What you'll learn
Do you really need an expensive camera? Kit you do and don't need
Camera jargon explained
3 Useful filters
Different types of camera lens — which one will suit your needs?
Picture Control settings — make the camera take pictures looking how you want them
Timer single shot and burst modes
Manual mode explained & why you need tt
How to read the light meter
Shutter speed, aperture and ISO explained
How to master manual mode — it's easy
To feel and be a confident photographer
You are committed and excited about photography and will dedicate time to mastering it
You look forward to doing the exercises and gaining experience. Photography's fun right?
No special (or expensive) camera kit is needed
A DSLR, Mirrorless or Bridge camera with settings
In Masterclass In Photography Part 1 you’ll learn which camera is best for you, I mean do you ‘need’ an expensive pro level camera and lenses for the kind of photography you love doing? You’ll learn why manual mode is vital to understand for creative reasons (covered in PT2 of this series) and how easy it is to use on a mirrorless, DSLR or bridge camera.Most photography courses concentrate on gear and tech, but cameras don’t take pictures! You take pictures and you are often overlooked in favour of the latest gadget or upgrade.If you've been photographing for years but still have lingering doubts about any of these things, Masterclass Pt1 will bring them together and replace confusion with clarity and confidenceIf you've just got your first camera, you'll have clarity from the start and confidence will quickly follow — you'll shortcut years of trial and errorWhat Will You Learn?How a camera works so you can creatively exploit it to the maxPhotography jargon explainedMenus and feature setups you needCamera and kit you need — and what you don’t!Exposure modes explainedDifferent types of lenses and what they doIntroduction to types of image filesThree useful filtersHow to tell the camera how you want your photos to lookWhy manual settings are vital — and how simple they are to useThe exposure triangle — trust me it's easyExposure settingsHow to easily shoot in manual modeThe camera settings I use any why I used themPractical exercises to grow your skills and confidencePhotography is not as complex as some make out. It’s a bit of knowledge and a lot of practise — which is great news because you already love taking pictures right?First you’ll master the 3 exposure controls so you’ll know what they do, why they do it and be able to choose which settings to use. Exposure is not rocket science. It's just 3 controls and if you can get online and enrol on a course you can easily master 3 camera settings.Manual mode is pretty simple TBH, and it's vital because cameras can’t think for themselves and sometimes get it wrong. Ever taken a photo of bright snow or a white sand beach in sunshine? Did it come out dark and dull looking? — That’s what I mean.Which Camera Do I Need For This Course?This photography course is designed for cameras that have settings. DSLR, Mirrorless and Bridge cameras. Though there are benefits for compact camera and phone photographers, it is not designed for these.Cameras don't take pictures — you use a camera to make pictures, in the same way a musician plays an instrument or an artists uses a brush.The camera is your instrument. First you learn how to play it, then how to make beautiful music with it — and there are only five controls you need to do that.Great photographers of the past took stunning photos on the most basic of cameras with only three controls. They understood the creative relationship between settings, composition and light — the bedrock upon which great photos are built. If they could do it with their clunky old cameras, there's no reason why you can't too.If you don't agree I'll give you your money back no quibbles. Far enough?MikePS: Exposure settings have creative superpowers too and the next step is learning what they are and how to choose settings for creative reasons. Every photo you take is your photo and Masterclass PART 2 will put you in control of how you want it to look.