Improve your Photography - Learn why AUTO mode can fail, and how to use MANUAL mode to TAKE CONTROL Premium class

Paul Cooper, Professional Photographer

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18 Videos (58m)
    • TCOYC 001 Course Introduction

    • TCOYC 002 Exposure Module Introduction

    • TCOYC 003 The three factors that determine exposure

    • TCOYC 004 Exposure modes PASM

    • TCOYC 005 Metering

    • TCOYC 006 iso,shutter,aperture relationship

    • TCOYC 007 Switching to manual

    • TCOYC 008 Exposure tips

    • TCOYC 010 Lens and sharpness Module Introduction

    • TCOYC 011 Lens focal Length

    • TCOYC 012 Focus modes manual or auto

    • TCOYC 013 What is depth of field

    • TCOYC 014 How do we control depth of field

    • TCOYC 016 Demonstration of Depth of Field

    • TCOYC 018 Introduction to Module 3

    • TCOYC 019 Backlit subjects

    • TCOYC 020 Fill Flash

    • TCOYC 021 White Balance


About This Class

Designed for photographers who are using their camera's 'automatic' settings and are ready to progress to full manual control. You may be just starting out, in which case it’s a great idea to learn all about manual skills straight away - or you may have been using your camera for a while and getting great results on automatic ninety percent of the time. This course will help you fix that elusive ten percent that’s not currently working out the way you want!

The lectures in this course are clear, concise, and short! They're designed to give you maximum information in the shortest possible time - for people who want to improve their photography in a short space of time.

You’re going to learn how to set shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance as well as how to choose the correct lens and settings to control sharpness.

You'll finish this course with a much greater understanding of exposure and the skills to override your camera's automatic settings to improve your images.

Main areas covered by this course:

Relationship between shutter/aperture/ISO

Light readings - Incident and reflected

18% grey card readings

Depth of field and how to control it

Why the ‘auto’ settings on your camera sometimes fail

Lighting - Backlit subjects, reflectors, fill in flash.

When is auto best?

Colour temperature and White balance settings

Focus – manual or auto?

How to ‘get it right’ in camera rather than photoshop.

15 of 15 students recommendSee All

Very Informative. Very Thorough. Would have liked more samples of motion and things of that nature.
Steven D. Elliott

Graphic Designer from NYC

Very informative. Thank you!





Paul Cooper

Professional Photographer

Since founding his own photography business in 1995 Paul has gained many awards - including the top accolades of UK Photographer of the Year from the Master Photographer's Association AND from the British Institute of Professional Photography.

Paul has served as the Commercial Sector Chairman of the MPA/BIPP's qualification team and has previously received a Presidential Award from the MPA for his services to the Photographic Industry. As a result his work is marketed worldwide and he is in regular demand as a photographic speaker and judge both in the UK and internationally.

Paul shoots commercial images for advertising and packaging, press and PR images for the newspaper and magazine industry, and lots of 'people' shots: Fashion shoots, corporate portraits, and family groups are all undertaken with the same flair and creativity that stems from Paul's passion for photography.
In 2011/2012, Paul was elected National President for the Master Photographer's Association - a title that he was honoured to receive. Currently, Paul is the MPA's Chairman of Qualifications for Associate and Fellowship submissions. He was also delighted to be asked to undertake the role of Chairman at the BIPP's 'Open' competition judging for 2013, and was presented with an Honorary Fellowship from the Master Photographer's Association in 2014.