It's time for you to start using that big fancy camera of yours!
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!
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, you photos would be totally profesh, right? And then they weren't?
(hey, it happens to the best of us!)
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.
BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD LEARN ON YOUR OWN TERMS, AT YOUR OWN PACE?
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 are 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/cup of coffee, and you continue to daydream about your life in beautiful photographs, that will be taken by you, with that fancy cam...
You have a camera sitting on a shelf somewhere that you are too intimidated to use.
You're thinking about buying a new camera, but you're certain once you unbox it you'll have no idea where to begin.
You're FINALLY ready to let your iPhone take a backseat to the creation of stunning photos, instead of the other way around.
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 module I provide an overview of who this course is suited for and what you are about to learn.
In this module I talk about what you will need to have in your camera bag to get started (HINT: it is 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.
In this module I talk about what is in my camera bag and give you the opportunity to download the course workbook so that you can follow along freely.
When you look at your camera, you are going to see that there are so many buttons, settings and options, and I break those down for you in this lesson so that you fully understand how to change each of the settings and how that will impact the look of your photos.
In this lesson, we discuss the exposure triangle. A lot of people get hung up on what this exposure triangle is because it tends to seem like a very technical aspect of photography. I explain it to you in a way that is super easy to understand. We go through each individual aspect of the triangle, and how each of these aspects will affect the photo that you are going to take.
When I first bought my DSLR camera, I shot it only using the auto settings. 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. In this lesson we talk about why using the manual settings of your camera matters and how it can totally transform the way you make photographs.
In lesson four we cover camera settings on your mode dial: what each of them means, how to use them, and when it is appropriate to use each one.
Now that we know the different modes on your camera and the impact of the components of the exposure triangle, we are going to talk about how to use these components all together to give you the types of images that you want to produce.
The more you use your camera’s manual mode, and the more you get comfortable understanding the impact of changing any of the three settings of the exposure triangle, the more quickly this will become second nature to you. Before you know it, you will change particular settings to make an image look a certain way without even realizing that you are doing it!
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 is in my camera bag. I personally use mostly prime lenses, which means the lenses have a fixed focal length, which means that they don’t zoom in and out. Instead, as the photographer, I need to do my zooming in and out my feet!
I finish off by recommending what lens should be the next one on your shopping list.
In this lesson we are going to apply our newly acquired knowledge while you shadow me in a real-life shoot where I will take you along on a photoshoot of a sweet couple, both indoors and outdoors.
I explain my shooting process, share with you my camera settings, and give you posing tips and tricks in each setting.
You will see the images I took during the shoot and this lesson brings all of your knowledge together in one simple demo!
By now the images you produce should be taking shape in manual mode now that attendees are armed with the ability to transition from auto to manual.
A reminder to take the time to find your settings, and unless your lighting is changing dramatically due to moving clouds or changing from shade to sun, you should be good to leave them the same.
In this sendoff module I encourage course attendees to post work for feedback.
By signing up today, you will receive a fully illustrated, 43 page ebook in which the top four photographers in Atlantic Canada generously share their trade secrets, their workflows, what's in their bags, their favourite lenses and why, how they prepare for a shoot, camera settings, advice for new photographers, what camera equipment they can't live without, posing tips and SO MUCH MORE!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.