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How to Take Amazing Photos with your DSLR

with Julia Kelleher

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    15:29
  •   15 Photography Basics: Product Photography

    08:31

Class duration: 9h 28m

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About The Class

Get Familiar with the Next Step in Your Photography Development


Understanding how your camera functions is a start, but in order to capture the best images, you need to know more than what buttons to push.  Julia Kelleher will walk you through some likely beginner photographer scenarios to show how to work in multiple situations, compose your image and get the most from your subjects. Whether you purchased your camera to take photos of your children, your friends or even products you are hoping to sell, Julia will show you how to feel comfortable in any environment. In this class Julia will show you: 
  • Taking pictures of children: how to work with energetic subjects, what compositions are safest as well as poses and ideas to keep them engaged 
  • Taking pictures of groups: be it your friends, coworkers or clients- learn the best approaches for group photos so you can capture people looking their best 
  • Products: If you’re starting a business or selling your belongings online, a great picture goes a long way in helping a buyer choose your product 
  • Headshots or banner photos: learn techniques to get professional headshots or captivating banner photos for your social media or website 
  • How to work with natural light and control it in your favor, as well as inexpensive options to help improve your lighting quality 
 If you’re new to working with a professional camera, this class will give you the confidence to capture an image in any scenario with your expensive purchase. Make the most out of every situation by learning to compose, pose, direct and light your subjects.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    15:29
  2. 02

    Reviewing Photography Basics

    16:06
  3. 03

    Shoot: Female Portrait

    27:47
  4. 04

    Shoot: Male Portrait

    24:13
  5. 05

    Photography Basics: Child Portraits

    14:05
  6. 06

    Shoot: Posed Child Portraits

    22:09
  7. 07

    Shoot: Candid Child Portraits

    32:15
  8. 08

    Photography Basics: Pets

    18:30
  9. 09

    Shoot: Pet Portraits

    20:14
  10. 10

    Shoot: Child and Pet Portraits

    32:18
  11. 11

    Photography Basics: Groups and Families

    16:20
  12. 12

    Shoot: Families

    16:34
  13. 13

    Shoot: Groups

    26:59
  14. 14

    Product Photography: Overview

    08:00
  15. 15

    Photography Basics: Product Photography

    08:31
  16. 16

    Shoot: Jewelry Photography

    25:00
  17. 17

    Shoot: Food Photography

    14:15
  18. 18

    Shoot: Craft Photography

    26:38
  19. 19

    Overview: Marketing Mock Ups

    09:51
  20. 20

    Shoot: Website and Marketing Mock Ups

    24:33
  21. 21

    Photoshop - Adding Text and Layer Masks to Mock Ups

    23:47
  22. 22

    Overview: Modifiers

    15:53
  23. 23

    Demo: Diffusion Panel

    04:33
  24. 24

    Demo: Reflectors

    09:18
  25. 25

    Demo: V-Flats

    04:36
  26. 26

    Demo: GOBOs

    30:22
  27. 27

    Overview: Strobe Lights

    08:55
  28. 28

    Freezing Action with Strobe Light

    28:04
  29. 29

    Adjusting Background Color with Light

    24:22
  30. 30

    Kicker Light with Strobe Light

    11:54
  31. 31

    Wrap up and Review

    06:58

Meet Your Expert

Julia Kelleher

Portrait Photographer, Julia Kelleher, M. Photog., Cr. CPP, specializes in newborn and family portraits out of her boutique, Bend OR, studio. She offers her clients a photographic style that is organic, textural and artistic, and specializes in creating heirloom albums ... read more

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92% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-3f7515

    January 2017

    Julia is an amazing teacher!!!! Funny, go with the flow, honest, and obviously so gifted at what she does. That came through and also inspired those feelings in me as a novice photographer. I left her class feeling excited to play with my camera and appreciate that she encouraged me to use what I have now and get good before spending tons of money on fancier stuff. I also love that she showed how everyday materials from Home Depot can make for great images. I particularly appreciated the 2nd day on product photography, social media images and the short demos in PhotoShop. Please do a full class on just this Julia/Creative Live!!!!!

  • Brandon Couch

    Brandon Couch

    January 2017

    So first off I've been doing photography for a little bit now and only shot in manual 20% of the time and was okay with it. Since coming to this class and seeing how manual mode isn't scary, it is everything you need and want in the life of photography, I now will not use anything else. The team at Creative Live is amazing and Julia's love for other starting and even professional photographers is amazing. She would sit and talk to us together and individually and really loves those who love photography. I would recommend this class and any other one of Julia's classes here on CreativeLive. I can't wait to come back. Was AMAZING!!! LIFE CHANGING!!!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    January 2017

    What an awesome class! I am not a beginner and am currently making a living as a photographer and was interested in this class because #1 Julia is such a great teacher with such talent and #2 I was expecting to take away some valuable information to pass along to my little after school beinning photo club. I am happy to report Julia did not disappoint:-) What actually happened was that I learned so many things that I probably should have known being a seasoned professional that I lost track of my original intention of why I was there. I couldn't wait to pull out my camera and try all of the new things that I had just learned. The color balancing and the little dot showing when your camera (Nikon) was manually focused alone was worth the price. I enjoyed every minute of this course. Thanks Julia! Anyone would benefit from this course....

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