Hear the first class from Kevin LJ, our Master Photographer, whose teachings have launched hundreds of successful photography careers!

How will this course help you succeed

Meet Kevin LJ, your new Photography Coach

Kevin LJ is an award-winning photographer, whose life changed years ago, when he decided to take photography seriously

As a young man working at a daily newspaper, Kevin rose quickly through the ranks and became a photojournalist. He was determined to learn insider tricks from the top photojournalists, yet he found his colleagues extremely secretive, when it came to sharing their skills...

Kevin decided to start his own freelance photography business. His company grew, and enjoyed a successful 30 year run, collaborating with agencies and publications such as:

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Course Overview

365 modules / 12 Months

Getting to Know Your Camera

1.1 How Your Camera Makes a Photograph

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1.2 How To Hold Your Camera

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1.3 Setting Your Diopter

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1.4 Using RAW and/or JPEG

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1.5 JPG Image Size/Quality

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1.6 basic controls explained- Exposure and Focus

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1.7 Make sure it's sharp

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1.8 What To Focus On

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1.9 What's the right exposure? Under, over, where you meter from

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1.10 Using your camera monitor or viewfinder

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1.11 Introduction to the Exposure Triangle

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1.12 Exposure modes - M,A,S,P etc

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1.13 Aperture Priority

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1.14 Shutter Priority

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1.15 Program

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1.16 Scene Modes

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1.17 Using Exposure Compensation - Increasing Exposure

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1.18 Using Exposure Compensation - Decreasing Exposure

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1.19 How to Avoid Using Exposure Compensation

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1.20 Intro to Manual Mode

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1.21 Light and how we see differently than our cameras

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1.22 Setting The Metering Mode

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1.23 Hard Light - High Contrast

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1.24 Soft Light - Low Contrast

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1.25 Low Light Limitations

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1.26 Histogram and Blinkies

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1.27 Depth of Field - How your lens and it's settings can affect sharpness

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1.28 movement - subject and camera

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1.29 Did you fill the frame?

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1.30 How was your timing?

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Understanding Your Camera Better

2.1 Multi Point Auto-Focus

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2.2 Single Point Auto Focus

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2.3 Single Servo Focus

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2.4 Continuous Servo Focus

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2.5 Manual Focus

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2.6 What ISO is and How It Works Part 1

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2.7 What ISO is and How It Works Part 2

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2.8 Auto ISO

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2.9 Understanding Photography ‘Stops’

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2.10 An Introduction To What Shutter Speed is and How It Works

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2.11 What Shutter Speed is and How It Works - Part 2

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2.12 Introduction to Aperture

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2.13 More About Aperture

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2.14 Bracketing

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2.15 Single or Burst mode

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2.16 Front Light

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2.17 Back Light

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2.18 Side Light

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2.19 Using your monitor to review your photos. What to look for

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2.20 understanding the info displays

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2.21 Histograms

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2.22 how the exposure meter works

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2.23 Dynamic range

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2.24 distracting bright areas

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2.25 DOF - what and why

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2.26 Managing Moving Subjects

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2.27 white balance

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2.28 More About RAW Files

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2.29 jpg adjustments in camera

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2.30 EXIF Data

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2.31 Reviewing Your Photos on Your Computer

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Lenses and Composition

3.1 Different Focal Lengths

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3.2 Primes and Zooms

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3.3 Widest aperture and what it means

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3.4 Zoom with Your Feet

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3.5 Kit Lens Medium/Standard

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3.6 Wide

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3.7 Telephoto

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3.8 Macro

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3.9 Fill the frame

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3.10 Vertical, Horizontal or tilt

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3.11 Find a Clear Center of Interest

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3.12 Rule of Thirds

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3.13 Leading lines

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3.14 Horizontal Lines

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3.15 Composition - Vertical Lines

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3.16 Composition - Diagonal Lines

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3.17 Composition - Converging Lines

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3.18 Composition - Curved Lines

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3.19 Composition Squares, Rectangles and Triangles

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3.20 Composition Circles and Ovals

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3.21 Symmetry

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3.22 Patterns

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3.23 Eye Central

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3.24 Isolate Your Subject

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3.25 Isolate your subject using light known as figure to ground.

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3.26 Isolate your subject using DOF

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3.27 Control Your Depth of Field

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3.28 Isolate your subject using POV

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3.29 Shape and Form

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3.30 Negative Space

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Lenses and Composition #2

4.1 What lens to choose

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4.2 Composition with wider lens

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4.3 Composition with a medium lens

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4.4 Composition with a long lens

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4.5 Don't only take the first angle you think of, or the second

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4.6 reflections and shadows in compositions

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4.7 Reflections, good and bad

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4.8 Point of View Middle

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4.9 Point of View - Low

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4.10 Point of View - High

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4.11 Crop Hard

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4.12 Crop Loose

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4.13 Use Frames

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4.14 Foreground Interest

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4.15 Be Aware of the Background

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4.16 Think Square

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4.17 Making 2D photos

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4.18 Balance the elements in your frame

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4.19 Making Photos with depth

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4.20 Juxtaposition

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4.21 POV Control your lines (VT Lesson 20)

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4.22 Leading the Eye (The Photographers Mind page 109)

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4.23 DOF distance ratios

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4.24 DOF Deep

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4.25 DOF Shallow

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4.26 DOF wide lens

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4.27 DOF medium lens

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4.28 DOF tele lens

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4.29 Bokeh (Visual Dictionary page 41)

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4.30 Filters - UV, polarize, ND

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Photography Project - Making a Narrative Photograph and Edit

12.1 What Project is best for you?

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12.2 Who's your target audience? How will this affect the photos you take? Your grandma/punk friends/partner only/your children

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12.3 Plan your month

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12.4 Beginning Your Story

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12.5 Wide

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12.6 Medium

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12.7 close up

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12.8 soft light

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12.9 hard light

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12.10 black and white

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12.11 color

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12.12 one predominant color

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12.13 beginning

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12.14 middle

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12.15 end

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12.16 Culling and looking forward

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12.17 hero photos

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12.18 Mood/atmosphere/feeling

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12.19 composition continuity

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12.20 style/continuity

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12.21 What's your goal for your project?

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12.22 Plan your project

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12.23 What's your intent?

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12.24 Look for what catches your attention.

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12.25 Look for patterns and repetitions

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12.26 Copy the style of your favorite photographer or movie director

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12.27 Deadline - how long will it take

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12.28 How will you share your project

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12.29 Express your experience

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12.30 Add captions - make it even more personal

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Bonus module Portraits (in natural light)

1 Choose your lens focal length

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2 Prime or Zoom

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3 Close up or environmental

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4 Watch your shutter speed

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5 Relate to your subject

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6 Aim for Natural Expression

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7 direct your subject

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8 Sitting or Standing?

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9 The Landscape Portrait

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10 Move around your subject, check the background

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11 Crop Carefully (not too much headroom)

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12 DOF Shallow

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13 DOF Deep

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14 Look for great light (S Kelby Vol 3 #106?)

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15 Reading the light

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16 Shade

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17 Overcast

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18 Dappled Light

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19 Sunlight

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20 Backlighting

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21 Introduce Lens flare

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22 Reflectors

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23 Catchlights

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24 Using Window Light (S Kelby vol 2 #88)

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25 Light for Mood

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26 Use props

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27 Dark Background

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28 Light Background

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29 Get Your Model Moving

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30 Fill Flash

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31 Rear Curtain Sync

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Developing Your Photographic Style

11.1 Know what you love and photograph it - Concentrate

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11.2 Plan a series - so you can see your style evolve

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11.3 Concentrate on Subject

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11.4 Mood, not information

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11.5 Information, not mood

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11.6 Your style will be crafted with intuition - concentrate on knowing a subject you love

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11.7 Choice about exposure

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11.8 Choice about composition

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11.9 Choice about light

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11.10 Choice about contrast

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11.11 Color

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11.12 Choice about Concept

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11.13 Analyze - what you did yesterday, all or last week

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11.14 Decide the how you want to portray your subject and stick to this.

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11.15 Study the styles of others who have strong style

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11.16 Make lists of techniques to try so people can discover what they like.

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11.17 Saturation

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11.18 Photojournalistic

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11.19 simple

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11.20 emotional

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11.21 silhouettes

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11.22 Finding your Favorite Lens

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11.23 100mm

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11.24 50mm

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11.25 35mm

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11.26 24mm

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11.27 Flash use

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11.28 Try different, uncomfortable subjects, to see what will happen

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11.29 Mention Post Processing Somewhere

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11.30 Photograph something you have never photographed before

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11.31 Photography is something you always enjoy photographing and do it differently. Lens, technique, at night etc

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Look - Think - Click

10.1 How to see better pictures

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10.2 Anticipating the photo you want

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10.3 Explore the subject

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10.4 Knowing your camera so well you don't have to think consciously about every setting

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10.5 Be Patient

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10.6 consider the light

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10.7 Seeing reflected light

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10.8 Adding reflected light

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10.9 Shutter modes – Burst/Single

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10.10 Distances from camera to subject and background

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10.11 Choosing a background

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10.12 Isolate your subject with contrast. Dark bg

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10.13 Isolate your subject with contrast. Light bg

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10.14 Isolate your subject with controlled DOF

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10.15 Isolate Through Composition choice

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10.16 Point of View - Where are you taking photos from?

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10.17 manipulate the scene - move things you don't want in your photo

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10.18 Stay with the situation

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10.19 Composition - Fill the frame

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10.20 Timing

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10.21 Exposure/Light

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10.22 Color/Tone

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10.23 Relationship

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10.24 Take Lots of Photos

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10.25 Photograph with Both Eyes Open

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10.26 Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

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10.27 Point of View and Timing. Frame it and wait

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10.28 Observe and get a feel for a location

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10.29 Incorporate Photography into Your Schedule

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10.30 Revisit Locations and Subjects

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Color and Black and White

9.1 Importance of color

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9.2 Color Relationships

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9.3 Playing with color

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9.4 Know when and why to convert to black and white

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9.5 Thinking (seeing) in Black and White

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9.6 How colors render in black and white

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9.7 Complimentary colors

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9.8 monotone color

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9.9 Warm Colors

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9.10 Cool Colors

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9.11 Saturated

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9.12 De-Saturated

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9.13 How color can affect emotional focus

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9.14 How light affects color

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9.15 Light Temperature

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9.16 How low light affects color and contrast

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9.17 How hard light affects color and contrast

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9.18 Alternative WB

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9.19 Lightroom

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9.20 Plug ins

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9.21 High contrast black and white

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9.22 Low contrast black and white

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9.23 Black and white for enhanced emotional focus

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9.24 High Contrast Color

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9.25 Low contrast color

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9.26 Select one color to photograph

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9.27 Isolating a single color

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9.28 Make a Series with unifying color consistenc

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9.29 Limit your palette

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9.30 Maximize your palette

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Low Light Photography & Slow Shutter Speed Photography

8.1 When to change your ISO

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8.2 How high to set your ISO

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8.3 Why not to use Auto ISO

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8.4 Set noise reduction on your camera -

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8.5 Choice - ISO or Slower Shutter Speed?

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8.6 Freeze and Blur

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8.7 Using a tripod

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8.8 Not using a tripod 1 - ALWAYS USE BURST MODE TO TAKE 3 or more photos

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8.9 Not using a tripod 2

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8.10 Not using a tripod 3

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8.11 Self Timer/Cable/App Release for extra stability

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8.12 Check your histogram

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8.13 Motion – walking

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8.14 Motion – vehicle night

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8.15 Motion – vehicle day

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8.16 Panning

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8.17 Matching shutter speed with motion speed 1

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8.18 Matching shutter speed with motion speed 2

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8.19 Using the BULB setting

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8.20 Intentional camera movement

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8.21 Composing in low light (dark areas)

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8.22 Be aware of super bright highlights

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8.23 Manage Your White balance

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8.24 Experiment with White balance

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8.25 Use High ISO to help stop motion - subject and camera shake

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8.26 Use fast lenses

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8.27 High ISO and detail influenced by noise

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8.28 Photographing moving vehicles - light trails

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8.29 The Blue 'Hour' Technique

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8.30 Make the same picture in the day and in the night (and evening)

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Using Flash, constant lights and reflectors

7.1 On camera flash

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7.2 Off camera flash

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7.3 bounce flash

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7.4 bare flash

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7.5 soft box flash

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7.6 snoot flash

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7.7 Balancing for flash - using flash with ambient light not just when it's dark

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7.8 TTL or Manual flash?

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7.9 Red Eye Reduction

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7.10 Flash setting options

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7.11 More than one Flash

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7.12 Surface appearance

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7.13 Angle of Light

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7.14 Distance of light from subject

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7.15 Revealing Texture

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7.16 Making the most of direct reflection

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7.17 Understanding color temperature

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7.18 Hard and Soft light revisited

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7.19 Light vs Lighting

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7.20 When to use a Flash

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7.21 When to Use a Constant Light

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7.22 When to use a reflector

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7.23 Which surface of a reflector is best?

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7.24 Limitations of LEDs comapared to flash

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7.25 Strengths of LED over flash

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7.26 Flash and reflector together.

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7.27 Direction of Added light

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7.28 How much light do you want to add?

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7.29 Front and Rear Sync

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7.30 What you can use as a make shift reflector

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7.31 Using a reflector to block the light

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Understanding Light, tone and contrast

6.1 Light and Tone

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6.2 Zone system

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6.3 Considering composition in relation to tonal range

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6.4 Shadows

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6.5 Highlights

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6.6 Contrast

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6.7 High key, low key

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6.8 Low Key

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6.9 High Key

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6.10 lens flare

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6.11 Lens flare use

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6.12 Silhouette

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6.13 translucent subjects

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6.14 Light/Time of Day effect on tone range

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6.15 Hard Light/High Contrast

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6.16 Soft Light/Smooth tones

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6.17 Squint Your Eyes to see bright areas

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6.18 More on what our eyes see and how our cameras are different

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6.19 Dynamic range

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6.20 HDR

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6.21 more about Metering modes

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6.22 Expose for black and white

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6.23 Backlighting

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6.24 Exposure reading for backlighting

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6.25 More about Exposure

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6.26 Exposing for predominantly light (white) scenes

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6.27 Exposing for predominantly dark (black) scenes

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6.28 Color Contrast

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6.29 How light affects Color Saturation

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6.30 Using light and tone to create feeling

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6.31 Using tone and contrast as graphic elements (shapes) in your photos.

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Introducing Manual Mode Photography

5.1 Step #1.40 Monitor Review to Determine Exposure

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5.2 Metering

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5.3 read the light from middle grey

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5.4 1/13 Looking at Your Camera's Exposure Meter. Manual Exposure Setting Part 01

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5.5 1/14 Manual Exposure in Soft Light - Manual Exposure Setting Part 02

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5.6 1/15 Manual Exposure in Hard Light - Manual Exposure Setting Part 03

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5.7 Manual Exposure night

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5.8 1/16 Dynamic Range - Manual Exposure Setting Part 04

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5.9 Step #2.15 Manual Exposure. Averaged Metering

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5.10 Step #2.16 Manual Metering Spot Meter

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5.11 Step #2.17 Manual Metering Center Weighted Meter

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5.12 Learning to choose the best metering mode

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5.13 Using a combination of averaged and spot metering

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5.14 Being more precise - Using a combination of averaged and spot metering

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5.15 Bracketing

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5.16 Understanding how your histogram can give you confidence in your exposure

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5.17 Manual exp and histogram

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5.18 about the zone system

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5.19 exposure triangle

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5.20 Aperture

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5.21 SS

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5.22 ISO

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5.23 Understanding Stops

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5.24 When Manual mode is Essential - back light, high contrast etc

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5.25 Exposure for Color

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5.26 Deciding What You Want

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5.27 Understanding what you are looking at.

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5.28 Correct Exposure

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5.29 Expose for mood, not information

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5.30 Your choice

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You’re in the right place! Every module will teach you new skills, so that your theoretical knowledge and your ability to create life-changing images develops as fast as possible!

On-and-Off Camera Users

Whether you’ve been taking photos for a few years, or a few decades, you’ll be inspired by the way we add to your foundational knowledge; through learning new techniques and discovering whole new worlds of photography you didn’t know existed...

Dedicated Photographers

Aside from improving your technical knowledge, our main aim is to get you to take whole new types of photos you have never taken before. Get ready to be challenged, and to have your eyes opened to new possibilities!

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30Days
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There are 12 modules included in the 365 Days of Photography Course. More modules covering advanced topics will be added at a later date.

Each lesson is short, only 5 minutes or less. With each lesson there is a challenge that can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as as you have to spend on it.

Any camera that you can control the exposure manually. This is most cameras available today, but excludes the most basic compact cameras that only operate automatically.

Lessons are all pre-recorded. As part of the course you have access to a group forum where you can interact with others taking the course to share photos and discuss your experiences.

Yes, you can meet them online in the course forum.

You can start the course whenever you like. It’s available 24/7 365.

You can view each lesson, one per day, at any time of day, but only one new lesson each 24 hours.

Payment for the course is required before you can join and begin the lessons.

You will have access to one lesson per day. If you skip one or more days, those lessons will be available to you. So, if you’re away for a weekend and miss a couple of lessons on Saturday and Sunday, you can do three lessons on Monday to catch up.

Each lesson has a specific focus on one aspect of photography. Lessons are in video format with photos and animations to illustrate the teaching. Modules will at times have groups of lessons covering more complex topics. Each lesson has an accompanying Challenge that includes a practical photography exercise so each day you can put into practice what you are learning.

You will need a computer or tablet to review your photos. A tripod will help in some of the lessons, but is not essential if you don’t have one.

Yes, you will earn a certificate of completion at the end of the course

Yes. From time to time Photography Course will release extra material exclusive to students of the 365 Days of Photography Course.

Lessons will play on any device capable of playing videos. This includes smartphones, tablets, PC’s and Mac’s.

No. This courses is designed for beginners and those new to photography who want to learn the essentials, step by step in bitesize lessons.

You can watch one lesson per day. If you miss one or more days, these lessons will become available to you and you can watch them in any order you like. However, we recommend you watch them in sequence as they are published as the course builds on previous lessons.

Yes, you can watch each lesson as many times are you like. The lessons are short and concise so if you need to review the information it will not take much time.

The course consists of lessons presented in video format. Each lesson is accompanied by a Challenge. The challenges are also presented in video format and each one has an accompanying PDF file. There are example photos, graphics and animations throughout to clearly illustrate the teaching.

This course is available anywhere you have an internet connection. The teaching and challenges are relevant internationally.

All of the lessons are subtitled in English. Kevin teaches in clear, easy to understand language and avoids using jargon wherever possible. However, subtitles may make it easier for some people to understand, so we’ve included them.