Welcome to Photography 101, the best workshop for teaching photographers, from the ground up, how to take amazing professional images.
Live Examples with Great Imagery
We get out of the classroom setting and teach photography in real-life situations. For example, we would rather teach the concepts of aperture and depth-of-field in a live shoot with a model rather than showing charts and graphs. We would rather illustrate the concepts of finding the right light with a real couples portrait session rather than talking through theories or using images from an existing portfolio. Watching this workshop is the equivalent of taking a week-long, in-person workshop that we have charged thousands of dollars for in the past.
And more importantly, we are creating amazing imagery all along the way. Instead of teaching these concepts by photographing inanimate objects in inapplicable environments, we take the production value of the workshop a step further and create actual professional imagery.
Great Images with Basic Gear
Every image in this Workshop is captured with either a Canon Rebel or Nikon D5200, basic sub-$500 cameras, along with standard kit lenses and inexpensive prime lenses. We show you how to create beautiful light using a simple $30 reflector and $10 fabric from any local fabric store. The result is the most accessible and practical Photography 101 workshop on the market where you learn first-hand how to take incredible images with nothing but the basics. From there, if you choose to invest in better cameras and lenses, well, the sky is the limit.
Not Just for Beginners
While beginners will take in an incredible amount of knowledge, we designed this workshop to be beneficial for experienced photographers as well. We teach you how to get the perfect exposure in one shot. We teach you how to interact with your subjects to get your desired expressions. We show you multiple ways to modify light. We also talk shop with info on where to buy your gear, what gear to buy, and more. We have an entire chapter devoted to getting tack sharp images. So the bottom line is that even if you’re a seasoned photographer, this workshop will reinforce your knowledge while teaching you a few new techniques that will help you continue to improve.
Learn a Variety of Photography Types
We teach you all of these photography concepts while exploring a wide variety of shoots. Each shoot is designed to hammer home a different element of photography and camera mastery, and for each shoot we show you how to light, expose and compose a fantastic image.
Learn Food Photography
We dive into macro photography as we show you how to capture delightfully delicious food photos, and how to take the ever popular floral photos to an entirely new level.
Learn Sports Photography
We show you how to shoot sports and action as we take our lovely runners out on a jog through mountain roads, and how to capture awesome action shots by panning with moving subjects.
Learn Landscape Photography
We go to Laguna Beach to capture awesome Oceanside landscape images.
Learn Fashion Photography
We take you on a sexy boho fashion shoot where we light and shoot to show off our model and clothing.
Learn Couples Portrait Photography
We take you on an actual engagement portrait session with a beautiful couple showing you how to capture beautifully natural and loving portraits.
We show you how to setup a scene and prepare to capture those perfectly adorable and candid moments of children.
Table of Contents
| 1. Basic Photography Concepts
1.1 – Introduction | Workshop Format
1.2 – The Camera Is Simply a Tool
1.3 – How Does a Camera Work?
1.4 – How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
1.5 – Exposure Triangle
1.6 – What is a Stop of Light
1.7 – Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
1.8 – Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
1.9 – White Balance and Color Temperature2. Understanding Exposure
2.1 – No Such thing as the Correct Exposure
2.2 – How to Measure or Meter Light
2.3 – 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
2.4 – Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Modes
2.5 – How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
2.6 – Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
2.7 – Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes3. From Auto Modes to Manual
3.1 – Starting with Automated Modes
3.2 – Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
3.3 – Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
3.4 – Landscape Mode on the Beach
3.5 – Sports or Action Mode
3.6 – Macro Mode with Food Photography
3.7 – Creative Effects Mode – Floral Photography
3.8 – In-Camera Processing
3.9 – A Glimpse into Raw Processing4. Sharp Images and Focusing Techniques
4.1 – 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
4.2 – 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
4.3 – Single Shot with Portrait Session
4.4 – Single Shot with Action Shots
4.5 – AI Servo with Action Shots
4.6 – Focus Recomposing vs AF Point Selection
4.7 – Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
4.8 – How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
|5. Composition, Artistry, and Creating Great Images
5.1 – What Makes a Great Photograph
5.2 – How to Capture Candid Moments
5.3 – How to Find the Right Light Direction
5.4 – 5 Basic Compositional Theories
5.5 – The Power of Cropping
5.6 – Color Schemes
5.7 – Diving into the Narrative
5.8 – If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against6. Learning More About Your Camera
6.1 – More About Your Camera and Lenses
6.2 – Understanding Megapixels
6.3 – Crop vs Full Frame Cameras
6.4 – Crop vs Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
6.5 – Prime vs Zoom Lens
6.6 – How the Lens Affects Composition
6.7 – Dynamic Range and RAW vs JPEG
6.8 – 5 Tips on Memory Cards
6.9 – 10 Tips on Buying Gear
6.10 – Conclusion
6.11 – The Good Karma Jar7. Bonus
7.1 – Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
7.2 – Posing and Lighting with Female Model
7.3 – Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits
Before and Afters
A big part of this DVD is teaching you how to get out of the auto modes and into manual mode with controlled lighting situations. Here a few of the “before and after” examples that illustrate the differences between test shots on auto and the final shot with modified light in manual mode.
FAQs and more Info
Is there a Physical DVD Coming?
Yes. We are in the process of creating a physical DVD for this workshop, but this will not be out for another few months.
Where Can I find the Instructions?
Click here for the Photography 101 Instructions.