Photography Essentials - Understanding the Basics

Sean Dalton, Travel & Lifestyle Photographer

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13 Lessons (1h 30m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

      2:54
    • 2. Course Project

      2:31
    • 3. Camera Settings

      15:04
    • 4. Balancing Exposure

      7:24
    • 5. Do you really need to use manual mode?

      5:39
    • 6. Focus

      6:46
    • 7. Composition

      11:50
    • 8. Lighting

      7:01
    • 9. Manipulating your Environment

      2:58
    • 10. Social Media Tips

      9:02
    • 11. Finding your photography style

      4:22
    • 12. Photo editing tips

      12:25
    • 13. Conclusion

      2:13
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Project Description

Head outside and capture 50 different photos of one subject! Then, come back and post your favorite shots here in the course project. Feel free to post as many or as few as you like.

This exercise was designed to help you develop your "photographic eye". Capturing 50 unique compositions of one subject is a fantastic way to help you think outside the box and come up with new and interesting perspectives.

What should you shoot?

Absolutely anything! Here are a few things you might shoot:

  • Car
  • Fire-hydrant
  • Mailbox
  • Tree or plant
  • It could even be something inside, like your kitchen, or even your phone!

The point of this exercise if to push yourself to try new angles and perspectives that you wouldn't usually try. You never know what you might come up with! 

Stuck? Check out the Composition video of this course to get some perspective (see what I did there?) on the project.

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