Become a Better Photographer Part I: Tips & Tricks For Taking Amazing Photos With Any Camera

Bernie Raffe AMPA, Award winning photographer and teacher

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26 Lessons (2h 20m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

      1:50
    • 2. Top Shade, the professional's portrait lighting secret

      5:43
    • 3. Dealing with the sun when taking a portrait

      3:23
    • 4. Understand the direction of light and the effect it has on your photos

      8:05
    • 5. Get nice blue skies in your photos and avoid white skies

      3:06
    • 6. How to retain the ambient light of a nicely lit room

      4:12
    • 7. Better indoor portraits using window light - pt 1 of 2

      6:32
    • 8. Better indoor portraits using window light - pt 2 of 2

      3:04
    • 9. Create a great look using backlighting

      5:36
    • 10. How to improve your natural light portraits using a reflector

      6:31
    • 11. Use the rule of thirds for improved composition

      4:41
    • 12. Better composition using diagonal lines

      7:50
    • 13. Use 'Leading Lines' to create more dramatic images

      8:21
    • 14. Use repeating patterns for more impact

      2:36
    • 15. Improve your composition using the 'frame within a frame' trick

      3:12
    • 16. Blur the background for more impact (DSLRs)

      4:34
    • 17. Blur the background to isolate your subject (Compact Cameras)

      3:09
    • 18. Don't let cluttered backgrounds ruin your portraits

      3:30
    • 19. Improve your portraits using unusual backgrounds

      3:12
    • 20. Improve your portraits using nature's own abstract backgrounds

      3:21
    • 21. Flatter your individual subject with these full length posing tips

      5:04
    • 22. Family or small group poses - Pt I Standing poses

      8:14
    • 23. Family or small group poses - Pt II Seated poses

      11:43
    • 24. Individual natural and relaxed female poses

      7:59
    • 25. Ideas for photographing children, 4-6 months old

      7:20
    • 26. Ideas for photographing children, 9-12 months old

      6:43
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Project Description

Create A Suite Of Creative And Dramatic Images

ASSIGNMENT: 

Utilise the tips and tricks in this class to create a suite of creative and dramatic images. You'll use natural light and different composition techniques to elevate your photography with new techniques. Download the attached posing crib sheets and take them out with you when shooting portraits.

DELIVERABLE:

Post a collection of 5 photos to the project gallery, and include:

1. A portrait in natural light 

2. A portrait in a background you normally wouldnt consider (get creative!)

3. A landscape photograph (pay attention to the direction of light and backlighting)

4. A frame within a frame

5. An image with repeating lines 

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE:

There's only one way of gaining confidence and improving your posing skills, and that's practice. Be bold, don't be scared of directing your subjects, and remember to keep chatting and laughing with your subjects.

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