Learning Photography

How to Become a Brilliant Photographer

Learning photography is about more than mastering the technical skills of using a camera. These digital photography tutorials with internationally acclaimed photographer Jesse Kalisher will help you create outstanding images

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Learn Basic Photography

Video Tutorial 1: Find the Story

When you first learn basic photography, it's easy to get so bogged down with technical details that you overlook what constitutes the heart of a photo - the story that the image conveys.

This digital photography tutorial covers the following:

  •  How to actively listen (with your eyes);
  •  The power of details to tell a story;
  •  Get past the moment of awe;
  •  The importance of including perspective; and...
  •  Stories need context.

The key is to find the shot that captures the imagination.

Video Tutorial 2: Light is Everything!

One of the most important things that you have to understand when learning photography, is that light is everything! Light creates drama and patterns of light is often what makes or breaks a photograph. It is what makes the difference between a snapshot and piece of art.

This digital photography tutorial covers the basics you need to know about light:

  •  Understand how light changes;
  •  Recognize how different light creates different moods;
  •  Mind the sun; and...
  •  Be patient.

Video Tutorial 3: Content vs Style

When you learn basic photography, it's important to distinguish between content and style.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

  •  Utilize symmetry;
  •  How to work with motion; and...
  •  How to emphasize content and style.

Video Tutorial 4: Perspective

Capturing the drama of a subject has a lot to do with achieving the right perspective. It's important to master the following perspective principles when learning photography:

  •  Finding the right perspective; and...
  •  How to utilize geometry.

Video Tutorial 5: Photographing People

When you first learn basic photography, photographing people can be a challenge. This video tutorial discusses some of the most important principles of people photography. Consider the following:

  •  Get permission;
  •  Look for eye contact; and...
  •  Utilize the power of detail.

Video Tutorial 6: The Professional Photographer's Secrets

In this video tutorial Jesse Kalisher graciously shares the professional photographer's secrets, including the following:

  •  Take a lot of pictures; and...
  •  Always keep your camera ready.


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If you enjoyed these video tutorials, feel free to browse my video tutorial on family portrait ideas as well. 

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