This guy makes some great points and in general, he’s right. Learning how to create great images is more important than the camera you use to create them.
I’ve had several people ask recently about the live, online classes I offered last year so I thought I’d post some info about them.
The classes are limited to a max of five students each. In most cases, they will be one-on-one. They are done live and on demand via the internet using Google Hangouts. You sign up and tell me when the best time to do the class is – you can even do the class in your pajamas! Don’t worry – you won’t ever be on camera. 🙂
“Learn How To Take Better Photographs!”
Whether it’s the camera on your phone or a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy-to-grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one.
This is a fun, informative and entertaining 2.5 hour seminar for beginners and novices who want to learn how to take better photographs. Often confusing photographic terms and concepts are turned into plain English so you can start making the most of your photographic opportunities and capture those special moments.
The class will include:
“Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know the single most important element of every good photo?
“Creative vs Technical” – Learn how to take advantage of all aspects of photography
“Camera Differences” – what are the pros and cons of a smartphone vs a point and shoot vs a DSLR?
“Learn How to Use that Expensive DSLR!”
Lots of people bought DSLRs but have never learned how to fully utilize all those wonderful buttons on them. So you end up using your expensive gear as if it were a point and shoot.
Let’s change that!
I’ve got easy to grasp tips, tricks and techniques I promise will make the next DSLR shot you take better than the last one. We’ll also talk about the features of a DSLR, how the various functions affect, positively and negatively, your images and how to “see a photo” before you push the shutter button and make changes to your DSLR to create that image.
The class will include:
“Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know how to capture the single most important element of every good photo?
“Creative vs Technical” – Learn how to take advantage of all aspects you DSLR camera
“DSLR Differences” – what are the pros and cons between full frame and cropped, between mirrorless and not?
And much more!
Both classes are run by a professional photographer and a “Professional Explainer” for beginners and novices who want to learn how to take better photographs.
Past participants have said:
“Shawn was a great presenter. He was very informed and entertaining as well.”
“I enjoyed that it wasn’t too technical.”
“Inspired me to start taking more pictures and playing around with my settings…and reading my manual.”
“Friendly and engaging instructor! Very visual!”
Signing up for either class is easy. Individual classes are only $75 each or you can sign up for both (and do them at different times) for only $125. Simply Paypal payment to shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com and then let me know a time that is most convenient for you! If unable to use Paypal, let me know and we can make other arrangements.
The only time requirement is that you set aside approx 2.5 hours to complete each of the courses. Also, your computer needs to be able to run Google Hangouts. We can test it ahead of time to make sure.
If you have any questions about either class, please don’t hesitate to contact me at shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com.
I get all kinds of questions from beginning photographers so I thought I’d start recording some short tutorials to help folks figure this stuff out. This first beta episode is about aperture.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com. I’m happy to help you figure this stuff out!
He’s offering good advice – not about how to hold the camera or use software or the best gear but about how to think about photography and your photographs. What he describes is one of the biggest hurdles I had to get over.
Like other fighter jet manufacturers, Lockheed Martin has a team of photographers and videographers to record images of the planes it produces. They pose them at dawn and dusk, against mountains and over oceans.
Photographers such as Liz Kaszynski chase the jets in trail planes, documenting test flights and training missions—at high speed and altitude. But at other times, she calls the shots, a director with a camera, calling for a barrel roll here, a dive there, all documented in a sequence of prepared moves.
Wow. Talk about a photographic dream job!
One of the huge advantages DSLRs and many point and shoots have over the iPhone or other smartphones is the ability to adjust, manipulate and control Shutter, ISO, White Balance, Focus and Exposure Bracketing.
In the latest iOS update, Apple has allowed developers access to those abilities of the iPhone and we are starting to see apps take advantage of them.
Manual from Little Pixels (affiliate link) is just such an app. It has the advantage of having a funny video to go along with it:
Dave Hill and crew have put together a behind the scenes documentary video to showcase their latest collaboration with Fiat for a unique four concept ad in Vanity Fair. Watch as they break down the concepts and show you in detail the amount of work and production that went into each image!
I love watching these behind the scenes videos of photo shoots. The work that goes into them is amazing and at a level of photography I will never reach, let alone aspire to.
As I prepare for the Starting Point Photography “Photography Secrets Revealed!” classes, I’m doing a lot of research, reading a lot of web sites and watching a lot of video.
I can confidently say, this video:
Is the absolute worst I’ve ever seen.
All you have to do is watch through the 15 second mark and you will literally shake your head in amazement.
This is the EXACT same video as our original “Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO, Photography 101” video with 621,314 views and counting!!! Just a better quality version of the video.
I’ve seen their previous version and trust me, it’s even more awful than this one.
But make no mistake, even this one is spectacular in its awfulness.
I interviewed Clark Little a couple of years ago on YML.
“Nikon D4s vs. Canon 1D X – Which one is better?”
You know how people argue Ford vs Chevy? Ferrari vs Lamborghini? Mac vs PC? iPhone vs Android?
Camera pros will *always* argue over Canon vs Nikon.
In this video, DigitalRev TV pits the high end Canon against the high end Nikon. These are $7,000 cameras most of us will never lay our hands on let along shoot with.
But we can all dream….
Every single photo I take on my iOS devices gets passed through Google’s free Snapseed iOS app.
Waterlogue is a cool iOS app to turn your photos into watercolors.
Ignoring the beginnings and endings and his philosophical meanderings, “What Is The Resolution Of The Eye?” is a question many have asked and wondered about. His science-y explanation is very interesting and informative.
Now that the fan boy stuff is out of the way, his comments about kit lenses (the usually cheaply made lens that comes with a DSLR) are true.
I tell beginners to learn to use their kit lens before they go out and spend all kinds of money on newer, fancier and frankly, better lenses.
Even though a newer lens will (usually) be better, if you don’t know how to shoot with a DSLR, the world’s greatest lens (or camera body) won’t help.
Save your money and spend it on things that help you learn to be a better photographer – like an online class or two taught be a funny, entertaining and informative teacher.