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Improve Your Skills and Take Better Photos with PhotographyTalk FREE Lessons

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You purchased a digital camera to record all the fun times you spend with your family and friends…everyday events, special occasions, vacations and travel.

Your interest in photography may have also grown into a passion…and you want to be more creative with your camera, learning specific techniques and tips for landscape, nature, portrait, macro and many other kinds of photography.

We’ve created three sets of lessons for beginner and intermediate photographers based on our most popular articles and Forum videos. You’ll make the most of your investment in your camera and your love of photography when you invest some of your time in PhotographyTalk FREE Lessons.

FREE Lesson Series for Beginner Photographers

Shooting better pictures starts with understanding the basic concepts of photography, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, etc. As with many beginner photographers, you’ll be surprised to learn how a little knowledge goes a long way. With what you’ll learn in these PhotographyTalk Free Lessons, you’ll be able to do more than simply record what’s happening in your life. You’ll begin to capture better pictures of your friends, know how to position yourself and your camera for more pleasing and interesting angles and use more of the features on your camera to be creative.

FREE Lesson Series for Intermediate Photographers

You’ve been shooting photos for a number of years and photography has become one of your major interests. In fact, you may find yourself spending more of your free time photographing all kinds of subjects with your camera. You may have invested considerable money in your first DSLR camera or a mirrorless model. You’re ready to be more creative with your camera and strive to capture the best photos possible.

Congratulations! You’ve advanced from beginner to intermediate photographer. These free PhotographyTalk Lessons will help you acquire new skills, expand your creativity and motivate you to try new photography genres.

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Article Lessons for Beginners
Group 1: Basic Concepts

Lesson 1: Digital Photography—Taming the Three-Headed Exposure Monster, Part 1
Lesson 2: Digital Photography—Taming the Three-Headed Exposure Monster, Part 2
Lesson 3: Digital Photography—Taming the Three-Headed Exposure Monster, Part 3
Lesson 4: Digital Photography—Taming the Three-Headed Exposure Monster, Part 4
Lesson 5: Digital Photography—Taming the Three-Headed Exposure Monster, Part 5
Lesson 6: Digital Photography—Understanding How Your Camera Reads the Light
Lesson 7: How To Photography: Setting White Balance

Group 2: Basic Shooting Tips

Lesson 8: How to Photography: The Best Photographs are in Front of you!
Lesson 9: How To Photography: Secrets of Spontaneous Photos
Lesson 10: How to Photography: Take Control of Low Light
Lesson 11: How To Photography: Train your Eyes and Mind to See Basic Shapes First
Lesson 12: 8 Digital Photography Techniques Beginners Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Try
Lesson 13: Digital Photography—Look for the Patterns
Lesson 14: Photography Tip—How to Train Your Photographer’s Eye

Group 3: Basic Subjects Tips

Lesson 15: How to Photography: Better Ways to Picture the Human Story
Lesson 16: How To Photography: 10 Baby Photography Tips to Help you Capture Memorable Images
Lesson 17: How to Photography: Making the Most of your Travel Photography
Lesson 18: How To Photography: Portrait Photography
Lesson 19: Digital Photography—Learn How to Shoot Animals at the Zoo
Lesson 20: Photography Tip—6 Tips for Better Maternity Pictures
Lesson 21: Photography Tip—How To Capture the Beauty of a Rainbow

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Article Lessons for Intermediates
Group 1: Intermediate Concepts

Lesson 1: How to Photography: Taking Control of Digital Noise When Shooting at High ISO Sensitivity
Lesson 2: Photography Tip—How To Find the Perfect F-Stop
Lesson 3: Photography Tip—Understanding the Workings of a DSLR Shutter
Lesson 4: Photography Tip—Understanding Your Pictures’ Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) Data
Lesson 5: Digital Photography—Why You Should Be Shooting Raw Files
Lesson 6: How to Photography: Understanding the 4 Qualities of Light
Lesson 7: How To Photography: Seeing the World Differently in Black and White

Group 2: Shooting Tips

Lesson 8: How to Photography: Choosing Between a Longer Lens or Using a Teleconverter
Lesson 9: How to Photography: Creating Pleasing and Professional-Looking Blurry Backgrounds
Lesson 10: 7 Lighting Concepts and Techniques Every Photographer Should Know…and Use
Lesson 11: 10 Ideas about Creating Completely Different Images with a Flash During Twilight
Lesson 12: Photography Tip—How to Connect Your Subject to the Scene
Lesson 13: 22 Insiders’ Secrets About How To Create Stunning HDR Effects
Lesson 14: Photography Tip—How To Color Correct Light with Gels on Your Flash

Group 3: Subject Matter Tips

Lesson 15: How to Photography: Travel Photography Tips that Will Improve Your Experience and Images
Lesson 16: How to Photography: Very Practical Tips for Capturing Star Trails
in the Night Sky

Lesson 17: How to Photography: Make a Mighty Statement with Macro Photography
Lesson 18: How To Photography: 7 Tips to Improve Your Bird Photography
Lesson 19: 10 Guidelines for Scouting Photo-Shoot Locations
Lesson 20: 5 Architecture Photography Tips To Capture the Essence of a
Building’s Design

Lesson 21: 7 Techniques To Improve Your Street Photography

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Video Lessons for Beginner Photographers

We’ve divided the 21 beginner photography lessons on video into the same three groups as the articles. Some of the video lessons will parallel the article lessons and some will introduce you to new concepts.

Group 1: Basic Concepts

Lesson 1: How to Photography Tip: Get out of AUTO mode! Understanding Exposure Explained
Lesson 2: How to Photography Tip: What is Shutter Speed? Important Lesson for Beginners
Lesson 3: What is Photography Tip: A Simple Explanation of ISO for Digital Photography
Lesson 4: What is Photography Tip: A Simple Explanation of F-Stop
Lesson 5: What is Photography Tip: A Simple Guide to Depth of Field
Lesson 6: How to Photography Tip for Beginners: Understanding The Rule Of Thirds
Lesson 7: Camera Lenses Explained: Everything you need to know about a camera lens (for beginners)

Group 2: Basic Shooting Tips

Lesson 8: Photography Tip: Pizza in the Oven! Develop an eye for Photography with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 9: Photography Tip: How to See the Light in Photography
Lesson 10: How to Photography Tip: Effectively using a slow shutter speed
Lesson 11: Photography Tip: Photographing Forms and Textures with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 12: How to Photography: Shooting Vertical with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 13: How to photography Tip: Understanding Immediate Foreground with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 14: Photography Tip: Panning Your Camera


Group 3: Basic Subjects Tips

Lesson 15: Photography Tip: Creative Wide Angle Portrait with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 16: Photography Tip: Taking Portraits in Natural Light with Mark Wallace
Lesson 17: Photography Tips: 8 Photography Tips for Capturing Perfect Baby Photos
Lesson 18: How-To Travel Photography: Nature And Scenics with Ian Plant
Lesson 19: How to Photography Tip: Stormy Skies with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 20: How to Photograph a Sunrise or Sunset
Lesson 21: Macro Photography Tips For Beginners/Micro Photos

Video Lessons for Intermediate Photographers

We’ve divided the 21 intermediate photography lessons on video into the same three groups as the articles. Some of the video lessons will parallel the article lessons and some will introduce you to new concepts.

Group 1: Intermediate Concepts

Lesson 1: How to Photography Tip: Manual Exposures with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 2: Photography Tip: Exposure Compensation
Lesson 3: Photography Tip: What is Bokeh?
Lesson 4: How to read a Histogram and what it means to you
Lesson 5: How to Photography: The Language of Light with Joe McNally
Lesson 6: Photography Tip: Shutter and Flash Synchronization
Lesson 7: Photography Tip: Creating Photographic Composition & Food photography


Group 2: Intermediate Shooting Tips

Lesson 8: Photography Lighting Tip: 5 Different Portrait Lighting Positions
Lesson 9: Photography Tip: Using Flash for Contrast with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 10: Macro Photography Tip: Getting Professional Level Sharpness
Lesson 11: How to Photography Tip: Simple Soft Light
Lesson 12: How to Time-lapse Photography Tutorial: Part 1 - Interval and Exposure Basics
Lesson 13: Photography Lighting Tip: Shooting Digital Black & White Directly from the Camera
Lesson 14: Photography Tip: Night time long exposure tutorial


Group 3: Intermediate Subjects Tips

Lesson 15: Macro Photography Tip: Compelling and Creative Images with Bryan Peterson
Lesson 16: Photography Tip: "Bird Photography 101"
Lesson 17: Flower Photography Tip: Understanding Flower Photography
Lesson 18: How To Take Star Trails Photography Tutorial: Take Pictures at Night
Lesson 19: Photography Tip: Photographing Water Droplets
Lesson 20: Food Photography Tip: How to Create Mouthwatering Food Shots using only Window Light
Lesson 21: Photography Tip: Beach Pinups: A Strobist Tutorial


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