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DSLR Basics + Beyond the Basics Bundle

This is a self paced class.


Class taught by:

Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy

In DSLR Basics you will learn the ins and outs of setting your camera like a pro photographer as well as how to document your life creatively and beautifully! This course is taught by Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy. You will learn all about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering, histograms and so much more! The course also contains twelve sessions to push you creatively, to find your own photography style and capture life all around you. This course is meant to take away any fear you may have about how to set a DSLR camera so you can focus on taking beautiful photos.

It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera or that they are planning to purchase a camera soon. One of the first sessions will walk students through some basic gear and lenses so they can understand what to buy if they don't already own everything they want or need. This course is not as applicable to point and shoot, smart phones or toy cameras. We believe great photos can be taken with all sorts of devices, but this course focuses on DSLR photography.

Beyond the Basics: Beyond the Basics is a creative follow up course to one of our best selling courses, DSLR Basics. Taught by the same instructors, Janae Hardy, Elsie Larson, and Emma Chapman, this course will take any photographer who is already comfortable setting their camera manually and push them to the next level creatively! With 25 sessions full of challenges, information, and examples students will be pushed to think outside the box and break through any photography rut they might find themselves in by being exposed to new techniques and encouraged to photograph in many different situations. By the time students complete this course they will have created many photographs they can be proud enough to hang in their homes!

It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera they are comfortable using and the course will touch on other gear options as well (although nothing is mandatory in order to enjoy the course). If any student did not take DSLR Basics but they do feel very comfortable setting their camera then they will likely have success with this course as well. If any student does not feel confident setting their ISO, aperture, and shutter speed already then it is recommended they consider taking DSLR Basics first before beginning this course. This course is most applicable to DSLR cameras, although some of the principles could be applied to any type of photography. We believe great photos can be taken with any type of camera, but this course focuses on DSLR cameras. 

  • What will I learn? +

    In DSLR Basics you'll learn how to: 

    How to:

    • common photography terms with explanations
    • basic gear and explanations of common lenses
    • when to use auto mode
    • achieving great focus
    • rules of composition (and when to break them!)
    • understanding shutter speed
    • understanding aperture and F-stops
    • understanding ISO
    • metering light and using histograms
    • how to white balance
    • how to use reflectors like a pro
    • five techniques to add mystery and drama to your photos
    • how to photograph with backlighting and lens flare
    • how to develop your personal photography style
    • how to photograph interiors & room tours
    • how to photograph new borns and babies
    • the basics of portrait photography
    • tips for great food photography & styling
    • five ways to get creative with self portraits
    • how to photograph landscapes and nature
    • how to take great photos while you travel
    • how to photograph children
    • how to photograph still life or product photography
    • BONUS: How to set your camera cheat sheet

    Beyond the Basics is packed full of challenges and new techniques for students to try including:

    -Let's talk gear: a quick overview of useful gear and what we use most often

    -Create abstracts by manipulating shutter speed

    -Ways to add artistic vibes to a shoot by using objects around you

    -Split your focus

    -How to bring out skin's natural beauty (without editing)

    -How to shoot a double exposure IN camera

    -Tips for shooting in the middle of the day, in bright light

    -Night photography challenge

    -Beyond still life photography

    -Freeze time: capturing moments and movements

    -White balance and working with tricky lighting situations

    -Manipulate the light: playing with bokeh and lens flare

    -How to do an amazing photoshoot at magic hour

    -How to create natural glow in your indoor photos

    -Reflections: using them and hiding from them

    -Take amazing portraits of your family at home

    -Artist spotlight: candidly photographing everyday life

    -Beyond the basics of photographing interiors

    -Take interesting self portraits

    -Manipulate the shadows in your photos

    -Be a portrait photographer for a day

    -Add drama to portrait photography

    -Photographing patterns and repetition

    -How to enjoy your vacation and STILL get great photos

    -Shooting with Black and White in mind

    -Shooting sequences

  • What do I get with my purchase? +

    What do I get with my Purchase of DSLR Basics?

    • immediate access through your account
    • 24 lessons and a bonus session
    • 5 videos to supplement the course materials
    • set your camera cheat sheet that you can take anyway!
    • PDF of the entire course
    • access to a private Q&A board to ask the instructors questions and read the archives of other students’ questions 

    What do I get with my purchase of Beyond the Basics?:

    • -immediate access through your account
    • -25 challenging lessons plus an introduction and gear overview
    • -setting your camera cheat sheet in case you need a refresher
    • -PDF of the entire course in case you prefer to print
    • -access to a private Q&A board to ask instructors questions and to see other students questions
  • What supplies do I need for class? +

    What supplies do I need?:

    • -access to a computer in order to view the course
    • -a DSLR camera to use throughout all the lessons
    • printable notebook to use during the course