Advanced DSLR Photography 1

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01. Painting with light

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Using a high powered torch, just like an artist you can actually use light to paint your scene! Karl takes you step by step through this fascinating process of turning night into day with simply stunning results. With star trails and light painting this technique takes a lot of setup, time and effort to create however I think we can …

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02. Flash on location

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Have you ever been confused about when to use flash and why you should actually use it? Throughout this chapter Karl helps you discover how the professionals make the best of the light by adding more on location. Watch as Karl Intentionally underexposes the background and uses a portable studio flash to create some very interesting and dramatic effects.

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03. Essential equipment

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Many people get hung up on what sort of kit 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. Some of Karl’s favorite shots were taken using just a DSLR body and lens and a simple flash gun. In this chapter Karl gives …

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04. Macro photography out & about

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For macro work you can use a dedicated macro lens however in this chapter find out some alternative methods you can use to take your macro shots even further. Karl heads out into the country and explains some tips and tricks and economical equipment that are useful to know when it comes to macro photography.

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05. Macro photography at home

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In this chapter Karl is in the studio using an entry level DSLR with an 18-55mm lens and a simple flash gun to give you even more ideas for your macro photography. Karl creates some really eye catching images of Kiwi Fruit in this chapter with very minimal gear- But you’ll learn that you can use this set up to …

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06. Remote control capture

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Have you ever wondered how to capture those elusive wildlife images? In this chapter Karl explains the set up, equipment and techniques that he uses in order to capture some amazing wildlife shots of seagulls using remote capture techniques. Follow this step by step and see the great results that come from a bit of preparation and planning.

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07. Shooting car trails

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With the amazing backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, Karl and the team set up to capture the tail lights of cars passing by. With some simple equipment and not too much effort you too can create stunning images like this, all you need is the know-how. Expand your shooting skills beyond the magic hour by applying these simple rules to …

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08. Capturing action shots

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We always assume that fast shutter speeds are necessary for action shots but how can slower shutter speeds and panning be the key to photographing action shots? In this chapter Karl Taylor explains exactly how as he heads down to a motocross event, the perfect place for practicing this sort of photography. See the results and learn how you can …

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09. Natural light portrait

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Beautiful outdoor natural light and choosing the right time of day hand in hand go a long way towards the perfect portrait. In this chapter Karl goes through the 5 things he feels are key to good portraiture. This essential knowledge will guide you to capturing great photos of people with just natural light and reflectors, a simple set up …

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10. Natural light portrait with flash

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Continuing on from the previous chapter, extend your knowledge of Natural light portraiture by using fill in flash from a simple flash gun instead of just sunlight and a reflector. Again this is still a simple set up that any photographer can achieve with just the addition of a flash gun to reap high end and professional results.

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11. Shooting HDR images

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To create realistic or abstract HDR images in color or B&W, you must consider exposure. Follow Karl to Brooklyn Bridge as he takes you through the techniques step by step of how to take a series of images all exactly identical however with the exposure different in each one. With the right post work and software you can create great …

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12. Properly blending HDR images

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In this chapter Karl’s back in the studio to complete the post work on his HDR image. The best HDR images are a result of good blending and combining a contrast range that you are unable to achieve in one exposure. Watch and learn with a meticulous explanation to arrive at a stunning HDR image that accommodates all the exposure …

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13. City light street photography

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In this chapter Karl and the team are in New York and are taking a moment to set up a quick photo of the sun bouncing off some iconic New York skyscrapers. With a bit of motion blur and some nice detail this is a simple and easy set up that anyone can recreate. Hopefully this chapter can bring you …

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14. Shooting panoramics

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Have you ever wondered how you actually take impressive panoramic images with a series of individual images? Sometimes cameras have inbuilt panoramic settings however if you want to capture high detail take note as in this chapter you’ll learn how you can create super-sized wall art and canvases with panoramic stitching techniques whilst avoiding too much distortion and unwanted blur …

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15. Stitching panoramic images

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Once you’ve got all your stills it’s simply a case of stitching them together. In this chapter follow Karl as he takes you through the process in Photoshop. Karl explains step by step exactly how to complete your panoramic image to the highest quality possible and adjust any errors and issues that occur when stitching them together.

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16. Landscape with flash

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Shooting into the sun can cause a few issues as sometime items in the foreground can be a bit dark and too in shadow however a touch of flash in high speed sync mode is all that is needed to add a splash of color and lift your image above the ordinary. Follow Karl to Lands End in Cornwall to …

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17. Perfect water motion

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In this chapter Karl is near a lovely stream and waterfall to show you how to capture movement in flowing water. By demonstrating the fantastic effects that different slow shutter speeds can have on flowing water. Hopefully this chapter will show you just how easy it is to get majestic water shots and inspire you to get out there and …

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18. Perfect twilight shots with flash

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Capturing the perfect light at twilight can be a really simple technique and is something that can be done with just a tripod and your camera. It’s all about knowing the right time to shoot and waiting for the light to be right. In this chapter Karl shows you his set up and top tips for when to shoot as …

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19. Star trails and light painting

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Karl is at the south west tip of Cornwall for this shoot at some historical tin mines for a lovely night time shot with a bit of light painting. This sort of long exposure shot takes a lot of testing (as well as frantic running with a torch!) but is completely worth it as the resulting shots are simply fantastic.

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20. Fashion location flash

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Fashion shots with location lighting can be challenging, In this chapter Karl shoots a series of fashion images with the wonderful backdrop of a tin mine using studio-type lighting on location. As this set up uses a battery pack to provide power to the lights, it’s an incredibly versatile way to provide the strength of studio lighting combined with the …

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21. Sunset location flash

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Using flash at sunset to create stunning fashion shoots is the aim of this chapter. With the help of some simple location lighting just to fill in the light Karl is able to take some stunning photos in a picturesque field of flowers and explains how you could create similar results with a reflector if you are on a lower …

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22. Desert fashion shoot with Speedlites

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This shoot takes place in Joshua National Park in the US, the perfect location for a fashion shoot. Using just strobes and flash guns for lighting Karl creates some great back-lit images using a flash to fill the shadows just as the sun sets making the most of not only the beauty of the model but also the beauty of …

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23. Softening harsh sunlight

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Out in the desert in the middle of the day is a hard time to shoot. With harsh, strong light creating strong unflattering shadows. But using an overhead skim allows us to create much more flattering shots even at midday. The results are some wonderful and flattering shots that couldn’t have been achieved without that extra piece of kit.

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24. Spectacular night skies

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When photographing the night sky the main challenge is calculating your exposure and timings. In this chapter Karl takes us through his thought process behind his fantastic night time shots and shows us how he does it from going there and composing his shot in the daytime through to execution. Sharing with you some tips such as adding in a …

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25. Dynamic car shoot

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In this chapter Karl shows you all you need to prepare and execute a dynamic shot of a model driving a car in motion. With tips on how to mount your camera to the car and how to light the image to remotely capturing and actually executing the photo, this chapter is full of handy knowledge that will allow you …

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26. Lingerie shoot

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A good location and studio flash were key to capturing these sexy lingerie shots. Using interesting locations instead of just sticking to a studio or a plain paper roll background can add that extra, important level of detail in your shots and turn them from looking like catalogue images to something a whole lot better. Follow Karl through setting up …

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27. Photography technique review

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This final chapter is a an overview of what you will have learned so far in this course. Karl takes a look through all the final images again going over some of the details that you may have missed as well as summarizing what was done to achieve them and what exactly he likes about the images and feels makes …