Be More Creative With Your Camera

Ten Top Tips – FREE!

Welcome to Ten Top Tips – Be More Creative With Your Camera! This is a FREE short course to give you my Ten Top Tips and explain why they will make you a better photographer. With over 30 years experience as a professional photographer I have designed these Top Tips to give you an encouraging start.

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Who will benefit most from this course?

  • Beginners to intermediate level photographers.
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to better use their camera – whether it’s a DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot or mobile phone.
  • This course is for anyone wanting to learn more about how their camera functions so they can use it more creatively.
  • Everyone wanting to gain a better understanding of their camera.
  • Anyone wanting to learn some tried and true tips that will improve your photography.
  • People who want to take a preview course to ascertain if they like my teaching style.

What do you need to take this course?

  • You will need a camera with Manual Mode – believe it or not, that’s most cameras … even the one on your smart phone, because there are many apps available to enable Manual Mode on your phone camera.
  • You will need a desire to learn some technical stuff. It may seem like a big step to take if you are only using the Auto modes on your camera, but with the solid teaching I offer from over 30 years experience, clear illustrations and in-depth exercises and assignments, you can master manual mode!
  • You will need a computer to view and compare the photos you will be taking during this course.
  • A tripod will be helpful but is not essential
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At the end of my course, students will be able to …

  • Have a good understanding of the basic function of their camera.
  • Have a good understanding of the basic function of their camera.
  • Understand how their camera ‘sees’ compared to how our eyes see (and why this is important)
  • Understand different lighting conditions and how these impact photography.

Learning to use your camera in Manual Mode and freeing yourself from letting your camera making choices for you will allow you to be more creative with your camera. I’ve kept my language simple and avoided using jargon as much as possible so that if English is not your first language it will be easy enough to understand (and I have had some good feedback from people telling me I am easy to understand.) All the photos and video used to demonstrate my teaching are taken by myself or my wife (I’m not someone who teaches photography by using other people’s photos, except for some special illustrations.)

fundamental understanding

You will gain a fundamental understanding of your camera and how you can be more creative with your photography. I frequently run photography workshops with people who own modern, high-tech, expensive camera equipment and shoot all their photos on auto. In this course I will teach you how to break free from just using your camera’s auto modes and how you can be more creative shooting in Manual Mode. Any camera that has a Manual Mode (and that’s most cameras) is suitable to sue with this course.

Essential Training

You will learn about the exposure triangle – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how to use the camera’s exposure meter to create well-exposed photographs in any situation. I will teach you how to start appreciating different lighting conditions and how to take better photos no matter what the light is like. You will also learn how our eyes see differently than our camera and why this is an important concept for photographers to grasp.

People who enjoy photography are usually visual learners so I have designed this course to be as visually stimulating as possible. Ten Top Tips is mostly presented with video, including lots of photographic examples, diagrams and animations to help illustrate the teaching.

Take you time

There is no time limit to the course and I would encourage you to take time to complete each lecture and exercise as you feel comfortable to. Even repeat a lecture and exercise if you are not sure that you are understanding the teaching.

It does take time to learn to operate a camera manually, but I encourage you to persevere as it is rewarding. As you study, do the exercises and practice the teaching in this course you will be more creative with your camera.

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