Secrets of Photography: Developing Your Eye

Learn how to take your camera off of manual mode and begin to approach photography like a professional.
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Start by burning your camera manual. Forget everything you know about how your camera works. And start to view picture-taking in a new way. In this course, you will learn the basics of lighting to cropping and everything in between.

Photography experts from the New York Institute of Photography, the world's largest and longest running online photography school, show you how to take professional-quality photos with any camera. The secret, it's in your eye.

Here are some stories shared by students who have taken one of NYIP's online photography courses

  • Lee Presnell, North Carolina:
    Since graduating from NYIP, Lee has been very busy! Lee is creating a calendar and a book for some local churches, shooting head shots for an author’s autobiography, car and modeling shoots, and doing a number of photography sessions for the American Heart Association for one of their fundraisers. Lee has also been published twice in local newspapers including two front page photos. Lee also won 7 awards in photography contests.

  • Karin Kunzova, Germany:
    Karin’s photo series 'Road Trip' dealing with backpacking around the Australia outback was selected by Agathe Gaillard and published in Le Journal de la Photographie. Karin focuses on documentary photography which she says she finds challenging and fulfilling. She loves "working with people, studying different personalities and the way people live."

What are the requirements?

  • Any camera, even the one on your smartphone

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Take your camera off of manual mode
  • Develop your photographic eye
  • See the world as a photographer

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with an interest in photography

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Our Mission
2 pages
NYIP Students
2 pages
Burn Your Manual
1 page
What's Next?
1 page
The Perfect Moment
Section 2: Eye of the Photographer
Eye of the Photographer
1 page
The Decisive Moment
Section 3: NYIP's Three Guidelines for Great Photographs
The 3 Guidelines
3 pages
Guideline #1
3 pages
Guideline #2
1 page
Using Selective Focus
Guideline #3
2 pages
An Exercise in Focusing In
Section 4: Focus on You
Focus on You
3 pages
A Different Way of Seeing
Developing Your Eye
3 pages
Using Line, Color, Texture, and Form
Focus Attention on the Subject
1 page
Breaking the Rules
Emphasis Through Placement
1 page
Rule of Thirds
1 page
Using the Rule of Thirds
1 page
Emphasis Through Relative Size and Framing
1 page
Coming in Tight
Emphasis Through Lighting, Contrast, and Leading Lines
1 page
Using Over-Exposure
Emphasis Through Focus
1 page
Emphasis Though Color
1 page
Portraits at Work
Your Subject
1 page
People at Work
Compositional Faults and How to Find Them
1 page
Section 5: Conclusion
A Look Ahead
1 page
Become a Better Photographer
Enroll in NYIP
1 page
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Instructor Biography

New York Institute Of Photography (NYIP), World's Largest Photography School

The New York Institute of Photography is the largest and longest running photography school in the world. Our affordable online photography courses make learning photography fun and easy for students all over the world. We're located in the heart of New York, but we have students everywhere.

NYIP offers online photography courses with a personal touch. We are committed to providing the highest quality and best photography courses in the world. Every student who enrolls in one of our photography courses receives:

  • Expertly prepared course materials
  • Access to a student advisor by phone or email
  • Photo projects reviewed by professional photographers
  • A photography certificate from NYIP upon graduation

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