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Fundamentals of Photography Course on DVD, Vol. 2

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Take your digital photography to the next level with the guidance of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Building on his original Fundamentals of Photography course, these twenty-four lectures show you how to develop a photographer’s eye as you solve problems in the field. You’ll see new techniques and concepts demonstrated in various locations indoors and out and get advice on how to practice these exercises on your home turf.

Then you’ll have an opportunity to consolidate what you’ve learned as you accompany Sartore to five live-event shoots where he puts every tool from the toolkit into practice. In critiques throughout the course you’ll learn how to evaluate your work, making it possible to build on what you have learned each time you pick up your camera. Whether you are an advanced beginner or a seasoned photographer, you’ll find something new to try.


  • 4 discs; 12 hours, 36 minutes
  • © 2015

Title List

  • Lecture 1: Finding the Picture
    Learn how to approach a location from many perspectives and try different composition techniques to improve your odds of getting the best picture.
  • Lecture 2: Shaping Light
    Learn how direction, color, and intensity of a light source affect a human subject, and how to work with these situations, rather than fixing them in post.
  • Lecture 3: Working with Light in Landscape
    Take what you’ve learned about light outside, and practice techniques for working the landscape in good light and bad.
  • Lecture 4: Photographing Water
    Learn how to safely take photographs in, around, and under the water with everything from inexpensive waterproof housings to professional rigs, and observe the conditions that provide the best results.
  • Lecture 5: Photographing Reflections and Reflectivity
    Reflections can be a friend or an enemy to a photographer. This lecture covers how to eliminate the bad ones and effectively use the good ones.
  • Lecture 6: Photographing Shadows and Backlighting
    Much of photography concentrates on light, but shadows and darkness can be transformative elements of your photography.
  • Lecture 7: Big Results with Little Lights
    Learn how to use single and multiple small flashes to create beautiful lighting effects.
  • Lecture 8: Studio Lighting Indoors and Out
    Studio lights aren’t just for the studio. Here, you’ll learn about the two basic types of studio systems available, when and where to use each, and creative applications of studio lights in and out of the studio.
  • Lecture 9: Human Portrait Photography
  • Learn how to take individual and group portraits that go beyond the expected and bring out your subject’s unique personality and passions.
  • Lecture 10: Animal Photography
    From domestic pets to wild creatures, learn how to handle the animals and your camera for the most effective animal photographs.
  • Lecture 11: Night Photography
    Photography doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Learn how to photograph the night sky and how to light humans and objects in twilight and full-dark conditions.
  • Lecture 12: Art Photography: Landscape, Macro, and Illusions
    Artistic photography can range from realistic, to abstract, to surreal, depending on your use of perspective and focus.
  • Lecture 13: Art Photography: Having Fun
    Art doesn’t have to be serious. Inject some humor into your photographs with unusual props, locations, and techniques.
  • Lecture 14: Still Life Photography
    Motionless or near-motionless objects, whether found or composed, allow the photographer near-unlimited opportunities to make small changes in each frame and learn how each creates a different result.
  • Lecture 15: Black and White Photography
    By eliminating color, black and white offers the photographer a different range of options for working with light and shadows, opening up different shooting opportunities and creating dramatic effects.
  • Lecture 16: Aerial Photography
    Look at different subjects—as simple as a staircase and as high-tech as a drone—for getting above your subject, which can simplify composition, add patterned interest, and make details pop.
  • Lecture 17: Smartphone Photography
    How, when, and why to use your smartphone most effectively.
  • Lecture 18: The Decisive Moment
    Decisive moments are fleeting and difficult to capture. Learn how to improve your odds and train your eye to catch this fusion between time and composition.
  • Lecture 19: Live Event Photography: Farmers' Market
    Finding details in chaos, fighting bad light, and getting permission from strangers.
  • Lecture 20: Live Event Photography: House Party
    Capturing special moment among friends and family; balancing your work as a photographer with enjoying the moment.
  • Lecture 21: Live Event Photography: T-Ball
    Capturing action, emotion, and details “around the edges” of the game.
  • Lecture 22: Live Event Photography: A Day at the Ranch
    Dealing with action and chaos, taking portraits, noticing details, framing, and decisive moments.
  • Lecture 23: Live Event Photography: Family Fishing Night
    Storytelling, taking family portraits, and night photography
  • Lecture 24: Editing, Culling, and Critiquing Your Photos
    How to be your own best critic by examining subtle differences between shots, choosing the best ones, and learning what worked and what didn’t.


Great course!


After going through course 1, I immeadetly ordered no. 2. A bit more academic and loose in the edges than no. 1. Joel Sartore is really a very skilled photographer and he knows how to pass the knowledge on. Now he is sitting on my shoulder every day and keeping up advising me! My shots have improved a lot, and I am much more critical to my own work. Not so many boring pictures now, but several 'ohh's' and 'wow's'. Trying hard to get the pictures right out of the camera. The lessons are easy to follow if you pay attention, very practical and will give you a starting point for most situations. In fact, it is difficult to say enough about theese courses! Recommended warmly!


Stabekk, Norway


Fundamentals of Photography Course on DVD, Vol. 2

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