Well...I've done it. I've developed a 5 week online photography course. And it's free.
Why I Created This Free Email Photography Course
I believe art of any kind is important to our lives, our souls. And photography is one way to make our lives more beautiful. I love that photography is available to just about anyone who wants to explore her/his own creativity.
Photography is so much more than lenses, filters, speed lights and camera bodies. Photography is so much more than "see and snap". Photography is a way to spark our dreams and share our stories. Photography is a way to change our own worlds...and maybe someone else's.
Have you ever said, or asked, these things about your camera and photographs?
- "Does this photo look good?
- "Do I have to buy special lights and lenses?"
- "My pictures are terrible no matter what I do."
- "I just don't understand why I can't get good focus in my photos."
- "This image doesn't capture what I wanted."
You want to take photos that don't look like a simple snapshot. You want to create photographs that feel artistic to you. You want to make images that make you smile, that make you remember fondly, that make you laugh, that make you think.
This 5 week course is for you!
- Fifteen (15!) email classes, delivered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. These are not technical classes. We cover only a small bit of the technology involved with a camera - just enough for you to control the final image. You will learn to find and record what is "inside the moment."
- Each week is topped off with an interview with an inspiring photographer. They share with us what they love about photography, how it fits into their lives and the new adventures photography has provided. Their stories just may inspire you to explore new opportunities for yourself and your photography.
- You'll have access to my personal support through a Facebook Group. The group will remain open for three months so you can keep practicing and get support - or you need more time for the lessons.
- And, you can learn and practice from the convenience of your own home, on your own time schedule.
Cell phone camera? Point and shoot camera? DSLR camera? It doesn't matter. The camera doesn't make the image, you do. You have the vision, the camera only records it. During this course you are encouraged to use any and all cameras you have available.
By the end of this 5 week course, you will be able to intentionally bring your heartfulness into your photographs.
- 3 emails per week; delivered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- A weekly creative prompt for your photography. The prompt will help you apply the week's lesson.
- You'll learn how to "Start where you are. Use what you have". No exotic travel or early morning photography trips required - unless, of course, that's what you desire.
- The opportunity to share and discuss your new images in the Facebook group.
- Support from me and your fellow group members in the Facebook group.
- Learn the art of gentle critique for your own works.
- A Google Hangout at the end of the course to celebrate your successes.
Here's a glimpse at what you can expect in PhotoStories...
Material covered in PhotoStories - week by week
Week #1 Introduction To The PhotoStories Email Course This week, you'll get the birds-eye view of this course, a list of resources, a little bit of technology information to make the rest of the 5 weeks a bit easier and the interview with an inspiring photographer!
Week #2 Introduction To Composition Learn a variety of ways that you can compose your photos. You will learn to step beyond "The Rule of Thirds" for harmonious images. What is a visual library and why you want one of your own. Another inspiring photographer shares her story with you.
Week #3 Finding Heart and Emotion in the Details How taking time to stop and breathe helps you find the moment in the photo. How depth of field and black/white produce moodiness and the sense of emotion. How focusing on a small detail instead of the big picture can make your photograph more meaningful. And this week's inspiring photographer shares how her "why" determines the type of images she creates.
Week #4 Adventures in post-processing If you worry about how to use post-processing, this week is for you. You'll investigate different philosophies about the use of post-processing in photography. And I'll share some easy tips. We're not going in-depth...just covering the basics. We'll also explore daily life as a source for artistic photography.
Week #5 Stories of the Heart This week will cover how to tell a story from one photo to a collage. You'll get free resources to help you build your story. And, you'll compare your final photos to your photos from the beginning of the course. The final inspiring interview will be about one famous photographer and how he waits for the soul of the subject before he snaps the shutter.
You can't go wrong by taking a course that answers some of your pressing questions about your photography. It is my hope that by the end of PhotoStories of the Heart, you will feel comfortable in putting more YOU into your images.
I look forward to meeting you on-line!
Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure.
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