Better Photos with your Compact Camera

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01. Overview of cameras

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Understanding the standard features of compact cameras is important to capturing great photos. You need to be able to work your way around your camera and become confident using each setting. In this photography class Karl sits down to explain what some of the jargon means and how you can use it to improve your photography. You’ll learn why white …

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02. Composition

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Sometimes it’s hard to get consistently good photos, but it’s a whole lot easier when you have a good understanding of composition. There are a few simple rules which, if you follow, will help make your photos more pleasing to the eye. In this photography class Karl examines a number of different images and explores what elements make each image …

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03. Basic camera operation

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Knowing how to use your compact camera is essential if you want to get good photographs and in this photography class Karl shows you all you need to know about basic camera operation. You’ll learn how to hold your camera to avoid camera shake, where and how you should focus your image and how to expose your shot. Balancing your …

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04. Home portraits

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Even if the weather isn’t so great outside you can always use the opportunity to take some great indoor portraits, and the equipment and process for this is simpler than you think. In this photography class Karl explains the best light source for indoor portraiture and how you can use a few simple household items to make the most of …

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05. Still life

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Learn how to produce striking artistic still life photographs using just a few simple household accessories, photographic techniques and equipment. In this photography class Karl explains the best camera mode for macro photography, how to use both natural and artificial light and how, by adding a simple background, you can elevate your work to something you’d want to hang on …

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06. Panoramics

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This photography class covers all you need to know about how to take panorama photos on your compact camera. Karl demonstrates how to do this at two different occasions, explaining how the panoramic mode on your camera works and how you can identify the best locations to photograph. In this photography class we cover the following: How to use your …

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07. Places of interest

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When on holiday or in unusual places you often have some perfect opportunities to capture some great images, whether they be of architecture, landscapes or individual portraits. In this information packed photography class Karl shares some top tips that you can use to take great photos of buildings and even people. He demonstrates how to creatively frame your images and …

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08. Group shots

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Photographing groups of people can be tricky to get right. Organising and balancing multiple people can be difficult, but it’s important to get it right if you want a good group shot. Here are some top tips from Karl on how to make them work and how a little bit of thought and planning can make a huge difference when …

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09. Daylight fill in flash

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Balancing bright sunlight and softer shadows is a common problem when you’re photographing people, and if your subject is in the shade, it can be difficult to expose your subject correctly without making your background too bright. In this photography class Karl explains how to use fill-in flash and why and when it is useful. He shoots a number of …

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10. Night photography

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Many compact cameras nowadays have a ‘Night mode’ and in this photography class you’ll learn how you can combine it with a fill-in flash to create some beautiful nighttime images. In the first part of this class you’ll learn how to use features such as ‘Night mode’ and your cameras self timer to get great, sharp images even when it’s …

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11. A Night out with friends

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It can be really difficult to capture atmosphere and ambience in a photo, which is why knowing how to control the power of your flash is key. In this photography class Karl explains how to get memorable images from a night out with friends with just a few simple tricks that you can try next time you’re on a night …

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12. Macro & abstract details

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Some people think that you need professional equipment to take impressive close up shots, but that is certainly not the case. In this photography class you’ll learn how to take detailed shots of nature with a few useful techniques. You’ll also see how to find interesting subjects for macro photography and how, using natural light and a few simple accessories, …

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13. Kids portraits

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Photographing children, although sometimes a challenge, can be so much fun and is very rewarding. In this photography class Karl shows you how, with the right location and some good light, you can capture fantastic portraits of children — even the most energetic ones! You’ll see how easy it is to use simple reflectors and your cameras portrait mode to …

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14. Sunset landscapes

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In this photography class you’ll learn how to get professional results using just your compact camera, using it on full manual or TV mode to get the very best results. Here, Karl demonstrates how to photograph a sunset and explains the best time to photograph it. You’ll learn how, by using a slow shutter speed, you can easily and effectively …

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15. Editing & storing pictures

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Taking photos is one thing, but storing and editing them is something that you really have to think about too. In the final class of this Compact Camera course, Karl reviews some of the best photos taken throughout the course and some simple software that you can use to easily edit your photographs. He also explains why it’s so important …