Dare Cinema – Beginning Photography
The foundational knowledge you need to build your passion, ability, and artistry and start capturing amazing images.
This course is for you if…
You don’t understand the technical jargon used by most photography teachers.
You feel like your photography isn’t improving as quickly as you had hoped.
You rely too much on your camera’s automatic settings and you don’t love the images.
Imagine you could…
- Fully understand your camera, how it works, and how to use it like a pro.
- Feel confident and inspired to use your camera to its full potential.
- Capture amazing images like the ones you aspire to.
What You’ll Learn
In this lesson, I’ll give you an overview on the structure of the course and ask you the key question you have to answer to begin this course.
How to Study This Course
In this lesson, I go over how to study this course.
The three most essential tools of the photographer
What are the three most vital tools of the photographer? Almost everyone knows the first two and almost everyone doesn’t guess the third. Do you know?
Telling Stories with Light
Many people beginning in photography get obsessed with gear and they overlook the most important thing that they should be obsessing over. So what is it?
What is Exposure?
Every photo exists because the sensor or film was exposed to light, but very few people fully understand what exposure actually means.
What is Light Sensitivity/ISO
A lot of people think of ISO as “that setting you adjust which brings more light into the camera,” and that’s actually wrong. In this video, I’ll cover what ISO actually is, how it came to be, and …
The Problem with Higher ISOs – Noise
In this lesson, we will discuss why noise occurs and what you can do to control it.
What is Shutter Speed?
Shutter speed is one of the most versatile adjustments a photographer can use to get properly exposed photographs. In this video we will talk about what it is, what it does and how you use it.
The problem with Longer Shutter Speeds: Movement
Many people run into problems with blurry photos, especially in low light, and they don’t know how to fix it. Here we will examine why you get blur in your photos and what you can do about it.
What is Motion Blur?
One of the main things shutter speed controls is motion blur, but the first part of controlling it is understanding what it really is and why you would use it or not.
Motion Blur as a Technical and Artistic Choice for Photographers
There are dozens of different shutter speeds that you can use as a photographer to control your expose and create interesting artistic effects. In this video, I’ll show you how to choose the right …
Using your lens to help control exposure – What is Aperture?
For many people, aperture can be one of the most confusing things to learn in photography, but it’s actually quite simple to grasp once you know the basics of it.
What are Aperture Numbers/F-Stops?
Part of learning to use aperture as a tool to control exposure is learning the numbers which regulate it, and a lot of people get lost on this. Here I’ll show you how to easily learn to use and rem…
What is Focus Really?
Most people don’t really understand what focus, they just think of it as making sure what you are taking a photo of is crisp. But they don’t understand how flexible and adjustable focus is or how t…
What is Depth of Field?
In this lesson, we will demystify the subject of depth of field and teach you what shallow depth of field is and deep depth of field is and when they would be used.
How Aperture Helps Control Depth of Field
In this video, you’ll learn to control of how shallow or deep your depth of field is through the aperture on your lens and how this will affect your image.
The Exposure Triangle for Photographers
ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture are often referred to as the Exposure Triangle in photography. So let’s see how these three relate to each other and how changing one of them has to be offset by cha…
Understanding The Main Controls and Shooting Modes on your Camera
In this lesson, we will go over all the main parts of your camera and how to use the different modes on your camera including Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority modes. We will also touch upon w…
Understanding Color Temperature and White Balance
Color Temperature and White Balance can be confusing or daunting to understand so it seems safe just to leave the camera on Auto White Balance. But Color Temperature is actually easy to understand …
Intro to Lenses and What is Focal Distance
In this video, we will examine what the different parts of lenses are and what focal distance is, and how focal distance affects your depth of field.
What is Focal Length
This lesson covers exactly what focal length is, how it is measured, how it affects how much you can see through the lens and why it is such a key component in photography. As part of this, you’ll …
How Focal Length Influences Depth of Field
Focal Length is another factor that influences how shallow or deep your depth of field is. In this video, we will cover this and also go through the three main factors which make up what I call “th…
How Lenses Distort Reality
Lenses influence and distort light in very interesting ways. In this video I will show you some different effects you can create by changing which lens you are using.
An Overview on Lenses and Lens Vocabulary
There are hundreds of different lenses on the market for sale and understanding which lens should be used for what or how to even refer to these can be confusing. This video will help you understan…
Lens Filters for Long Exposures
Here we will briefly cover what lens filters are and why they are so important in controlling exposure in long exposure situations.
Introduction to Composition
Composition is often the “x-factor” which takes a technically perfect photo to an entirely new level. In this lesson, I’ll give you a basic introduction to composition as well as the rule of thirds…
Remembering Camera S.A.F.E.T.Y
When you begin learning professional photography you can be struggling to remember all these different things that affect your finished photo. Camera SAFETY is a helpful way to ensure that you don’…
Image Quality – Resolution and Megapixels
Every camera has different settings and factors which change or influence the resolution of the image. In this video we will go over what these are and why you shouldn’t obsess over it.
Image Quality – Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range influences how much light information you can get in a single exposure. It’s really important to understand what it is and why you want to have as much of it as possible. We’ll go ove…
Image Quality – Color Reproduction
In my opinion, how well a camera captures and reproduces shades of color and brightness is the most important consideration in choosing a camera. In this lesson I discuss why color in a camera is s…
Image Quality – File Formats (RAW vs JPEG)
You’ve probably heard various things about RAW camera files and JPEG camera files. So in this lesson we are going to go over what both of these are, what their advantages and disadvantages are and …
A Quickstart to Adobe Lightroom and Course Completion
In this video, I’m going to give you a whirlwind tour through Lightroom to focusing only on importing photos, doing basic retouching on them, and exporting them so you can share them with the world…
My Final Words on Photography and this Course
Congratulations! You made it through. Now – go out there and take some amazing photos!