I’ve had a lot of questions lately from people learning photography and who are interested in doing my “Master your DSLR” course but weren’t clear on how it works so I thought I’d write a quick blog post to let them and anyone else who’d like to know what’s involved.
Well, Master your DSLR is for anyone who wants to get the most from their DSLR camera. From those who have just bought a new DSLR camera and have shot only a few frames to those who might have had a DSLR for a wee while but just don’t really know how to use it to it’s potential – you’ll find lots of value in this course. I’ve been teaching in person for over 12 years and most recently here in Atlanta I’ve helped hundreds of newbie DSLR users get going with their cameras – figuring out the buttons, explaining the terminolgy and basics of photography in an easy to understand way. I love teaching one-on-one and seeing my students walk away from our sessions confident in their ability to now make the camera do what they want it to do. The feedback I’ve gotten from my online classes has been equally rewarding.
“Ingrid’s course is well thought out and organized, which my busy lifestyle appreciated. I found myself excited to practice each week and found the homework inspiring, growing more and more assured of my camera and its functions. Upon completion of Ingrid’s course I hold my camera with ease, knowing what each and every button is for and how to use them as well as noting a definite improvement in the photos I capture. I would recommend her course to anyone who owns a camera but especially those who desire to move out of that ominous Auto Mode and truly dive into the world of photography.” Melanie, Utah
My main concern however was; how was I going to retain that personal touch that I have in my in-person classes online. It’s very different teacing online than it is in person. It’s difficult to asess to see if the student is “getting” the material or if it’s over their head. To counteract this, I’ve tried to make this course as basic as possible. There is probably some stuff in there that you already know. If you’ve done any kind of research you’ll definately know some of the terminology but I promise you I’ll put it together for you in a way that will finally make sense.
The course material is in written form, with lots of explinatory photos and laid out a bit like a blog or website. You will recieve access to the course as soon as you sign up. Here is what it looks like on your dash board inside your course:
The basics of Photography aren’t a secret. Anyone can figure it out by reading Blogs (like this one!), books and just by trial and error shooting. But what I know from my students’ feedback is that you want all the information that’s relevant to you all accessable in the one place and laid out in an easy to follow way. This is why I have relaunched my Master your DSLR course on a new platform which is super easy to flow through. Here is a screenshot of some of the course content. You can see that each of the Modules are further broken down into easy to digest chunks (accessible from the sidebar.)
The course is also self-paced, which means you can take your own time working through the material. I figure it should take you about 5 weeks to adequetly go through the material, do the Action points and do the weekly assignments but if you haven’t much else going on, you could power through the material if you like. Conversely, if you’d like to take your time, or if your schedule is pretty full, you’ll have access to the course material for 6 months from the time of sign up.
So what is the difference between doing my course and simply reading a book? Well, first off, you have me! Well, access to me at any rate. I’ll be here to answer course related questions within 48 hrs of reciving them Mon-Fri, and each month I am going to be doing a live Q and A call for all students. This will be your opportunity to chat to me about any difficulties you might be having and for me to give you a more in depth answer to your questions. (or just for us to hang out and chat!)
Secondly, you will have lots of Action Points so that you can be sure that you know how to put into pratice the things we are talking about.
Thirdly you’ll have assignments to do that will solidify your technical knowledge and stretch your creativity a little bit. These assignments will be critiqued by me, if you’d like.
You’ll also have the support of others that are doing the course in our Private Flickr Group. That’s been invaluble to past students and I love to see the friendships that have formed as a result of doing my classes. Makes me so happy 🙂
I truly want anyone who signs up for my course to go away knowing the basics of DLSR photography and to have a good understanding of how their camera works. It’s really not that complicated. Honestly!
Don’t let your camera get in the way of making a great photo. Learn how to use it! Become its Master and make it do what you want it to do!
P.S. If you are interested in Signing up for my Master your DSLR course I have reduced the price to $99 for a limited time so now is a great time to sign up and get started. You’ll also be well underway and armed with lots of questions for the live Q and A call with me on September the 27th.
As you may or may not know I’ve been teaching Photography Courses in the offline world for many years. This year actually I’m celebrating my 10th year as a photography instructor. Wow! I hadn’t really thought about that until right now but that’s a LOOONG time! Here in Atlanta I have the privilege of teaching students on a one-on-one basis and although I love doing this, I also wanted a way to share all the stuff that I teach with everyone, including people like you! So over the last 6 months I’ve been creating my very own CameraShy University over at www.CameraShyClasses.com.
So now you don’t have to be located in Atlanta to benefit from my training material. By visiting www.CameraShyClasses.com you can check out some of the courses I’m currently offering (more being added all the time!) You can take these courses online at any time that suits YOUR schedule. If you like to access lots of information quickly, then all the material is available for you right from the point you sign-up. Conversely, if you would like to absorb the information slowly, and take your time with the Action Points and Assignments, the material can be accessed for up to 6 months.
One of my most popular online photography courses is “Master your DSLR” which teaches you how to get a handle on your Digital SLR camera so that the basics of photography become second nature to you. This is perfect for any beginners in photography or someone just starting out with a Digital SLR for the first time.
The material is designed to be completed in 5 weeks, each week comprising of a different topic. Each week is further broken down into smaller sections so that you can learn the information in easy to manage, bite-sized chunks. I’ve included several Action points throughout, which will help you put the theory into – you got it – action!
At the end of every week I’ve created an assignment for you to complete so that you can demonstrate what you have learned. These pictures can be uploaded to the Flickr group so that the can be critiqued by others in the group and by me. And of course, I’m here via email to answer any questions that you might have throughout your course.
So if you’ve got a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, and you know your only using about 20% of it’s functionality, if you want to move out of Auto mode and start shooting in Manual or if you want to begin to take your photography to the next level check out www.CamerashyClasses.com and sign up for a course today!
P.S. If you have questions about any of the courses, feel free to shoot me an email to ingrid [at] CameraShy [dot] info