From Snapshots to Art: Improve Your Photography Today

A detailed beginner's guide that covers all you need to know to kick-start your photography and change snapshots to art.
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  • Lectures 42
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between professional looking photographs and snapshots?

In this beginner's course to photography, I will share with you simple techniques that can take your snapshots and change them into more professional looking photographs.

Not only will you have access to lectures, but you will also have an instructor that will answer questions, give feedback, and offer critiques on a regular basis to help YOU improve.

These techniques that I will share with you were the initial building blocks to the start of my successful photography business.

This introduction to the basic concepts of photography focuses on you and your camera.

  • Know your camera - learn the basics of settings and modes and tips on how to use them effectively
  • Master basic composition - learn to MAKE and not just TAKE great photographs
  • See the world differently - learn about the interaction of light and shadow
  • Get results - learn to shoot landscape, portraits, and action shots with confidence

Every single technique that I reveal in this course is something each person can do, no matter your skill level. With continued practice, you too will see an improvement in your photos.

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There are no holds barred. I will share everything I know. . . and as I find new tips and tricks, they will be added to the course – AT ABSOLUTELY NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. This is a living course that will be continually growing.

As well as the Udemy 30 day guarantee, you also have my personal promise that you will complete this course (which includes 3+ hours of lectures and resources) with knowledge enough to begin improving your own photos.

Don't delay any further. . .

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What are the requirements?

  • Camera with manual controls (not necessary to have by beginning of course, we cover choosing a camera in lecture 4)
  • Access to basic photo editing software (eg. Gimp or program that came with your camera etc.)
  • Access to a Google Drive account (to share your projects with me for feedback)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Personal instruction from an experienced photographer
  • Feedback and critiques from your instructor on a regular basis to help you improve
  • Learn the basic principles of photography
  • Determine which type of camera best suits your photography needs
  • Become familiar with proper ways to use the functions of your camera
  • Learn the information given in your viewfinder and how best to interpret it
  • Learn how shutter speed affects exposure and movement within a photograph
  • Learn how aperture affects exposure and depth of field within a photograph
  • Use knowledge of how images are created to begin predicting what your final results will be
  • Learn about how light can help determine the mood of your photo
  • Experience different concrete examples of poor lighting and good lighting
  • Start to use standard photographic methods
  • Learn to critique images

What is the target audience?

  • People who just got a new camera and want to get the most out of it
  • People who are new to photography and looking for help
  • The family photographer who wants to capture memories of children and family trips
  • People who have been taking photos for years and just want to get better
  • Anyone who is new to photography and looking to familiarize themselves with their camera, its functions, and basic composition.
  • Anyone who is considering photography as a potential source of income.
  • This course is not intended for intermediate or advanced camera users.

What you get with this course?

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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: Preparing for Success
05:41

Get to know a little bit about me, your instructor, and the expectations for this course.

03:10

This lecture provides you with specific instructions on how you can submit assignments and projects for critiques and feedback. One of the best ways to improve your photography is to practice, receive feedback, and then practice some more. This course is setup in such a way as to provide numerous opportunities for the necessary practice and feedback.

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02:09

This brief introduction of what photography is will help you to better understand the necessity for learning the technical aspect of photography alongside the artistic.

10:47

Not sure what type of camera you need for the course? Are you in the market for a new camera but having a difficult time narrowing down the choices? This lecture will provide you with the tools necessary to help you with your decision.

02:38

"Seeing" the image is just the first step in creating that image. To ensure the image looks the way you want it to, you must first understand the procedures, concepts and principles of using a camera to record what you see.

4 pages

At the end of this lesson you will have a clear idea of the many different fields in photography. You will have a chance to learn a bit more about each and start to contemplate the area that interests you most.

For fun, I've provided a fun "quiz" as an external resource to help you start thinking about what type of photographer you would like to be.

Section 2: Module 1: Motion & Depth of Field
10 questions

This short quiz will show you what you already know about the content we will be covering in the next section. Don't worry if you aren't sure of all the answers yet! At the end of the section you will have a chance to re-do this same quiz and you'll be able to see how much your knowledge has increased.

09:04

There are several types of cameras available to photographers. There are compact digital and full-size SLR (single lens reflex) digital cameras. Also still available is the option to capture images on film. As well, professional photographers may use medium and large format cameras with both film and digital capture options. This tutorial will give you general information about the different types of cameras on the market for consumers.

26 pages

In this lecture you will be introduced to the main components of cameras. Understanding the basic controls of your camera will help you use this mechanical, electronic, light gathering device to capture your vision. This lecture contains explanations of these functions.

05:31

Trying to figure out all the functions of your camera can be a daunting task. In this lecture we start to break it all down for you. By the end of this session you will be more familiar with information displayed in your viewfinder.

4 pages

We delve into the differences between automatic mode, semi-automatic mode, and manual mode.

13:22

We discuss the difference between auto-focus and manual-focus and suggest a few tips to consider in order to maintain the best focus.

06:00

Exposure is the total amount of light allowed to strike the photographic medium during the process of taking a photo. This lecture will teach you all about exposure, exposure modes, and in-camera light meters.

06:21

A quick tutorial on how to load and unload the memory card on an SLR camera. We also discuss the different types of memory cards along with basic tips on what to look for.

04:28

ISO stands for "international organization standards". ISO refers to the film or digital sensor's sensitivity to light. The lower the ISO, the less sensitive the surface (film or sensor) is to light. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the surface is to light. Lecture 14 will teach you about how and when to adjust your ISO settings.

03:07

Most digital cameras will offer you the ability to save your image files in two or three possible file formats. We will take a look at those formats along with their pros and cons in this lecture.

3 pages

In each module, you are given the opportunity to practice the photo skills you are developing. The theme for this first assignment is "Self-Portrait". Post your best picture to the discussion for this lecture to receive critiques and feedback. You may interpret the theme with whatever artistic license you wish to employ, but images that are inappropriate, offensive, or of bad taste will be removed.

05:08

The shutter in your camera affects two things - subject motion and exposure. Lecture 17 will discuss the relationship between these factors.

05:13

An aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. The aperture setting on your camera affects two things - depth of field and exposure. This lecture will discuss these factors and how they are related to each other.

Post-Assessment: Motion & Depth of Field
10 questions
Project #1
2 pages
BONUS: Ask Ms. Rochford Anything Episode 1 - Common Beginner Questions
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05:24
Section 3: Module 2: The Rule of Thirds
10 questions

This short quiz will show you what you already know about the content we will be covering in the next section. Don't worry if you aren't sure of all the answers yet! At the end of the section you will have a chance to re-do this same quiz and you'll be able to see how much your knowledge has increased.

10:09

Very brief overview of the content in this module.

02:30

Whenever we use the camera to capture a creative idea we accept the fact that the camera can only capture a smaller portion of the whole picture. The rule of thirds is one strategy to do this.

3 pages

In each module, you are given the opportunity to practice the photo skills you are developing. The theme for this second assignment is "Bare Feet". Post your best picture to the discussion for this lecture to receive critiques and feedback. You may interpret the theme with whatever artistic license you wish to employ, but images that are inappropriate, offensive, or of bad taste will be removed.

05:33

Whenever we use the camera to capture a creative idea we accept the fact that the camera can only capture a smaller portion of the whole picture. Formal and informal balance are some strategies to do this.

03:24

Whenever we use the camera to capture a creative idea we accept the fact that the camera can only capture a smaller portion of the whole picture. The golden triangle is one strategy to do this.

05:36

Photographers often get so involved in the process that they forget to apply basic rules of composition or apply their technical knowledge. Look at the images and think about the questions being asked about them. These are concerns that haunt all beginning photographers.

Post-Assessment: The Rule of Thirds
10 questions
Project #2
2 pages
Section 4: Module 3: Lighting for Effect
10 questions

This short quiz will show you what you already know about the content we will be covering in the next section. Don't worry if you aren't sure of all the answers yet! At the end of the section you will have a chance to re-do this same quiz and you'll be able to see how much your knowledge has increased.

06:57

The photographer must be keenly aware of the quality of light and how it affects the visual representation of the subject in the final image. Before the shutter button is clicked, considering the light source is crucial in understanding and predicting what the final image will look like.

02:02

This lecture offers you concrete visual examples of photographs with good light and bad light.

3 pages

In each module, you are given the opportunity to practice the photo skills you are developing. The theme for this third assignment is "Books". Post your best picture to the discussion for this lecture to receive critiques and feedback. You may interpret the theme with whatever artistic license you wish to employ, but images that are inappropriate, offensive, or of bad taste will be removed.

02:47

Analyzing and critiquing your and other photographers' images is a great way to expand your photographic skill and vision. This lecture discusses common points to consider when critiquing.

Post-Assessment: Lighting for Effect
10 questions
Project #3
2 pages
Section 5: Module 4: Lens Properties & Basic Image Processing
10 questions

This short quiz will show you what you already know about the content we will be covering in the next section. Don't worry if you aren't sure of all the answers yet! At the end of the section you will have a chance to re-do this same quiz and you'll be able to see how much your knowledge has increased.

02:54

Let's take a look at the different types of lenses that can be used and their application to the creative process.

3 pages

In each module, you are given the opportunity to practice the photo skills you are developing. The theme for this fourth assignment is "Anger". Post your best picture to the discussion for this lecture to receive critiques and feedback. You may interpret the theme with whatever artistic license you wish to employ, but images that are inappropriate, offensive, or of bad taste will be removed.

02:37

A short video tutorial that demonstrates the process of taking your image files from a memory card and placing them onto your computer.

04:28

There are many photo editing programs available. Editing your digital photos using a software program is similar to the darkroom processing applied to images captured on film. This lecture highlights some of the more common adjustments that photographers will typically make to their images.

Post-Assessment: Lens Properties & Basic Image Processing
10 questions
Project #4
2 pages
Section 6: Wrapping It All Up
2 pages

Once you have put together your final project and created a digital portfolio of your work, don't forget to share a link in the discussions. We would all like to see it! :)

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Final Quiz
10 questions
02:10

How do we put it all together? We'll review the concepts you've learned.

Section 7: BONUS Materials
Upcoming Courses
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Danielle Rochford, Certified Teacher & Photographer

Danielle Rochford has been a certified teacher for over 15 years, practicing her craft with middle school students in British Columbia, Canada. She is also a self-taught landscape photographer and founder of D-Roc Photography and Design.

She has spent the past five years teaching online in such areas as English, Math, and Photography. She hopes to continue sharing her expertise with others now on Udemy. Danielle encourages her students to be interactive and provides many opportunities for discussion and feedback.

In her spare time, she loves to travel and enjoy the solitude of nature. You will often find her traveling through Jasper, AB on a photography adventure.

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