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Why I created this course
Photography is now more popular than ever. I wanted to create a training course that bypasses the techie stuff and camera club-jargon to inspire a new generation through lively learning and down-to-earth hands-on advice. Quickly perfect the art of the camera in seven simple steps with easy-to-master professional techniques.
How is this course different?
Photography is science but that doesn’t mean it has to be baffling. If you’re anything like me, you can get your head around an idea when you can relate it to normal stuff. With this course you get no bemusing techie speak, no mumbo-jumbo, no smoke and mirrors. Just inspiring ideas, plain speech and brilliant tips to get you taking great photos straight away.
What you’ll get from the course
In seven simple steps you’ll learn all the professional skills and techniques you need to start taking great pictures straight away. With in-the-field tuition, sample images, on-the-buttom tips and the odd “a-ha” moment, you’ll quickly unleash your creativity and unfurl confidence to express yourself through your photography.
STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
What do a Canberra jet aircraft, a 5-year old boy’s curiosity and digital photography have in common? The answer to this question lies at the heart of camera technique, as you’ll discover.
If you’re new to photography or have never altered the default menu settings on your camera, help is at hand. I talk you through setting up your camera so it’s working for you and reveal why your choice of file modes – JPEG or RAW – has a lot to do with jigsaw puzzles.
In purely technical terms, the purpose of White Balance is to eradicate colour casts but did you know it has a creative side too? I visit a blacksmith to explain some simple tricks that will help change the look, feel and mood of your photographs.
Exposure is often seen as a bit of a dark art, complicated by strange numbers and odd “laws”. I’m going to change that view. I head to a polo match, a remote waterfall and make a large stone completely disappear to show you how getting a faithful exposure is far simpler than it seems.
ISO is a really useful function on your camera but only when it’s used wisely. To explain how to get ISO working for you and avoid it ruining your images, I visit a Swiss vineyard.
Okay, so there’s more to exposure than I explained in Module 3. But, with the help of a game of chess, some swans, Thomas the Tank Engine and a science lab, I show you how easy it is to pull a white rabbit out of a hat … actually, a bucket.
After exposure, I’m guessing getting perfectly focussed, pin sharp images time after time is next on your photo-challenges “to do” list. With the help of some super-fast race cars and a steep hill in Dorset, a team of galloping horses, 10,000 daredevil birds and Bertie, officially the world’s fastest tortoise, I show you that, with a little bit of knowledge, it can be done.
Let’s face it, we all love buying photo gear. Me included. And lenses are high on our list. But with so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So, here are some pointers. I tell you what’s in my bag and why. I explain the reason my favourite lens for wildlife photography is a 50mm standard lens and chat about how I decide where next to spend … sorry, I mean invest my money.
I’m going to be honest with you … I’m terrible at golf. And there’s a good reason for that. But I’m a half-decent photographer and there’s good reason for that, too. Now I’ve shown you what to do, the rest is up to you.
There’s no such thing as good light. Really, there isn’t. A controversial statement. Maybe. But if we only ever took photos when light fell in a very specific way, we’d hardly ever take photos at all. I’m going to let you into one of the best-kept secrets in photography: Light is what it is – light. And all light is good for something, you just have to know what to do with it.