Ahead of my birthday for which I asked for all-things-photography-related, I treated myself to the Extremely Essential Photography Skills course from Photography Concentrate and oh my word it’s brilliant.
It’s a very easy-to-follow step by step guide to all the features and shooting modes on your camera with demonstrative videos, exercises and tips for each to make you thoroughly understand it all. So far I have only worked about half way through taking my time and letting all the information sink in. But I’m already a lot more confident with my camera and have moved completely away from auto. Now using at the very least the semi-automatic settings like aperture priority to get that nice blurred background in my photos.
What makes this photography resource great is that it’s been put together by two self-taught photographers who really get that all the tech lingo just doesn’t get you psyched to learn how to get the most out of your amazing device. I still have a way to go and need to work on my angling and composition but getting all the techy stuff down definitely helps and won’t occupy as much of my thinking when trying to frame a shot.
What’s more is that when I tweeted about having purchased my tutorial I mentioned that the download speed was really slow (as I’m in Outback Queensland) and Rob Lim (co-founder with wife Lauren) personally emailed me an alternative link for faster downloading – talk about customer service?!
One thing I will say is that if you’re thinking of purchasing (which if like me you’re a little new to DSLRs you totally should check it out – a total bargain at $49.95US) all you need is a little time and patience to work through it. I purchased on a Sunday morning as I’m often up early and feeling productive (I know weird right?). I can’t wait to get to the end of the tutorial and know I will refer to it time and time again. Plus you get a nifty little field guide to keep in your camera bag absolutely free when you purchase this tutorial. Well worth the tiny investment that’ll save you tonnes of time and effort learning how to get the most out of your camera. GO CHECK IT OUT.