Last updated 11/2023
Duration: 2h 21m | Video: .MP4, 1920×1080 30 fps | Audio: AAC, 48 kHz, 2ch | Size: 1.41 MB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English
Learn how to take stunning photographs by mastering both the technical and creative sides of digital photography.
What you’ll learn
Instructions on how to hold your camera correctly, which will help you to get sharp photographs.
Sound advice on how to choose the right camera lens for each situation.
The necessary confidence to change the most important camera settings correctly at the right time, which will allow you to get perfect photos every time.
The ability to compose photos that are well balanced and very pleasing to the eye.
The skill to spot creative photographic opportunities that will make your photos stand out from the rest.
The ability to take stunning photographs that tell stories of your vacations, adventures and functions, capturing memories in the process.
You need a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera (the kind that has interchangable lenses) – any model will do.
You don’t need any prior photographic experience.
The first of six digital photography courses by Villiers Steyn >>
UPDATED in November 2021!
Master the most important settings on your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera and learn how to look at your surroundings through new, more creative eyes, so that you too can take magazine-quality photographs of your friends, family, vacations, events and anything else that is beautiful and important to you.
Learn how to take Beautiful Photographs with your DSLR Camera
Learn what equipment is necessary and how to use it correctly
Master all the most important camera settings
Become aware of different light sources and how they influence the look of your photos
Develop and eye for striking composition
Learn to look at your surroundings with more creative eyes
Develop the ability to capture moments and memories
Ever wonder how the pros get those stunning shots? Believe it or not, most of the breathtaking photographs you see in magazines and online every day are photographed with DSLR cameras just like yours. DSLR cameras are powerful tools that give you the ability to take stunning photographs that capture all those special things you see and moments you experience – photos that you will cherish for the rest of your life. The key to success is to use the camera correctly and that’s what you will learn in this course.
As a beginner, you may feel overwhelmed and intimidated by all the camera’s dials, buttons and settings, but that will be a thing of the past once you’ve completed this course. My goal is to fill you with confidence, not only when it comes to choosing good settings, but also when you compose your images. By the end of this course, you too will take stunning photos with your DSLR camera.
Content and Overview
This course is divided into two broad components: first we cover all the
, like camera equipment and support, as well as the camera’s most important settings. After that we look at the
of photography, which focuses on light, composition and creativity.
It has been structured in such a way that you won’t ever feel overwhelmed by technical jargon, complicated camera functions or obscure principles. The aim is to keep everything as clear and simple as possible, and this was achieved by tackling each important photographic element separately in short and concise lectures that last between 2 and 5 minutes each. The majority of lectures consist of both teacher-style video clips (where I explain a setting, principle or tip) and slides, both of which contain photographic examples and audio (where I interpret each photographic example).
THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THIS COURSE
How to use your Camera Equipment
hold your camera correctly
, which helps you to get sharp photos every time.
to use for which photos, so that you can best capture a specific subject or scene.
How to change lenses
correctly in order to prevent irritating dust spots from forming on each photograph.
What your DSLR
are and how to compensate for them when you’re photographing scenes with high contrast.
Why and when you should
support your camera
on tripods and bean bags.
How and when to change Camera Settings
(which allows you to be more creative).
File size and format
(ensuring that you take the best possible quality shots).
(which allows you to influence the ‘warmth’ or ‘coolness’ of your photos and the way that the camera exposes what it sees.
(which allows you to shoot like a pistol or like a machine gun).
Auto focus mode
(which tells the camera whether you’re photographing something standing still or something that is moving).
Auto focus point selection
(which allows you to focus on either the whole subject or scene, or on a very specific part of it).
(which allows you to take sharp photos in low light conditions)
(which allows you to quickly make a photo lighter or darker).
influence the depth of field
in your photos in Aperture Priority.
in Shutter Priority.
How to use the little pictures, or
, on your camera’s Shooting mode dial.
How Light influences your photos
How to take colourful, representative images in
How to highlight detail and texture in
How to capture dramatic
images that contain silhouettes and golden rim light.
How to take photos in
on overcast days.
How to use your camera’s built-in
What perfect Composition is
When to change the
from horizontal to vertical.
blur the background
of a perfect portrait photos in 4 easy steps.
apply the Rule of thirds
to ensure beautifully balanced photos.
Where to leave the correct amount of
in your photos.
How to draw your viewers’ eyes into your photos with the help of
How to compose striking images by
changing your angle
5 simple steps to perfect composition!
How to become a more Creative photographer
How to use
in your photos.
is and how to find and use it in your images.
How to incorporate different
in your photos.
How to use
effectively in your photos.
How to highlight the size of something by incorporating and element of
, and finally,
tell a story
with your photos.
Take a moment to view the course Promo Video, as well as those lectures that have been made available as free previews.
Keep in mind, if you’re not happy with the material, there’s a 30-day no-questions-asked full money back guarantee! So don’t hesitate and enrol today, and watch as photography quickly becomes your new favourite hobby…!
“Villiers’s presentation skills are superb and better than anything else I’ve attended or enrolled in before. Not only is his technical knowledge of his subject outstanding, but he is also willing to share practical advice accumulated over years.”
Helgard de Preez – South Africa
Who this course is for
This course is for amateur photographers who own DSLR cameras that are predominantly used in Automatic Mode. If you feel intimidated by your camera’s dials, buttons and settings, and feel like the photos you take don’t really look as good as they should, this is the course for you. This course is not for photographers that use smartphones or compact digital cameras, or for people who wish to learn advanced photographic skills.