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Mastering Your Digital Camera

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Final Word

Chris Weston

Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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49. Final Word
Now that you know how to work the camera and recognize good light, what's next? Practice, Chris says. Put the pieces together by trying out for yourself.


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Final Word

My final piece of advice is, photography is a skill and like any skill, whether it's learning a new language, then he's playing musical instrument. We're learning to play golf. Practice makes perfect. I'm not very good at golf, and the reason I'm not very good at golf is no, because I don't have the right tools. I have a ball and I have a club. And it's not that I don't know what to do with them. You use one to whack the other. The reason I'm not very good at golf is I never practice golf, but I do practice photography. You're at the end of part one of this course, and I've given you a huge amount of information. How to set up the camera, had to get the right exposure, have get the image sharp in all the right places, etcetera. But all that information is worth little without the most important piece of the jigsaw, and that's something I can teach you practice. So my final piece advice is go out and take pictures and take lots off them. And don't just throw away the ones that don't wor...

k, at least not without looking at them first somebody wants. Ask Thomas Edison whether he felt like giving up the 1000th time He fell to invent the lightbulb, Edison answered. I didn't fail times. I just learned 1000 ways. It didn't work. The second most used button on additional camera is one of the little basket on it, the delete button. But here's the thing. Every time you delete an image without reviewing it, you're deleting information. You're discarding knowledge that tells you how not to take a picture. So what I do is I keep all my images and back in my studio, I look at them properly. I analyzed them on the ones I'm not happy with. I work out why they don't work. Then I asked myself, What would I do differently? How could I change camera settings or composition to create a better image? The more you do this, the more pictures you take, review them and consider alternatives that close you'll get to becoming the complete photographer. Another thing is, I also appreciate that for a lot of people photography as a hobby, it's something you have to fit in around family work and social commitments in other words is not something you do every day of the week. I know I've been there, too. So what happens is when you make a special effort for photography, perhaps you sign upto a course or an event or a photo safari. That's when you practice. That's a little bit like Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods practicing golf during the Masters. That's not the time to practice. That's the time to excel the time to practices before the big event, when it doesn't matter so much. And it's really not that difficult to pick up the camera once a day and take a picture. The subject on the results don't matter is the fact you're using the camera, your training, the muscles to know which buttons or where and how to use them effectively. But simply is about practice. The more you practice, the better you'll get from that. My final words

Class Description


  • Set up your camera with confidence
  • Better understand shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Capture perfect exposures in camera
  • Get sharp, focused images quickly
  • Understand white balance and the difference between RAW and JPEG
  • Quickly and confidently capture images “in the moment”
  • Become a better photographer by building an understanding of basic photography techniques


CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course.

Turn terms like aperture, shutter speed and ISO from a bunch of obscure photography jargon to a toolset that you can easily manipulate to capture great photos. Led by landscape photographer Chris Weston, this class covers everything beginners need to know to master photography basics from exposure to focus.

Turn that camera dial off of auto and learn how to properly expose a photograph. With a few basic camera settings, get the most image quality and the best colors from your mirrorless or DSLR camera. Then, master focus modes and techniques for sharp photographs.

Learn the basics of photography in a series of short, memorable lessons. Chris' straight-forward teaching style is great for newbies that find the task of learning photography daunting, while the to-the-point lessons make it possible to spend just a few minutes a day mastering your camera with easy photography tips and techniques.


  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer that wants to get off automatic mode to shoot better photos


Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.


mark jacobson

What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.


Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!