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Course Start:
Instructor: Kerry Drager / Bryan Peterson Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: US$129

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“The subject was awesome, and the rest of the scene was inspiring. So why did my photo turn out more forgettable than memorable?”

This question is an all-too-common one. But the answer rarely has to do with content. What gives an image impact and emotion is a strong composition – the artful arrangement of objects, graphics and space within the picture frame. In fact, a good understanding of composition will help you translate the wonderful scene you see into a picture that captures your imagination.

In this interactive online course, Bryan Peterson and Kerry Drager team up for an illuminating adventure designed to take your photography to exciting new levels. The instructors offer four extensive lessons, each comprised of an easy-to-read text filled with tips and techniques, and illustrated by instructional photos. In addition, videos will take you into the field where you can see – firsthand – the makings of a given photograph. Not to be overlooked are motivating assignments and enlightening critiques.

Understanding the fundamentals, thinking outside the photographic box and experimenting with new ideas are overriding themes in this course. Among the insights and strategies that Bryan and Kerry cover are the following:

Avoiding the bull’s eye and split horizons; using the Rule of Thirds; filling the frame; going vertical vs. going horizontal; recognizing the visual power of lines; creating and controlling depth; managing backgrounds; paying attention to the “fine print; embracing the wide-angle perspective; composing with contrast; and breaking the rules.

If you’re a beginner, this rewarding and fun-filled course will take you beyond the snapshot stage and into the realm of composing well-conceived images. If you’re an advanced shooter, you’ll learn innovative ways to fine-tune your vision and expand your artistry. Regardless of your skill level, these jam-packed four weeks will open your eyes and change the way you look at the world around you.

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Course Outline:

 

Lesson 1: The Basics & Beyond

Avoid the bull’s eye and split horizons: Why many photographers hang out in the middle. Embracing the Rule of Thirds – the traditional guideline for off-center subjects and horizons. Fill the frame: Don’t blow things out of proportion! To fill the picture with your scene, take two steps forward (“zoom with your feet”) or use the lens to zoom in tighter. Also: Border patrol (beware of “fine print”) and breaking the rules.

 

Lesson 2: Working with Format & Design

Verticals vs. horizontals: Why turning your camera on its side can boost your composition. When to go vertical, when to go horizontal, and why you should consider both formats whenever possible. Line & design: Learn to recognize, and artfully use, the most common design element: line.

 

Lesson 3: Controlling Depth

Learn the visual power of foregrounds – for a more intimate connection with your viewers as you lead them into the rest of the scene, and for creating a sense of front-to-back depth. Also: Choosing and shaping the background. Embracing the wide-angle perspective and “distortion.” Understanding Depth of Field. Compressing space with a telephoto lens.

 

Lesson 4: Composing with Contrast

Contrast comes in many different forms. For example: Light vs. dark. Vivid vs. subdued color. Blurred motion vs. sharp focus. Also, the disruption of a pattern can produce a compelling photo. Of course, this whole concept of contrast can be a negative thing, too: i.e., non-essential elements that draw the viewer’s eye away from your main subject.

 

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Course Requirements:

The course’s emphasis is on shooting/camera techniques and on the use of natural light. You’ll need a digital camera with adjustable controls, and a lens (or lenses) that extend from wide-angle to telephoto. In addition, you should have a good knowledge of aperture, ISO and shutter speed. A tripod is recommended, although not required.

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Instructor: Kerry Drager

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Kerry Drager is an outdoor photographer who is known for his friendly teaching style coupled with constructive encouragement and solid advice. He is the author of Scenic Photography 101, and the co-author of the BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and the BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light.

For Kerry, BPSOP has been a natural progression after 12 years of teaching through BetterPhoto.com’s former online school.

“I’m really honored to be working with Bryan,” says Kerry. “His school is an amazingly creative and supportive environment. And BPSOP is a perfect fit for me, since I enjoy the interactive online-class experience and love helping students from throughout the world achieve their goals.”

In addition to his how-to books, Kerry has co-authored two photo-essay books, and has been published in many magazines, calendars, greeting cards, etc. He has also been profiled in Outdoor Photographer and Shutterbug magazines.

Kerry works mostly with natural light and in-camera techniques. He lives on California’s Central Coast with his wife, Mary, their two Newfoundland dogs and one cat.

To learn more about Kerry, go to www.kerrydrager.com

To see student reviews from his past courses, go to www.kerrydrager.com/Pages/Testimonials


 

Instructor: Bryan Peterson
bryanBryan has been a photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography for 20 years. He brings a unique teaching style to the school which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all photographers while elevating them to new photographic heights that they only have dreamed of. In addition, Bryan is the author of such best selling books as Understanding ExposureUnderstanding Shutter SpeedBeyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography, and Learning to See Creatively.bryan peterson

What students are saying about Bryan Peterson and his online courses?


 

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