31 Practical Lessons to Get You Out of Auto Mode
It’s hard to find the time, motivation and guidance.
That’s why we asked professional photography instructor, Jim Hamel to create “31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer”.
Finally, a practical photography course for beginners to take you from zero to photography hero in 31 days… plus direct access to the instructor via an exclusive Facebook Group.
We all want to take stunning photos like you see in galleries or magazines and other places. But the question is: how do you get there? How do you learn the skills and master the techniques to take amazing photos?
Learn to take stunning pictures like these…
PLUS you’ll have 3 months access to a closed Facebook Group so you can ask Jim anything you need to help you progress through the training and participate in assignments so you put your learning into practice.
Jim has recorded 31 practical lessons in video format, that you can watch online, whenever suits you.
You can binge watch all 31 lessons, or take it a day at a time, it’s totally up to you and how fast or slow you want to go as you receive lifetime access to the photography training videos.
In This Course You Will Learn…
This Course is Interactive…
We break this course up into 31 high quality video tutorials that keeps everything nice and simple. And at the end of each one you’ll have an assignment.
This is something designed to put this course to work for you in your photography so you can master these techniques one step at a time and you’ll actually be having fun creating something, rather than staring at a computer screen all day.Practising the techniques you learn by taking your own photos along the way.
Interact with other people who are also going through the course via the exclusive Facebook Group.
Share your progress
Ask Jim questions you have about any of the lessons.
Enjoy Learning New Techniques…
Proper Light Metering
Shutter Speed for Motion Blur
Mastering Flash Photography
Lifetime Access to Course Modules
While the title of this course if “31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer”, you can take as long as you like.
Lifetime access to all the course modules
Lifetime access to the exclusive Facebook Group
3 Months access to mentoring from professional photographer Jim Hamel
What you’ll learn in this course…
Module 1 – Set Up your Camera to Reach its Full Potential
To start the course, we will make sure your camera is set up to take the best pictures possible and to allow you to focus more on creativity and less.
Module 2 – Take Control of the Exposure Process
In this video, you’ll get an overview of the exposure process. That way, when we cover each of the separate exposure controls in later videos, you’ll have a basic understanding of how it all works together.
Module 3 – Perfect Exposure with Proper Metering
Before we get into the specifics of exposure, we need to take about how your camera meters light and how you can use that process for great results.
Module 4 – Mastering ISO
We start our journey toward great exposure with the simplest exposure control: ISO. You’ll learn how it works and how things have changed for this control in recent years.
Module 5 – Master Depth of Field
A key to great photography is controlling depth of field, or now much of the picture is sharp. You’ll discover ways to control this process in this lesson.
Module 6 – Use Shutter Speed to Keep Your Photos Sharp
We’ll talk about the final exposure control: shutter speed. You’ll learn how it is used and measured, and also about its important role in creating sharp images.
Module 7 – Use Shutter Speed to Capture Motion Blur
In this lesson, you’ll continue learning to master shutter speed, including using it to add effects like motion blur to your pictures.
Module 8 – How to Nail the Focus
You’ll learn how to control the focus operations of your camera and use it in different scenarios to ensure your focus is exactly where you want it.
Module 9 – Make your Images Tack Sharp
Everyone wants sharp photos, and in today’s lesson we’ll review the things you need to do to get them.
Module 10 – Eliminate Distractions
It is easy to let distractions creep into your photos and in some cases destroy them. In today’s lesson you’ll learn how to avoid them in the field and also.
Module 11 – How to Use Flash Lighting
Thus far, you have used only natural light to exposure the photos in this course. Now we’ll add in flash, using a simple 5-step process.
Module 12 – Control Your Flash Exposure
In this lesson, we’ll continue with our use of flash. This lesson is full of additional tips for helping you control the output of the flash and ensure you get the exposure you are looking for.
Module 13 – Finding the Best Locations
Often times the best locations lead to the best photos, so in today’s lesson, you’ll learn some ways to find those locations.
Module 14 – Find the Best Light
Photography comes down to light, so you’ll learn what light to look for to create the best photos possible.
Module 15 – Simplifying Your Photo’s Message
This lesson will show you how to establish a unified theme or message to your photo.
Module 16 – Following the Rule of Thirds
In this lesson you will learn a tried and true method for composing your photos.
Module 17 – Concentrating on the Most Important Part of the Picture
Using a process called “back to front composition,” you’ll learn where to spend your time and effort to create compositions and avoid mere snapshots.
Module 18 – Adding Balance To Your Photos
There are different types of balance, which we’ll cover in today’s lesson. You’ll learn how to add them as the final element to composing a great photo.
Module 19 – Leading the Viewer’s Eye
While there are many graphical elements you can use to compose your pictures, in today’s lesson we will concentrate on one particularly important one: the leading line.
Module 20 – Capture People
In this lesson, we’ll cover some compositional issues that pertain more to shots of people, whether you are creating portraits, street shots, or pictures of friends and family.
Module 21 – Working the Scene
You’ll learn an important lesson used by master photographers, and how to use it to create great photos of your own.
Module 22 – Capturing the Decisive Moment
As the final cherry on the sundae, you’ll learn how to create photos that capture a decisive moment.
Module 23 – Control the Light
We begin the post-processing portion of the course by introducing you to the best tools to control the brightness values of your photos.
Module 24 – Use the Power of Local Adjustments
Most of the time you want to change only part of the picture (not the whole thing), so in today’s lesson you’ll learn the best ways to make selections.
Module 25 – Adding Contrast (The Miracle Drug)
One of the most powerful tools in post processing is contrast. It goes way beyond just the contrast slider, so today we’ll cover the best ways to add contrast to the whole photo or just parts of the photo.
Module 26 – Avoid Blown Highlights and Black Shadows
A huge problem we all face is the limited dynamic range of digital cameras. In this lesson you’ll learn the best ways to deal with this problem and keep your highlights and shadows in gamut.
Module 27 – Enhancing Your Color
Today’s lesson looks at the best ways to enhance colors in post processing, without making them look toxic or psychedelic.
Module 28 – Removing Color Casts
There are some simple but powerful tools for avoiding and fixing color casts in your photos, which is what you’ll learn in this lesson.
Module 29 – Working in Black and White
In this lesson, you’ll get some tips on the best ways to convert your photos to black and white, as well as some ideas on making them look their best after you convert them.
Module 30 – Eliminate Digital Noise
You’ll learn the best tools to eliminate digital noise and the best ways to use them.