asking about how much of photography is done in camera vs. when editing.

In Camera vs. Editing - What's the Balance?
03:26
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Quick Tips for Better Photography
8 Lectures 22:14

In this lesson, we'll cover what we'll be learning this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Introduction to the Situational Photography section
00:56

In this lesson, Phil, Sam, and Will share their 10 tips for better landscape photos.

10 Landscape Photography Tips to Get You Started
08:19

In this lesson, we'll give you 5 tips for setting your subject in a portrait.

5 Tips for Better Nature Photos
02:45

Get outside and take some pictures. Use the tips we've given you to improve your nature & landscape photos. Then share them with the class!
Practice Your Nature Photography
1 question

In this lesson, we'll give you 5 tips to instantly improve your portrait photography.

5 Tips for Better Portraits
02:58

In this lesson, we'll give you 5 tips to instantly improve your portrait photography lighting.

5 Tips for Better Portrait Lighting
03:42

In this lesson, we'll give you 5 tips to instantly improve your photography of kids.

5 Tips for Better Photos of Kids (or Pets)
02:14

It's time for another practice session! Take some photos of your kid (or pet if you don't have a kid... or any other family member for that matter). Use the tips we gave you to take better photos than you have before.

Practice - Take pictures of your kid (or pet)!
00:47

It's time for another practice session! Take some photos of your kid (or pet if you don't have a kid... or any other family member for that matter). Use the tips we gave you to take better photos than you have before.
Practice Photographing Kids or Pets
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover what we learned in this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Conclusion - what did we learn in this section?
00:33
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Lighting - How to light your photos
17 Lectures 34:59

In this lesson, we'll cover what we'll be learning this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Introduction to the Lighting section
00:42

In this lesson, we'll explain what light is! How awesome is that?!

What is light?
01:09

In this lesson, we'll explain the different light sources you have available to you for your photography.

What types of light sources do we have?
01:03

In this lesson, we'll cover the Kelvin scale - a rating system for light temperatures.

Understanding light temperatures
01:27

Check out this chart and image that explains light temperatures.

Light Temperature Chart
00:26

In this lesson, we'll cover how to set your white balance. This is how your camera reads light to make sure the colors in your photos look natural.

Setting your white balance properly
02:01

Learn what three-point lighting is, which is the basic lighting set up for any photographic or film portrait.

What is three-point light?
01:17

Here is an article that includes diagrams that explains three-point lighting.

Complete guide to three-point lighting
06:57

Test your knowledge about light!

Do you know your light?
5 questions

In this lesson, we'll cover the ways to use ambient light - or whatever light is available to you.

Using ambient light
02:58

Here are some sample photos that we've taken to show you the beauty of natural light. Most of these photos were shot during Golden Hour (the hour before sunset).

Using Natural Light Creatively
01:38

Here is a quick tutorial on using a flash that should help you out.

Flash Photography Resources
00:16

In this lesson, we'll cover how to use the flash to get great photos!

Using the flash
02:44

Learn how to use a Lightscoop Deluxe - pop-up flash reflector to take better flash photos.

Better Flash Photography with a Lightscoop Pop-up Flash Bouncer
06:43

It's time for a practice session! Go out and take a photo with your flash, in the day time. That's right, take a photo during the day with the sun as a back light. Use the flash to fill in your subject's face.
Practice Using Your Flash
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover how to shoot a silhouette photograph.

Shooting slhouettes
01:30

This diagram, and the examples will demonstrate different ways to take a silhouette.

How to take a silhouette photo - diagram
01:04

In this photography demonstration, Sam practices shooting a silhouette.
Live Demonstration - Shooting Silhouettes
02:16

Practice time! Go out and take a silhouette photo! Post your pictures to the course page!
Shoot a Silhouette
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover what we learned in this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Conclusion - what did we learn in this section?
00:47
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Using Stabilization - Tripods, Monopods, more?
6 Lectures 11:06

In this lesson, we'll cover what we'll be learning this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Introduction to the Stabilization section
00:43

In this lesson, we'll give you some tips for using a tripod.

Tripod Tips
02:34

In this lesson, we'll give you some tips on using a monopod.

Monopod Tips
01:19

In this lesson, we'll give you some tips for getting stable shots when you don't have a tripod or monopod.

Other types of stabilization
01:32

In this lesson, we'll give you some tips for better handheld photos.

Tips for better handheld photography
03:21

Test your stabilization knowledge!

How do you get non-blurry photos!
1 question

In this lesson, we'll cover what we learned in this section of the Photography Masterclass.

Conclusion - what did we learn in this section?
01:37
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About the Instructor
Phil Ebiner
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Best Selling Instructor, 300,000+ Students

My passion is inspiring people through online courses. I love learning new skills, and since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. Through my online learning business, Video School Online, I create courses that teach you how to become the better version of yourself with all kinds of skills.

What would you like to learn?

Would you like to make money teaching online courses?

Would you like to build your own 6-figure business?

Would you like to learn motion graphics in After Effects?

Would you like to learn how to shoot & edit videos like a pro?

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to design better presentations, create a great resume, colorize black & white photographs, brew beer, adopt a cat, edit photos in Lightroom, launch a freelance career?

If you want to do any of these things, just enroll in the course. You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. And I'm always improving my courses so that they stay up to date and the best that they can be. Check them out, and enroll today!

MORE ABOUT PHIL:

I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife and our cat.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University - one of the top 10 film schools in the country. While there, I was fortunate to make documentaries in Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and India. After graduating, I worked at Participant Media shooting and editing short-form documentaries for their website TakePart. I followed that stint with a contract at Stanbridge College where I discovered online learning. I helped pioneer their online school there. Most recently, I spent 2 years working at University of California Berkeley with the media team. Throughout this time I built my Video School Online brand to teach others the skills that I have. In May of 2015, I left the 9-5 world to make my own path. Since then, I've made more money, worked fewer hours, and only have done the things I love each day.

I want to show you how to be a better creator, make money from your creations, and live the life you dreamed of.


Sam Shimizu-Jones
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Cinematographer / Photographer

With a focus on cinematic beauty and human connection, Sam specializes in capturing peoples’ cultures and lifestyles. His affinity for traveling has led him to work on productions of all types and sizes across the United States, Western Europe, Central and South America. His travels abroad have taught him invaluable lessons in rural cinematography, multilingual interviews, and what it takes to capture stories while on the road.

Born and raised in the skateboard and surf culture of Santa Cruz, California, Sam found his passion for photography and filmmaking at a young age while making extreme sports videos with his friends. At Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, he was educated in many aspects of filmmaking but focused on cinematography, directing, and documentary film.

Today, Sam looks to further explore the art of photography and new technologies of cinematography, expand his production company, Will Call Cinematic and continue to explore cultures around the world.

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