Professional training online, at your own pace.
This course will take the beginner photographer to an advanced level in no time and fill any gaps of photography knowledge that the more intermediate photographer will have. You’ll be able to control every element of your camera and apply the knowledge learnt to any situation. You’ll start to feel much more confident and your shots will improve considerably after just the first few lessons.
It’s for people who want to take photography more seriously and will suit keen enthusiasts or anyone looking to make photography their profession.
We’ve been teaching photography since 2002 and all this experience goes into bringing you the art and science of photography so that you don’t just understand it for 5 minutes, you retain the knowledge for ever!
What you will learn
> The essentials of photography
> Camera Kits and Equipment
> Manual Settings
> Focal Length
> Crop vs Full Frame sensors
> Image Resolution
> Depth of Field
> Shutter Speeds
> Controlling Movement
> Balancing Exposure Manually
> Understanding Light
> White Balance
> Night Photography
> Fill in Flash
> Post Production
> Working in Raw
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Photography
Here we question what photography actually is and examine at the science of this craft whilst referring to photography from the past and the camera obscura.
Lesson 2 – Camera Kits and Recommended Equipment
A look at different types of camera kits, which ones are best to use for learning and what are the essential pieces of equipment you need.
Lesson 3 – Introduction to camera settings
Here I teach you the different auto and manual modes found on your camera and why you will never use auto again! A task will be set allowing you to take your first steps to going fully manual.
Lesson 4 – Focusing – Getting your pictures pin sharp!
This will be a lesson showing you how to get every picture in focus with ease. You will learn techniques and camera settings to assist you in controlling focusing and a task will be set to get that focus point exactly where you want it, every time!
Lesson 5 – Composition
Composition is one of the most important things to get right. Getting it wrong will make the most beautiful scene look awful. This lesson is an in-depth exploration into how different compositional techniques can really enhance the look of a shot. You will also be set a task to get you out there and put these composition rules into practice!
Lesson 6 – Lenses, Focal Lengths, Crop and Full Frame sensors
A look at prime and zoom lenses and the effects of different focal lengths. You will also learn what focal lengths are commonly used for landscape and portrait shots and how the visual effect of focal lengths change between crop and full frame cameras.
Lesson 7 – Metering
This lesson will teach you how to use the metering settings on your camera and more importantly how to control metering for different situations. You will also be set tasks to control your metering enabling you to get perfect exposures!
Lesson 8 – ISO
Here you will examine what ISO is and how you can control it to reduce noise in your shots. Via a set task you will learn how to use your camera’s ISO setting so you can control it manual and adapt it for various situations.
Lesson 9 – Apertures and Depth of Field
Here you will learn about apertures, depth of field and their relationship with each other. You will also learn about two more important elements of photography that effect depth of field. Then you will fully control this effect using your camera’s manual modes via your set task.
Lesson 10 – Shutter Speeds, controlling movement and slow sync flash
In this lesson, you’ll be taught how to control movement in your shots via the shutter speed. You will learn how to freeze motion, creating panning effects and how to do a technique called slow sync flash. You will take full control over movement in photography using your camera’s manual settings in the lessons set tasks.
Lesson 11 – Balancing exposures
This lesson will see you take full control over the exposure of your shots. You will combine your newly learnt knowledge of Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and ISO to manually expose shots for varied creative effects. You will gain in depth knowledge on what stops are in photography and how you control them to take full control over the exposure and visual effects of your photography. You will also be shown how to use your camera in fully manual mode and put all this into practice in set tasks.
Lesson 12 – Resolution
In this lesson, you will learn about the resolution of images, its relationship with print and web image sizes, and when you should use low or high res images. You’ll also be taught how to set the correct resolution on your camera and put this into practice in a set task!
Lesson 13 – Understanding Light and White Balance
Here you learn about the many different light sources available to photographers, the effects they give to a shot and how to control lighting for varied effects. You will also learn about white balance on cameras and how you can use it to get accurate colours or obscure the look of scene. You will learn how to use the white balance settings on your camera and put this into practice in a night time urban shoot!
Lesson 14 – Night photography, Painting with Light!
Here we push your newly acquired knowledge of working fully manual by doing some night photography! We use torches, flash lights and our knowledge of working fully manual to create varied visual effects. Great tasks are set to test that you are in full control of your photography!
Lesson 15 – Balancing exposures with Flash
Here you will learn how to control your exposures with flash! This pushes your use of stops and control of exposure one step further. You will learn how to darken a background by balancing out ambient light with flash and put this into practice yourself via a set task.
Lesson 16 – Post production and Raw Files
Here you will be introduced into your next stage of photographic excellence – The post production of images! We will look at how post processing programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop can enhance the look of your photography. You’ll also be shown the benefits and when to be shooting in Raw and how to process one!
“The School of Photography has the best, most effective explanation of photography I've found so far - Marc has the ability to take the same information I've been hearing/reading for years and explain it in detail that makes it completely understandable.” - Daryl Hafele, USA
"The School of Photography transcends the formal classroom constraints when it comes to learning. There is a welcoming warmth that draws you in and stays with you as you go from lesson to lesson. The School of Photography epitomizes excellence!" – Natasha Blackman, Trinidad and Tobago
"This is not only one of the best courses I've ever taken, it was by far the most enjoyable! Marc clearly knows his stuff. Equally important, he knows how to deliver the information in such a way that it not only sinks in, but stays in place." - Judi Ealey, USA
"I have left it several weeks after finishing the course to see if it had made any difference to me using my camera, I have to say a huge yes! Marc has given me lots of information and tips about using the manual settings on my camera, and I have not used the auto setting since." - Barry Harman, UK
"The school of photography is great and I’d highly recommend anyone looking to learn and understand photography to sign up for this course. The videos are laid out brilliantly and Marc really knows how to simplify and break everything down so its easily absorbed. I signed up for both the photography and the Lightroom course and I’m enjoying every bit of it." – Mark Jenny, Australia
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I already have some photography knowledge – will this course be suitable for me?
Yes! - The course is taught from the bottom up giving you the opportunity to start your learning from whatever level you’re at. If you’re totally new to photography, start from lesson 1, if you’re a bit more experienced dive in at a later lesson, it’s up to you!
What’s the difference between ‘Stream and Download’ and ‘Stream Only’?
The Stream and Download option allows you to watch the videos online and download them to keep forever. The Stream Only option allows you to watch the videos as many times as you want for a period of 6 months but has no option to download them. The PDF’s in both options can be downloaded.
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