Take Photos Like a Professional Photographer

3 easy steps to see the world like a professional photographer so you can take better photos and tell better stories.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers 3 topics that will get you closer to seeing and capturing the world like a professional photographer. It isn't nice gear and a pretty subject that creates great photos, it's how you see and capture the world around you. Yes, photographers see the world differently, and you'll learn how to do just that. In this course, you will learn about aperture and shooting in aperture priority, composition and cropping, and you will learn about lighting and lighting in portraiture. I will provide video demonstrations, photo examples and you'll get to share your photos with me as you practice and learn along with your own gear at home. This course requires you to have an SLR camera with aperture priority shooting mode. This course is designed for all ages, for beginners, artists, people new to owning an SLR, new parents and anyone wanting to take better photos in their daily lives.

What are the requirements?

  • You should own an SLR camera with aperture priority shooting mode.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • See and capture the world with the eyes of a photographer
  • Take better photographs in natural lighting and in your daily life without needing to understand all the settings and without having all the lighting and camera gear.
  • See and use lighting to capture subjects in the most flattering ways and tell the best stories with light.
  • Understand aperture and shooting in aperture priority mode on a DSLR or SLR.
  • Capture better photos and tell better stories of their life through photography.
  • Use composition and cropping to tell the best stories in photos.
  • Feel cameras less, capture moments confidently and live more in the moment.
  • Capture better photos and tell better stories through photography.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who want to learn about lighting, composition, cropping to tell the best stories in photos.
  • This course is for people who take photos daily, and want easy tricks to improve their story telling.
  • This course is for people who are new to owning an SLR camera.
  • This course is for people at the beginning phases of becoming professional photographers.
  • This course is for people interested in going an step or two beyond AUTO settings on their cameras in order to have more control over their images.
  • This course is not for people working with point and shoot cameras or iPhones.
  • This course is not for people wanting to learn all of the settings on their SLR camera.
  • This course is not for people wanting to learn studio lighting and portraiture.
  • This course is for people wanting to learn basic photography concepts.
  • This course is not for people wanting to learn photo editing.
  • This course is for people wanting to get it right the first time as they take the photo.
  • This course is for new parents, professionals, creatives, art students, and anyone with an SLR camera.

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: Course Introduction & Materials

An introduction to the course. My goals for you, what you will learn and who I am.


The materials you will need throughout the course in order to practice and fully learn these skills at home.

Section 2: SKILL 1: Aperture and Shooting in Aperture Priority

An introduction to Skill 1: aperture and shooting in aperture priority. A brief description of aperture along with some photo examples.


What you will need to follow along and learn aperture and aperture priority shooting mode at you practice at home.


Locating the aperture priority shooting mode, and setting it on your camera.


An explanation of what aperture numbers, and when to use different aperture settings along with photo examples.

3 questions

A quiz to test you on the aperture section!


Bonus tips! A few things to keep in mind as you take photos now that you know what aperture is and how to best use it.


Two homework assignments to practice using aperture at home.

Section 3: SKILL 2: Composition, Framing, and Angles

An introduction to skill 2: Composition, Framing, Angles and Cropping.


Make sure you move yourself, your subject or both in order to single out your main subject and make it stand out from the background. How to remove and cover up distracting elements in the background so your subject stands out as the main focus of your photo.


Cropping: How to identify your main subject (what story you're trying to tell) and either crop in or back up to include the right content.


Paying attention to lines in backgrounds and making sure they're in the best place and causing the least amount of distraction.


Highlights of the 3 composition techniques you just learned.

Composition, Cropping and Framing quiz
3 questions

A few extra tips and challenges for composing better photos.


Wrap up of skill 2: composition, cropping and angles. A few homework assignments to practice at home.

Section 4: SKILL 3: Lighting Basics

Introduction to Skill 3: Lighting Basics. What you will learn and practice in this section


A description of why is lighting important. Photo examples and descriptions of why it is important to understand and use lighting in your photography.


Simple steps to help you identify light anywhere you go. Things to look for and how to see light as you take photos.


A description of different types of lighting and when to use them.


Ways to best use lighting and angles to flatter any human subject when taking portraits.

Lighting Basics Quiz
3 questions

Wrap up of lighting section and extra tips when seeing and using light in photography.


Lighting homework assignments to practice at home.

Section 5: Course Wrap Up

You made it! Hear about all the cool things you just learned and how to best reach out to me and continue learning how to see like a photographer.

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Instructor Biography

Maggie Hudson, Photographer and Educator

I'm a professional photographer and online educator. I specialize in photographing weddings, events and portraits. I provide photography and video services to clients worldwide. I've guest lectured at universities, taught one on one in private lessons and have hosted photography meetup groups. I've created a series of short tips and photography "hacks" online and have begun to translate my decade of photography knowledge into online courses in order to reach a bigger network and help students worldwide.

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