Advanced DSLR Photography 1

These photography classes build on the basic photography skills covered in the Essentials section and show you a number of creative techniques to improve your photography.

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Painting With Light

01. Painting with light

Photographing at night can be tricky, you have to be comfortable photographing in manual mode and understand how to use bulb mode. In this photography class Karl takes you through each step of night photography. You’ll learn what settings are…
Flash On Location

02. Flash on location

Have you ever been unsure of how to use studio flash on location? In this photography class Karl explains the shot he’s looking for and how he plans to achieve it. Using carefully identified key elements in his backdrop, Karl…
Essential Equipment

03. Essential equipment

Many people get hung up on what sort of equipment they need to take great photos, but really you can get away with just a few basics — a couple of lenses and a camera body (in fact, some of…
Macro Extra

04. Macro photography out & about

When photographing macro photography, dedicated macro lenses are often the obvious choice. Macro lenses are designed specifically for close up work as they allow you to shoot at a magnification of at least one to one (sometimes even more). The…
Macro Photography

05. Macro photography at home

Using an entry level DSLR camera, Karl shows you how to take great macro photographs in a studio using just minimal equipment. In this class Karl shows you a simple tabletop setup that you can easily replicate yourself to create…
Remote Capture

06. Remote control capture

Have you ever wondered how to capture those elusive wildlife images you often seen in magazines and websites? Photographing wildlife often requires you to work quietly, or even remotely from your camera. In cases where you can't manually trigger your…
Car Trails

07. Shooting car trails

In this photography class Karl spent some time doing long exposures and photographing light trails in front of the Eiffel tower. Experimenting with long exposure photography at night can yield some lovely results, as you can see in the image…
08. Capturing Action Shots

08. Capturing action shots

Photographing action often requires fast shutter speeds, especially if you want to freeze the movement. But what if you want a more creative effect? In this photography class Karl not only shows you how to take more traditional action shots,…
Natural Light Portraiture

09. Natural light portrait

In this photography class Karl explains how to take great portrait images using natural light. Beautiful natural light at the right time of day can go a long way towards creating the perfect portrait. Here Karl explains five important factors…
09. Natural Light Portraiture

10. Natural light portrait with flash

This photography class follows on from the previous chapter, where Karl explained how to take natural light portraits. Here, he demonstrates how fill in flash from a simple flash gun can also work to good effect for outdoor portrait photography.…
Capturing HDR Images

11. Shooting HDR images

Follow Karl to Brooklyn Bridge as he explains step by step how to take HDR images in black and white and colour. You’ll learn how to find great locations and compose your images as well as how to use the…
Merging HDR Images

12. Properly blending HDR images

In this photography class Karl demonstrates the step by step process of using Photoshop to blend your HRD images to get the very best, natural-looking results. HRD imagery allows us to combine elements of different exposure shots to get a…
City Light

13. City light street photography

In this photography class Karl shows you how you can use creative techniques to get eye-catching and interesting street photography images. Here, Karl and the team are in New York and take a quick photo of the sun bouncing off…
04. Capturing Panoramic Images

14. Shooting panoramics

In this photography class Karl shows you how to create a 180 degree view panoramic photo from a series of stitched images. Many cameras nowadays have built in panorama features, but if you want to capture high detail, doing it…
05. Stitching Panoramic Images

15. Stitching panoramic images

In this photography class follow Karl as he demonstrates how to create a panoramic image in Photoshop from a series of still photos he took of Times Square, New York. He explains each step and how to correct any errors…
06. Flash In The Landscape

16. Landscape with flash

Photographing directly into the sun can cause a few issues as sometimes items in the foreground can be a bit dark and in shadow. However, a touch of flash in high speed sync mode is all that is needed to…
07. Flowing Rivers

17. Perfect water motion

In this photography class Karl shows you how you can get creative with different shutter speeds to capture movement in flowing water. He explains how to adjust your shutter speed to get different effects and shows how easy it is…
08. Twilight With A Touch Of Flash

18. Perfect twilight shots with flash

Capturing the perfect light at twilight can be really simple and is something that can be done with minimal equipment — just a tripod and your camera. It’s all about knowing the right time to shoot and having the patience…
09. Torches, Stars & Tin Mines

19. Star trails and light painting

In this photography class Karl uses a long exposure to photograph star trails and paint with light, a technique that gives some fantastic results. Shots like this require a little bit of testing (and a lot of running around with…
10. Tin Mine Fashion Shoot

20. Fashion location flash

In this photography class Karl shoots a series of fashion images against the backdrop of one of Cornwall’s historic tin mines using studio lighting. Working on location requires a portable and versatile lighting setup. For this, Karl uses two battery…
11. Fashion In Flowers

21. Sunset location flash

This photography class demonstrates two different outdoor fashion shoots done at sunset. Using a combination of natural and studio lighting, Karl produces two great images using a simple two light setup, demonstrating how creative you can be in a short…
12. Strobist Desert Fashion Shoot

22. Desert fashion shoot with Speedlites

Karl demonstrates a simple fashion shoot in Joshua Tree National Park in the US using just speedlites and umbrellas. Using the setting sun to backlight the subject, Karl uses the speedlites to make his subject stand out against the backdrop…
13. Softening Midday Light

23. Softening harsh sunlight

Working out in the desert in the middle of the day is a difficult time to shoot as the bright sunlight causes harsh, unflattering shadows. But there are a few tricks you can try that will help soften the shadows…
14. The Desert Night Sky

24. Spectacular night skies

When it comes to photographing the night sky one of the main challenges is calculating your exposure and timings. In this photography class Karl shows you how to photograph the night sky. He explains how to expose the image, how he…
15. Dynamic Car Shoot

25. Dynamic car shoot

In this photography class Karl shows you something slightly different. You’ll learn all you need to know to photograph a car in motion. Karl explains everything from the equipment he uses to the camera settings and safety considerations for a…
16. Lingerie Shoot

26. Lingerie shoot

Finding interesting locations instead of just sticking to a studio or a plain background can add an extra, important level of detail in your shots and transform them from catalogue-style images to something a whole lot better. For this lingerie…
Photography Technique Review

27. Photography technique review

This final class provides an overview of the techniques and concepts covered throughout this Advanced Photography course. Karl reviews a selection of final images, recapping on how each shot was achieved, the necessary equipment for each and how he selected…