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Photography - Become a Better Photographer - Part I

 31-Mar-2015
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833 Students
A set of over 50 video tutorials of photography tips and tricks, each one demonstrates one specific DSLR or compact camera photography tip. This course is aimed at amateur photographers from beginners through to enthusiasts.

Prerequisites

1. Any type of camera will be suitable for this course. Some lectures covering the same topic are duplicated so that they can be DSLR or compact camera specific. 2. Even though nearly all the tips are easy, as with any other skill, the more you practise the better you'll become! 3. Enthusiasm always helps!

Syllabus

1st lesson

Beginner camera settings

  • Use the Exposure Triangle to understand exposure and get out of the Auto mode
  • The ISO setting, what is it and what's it for?
  • Exposure Compensation, why you sometimes need to darken or lighten your images
  • Lens apertures, learn about one of the most important camera settings
  • How to turn your flash on / off, and why you should know how!
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2nd lesson

More advanced camera settings

  • 5 Tips for tack sharp focusing
  • Choose the right shutter speeds to avoid camera shake & get sharper photos
  • Use your histogram to nail the exposure for those important images
  • Aperture & depth of field - start getting creative (DSLRs)
  • Scene modes & depth of field (Compact cameras)
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3rd lesson

Improve your images with natural lighting

  • Top Shade, the professional's portrait lighting secret
  • Dealing with the sun when taking a portrait
  • Direction of light and the effect it has on your photos
  • Get nice blue skies in your photos and avoid white skies
  • How to retain the ambient light of a nicely lit room
  • Better indoor portraits using window light - pt 1 of 2
  • Better indoor portraits using window light - pt 2 of 2
  • Create a great look using back lighting
  • How to improve your natural light portraits using a reflector
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4th lesson

Improve your images using better composition

  • Use the rule of thirds for improved composition
  • Better composition using diagonal lines
  • Use 'Leading Lines' to create more dramatic images
  • Use repeating patterns for more impact
  • Improve your composition using the 'frame within a frame' trick
  • Blur the background for more impact (DSLRs)
  • Blur the background to isolate your subject (Compact Cameras)
  • Don't let cluttered backgrounds ruin your portraits
  • Improve your portraits using unusual backgrounds
  • Improve your portraits using nature's own abstract backgrounds
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5th lesson

Tips on posing for portraits

  • Flatter your individual subject with these full length posing tips
  • Family or small group poses - Pt I Standing poses
  • Family or small group poses - Pt II Seated poses
  • Individual natural and relaxed female poses
  • Ideas for photographing children, 4-6 months old
  • Ideas for photographing children, 9-12 months old
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6th lesson

Landscapes and scenery

  • Landscape photography tips, a walkthough with Barbara
  • How to take better photos in the snow
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7th lesson

Flash photography

  • Better results using an external flashgun, Pt I - Bouncing the flash
  • Better flash portraits using an external flashgun, Pt II - More creative portraits
  • Better results using your cameras' built-in flash, Pt I - soften the shadows
  • Better results using your cameras' built-in flash, Pt II - get a more pleasing background
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8th lesson

Information and tips on using lenses

  • General tips on camera lenses, variable-fixed apertures, fast-slow, what are prime lenses?
  • Lens focal length, Pt I - Perspective
  • Lens focal length, Pt II - 'Field of View'
  • Lens focal length, Pt III - 'Depth of Field'
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9th lesson

Other general techniques

  • How the 'half press of the shutter' technique can improve your picture taking
  • How to easily create a stunning online slide show in minutes
  • How to take photos of fireworks
  • Use the fashion photographer's perspective trick for longer legs
  • A neat idea for a fun, dramatic portrait
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10th lesson

How to take a really flattering Profile or PR photo

  • Take a more flattering PR or Profile photo - Basic technique using using 'Top Shade'
  • Take a more flattering Profile or PR photo - Refining the basic profile or PR image
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11th lesson

Which digital camera to buy next, megapixels is not the answer

  • The myth of megapixels - image resolution and quality
  • Which camera should I buy next - there's so many to choose from!
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Meet with your teachers

Bernie Raffe AMPA Award winning portrait & wedding photographer
Bernie is a professional photographer based in the UK, and has been passionate about photography ever since his parents bought him his first camera when he was just 11 years old (a Kodak Brownie 127)! He's qualified as a photographer to 'Associate' level with both the MPA (Master Photographers Association), and the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) in the UK. Bernie loves sharing his passion for photography, and students really enjoy his fun teaching style which has earned him over 100 five star reviews. These entertaining and informative films will demonstrate, without blinding you with science, how you can be a better photographer, taking more creative and dramatic photos that will wow your friends and family. He is in demand as a speaker to other professionals and to beginner and keen amateurs at camera clubs... he's also an occasional guest speaker on cruise ships.
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