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Getting Beyond the Postcard
Episode 1 of The Art of Travel Photography Course
Light. Composition. Something interesting. Start the course in the field with Mr. Sartore to learn how important these three rules of photography are, particularly when you're on the road. Visit Saint Lucia, Moscow's Red Square, and other famous locales to…
Lenses and Focal Length
Episode 3 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Lenses are the most critical tools of photography. In this lecture, he takes you into the field and shows you different camera lenses in action. Among them: 70-200 mm (good for blurring out distracting backgrounds), rectilinear lenses (great for photographing…
Shutter Speeds
Episode 4 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Your camera's shutter speed controls how much light enters the lens in a shot. Learn how to become a master at working with this critical tool of photography. You'll discover when to use fast or slow shutter speeds, study each…
Aperture and Depth of Field
Episode 5 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
What do numbers such as f/1.4, f/2.8, or f/16 mean? Finally make sense of your camera's aperture settings, which can help create eye-popping visual effects and solve specific compositional problems. Then examine some of Mr. Sartore's acclaimed work to see…
Light I--Found or Ambient Light
Episode 6 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
In this first lecture on one of the two building blocks of photography, learn how to tap into the power of ambient light, which isn't created in a studio but is found around you. Look at how you should adjust…
Composition I--Seeing Well
Episode 9 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
How do you truly capture the beauty of the three-dimensional world around you? The answer lies within composition--photography's second building block. In the first of three lectures on the subject, analyze a series of pictures to get a basic understanding…
Composition III--Framing and Layering
Episode 11 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Frames. Leading lines. The eyes of your subject. Layers. Learn how paying attention to--and using--these and other compositional tools can isolate the true subject of your photo and add a strong sense of dimension.
Composition II--Background and Perspective
Episode 10 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Great composition also involves paying attention to background and perspective. Here, Mr. Sartore offers you numerous tips and strategies for finding the perfect background, examining the benefits and drawbacks of particular perspectives, and avoiding compositional mistakes that can ruin the…
Let's Go to Work--Landscapes
Episode 12 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Now start applying the information you've learned. Your first assignment: rural and urban landscapes. Some tips you'll discover include surveying the ground ahead of the prime light you want to shoot in, using wide-angle lenses and a little height to…
Light III--Introduced Light
Episode 8 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Mr. Sartore discusses a tricky type of light: man-made (or introduced) light. You'll learn tips for manipulating different sources of light (including firelight, car taillights, reflectors, and spotlights). Also, you'll start to see your camera's flash setting as not a…
Let's Go to Work--Wildlife
Episode 13 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Explore techniques for photographing wildlife, whether it's birds in your backyard or lions on a safari. Learn how to set up a blind to conceal you from your subject, where to find the best places to photograph flora and fauna,…
Light II--Color and Intensity
Episode 7 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Continue exploring light and photography with a look at color--both the "color" of different types of light and colors as they appear in your photographs. Then, focus on the differences between hard light and soft light, and how to adjust…
Faces and Places
Episode 3 of The Art of Travel Photography Course
For memorable photos that provide a sense of time and place, you must add life, be it people or animals. Get tips on taking dynamic individual and group portraits, from directing your subject's wardrobe to using near/far perspective. You'll also…
Light--Early, Late, and in Between
Episode 2 of The Art of Travel Photography Course
Now watch as horseback riders are photographed in the surf at sunrise to learn how to handle changing light, build pictures from the background forward, react quickly in the moment, and use the reflectivity of water. Move to a beach…
Let's Go to Work--From Mundane to Extraordinary
Episode 15 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
A key skill for any photographer is the ability to capture the special aspects of even the most mundane subjects. Focus on developing and strengthening this talent alongside Mr. Sartore, who teaches you how to make great frames in seemingly…
Let's Go to Work--People and Relationships
Episode 14 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Using touching photographs of family and friends, Mr. Sartore demonstrates how to use your camera to best capture joy, sadness, anger, and other emotions--without interfering with your subject's behavior.
Advanced Topics--Research and Preparation
Episode 18 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Despite what you may think, researching is an important part of any well-planned photo shoot. In the first of several lectures on advanced topics in photography, learn from Mr. Sartore's own diverse shoots around the world about ways to research…
Advanced Topics--Low Light
Episode 20 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Low light used to be the bane of Mr. Sartore's profession. Now, it's all he wants to photograph in. Learn how to take advantage of low-light situations by picking the right gear (including lenses that give you wide apertures) and…
Advanced Topics--Macro Photography
Episode 19 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
Examine how to capture the remarkable (and often overlooked) beauty in miniature subjects such as insects, flowers, eyes--even a pile of money. Learn the best equipment to use, lighting techniques to capture specific features of your miniature subjects, and common…
Advanced Topics--Problem Solving
Episode 21 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
In order to be a better photographer, you need to be a visual problem solver. Mr. Sartore, using his own career experiences, takes you through varying levels of difficult situations--such as shooting in Antarctica, on a snowy road, or throughout…