Have you ever had a beautiful moment slip away as you were too busy trying to find the right camera settings?
Full auto mode will never do your scene justice. The results are usually soft, blurry, or underexposed.
But using manual mode to capture perfect photos under time constraints is a recipe for disaster. Especially when shooting sports photography, or in the harsh midday sun.
That was my experience before I mastered my camera. It would never capture what I could see in front of me. I was positive I needed better gear.
But what if I told you that there's a fun and easy way to master photography, regardless of the camera you use? And that choosing the right settings could come instinctively to you?
Good photography has nothing to do with your camera. You can capture breathtaking photography, with nothing more than the most basic gear.
Pictures so perfect, others might accuse you of stealing them off Flickr or 500PX. You don’t need a $5,000 camera and lens and you don’t need expensive training.
And I’m going to prove it to you.
Take a look at this...
I took this picture using a camera and lens which cost over $5000.00 (Canon 5D mk IV & 24-70 f/2.8L mk II). As you can see, it’s a great picture, but that’s not because of the camera.
Now look at this... I took this picture just a few seconds later, using a brand new camera which cost just $350 (Canon Rebel T6 & kit lens)...
As Ansel Adams once famously said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
Once you understand how a few of your camera’s features work, everything else falls into place very quickly. In no time at all you can be taking photos you’ll be proud to show off.
I used to throw thousands of dollars into fancy camera equipment, in the hopes it would improve my photography.
My camera manual was so focused on what settings do... rather than how they actually work, it took months before I could remember what any of the buttons did.
I was forever missing shots because I was too busy fiddling with my camera. People get impatient; moments pass.
No one ever wanted to wait for me to find the right settings… I usually ended up sticking it back on auto mode and taking the shot.
My photography suffered, my progress slowed, and I was very embarrassed to have all this gear, and nothing to show for it.
It’s no wonder I thought my camera was the problem.
But, after many months, I mastered my camera. I developed a process for taking photos that has produced the wonderful shots I’m proud to show off today.
It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting with a DSLR, Mirrorless, or Bridge camera… the process is the same, regardless of what you’re shooting.
As a result, everything I thought I knew about photography was challenged...
Before I understood how photography worked, my expensive camera gear was wasted, sitting on the shelf, collecting dust.
But by understanding just a few features of my camera, my knowledge snowballed, and I was taking beautiful photos in no time at all.
Before you leave your house, you already know the camera settings you’re going to use, you have your camera set up and ready to go, and all you need to do is click shoot.
You arrive at the location without a single worry about exposure, white balance, or focus... everything falls into place now that you know a couple of little tricks.
You take photos without a second thought.
Less than a minute later, you've captured a photo so exciting, you won't stop shooting until all of your batteries are dead.
15 minutes later you're playing with different compositions, using the rule of thirds, triangles, and leading lines to make your photos more striking.
When you're done, you have a selection of images so beautiful they command respect from even the most seasoned photographers. Perhaps the most breathtaking… crystal clear… and exciting photographs you’ve ever taken.
Sound far-fetched? That’s what I thought too.
But my simple system has enabled me to take the most stunning photos of my life. I now treat my camera as an extension of my eye, rather than as a tool.
Photography comes naturally to me, and I’m confident I can capture beautiful photos in any location.
I’ve been teaching photography online since 2011, and like most photographers, my photography improves every year. There’s no shortcuts to experience.
But learning how to use your camera, and the fundamentals of photography composition… that can be done in an afternoon.
"Photography for Beginners" is a High Definition video course on the art of photography. It shows you how to capture magazine quality images without being a pro photographer and without fancy equipment.
In my years of experience teaching photography online, I’ve helped tens of thousands of students understand manual mode. My approach through video makes it feel as though I’m sitting right next to you.
In Photography for Beginners, we don’t fuss about the gear you have, or even recommend you buy more of it.
(For illustration purposes only; this is an online course with video downloads)
The “secret” to exceptional photography is how you use it.
Which is why throughout this course, you’ll see me shooting with the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (AKA the 1300D), the cheapest dSLR I could find.
I will show you my process for using cheap gear to capture professional shots.
Pictures like this...
Some of the skills you’re going to gain include:
One of the best parts is that every technique is taught with common language! Even though Photography for Beginners gives you a quite advanced skill set, it shares (and demonstrates) every technique without a bunch of jargon.
Kathy Henehan "I have recommended this course to several of my friends. I told them it is a very easy course to follow, and everything is explained without going into technical terms people don't understand. I liked the way each section was split across several shorter videos so you could just click on the one you needed, without having to fast-forward over things."
Filmed on location in Greece, you’ll be able to follow along as we capture everything from the ordinary, to the extraordinary.
Even if you struggled in school… or aren’t the greatest at grasping new skills… you’re going to be shocked by how easy it feels to absorb this information.
We know new courses can be daunting, which is why:
Although I’ve taught a beginner photography course before, this is completely new material, revised and refreshed with incredible production value. Here’s what a previous student of my beginner course had to say:
Right now, you’re one step away from photography expertise. These skills are transferable to almost every style of photography you try your hand at. And you’ll have more mastery over your camera than ever before.
The worst part about manual mode is that if you don’t know how it works, it’s like trying to take photos with no light. You’re not going to capture much worth looking at.
The best part about manual mode is you can do much more with it than 95% of photographers realise.
There is so much control at your fingertips, and it’s so fast and easy to make adjustments, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.
Manual mode is simple and powerful, and even learning something as simple as the difference between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will change the way you capture photos forever.
You can take much, much better pictures than you realise. And "Photography for Beginners" shows you how, with...
We don’t just go into detail on how exposure works… we cover every confusing feature on your camera. From shooting, focus, and metering modes to the histogram, white balance, crop factor and more!
Marguerite LaHaye "This system is an unintimidating approach to digital photography. Each lesson builds on the previous one, so new photographers never need to fear that they're getting in over their heads. The course offers more material than what a student would receive by taking a beginner's course at a community college, where there may be 20 other learners in the same class. With this course, a student doesn't have to worry about missing a class, and doesn't have to spend money on gas to drive back and forth to the college."
Karen Mercado "The module on Exposure made so much sense to me compared to other things I’ve tried to digest. I like being able to pause the video to process the information at any given time, and when you said it was all a balancing act, a light bulb in my head went off! I think I may have gotten it at last. Thanks for making this easier to understand, Josh!"
Claire Bennet "I seriously thought about taking a class at the local college, but my disability would cost me precious class time. There are days when I know that I would have to miss classes because of pain, but with your videos, I can now take my time, and learn at my own pace!"
Shirley Cove "I learned more about my DSLR in the few hours it took me to go through the course than I had in the last 10 years. I used to shoot on auto ALL the time. After finishing this course I will likely never use that option again. I shoot mainly full manual now. I'm not afraid to adjust f/stop, shutter or ISO to get the best shot.
"I found the simplicity with which you explained everything most helpful. The fact that you didn’t waste time was also refreshing - I wasn't sitting waiting for you to get to the point. You were clear and concise.
"I told my friend that you don’t need expensive gear to take pictures, and he’d be better off with an $80 point and shoot. If you want to get your money's worth from your equipment, then buy this course. It would be cheap at twice the price."
Here’s the thing: I want to give you that knot of excitement you feel when you stumble across a jaw-dropping deal. So now you know what you’re getting with "Photography for Beginners" - I’m going to quadruple the value.
In addition to the definitive video course on photography, you’re also getting two of my highest rated courses and one premium cheat-sheet. For free.
Knowing the technical side of photography is one thing, but composing it beautifully is a whole new challenge.
Fortunately though, there are ten very simple “rules of composition” rules that can transform your photos in an instant.
Even using something as simple as the rule of thirds can add depth, interest, and an interesting balance between the foreground and the background.
Photography without composition is nothing.
It’s the reason why a professional photographer can take award winning photos with a disposable camera.
And we would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t cover this in detail.
In "Photography for Beginners", we’ve dedicated an entire section to help you get started with composition. We go into detail on...
Even if you’ve been confused by composition in the past, we explain everything in a way that makes it fun and easy to remember. You need to know the basic rules and you need know when to use them. This course gives you both.
Photography is fun and easy, once you know how to do it. But there are little nuances to consider for different styles of photography. I want to help you put your best foot forward by showing you exactly what to do.
In Shoot This Scene, we’ve created seven videos covering Landscapes, Portraits, Sunsets, Black and White, Sunrise, Low Light, and Night Photography, and in these videos we show you:
You’re also getting the exact settings I use to capture 21 different kinds of photos, from group photos and cityscapes, to lens flare and light painting.
We explain the exact thought process so you can instinctively make these decisions for yourself in the future, plus much more...
It’s a short and sweet guide, providing you with everything you need to dive into new types of photography today.
Seeing how I captured my images will better prepare you to capture your own.
Chris Knowles "I was very aware of my need to grow my knowledge in order to get the best out of my camera. The time I spend with photography is limited at the moment but I can honestly say I have improved as a result of the training from ExpertPhotography. For me personally, the greatest benefit is that I have the material to refer back to. This course will retain its value and the more you absorb it, the better you will become."
Let me ask you something. If I could give you a guaranteed method for taking some of the most powerful photographs of your life, how much would that be worth?
Taking great pictures is on the bucket list for most people, experienced photographers or not. There’s something special about it. Knowing you can capture images most photographers can’t, gives you this irreplaceable, exhilarating rush.
Just the other week in San Diego, I captured the sunset, and boy did it impress my friends! I don’t usually check this sort of thing, but it’s the most liked photo I’ve ever posted on my private Facebook profile!
Here, check it out:
When you understand photography, there’s nothing more fun and rewarding. You connect with nature in a new way and really bring your portfolio to life. What more can you ask for?
Here’s the thing, photography education is usually such a complicated area of training, anyone who teaches in a simple manner can charge high prices. Workshops at $499 or more aren’t uncommon. That’s the reason so few master it.
Personally, if I knew of a guaranteed way to master photography, and it cost only $499, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat.
It would have saved me a ton of money that I wasted on lenses, gadgets, and accessories.
I used to give this course in the form of a one-to-one workshop with close and personal friends, but after the feedback I received, I decided it should be shared with the world.
Along with my team of videographers, designers and editors, we’ve expanded the content, while making it easier to grasp and use.
Plus, we’re giving away Complete Composition ($197 value), Shoot This Scene ($147 value), and 21 Cheat-Sheet Settings ($97 value) as free bonuses!
But you won’t be paying $940.00 today. You won’t even be paying $499.00. Or even half of that.
If you purchase "Photography for Beginners" in a couple months time it'll be yours for only $247.00!
However, as I'm launching this brand new course, I'm going to halve the price again.
To only $97.
As you can tell, this is a staggering low price. These courses together should retail for over $900, and you’re getting all of them for 10% of that.
But like I said, there is a catch.
You see, in exchange for this discounted rate, I’d like to ask a small favour. When you get your copy, can you email me your feedback on it?
This will require no effort on your part - you’ll receive an email a couple of weeks after you get your copy, and you can reply directly. A single sentence would be helpful.
And that’s it. Pretty easy “catch”, right?
I just want to get as much feedback as possible before I open this course to the public in a couple months’ time.
For that reason, we only plan to offer this deal for the next 500 customers. I expect about 30% to respond to our email, and feedback from 150 people is more than enough to get all of the customer feedback we need.
And even at this rock-bottom price, you’re still entitled to...
This is an online course only. This enables you to access the course immediately, and it enables us to easily add new videos as requested.
Yes! We have downloads for every single video.
Yes! I'm proud to say that we offer these for all of our online courses.
Exposure: Introduction, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Summary Camera Settings: Jpeg Vs. RAW, Focus and Focus Modes, Metering Modes, Shooting Modes, White Balance, The Histogram, Depth of Field, Crop Factor, Focal Length, Prefect Picture Process, Sharp Photos, Tripods Complete Composition: Rule of Thirds, Triangles, Eye Lines, Visual Weight, Leading Lines, Frames, Filling the Frame, Balance, Horizontal Lines, Symmetry Shoot This Shot: Landscapes, Portraits, Sunsets, Black and White, Sunrise, Low Light, Night Photography Plus 7 unadvertised bonus videos ;)