Photography EssentialsTake control of your camera. Make better photos.
Introduction To Photography
After this class, you’ll consistently shoot stunning photos that get noticed.
You don’t need to know every single setting on your DSLR to take good photos. Knowing the basics and learning to switch from automatic mode to manual will transform your images and give you the confidence in your own ability to get out there and start taking more great photos. In this course you will learn the six essentials that will get you confidently creative images in manual mode. There’s also a free e-book that you can download and carry with you in your camera bag.
The 6 essentials
Full creative control with 'Manual Mode'
90 page PDF reference guide
ISO and Resolution
Travel & Landscape Photography
Come back home from your adventures with photos that you're proud to hang on your wall.
We all love to take pictures when we travel. By following the tips in this course, you’ll come back with fantastic images you will be proud to display and share. Also in this course, Karl teams up with professional landscape photographer Nick Després to teach you simple and repeatable techniques to help take whatever types of landscapes you shoot from mundane to magical.
- Introduction & planning your images
- Photographing cityscapes at sunset
- Landscape photography at sunrise
- Street photography
- Architecture photography
- Photographing motion in a cityscape at night
- Street photography 2
- Landscape photography at sunset
- Coastal photography
- An overview of the principles of successful landscape photography
Neutral density filters
Finding the perfect locations
Knowing the right light
Exploring shooting styles
Take stunning landscapes and seascape photography and learn how to process your images in post.
Explore detailed techniques on landscape/seascape photography, including planning, execution, composition, filters, RAW files, post processing, shutter speeds and depth of field. These modules require a full knowledge of apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths and an understanding of the f-stop scale. If you do not yet posses that knowledge then please head to our ‘Essentials’ section and start there before commencing the courses in this section.
Creative Photography Techniques
Expand your photography knowledge, master new skills.
This course takes the knowledge in Essentials to the next level. You'll learn more intricate technical processes, such as light painting and light trails, as well as how to get perfect fast-paced action shots and how to remotely capture wildlife in their natural environments. On top of that, Karl demonstrates using flash and natural light on location and gives you terrific tips for doing macro photography virtually anywhere. You can then move on to more advanced and technical ideas, but don't worry! Karl explains through all of them in detail, from how to capture and merge HDR and Panoramic Images to perfecting photographing the motion of water and capturing the beauty of the night sky. This course also concludes with a photography technique review where Karl goes through and summaries the key details in the final images taken throughout the course.
- Photographing kids
- Light painting for landscape photography
- Essential equipment
- Macro photography out & about
- Macro photography at home
- Remote control capture
- Shooting car trails
- Photographing creative action shots
- Natural light portrait
- Natural light portrait with flash
- Shooting HDR images
- Properly blending HDR images
- Creative street photography techniques
- Shooting panoramics
- Stitching panoramic images
- Landscape with flash
- Perfect water motion
- Perfect twilight shots with flash
- Star trails and light painting on location
- Spectacular night skies
- Dynamic car shoot
- Photography technique review
Shooting with models
Using telephoto and wide angle lenses
Flash in the day
Panning to capture motion
Essential pro equipment
Nightscapes & light trails
DSLR Movie Making
Follow Karl and his team on this adventure into the world of film making.
Go behind the scenes on the making of their award winning short film "No Regrets". Have a look at some of the techniques used and the thought process behind them as well as looking at the accessories, post-production, time-lapse as well as many other elements of film making that were needed to complete this project . Not only does this course prepare you for things you need to consider before the shoot even takes place, it also shows you the settings you want to be using, why and what effect they will have on your footage helping to inspire you and give you guidance for any future film making. This course was produced by Karl and the team some time ago however much of the content is still highly relevant and covers the Key aspects of storytelling.
- Making of a music video
- Final music video
- Introduction and equipment overview
- Film planning, permits and story
- Lighting & Colour balance
- Filming decisions & styles
- Motion time lapse
- How to get smooth video clips using a camera crane
- How to use a camera stabilizer
- Car dolly & timelapse
- Static timelapse
- Slow motion
- Filming at night & in low light
- Post production & Editing
- Sound editing
- Recording sound
- The final film we made in this course – “No Regrets”
Photography Interviews & Image Critiques On Replay
Learn from Karl's feedback of member's work & gain advice from other professional photographers
Critiquing your own work is an important skill to develop in order to improve your photography. This can be a difficult skill to acquire. yet watching Karl critique other member's images will help you to develop this skill. We have collated here some of Karl's image critiques for you to watch on replay. But don't forget you can also enter any upcoming critiques yourself too.
In this section, you'll also find previous Talk Shows where Karl Interviews a number of professional photographers who photograph a variety of subjects from nature to architecture. Gain advice from the experts to help you improve your photography.
- Photo Critique – Landscape & Cityscape Images
- Photo Critique – Animal & Macro Images
- Photo Critique: Landscape Images (Part 2)
- Place Critique: Landscape Images (Part 1)
- Photo Critique – Animal, Landscape & Portrait Images
- Interview With Architectural Photographer Sean Conboy
- Interview With Nature Photographer Chris Bale
Better Photos With Your Compact Camera
Learn to capture photographs to be proud of with just your compact camera.
Take impressive portraits, family and group shots, landscapes, nighttime images and creative macro photos. Karl explores each setting on your compact camera and teaches you not just how, but also when to use them. If you’ve become baffled by the multitude of settings on your compact camera or you struggle to get the results you want, this course is perfect for you.
- Overview of cameras
- A guide to composition
- How to operate a digital camera
- Home portraits
- Still life
- Places of interest
- Group shots
- Using fill in flash with natural light for portrait photography
- Night photography
- Photographing friends on a night out
- Macro & abstract details
- Kids portraits
- Sunset landscapes
- Editing & storing pictures
“It’s inspired me to go out and shoot in manual mode and be more creative. You show something, demonstrate it, let us imitate it and then we’ll go and practice it. ”John Ball, United Kingdom
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“I am confident that what I have learned has valuable and repeatable real world applications that will benefit my business and expand my client-base. This is definitely a fun and valuable way to fast-track your vocational goals and aspirations.”Brian White, UK Photographer
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