Photography - Become a Better Photographer - Part I

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5.5 hours course
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What will you learn?
To explain camera settings
To demonstrate easy tips for getting sharp images
To show how an understanding of light and composition is worth more to you than a whole bagful of camera accessories
Raise awareness of the possibilities for taking great photos
To demonstrate easy ways of taking amazing outdoor portraits
To show some great ways of getting better landscape photos
To provide tips on getting better flash photos indoors
To show how to take better photos in specific environments (e.g snow, indoors by a window etc...)
To help understand image quality, resolution and the different camera types
To realise the great potential you have for becoming a great photographer
About the course

'Probably the best course I have taken on Udemy and great fun '- Diane (enrolled in over a dozen other photography courses)
A set of over 50 video tutorials of photography tips and tricks, each one demonstrates one specific DSLR or compact camera photography tip. This course is aimed at amateur photographers from beginners through to enthusiasts.

● Photography training that works
● See immediate improvements in your photos
● Easy to follow and understand, with a fun teaching style
● All boring bits removed (well, most of them anyway!)

'Just kicked myself, that is a brilliant tip, how did I not think of it? These videos are brilliant!' - Wilfie

Bernie is so easy to listen to. This is by far the best course I have come across. Lovely quick videos that explain everything. Can not recommend it highly enough. Love it, love it, love it! - Patricia

This tip alone makes taking the course worthwhile - Beverley

There's lots to learn here and sometime Bernie can be a real laugh, but you can really tell that he knows what he's talking about. Well worth the money. - Michael

This has been such a great course and learning experience for me. You deserve more than five stars I gave in the review, I wish I was able to give you ten stars - Diane

These DSLR photography tips for beginners deal with a wide range of subjects and surprisingly, some of the more powerful tips are completely non-technical in nature. There are several FREE photography training videos that you can try out first, watch them and see for yourself just how good some of these DSLR photography tips and tricks are.

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Here are some of the general topics covered in this course:-

● Understand the 'Exposure Triangle' and get out of the Auto mode.

● Get incredible natural portrait lighting with this one simple pro tip that will flatter your subjects

● Get sharper images with better focussing technique and use of shutter speeds

● Working with natural light and dealing with the sun

● How understanding the direction of light can dramatically improve your photos

● How to use composition to take more dramatic and creative images

● Flatter your family and friends with some great posing tips (individual and group posing)

● How to improve your flash photography

● Controlling depth of field and the 'block of focus'

● How to get blue skies in your photos instead of washed out white skies

● How to take better photos in the snow

● How to avoid camera shake and get sharper images

● How to take photos of fireworks

● The myth of megapixels and image quality

● Digital cameras and their settings

. and many more!

Beginner camera settings (important info used in subsequent lectures)
Use the Exposure Triangle to understand exposure and get out of the Auto mode
Get out of the Auto mode using the exposure triangle, which demonstrates in simple terms how the individual aspects of exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) affect the final exposure of the photo.
The ISO setting, what is it and what's it for?
The ISO setting is very important if you want take photos indoors, or if the light is failing outside, because the higher ISO values on your camera will allow you to take photos in much lower light.

This video explains what it is, why you need to understand it, and how to change the ISO settings on your camera.
Take a look at the 'ISO Noise Example' for an idea of how changing the ISO can directly affect the amount of noise in an image. This photo was taken a few years ago, cameras are getting better all of the time and so high ISO noise is now being handled much better by modern cameras.
Exposure Compensation, why you sometimes need to darken or lighten your images
Ever had your photos come out too light or too dark? If so, you've just fooled your camera's metering system.

Too much brightness in a scene can force the photo to be too dark. Weird eh? You'd think it would be the other way around!

This film shows the problem in more detail and describes how the simple exposure compensation setting can be used to brighten or darken your pictures.
Lens apertures, learn about one of the most important camera settings
The lens aperture controls the amount of light entering through the lens, and also controls the depth of field. It's not really complicated, so don't be put off by the weird numbering and the back to front system!A good understanding of apertures will see an improvement in your photos, more so if you use DSLR.Oops, I made a mistake in this by referring to the black part of the eye as the Iris instead of the Pupil (I'm only human!)Related film:-
Use depth of field and start getting creative (SLR's) 
More advanced camera settings
5 Tips for tack sharp focussing
This lecture shows 5 ways to help you get sharp focus, although aimed at DSLR photographers there are also helpful tips here for compact camera users. Here's a list of tips:-
  1. Get out of Auto and select your own focus area
  2. Focus and re-compose
  3. Make use of edge-contrast
  4. Manual pre-focussing
  5. Use 'Live Mode' for improved manual focussing

Choose the right shutter speeds to avoid camera shake & get sharper photos
No matter how careful you are, when you press the shutter button there is always some movement of the camera. At faster shutter speeds there is no noticeable effect on the picture but at slower shutter speeds, images can look blurry due to the camera movement. This is generally referred to as camera shake and is made worse as you zoom in with your lens.Your camera's shutter speed, the focal length, the way you stand and the way you hold the camera all have an effect on the amount of camera shake.One very important point I forgot to mention during this film is to always press the shutter down in a slow smooth motion, avoid pressing the shutter button too vigorously.

Use your histogram to nail the exposure for those important images.
For todays' photographers, the image histogram is a very powerful tool, the trouble is that many people either don't know of their existence or think that they are too complicated.The good news is that the histogram is actually very simple to read, and once a few simple concepts are grasped, it will enable you to take much better pictures.
Aperture & depth of field - start getting creative (DSLRs)

For DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Users
Please note that this lecture begins in the same way as the next lecture in describing 'Depth of Field', but then it splits off and refers specifically to aperture priority, mostly used by DSLR and Mirrorless camera users

Improve your photos by using depth of field to control which parts of the image are in focus. Aperture size is the main control for depth of field, but focal length and how far away you are from your focussed subject also make a difference.

It's much easier to show than it is to explain, so get a better understanding by watching this film.

Scene modes & depth of field (Compact cameras)

For Compact Camera Users Only
Please note that this lecture begins in the same way as the previous lecture in describing 'Depth of Field', but then it splits off and refers specifically to compact cameras.

Aperture size is the main control for depth of field, but on many compact cameras you don't have direct access to the aperture setting (and nor would many people want it!). Due to the size of the sensors inside compact casmeras, the images have a wide depth of field, most of the photo is in focus, so you are limited in your options.

But there is a way around it, you can use the built-in scene modes (you know the ones, Portrait, Landscape, Beach and Snow etc....) to provide some control of depth of field in order to determine what's sharp and what's not!

Improve your images with natural lighting
  • Any type of camera will be suitable for this course. Some lectures covering the same topic are duplicated so that they can be DSLR or compact camera specific.
  • Even though nearly all the tips are easy, as with any other skill, the more you practise the better you'll become!
  • Enthusiasm always helps!
Bernie Raffe AMPA
Bernie Raffe AMPA
Award winning portrait & (ex) wedding photographer
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