Photography - Become a Better Photographer - Part II

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Photography - Become a Better Photographer - Part II

The ultimate guide to DSLR and Mirrorless cameras features and settings

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

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Lectures -40

Resources -6

Duration -4 hours


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Course Description

Today's DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are fantastic aren't they? 

The great thing is... they have an enormous number of features and settings
The problem is.........they have an enormous number of features and settings!!

And it is a problem, because although there are some real hidden gems amongst all those features, they can seem confusing or intimidating, and so a lot of photographers simply ignore or shy away from them (you know who you are!!) 

This course, aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers, covers DSLR and Mirrorless basic settings, but also explains your camera's more advanced features and settings. You probably already know about some of these settings but not entirely sure how and when to use them, and there may even be some that you're not even aware of! 

  • Watch photos being taken and compared using different settings

  • Real life examples filmed in the real world

  • Clear, concise and effective 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!)

Important please note that for completeness, 6 of these 33 lectures are repeated from the Part I course, mainly the ones on 'Basic Settings'. This is so that students only taking this course still have access to those videos.

Here are just some of the topics covered in this course, new ones will be added over the next few months:-   

Basic settings:-

  • Learn about the Exposure Triangle

  • Understand the difference between exposure modes, Aperture / Shutter Speed priority etc..

  • Learn when and how to use Exposure Compensation

  • Tips for getting tack sharp images of stationary subjects

  • Learn about White Balance and how to get better colours

More advanced settings:- 

  • Understand depth-of-field and give your images that wow factor

  • When and how to use the Evaluative, Spot and Center Weighted Metering, and which is best?

  • How to take sharp images of moving subjects

  • Understanding Histograms

  • What's the difference between Full Auto and the 'P' mode?

  • Understand the advantages of full Manual exposure mode

  • Learn about Auto ISO and an exciting new exposure mode.

  • RAW vs JPG, which is best, and which one should you be using?

  • ... and more

Real World Settings:- 

  • Best settings for photographing inside a church or cathedral

  • Best settings for natural light portraiture

Landscape photography:-

  • Introduction to Landscape Photography / Camera Settings / Neutral Density filters

  • 2 Live Landscape photo sessions

  • Best settings for landscape photography (walkthrough with advanced landscape photographer Colin Mill)

Flash Settings:- 

  • Learn the best basic flash settings to use

  • When and how to use fill flash?

  • Understand your flash max sync speed with this great shutter animation.

  • Flash 'High Speed Sync', learn how this incredible feature can help you.

Who this course is for:

  • Although this course is aimed at both beginner and intermediate photographers, advanced photographers may well benefit by learning about some little known features.


What will you learn in this course:

  • This course will give you a greater understanding of your camera's features and settings.
  • This greater understanding will allow you get more consistent exposures, better focussing and improved image quality.
  • The real world examples provide best settings in typical scenarios, ensuring great results


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • This course is specifically aimed at DSLR or Mirrorless cameras users ('Mirrorless' are sometimes known as Compact System Cameras - CSC).
  • This course is not suitable for owners of compact or bridge type cameras, sorry!!
Photography - Become a Better Photographer - Part II


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

1 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction to the course 04:01 04:01
Basic Settings
5 Lectures
Slightly more Advanced features & settings
4 Lectures
Advanced exposure techniques
4 Lectures
Focusing Tips
3 Lectures
Creativity and Real World Scenarios
4 Lectures
Landscape Photography
8 Lectures
Image Quality
2 Lectures
Using Flash
3 Lectures
Supplementary Documents
3 Lectures
2 Lectures

Instructor Details

Bernie Raffe

Bernie Raffe

Award winning portrait & (ex) wedding photographer

Bernie is a professional photographer based in the UK, and has been passionate about photography ever since his parents bought him his first camera when he was just 11 years old (a Kodak Brownie 127)!

He's qualified as a photographer to 'Associate' level with both the MPA (Master Photographers Association), and the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) in the UK.

Bernie loves sharing his passion for photography, and students really enjoy his fun teaching style which has earned him over 100 five star reviews. These entertaining and informative films will demonstrate, without blinding you with science, how you can be a better photographer, taking more creative and dramatic photos that will wow your friends and family.

He is in demand as a speaker to other professionals and to beginner and keen amateurs at camera clubs... he's also an occasional guest speaker on cruise ships.

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