This is the last time we're offering all 31 modules as a single course with instructor support.
It’s hard to find the time, motivation and guidance.
That’s why we asked professional photography instructor, Jim Hamel to create “31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer”.
Finally, a practical photography course for beginners to take you from zero to photography hero in 31 days… plus direct access to the instructor via an exclusive Facebook Group.
We all want to take stunning photos like you see in galleries or magazines and other places. But the question is: how do you get there? How do you learn the skills and master the techniques to take amazing photos?
PLUS you’ll have 3 months access to a closed Facebook Group so you can ask Jim anything you need to help you progress through the training and participate in assignments so you put your learning into practice.
Jim has recorded 31 practical lessons in video format, that you can watch online, whenever suits you.
You can binge watch all 31 lessons, or take it a day at a time, it’s totally up to you and how fast or slow you want to go as you receive lifetime access to the photography training videos.
Would recommend this course to everyone. It’s been great that you have Jim’s videos for ever and can go back and refer to them at any time. Jim replies to any questions very promptly and has now started putting further more advanced photography videos on You Tube.
Jim Hamel is an excellent teacher of the course. He is very hands on and will critique your photos, helping to make me a better photographer. Jim provides detailed packets on each days course. I continue to refer to these cheat sheets to capture better pictures every day I go out to shoot. I have seen a marked improvement in my photography & even have received many new followers on Instagram as well as added comments from my friends on FB. This course is great for beginners as well as those that may require a brush up. As I mentioned before, Jim taught the lesson well. Have signed up for additional classes with him. Thanks for the great learning experience.
The course took me from only shooting in auto to fully using manual. Jim's lessons are clear and easy to understand. His guideance is invaluable. Thank you, Jim! .
When I began the course, I was a novice photographer who used Auto mode for all my images. I occasionally tried Aperture Priority, but I was totally intimidated by Manual. A year later, thanks to this course, I completely use and understand how to use Manual, but more importantly, I understand several techniques for composing an effective image. Thanks to Jim's excellent teaching style, and the effective resources that he provides, I now feel like a competent photographer. I have actually won several competitions, was asked to display an image in a local photography gallery and have been asked to show 8 images in an upcoming gallery show. A year ago, I never would have believed that I could do all of this. The pace of Jim's course, his calm teaching style, the practice assignments, and the regular feedback provided by Jim make this the most effective photography course I have ever taken.
Practising the techniques you learn by taking your own photos along the way
Interact with other people who are also going through the course via the exclusive Facebook Group
Share your progress
Ask Jim questions you have about any of the lessons.
Mastering depth of field
Proper Light Metering
Shutter Speed for Motion Blur
Mastering Flash Photography
Your instructor has created a 'packet' of written information to supplement the video for each day of the course - 293 pages in total!
Includes the details of the 31 assignments to help you really consolidate what you have learned.
Key learnings from each day of the course are condensed into one-page printable cards.
Take the tips into the field with you, either printed out or on your device.
While the title of this course if "31 Days to Becoming a Better Photographer", you can take as long as you like.
Lifetime access to all the course modules
Lifetime access to the exclusive Facebook Group
3 Months access to mentoring from professional photographer Jim Hamel
This is the last time we're running this course in this way.
Jim Hamel shows aspiring photographers simple, practical steps for improving their photos. Jim has written many popular articles for dPS and specialises in teaching photography. You can learn more about Jim at his personal website.
To start the course, we will make sure your camera is set up to take the best pictures possible and to allow you to focus more on creativity and less.
In this video, you'll get an overview of the exposure process. That way, when we cover each of the separate exposure controls in later videos, you'll have a basic understanding of how it all works together.
Before we get into the specifics of exposure, we need to take about how your camera meters light and how you can use that process for great results.
We start our journey toward great exposure with the simplest exposure control: ISO. You'll learn how it works and how things have changed for this control in recent years.
A key to great photography is controlling depth of field, or now much of the picture is sharp. You'll discover ways to control this process in this lesson.
We'll talk about the final exposure control: shutter speed. You'll learn how it is used and measured, and also about its important role in creating sharp images.
In this lesson, you'll continue learning to master shutter speed, including using it to add effects like motion blur to your pictures.
You'll learn how to control the focus operations of your camera and use it in different scenarios to ensure your focus is exactly where you want it.
Everyone wants sharp photos, and in today's lesson we'll review the things you need to do to get them.
It is easy to let distractions creep into your photos and in some cases destroy them. In today's lesson you'll learn how to avoid them in the field and also.
Thus far, you have used only natural light to exposure the photos in this course. Now we'll add in flash, using a simple 5-step process.
In this lesson, we'll continue with our use of flash. This lesson is full of additional tips for helping you control the output of the flash and ensure you get the exposure you are looking for.
Often times the best locations lead to the best photos, so in today's lesson, you'll learn some ways to find those locations.
Photography comes down to light, so you'll learn what light to look for to create the best photos possible.
This lesson will show you how to establish a unified theme or message to your photo.
In this lesson you will learn a tried and true method for composing your photos.
Using a process called "back to front composition," you'll learn where to spend your time and effort to create compositions and avoid mere snapshots.
There are different types of balance, which we'll cover in today's lesson. You'll learn how to add them as the final element to composing a great photo.
While there are many graphical elements you can use to compose your pictures, in today's lesson we will concentrate on one particularly important one: the leading line.
In this lesson, we'll cover some compositional issues that pertain more to shots of people, whether you are creating portraits, street shots, or pictures of friends and family.
You'll learn an important lesson used by master photographers, and how to use it to create great photos of your own.
As the final cherry on the sundae, you'll learn how to create photos that capture a decisive moment.
We begin the post-processing portion of the course by introducing you to the best tools to control the brightness values of your photos.
Most of the time you want to change only part of the picture (not the whole thing), so in today's lesson you'll learn the best ways to make selections.
One of the most powerful tools in post processing is contrast. It goes way beyond just the contrast slider, so today we'll cover the best ways to add contrast to the whole photo or just parts of the photo.
A huge problem we all face is the limited dynamic range of digital cameras. In this lesson you'll learn the best ways to deal with this problem and keep your highlights and shadows in gamut.
Today's lesson looks at the best ways to enhance colors in post processing, without making them look toxic or psychedelic.
There are some simple but powerful tools for avoiding and fixing color casts in your photos, which is what you'll learn in this lesson.
In this lesson, you'll get some tips on the best ways to convert your photos to black and white, as well as some ideas on making them look their best after you convert them.
You'll learn the best tools to eliminate digital noise and the best ways to use them.
For the final lesson, we'll cover the tools to add pop to your photos and make them as sharp as possible.
Had a ball! Enjoyed the discipline of the assignments. Relished being pushed out of my comfort zone. And I liked the freedom of being able to revisit lessons (particularly those on using Lightroom and Photoshop). It's been interesting seeing other people's efforts as well.
Thank you so much for sharing all your expertise and Knowledge! I thoroughly enjoyed the 31 day Course and got an awful lot out of it! Thanks again!!
Thanks for sharing Jim ..... I am learning so much from your course, I find I am getting a good foundation of becoming a better photographer. At the end of the day, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Your pictures are beautiful!
So happy with all this and, above all, it is really great to have Jim to reach out to clear any doubts. So thanks a lot Jim, for the course's content and for your precious help.
Thanks so much for this course. I have learn so much in all the modules. I'm sure I will be revisiting some until it all sinks in. I have loved all the feedback and encouragement from everyone here. Seeing all the work and progress everyone is making is inspiring and motivating me to keep working on my own shots. Now it will be some time for putting everything into practice. Good luck to everyone still working their way through their 31 days. I may peak in and see how you are all doing.
I am so happy I signed up for this course. It gets me out to shoot every day. If I don't get a lesson, I can go back and try it again until I get it right! I am starting to be happy with my results.
I have yet to complete every lesson but have learned SO much from everyone here and have loved all the pictures and variety! I plan to keep working the lessons to improve and continue taking pictures for my enjoyment Thanks to Jim for his excellent communication and teaching skills, and incredible photography!
Would just like to say Jim how much I have enjoyed this course. I have taken the odd course before but I found your course, e.g. videos, so much easier to understand and have learned so much more. I will now go back and make notes and practice, practice, practice. Many thanks again Jim.
No! Once you sign up for the course, you'll have access to all the course modules and you'll keep that access as long as you like. Work at your own speed. If you want to do a lesson every day, great. But when life gets in the way, the course and the Facebook group will still be there when you get back.
Sure. The idea of the course is to make you a better photographer no matter what sort of camera you are using. As long as your camera will allow you to set the exposure controls manually, you'll be just fine.
That's largely up to you. The course uses mostly Lightroom and Photoshop, since that's what most people use. But you can get by with something like Photoshop Elements as well.
If you have been yearning to take stunning photos, but have been unsure where to start, we think this course is for you. The course covers all facets of photography - from exposure to composition to processing - and puts you on a solid foundation so you'll be confident in your skills. You'll also have access to the instructor for specific questions and feedback
Immediately upon purchase you'll be directed to a page where you can access the course resources. You'll also receive a second email with your login details so you can continue to access the course. If you're having trouble because the link in your email has expired, you can login to your dashboard here: https://resources.digital-photography-school.com/your-profile/ (using the login details you received).
A few days before the doors close and the class starts, we'll send you details on how to join our private Facebook group. Here Jim will roll out the modules each week and give you assignments (all material that is available via your course login also - not just on Facebook). You can post your photos for feedback and ask him and other students questions.
The vast majority of the assignments are designed to be done at home, many of them indoors. When Jim first created the course, he knew people could not just pick up and go to a national park or fly to Paris on an average Tuesday, so tried to keep everything close to home.
Here’s the breakdown:
All but 2 of the first 12 foundational modules are designed to be done at home.
The next 9 modules on composition can mostly be done at home, with a few just requiring a quick visit to the local park.
The final 9 modules are all post-processing, so they are all obviously designed to be done at the computer.
That said, Jim will be creating some Covid-friendly alternatives for any of the assignments that cannot be done at home.
If anything, it’s a perfect time to slow down, enjoy a hobby that you’re passionate about, and take advantage of the time to practice.And the best part is that you’ll have a community of great folks to do it with - all from the safety of home.
These are the 31 practical lessons that will get you out of Auto Mode
This is the last time we're running this course in this way. Class starts on 31st July 2020
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