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Dust off that fancy camera of yours and take this quick 8-module online course for getting you out of auto mode and on the road to creating stunning images for your social media, for your business, of your kids, pets, vacations or simply for yourself!

by kelly lawson

beginner photography

You spent all that money to buy a big fancy camera because you thought as soon as you had it, and took a couple of snaps, your photos would be totally profesh, right? And then they weren't?

(Hey, it happens to the best of us!)

It's time for you to start using that big fancy camera of yours!

Okay,
real talk!

To confidently know what camera settings to use indoors and outdoors and everywhere in-between.

To finally take the stunning photos you imagined you would when you bought your fancy camera.

To know what mode settings are for which scenarios, which one to choose, and how to create those beautiful images with the blurred out backgrounds.

To know what lens to buy next, and understand which lenses are best for what types of photos.

To proudly display the photos YOU took on your walls, in albums and on social media.

are you ready?

What if your fancy camera went from something you should be using, to something you actually use? And what if you could learn photography on your own terms, at your own pace?

is photography something you have been wanting to learn, but you just can't seem to find the time?

You love the thought of throwing that camera in your bag before you head out on a day trip, but you aren't sure how it works, and you know that you'll end up just using your phone anyway, so you don't bother.

You know you have a good eye for photography, and that you're serving your precious moments an injustice by documenting them on your iPhone. But hey, you'll take better photos someday.

So you pour another glass of fermented grapes or a cup of coffee, and you continue to daydream about your life in beautiful photographs, that will be taken by you, with that fancy cam...

this is where i come skipping in...

see the course below

watch a testimonial & look at course lessons!

Let's kickoff the course by understanding which scenario describes YOU. Did you just buy your first DSLR camera? Are you looking to begin a photography business? Do you simply want to take better photos of your loved ones or special occasions? Maybe you are starting an online business as an influencer or educator?

In this lesson, I provide an overview of who this course is suited for and what you are about to learn.

LESSON 1: introduction

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In this lesson, I talk about what you will need to have in your camera bag to get started. (SPOILER ALERT: It's basically any camera that will allow you to shoot in "M" or manual mode, a charged battery, compact flash or SD card, as well as your camera's user manual—as every camera is just a bit different and having this on hand will be helpful!) I'll let you look in my camera bag, and you'll even be able to download the course workbook so that you can follow along freely.

LESSON 2: supplies

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In this lesson, we discuss the exposure triangle. If you're one of those people who get hung up on what an 'exposure triangle (I know, it's technical and technical can be intimidating)—but don't worry! I explain the exposure triangle in a way that is super easy to understand. This includes breaking down all those pesky buttons and dials so you fully understand how to change each setting and how that will impact the look of your photos!

LESSON 3:
exposure

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In this lesson, we talk about why using the manual settings of your camera matters. When I first bought my DSLR camera, I shot it only using the auto settings. True story!

I was intimidated by all the buttons. I see so many people spending a small fortune on fancy DSLR cameras, with the intention of taking beautiful photos, but they neglect to realize that it is the USER not the DEVICE that makes photos great. 

LESSON 4:
auto/manual

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Now that we know the different modes on your camera and the impact of the components of the exposure triangle, in this lesson, we talk about how to use these components all together to give you the types of images you desire.

The more you use your camera’s manual mode, the more quickly this will become second nature to you. Before you know it, you will be on auto pilot!

LESSON 5:
the settings

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In this lesson, we discuss a variety of lens choices and how each one will help you to achieve your desired image results. I talk about what lenses are in my camera bag. (HINT: I personally use mostly prime lenses, which means the lenses have a fixed focal length. They don’t zoom in and out. That means, as the photographer, I need to do my zooming in and out by moving my feet!) You'll end this lesson knowing which lens should be the next one on your shopping list.

LESSON 6:
lens choice

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In this lesson, I you get to be a fly on the way at one of my photoshoots with a sweet couple—indoors and outdoors!

You get to apply your newly acquired knowledge while you shadow me. I'll explain my shooting process, share with you my camera settings, and even give you posing tips and tricks in each setting. You will see the images I took during the shoot. This lesson is a fan favorite as it brings all of your knowledge together!

LESSON 7:
watch a shoot

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Now that you are armed with the ability to transition from auto to manual, the images you produce should start to be taking shape.

Take the time to find your settings. Remember! Unless your lighting is changing dramatically (due to moving clouds or changing from shade to sun) you won't have to change them. In this sendoff, I encourage course attendees to post work for feedback to help you grow!

LESSON 8:
course recap

peep the bonuses

By signing up today, you will receive a fully illustrated, 43 page ebook where the top four photographers in Atlantic Canada generously share their trade secrets!

Learn their workflows, peek into their camera bags, learn about their favourite lenses (and why!), see how they prepare for a shoot & pose, get their goto camera settings, and get practical advice for new photographers. And trust me, there's so much more inside!

Bonuses:
cue the drinks!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs

Q: I don't have time to start the course right now. Is this I need to follow along week by week, right away?

I totally feel you sister! With a busy schedule like yours. the last thing you need is another time commitment! This course is totally a start when you can, and go at your own pace kind of deal. Also, you can access it at anytime, from any device, so you can go back and re-watch any of the modules at any time.

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Q: How long will I have access to my course content? What is the expiry date of the coures? is it lifetime access?

You will have lifetime access to the course! The course content will always be available to you and as an added bonus, you will also have access to any tweaks and changes I make to later versions of the course as well as any add-ons that are made available in future iterations. When you're in, you're in!

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Q: How much time will I need to set aside to spend on the course and coursework each week?

Because this is a go-at-your-own-pace type of course, this will be different for everyone, however, I would recommend setting aside 1-2 hours each week to complete the course and course material. This will ensure that you complete the course in the amount of time it is intended to take.

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Q: I don't think I'm ready for this course yet. I am at such an early stage in my photography journey.

A wise person once told me, if you wait until you are ready, it will never happen (well they were talking about marriage and having children and they were absolutely right - yes that's a whole other story). It is never too early to learn new skills. Trust me, future you will be thanking current you!

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Q: I can't swing the enrolment fee just now. Do you offer some type of payment plan to make it more affordable?

Yes and yes! This course is designed for those of you who are ready to accelerate your photography skills or photography business. I know how tight time and resources can be as you're getting ready to shoot for the stars. I have a monthly payment plan and for a fraction of the price, we'll get you started today.

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Q: I've bought other photography courses before and I have been disappointed. How is yours different?

Well, I'll begin by telling you what this course is not: it is not full of fluff and stuff. Each module is packed with content, I get straight to the point and you will also have a downloadable course workbook to go with each module. There is also assignments for you to complete so that I can see your work!

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Q: Will I miss out on things if I buy the course now even though I don't have time to start until later?

No way! I'll be right over here cheering you on and ready and waiting for the moment when you are ready to click the start button. That said, you can completely go at your own pace, so you can start and stop as you like, set a learning schedule that works for you, and you can go back and redo any lessons you like, as often as you like!

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Q: what do i need a special computer? Will I need to use the same computer each time i access the course?

This course can be accessed using any device with an internet connection. Immediately after purchase, you will be emailed your unique login information. The course can be accessed from your tablet or smartphone, and in my opinion, it is best enjoyed from the sofa, in your PJs, with a glass of wine.

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