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Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography

The Best Online Professional Photography Class: How to Take Amazing Photos for Beginners & Advanced Photographers
Instructor:
Phil Ebiner
328,582 students enrolled
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You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family and friends
You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings
You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like family portraits, landscapes, aerial, product, wildlife, and much more
You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules
You will know how to light your subjects with flash and natural lighting
You will know how to edit your photos like a professional
You will know how to make money with photography
You will know how to take better photos with your smart phones

****ALWAYS UPDATED WITH NEW LESSONS****

+ Get instant access to a 276-page guidebook

+ Get access to our exclusive member student photography community

+ $100+ worth of Lightroom Presets Added to the course

+ Inspirational Student Photos book with 52 weeks of Weekly Challenges

This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and even sell them, whether you use a smartphone, mirrorless or DSLR camera.

This photography course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

Master Photography Techniques to Create Extraordinary Images!

While there are plenty of digital photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it’s hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

This course is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills, take stellar images, and make money with their photos – especially great for any DSLR or mirrorless camera user.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how cameras work and what gear you need

  • Master shooting in manual mode and understanding your camera

  • Know what equipment you should buy no matter what your budget is

  • Follow our practical demonstrations to see how we shoot in real-world scenarios

  • Use composition, lighting, and proper settings to take better photos

  • Edit photos professionally to make them look even better

  • Learn start a photography business and make money from your new skills

Styles of photography you will learn:

  • Portrait photography

  • Long exposure photography

  • Landscape photography

  • Product photography

  • Low light photography

  • Sports and action photography

  • Street photography

  • Architecture photography

  • Event and wedding photography

  • Aerial and drone photography

  • Wildlife photography

  • Night photography

  • DSLR photography

  • Mirrorless photography

  • Smartphone photography

  • and more!

Improve Your Photography Techniques, Acquire Clients, And Make More Money

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your photography skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer taking photos of nature, animals, or people, a great photographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can sell your photos so you can turn your passion into a career. This course shows you how.

Unlike other photography classes that are more limited in scope, this complete course teaches you how to take amazing photos and how to make money by selling them.

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching photographers what it takes to improve your techniques to earn more money.

You’ll start with the basics and tackle how a camera operates, the types of cameras and lenses available, and equipment you’ll need for accomplishing your goals. You’ll then dive into the different styles of photography you can focus on.

You’ll learn about your camera settings (DSLR, mirrorless, or other), including how to shoot in manual mode. You’ll use stabilization tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You’ll even learn how to take great photos with a smartphone or tablet and how to edit images.

So you can sell your photos, you’ll learn how to brand yourself, create a portfolio and website, and find freelance work or a full-time position. Gain insight into licensing, fair use, and more. And if you want to get into wedding photography, you’ll learn how to start your own business.

By the end of this master course, your confidence as a photographer will soar. You’ll have a thorough understanding of your camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable photos and start a profitable photography career.

What camera should you use?

A DSLR camera or mirrorless camera is a great option for taking this course. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or fancy model. Any interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR or mirrorless is fine. You can even use a smartphone or point and shoot camera, although you may not have all the manual settings and options that we cover in this course.

Who are the Instructors?

Phil Ebiner, Sam Shimizu-Jones, and Will Carnahan – all professionals making a living from their photographic skills, have come together to create this amazing new course. 

Phil & Sam, creators of the original Photography Masterclass, took the feedback left from students to make this course even better. Will has come on board to share his passion and in-depth knowledge of photography with you.

With 3 instructors, you’ll get premium support and feedback to help you become a better photographer!

Our happiness guarantee…

We have a 30-day 100% money back guarantee, so if you aren’t happy with your purchase, we will refund your course – no questions asked!

We can’t wait to see you in the course!

Enroll now, and we’ll help you take better photos than ever before!

Phil, Sam, & Will

Introduction & Course Downloads

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Welcome to the Photography Masterclass

Welcome to the Photography Masterclass! In this lesson, you'll be welcomed by Phil, Sam and Will with important information about how best to take this course, what's included, and how you can make this course even better. Thank you for enrolling!

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DOWNLOAD: Photography Course Workbook | Photography Masterclass

We've created a downloadable workbook for you to use while taking this course. It includes key points from each lesson, links to supplemental resources, as well as a space for you to take notes. Feel free to print it out.

We hope this helps you in this course and improves your learning experience!

Cheers,

Phil, Will & Sam

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How Does a Camera Work? | Photography Masterclass

How does a camera work? This is the first step to understanding how to take better photos.

At its core, photography is about capturing light. Your camera can see bright light, and if there’s an absence of light. It can see colors too!

That light goes into your camera through the lens, which has an aperture inside, an opening that lets in the light. The light passes through the camera’s shutter which in many cameras opens when you press the ‘shutter release’ button to let light in… and the light hits your camera’s sensor, where it is digitally captured and saved as an image.

While digital photography is a lot easier than photographing with film, the process is still the same. And as one of the most important inventions of all time, we’re excited to have you in this class to learn even more.

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Join the Official Student Photography Group | Photography Masterclass

Please join our official group to get even more feedback and support!

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Inspirational Student Photos & Weekly Challenge Book | Photography Masterclass
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IMPORTANT: Know Your Lecture Types | Photography Masterclass

Before continuing with the Photography Masterclass, watch this video to learn the different types of lectures.

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Tips to Improve Your Photography Class Taking Experience

Exposure

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What is Exposure? | Photography Masterclass

What is exposure? Photography exposure is basically how bright or dark your image is. We call a photo that is too dark, underexposed. A photo that is too bright is overexposed.

A photo where your subject is not too dark, and not too bright, but it looks natural, is properly exposed. Your subject could be anything from a person to a mountain in the distance.

Depending on your photo’s composition, not everything can be properly exposed. Sometimes your background will be too bright. Sometimes one side of your photo will be too dark.

The important thing we want you to remember with ‘proper exposure’ is that it’s partly up to you as the artist. You may want your photo to be dark or to be bright. That can create some interesting and creative shots.

This is the basic idea of photography exposure. As you go through the course, you'll learn how to control your photo's exposure using in-camera options like aperture, shutter speed and ISO, as well as out-of-camera things like natural and artificial lighting.

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What is Aperture? | Photography Masterclass

What is aperture? Aperture is the first part of the exposure triangle, and the first part of your camera that controls how much light enters and is captured.

Inside your lens is a hole. This hole can go bigger and smaller. This is your aperture, which is sometimes called the ‘iris,’ similar to the iris or pupil of your eye. Now if you make the aperture larger, do you think more light is let in or less light?

That one is easy - more light is let in when the hole is bigger. This means that increasing the size of the aperture will make your image brighter. Decreasing will make it darker.

How do we adjust our aperture?

An f-stop, also known as an f-number, is a method of describing the size of the aperture. This f-stop scale goes from f/1 to f/1.4 to f/2 to f/2.8 to f/4… and beyond.

There are 2 potentially confusing things about the f-stop scale.

First, the smaller the f-number, the larger the aperture. Visa versa, the larger the f-number, the smaller the aperture. So an f/2.8 is larger, and lets in more light than an f/11. Make sense?

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VISUAL GUIDE: Aperture Chart | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the aperture is.

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What is Shutter Speed? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

What is shutter speed?

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What is ISO? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

What is ISO and how it effects exposure?

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The Exposure Triangle in Photography | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

The Exposure Triangle

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VISUAL GUIDE: Exposure Triangle | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the exposure triangle is.

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Intro to the Photography Masterclass Activities | Photography Masterclass

Learn more about the activities in this course!

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Exposure Activity | Photography Masterclass
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Exposing with Your Camera's Light Meter | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read the light meter on your camera.

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ADVANCED: Metering Modes | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the different automatic metering modes in a typical digital camera.

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ADVANCED: Exposure Compensation | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what exposure compensation is, and how it affects the look of your photo.

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Camera Exposure Modes: Automatic, Manual + More | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the different modes on your camera.

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ADVANCED: Dynamic Range | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what dynamic range is - and how it relates to exposure.

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ADVANCED: HDR and Bracketing | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what HDR photography is.

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ADVANCED: Reading Exposure with the Histogram | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read exposure with the camera's histogram.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Histogram | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the histogram is.

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ADVANCED: What is an Exposure Stop | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what an exposure stop is.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Stops of Light | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what a stop of light is.

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Supplemental Materials | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

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COURSE BREAK: Check Out Our Ultimate Resource for New Photographers

Composition

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What is Composition? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what composition is, and what you'll learn in this section.

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The Rule of Thirds | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what the rule of thirds is and how it can improve your photography.

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VISUAL GUIDE: The Rule of Thirds | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the rule of thirds is.

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PRO TIP: The Golden Ratio | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use the golden ratio to improve your photography composition.

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Negative Space | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what negative space is and how it can make your photos even better.

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Leading Lines | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn a new composition style - using leading lines in your photos to draw attention to the subject.

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Balance & Symmetry | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about having balance and symmetry in your photo.

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Composition Activity | Photography Masterclass
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Perspective & Angle | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how perspective and angle change more than just the look of your photo.

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Backgrounds | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to choose the right background to improve your photography.

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PRO TIP: Creating Depth with Layering | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to create depth in your photos by layering.

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PRO TIP: Using Shapes in Compositions | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to compose your photos using shapes that naturally occur in the environment.

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ADVANCED: Shooting Portraits with a Wide vs. Telephoto Lens

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how shooting portraits with different types of lenses can actually change what a person's face looks like.

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Will Analyzes His Compositional Style on Instagram | Photography Masterclass
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Supplemental Materials | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Focus and Depth of Field

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What is Depth of Field? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what depth of field is, and what you'll learn in this section of the course.

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Depth of Field & Aperture | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what depth of field is and how aperture affects the depth of field.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Depth of Field | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what depth of field and focus zones are.

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Ways to Get Shallow Depth of Field | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn multiple ways to get a blurrier background.

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Manual Focus vs. Auto Focus | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust your focus manually or with automatic focus.

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Auto Focus Modes | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust the auto focus mode on your camera to change how your camera focuses.

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Tips for Shooting Fast Objects | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to capture fast moving subjects sharply.

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Photographing Fast Objects Activity | Photography Masterclass
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PRO TIP: Focusing in Low Light | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to shoot sharp images in low light.

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ADVANCED: Understanding Bokeh | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what bokeh is.

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Bokeh Demonstration: How Does Bokeh Get It's Shape? | Photography Masterclass
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ADVANCED: Focusing for Photos with Foreground and Background Elements
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PRO TIP: Back Button Focus | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use back button focus on your camera to improve your photography.

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ADVANCED: Viewfinder Focus | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust the focus of the viewfinder itself with the diopter.

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Supplemental Materials | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Camera Anatomy & Settings

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What is Camera Anatomy? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about the camera itself, and what's included in this section.

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Main Features of Most Cameras | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the common features of most DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

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Camera Scene Modes | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about camera scene modes - and when to use them.

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File Types: RAW vs. JPEG | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the difference between RAW and compressed JPEG images.

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Your Camera's Sensor | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about your camera's sensor.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Camera Sensor Sizes | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll see the difference between camera sensor sizes.

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Photo Resolution | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what photo resolution is, and how it relates to quality.

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Burst Mode (Continuous Mode) | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to take multiple photos in a short amount of time with burst (or continuous) modes.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the main differences between a DSLR and mirrorless camera.

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How to Use Almost Any Camera Out There! | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll get resources to help you learn how to use your specific camera.

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Supplemental Materials | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

White Balance and Color

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Intro to White Balance and Color | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what white balance is and what you'll learn in this section.

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What is Light Temperature and White Balance? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what white balance and light temperature are.

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The Kelvin Temperature Scale | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read light temperatures with the kelvin scale.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Kelvin Light Temperature Chart | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you can download a handy guide to the kelvin scale.

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White Balance Modes & Auto White Balance | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use your camera's automatic white balance modes to properly photograph different scenes.

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VISUAL GUIDE: White Balance Symbol Chart | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you can download a handy guide that shows the popular white balance symbols and when to use them.

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ADVANCED: Picture Profiles and In-Camera Adjustments | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about picture profiles and how it affects your image.

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ADVANCED: Light Spectrum & Colors | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about the light spectrum and colors.

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Using Color Creatively in Your Photos | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to improve you photography with creative colors.

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Shooting for Black and White | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to improve your black and white photography.

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Creative Color Activity | Photography Masterclass
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PRO TIP: Black and White Techniques | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn pro tips for how to improve your black and white photography.

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ADVANCED: Set White Balance with Custom WB Mode | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass,  you'll learn how to use the custom white balance setting in your camera to do so.

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Supplemental Materials | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Lighting & Flash Photography

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What is Lighting? | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about lighting and how it affects your photography.

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Shooting in Natural Light | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use natural light to light your photos.

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Using Natural Light from a Window | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use natural light coming in from a window to light your subject.

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Shooting in Artifical Light | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use artificial lights to improve your photography.

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Shooting with Your Camera's Flash | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to take great photos with your on-camera flash.

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Shooting with an External Flash | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use an external flash to improve your photography.

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VISUAL GUIDE: Creative External Flash Layout | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand how to creatively set up an external flash.

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Shooting with a Flash Outdoors | Photography Masterclass
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Shooting with a Lighting Kit: 3-Point Lighting | Photography Masterclass

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use a continuous light kit to light your subject.

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VISUAL GUIDE: 3-Point Lighting Setup | Photography Masterclass

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand how to set up a basic 3-point lighting setup - great for portraits.

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