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Learn Photography & Make Your Photos Shine

Hey! I Am Jaymes Dempsey

With 8 years of digital photography and macro photography expertise, I have taught the basics of photography to many beginner photographers. In the constantly evolving field of digital photography, it is my mission to provide individuals and photography enthusiasts with the skills to master the critical do’s and don’ts in Photography to convert their passion for photography into stunning images.

Free Online Courses with Jaymes Dempsey

Camera Settings Basics

Discover everything you need to jumpstart your photography. Designed for beginners, the Camera Basics lessons will take you through all the camera fundamentals: camera modes, key settings (including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), file formats, metering, and much more.

After just a few articles, you’ll know how to how to capture bright, gorgeous images; how to take advantage of your camera settings for an artistic, shallow depth of field look; how to take consistently sharp images thanks to an in-depth understanding of shutter speed; and how to choose the absolute best file type for your photography. Master your camera basics, today!

Completing this course will help you:

  • Confidently select the right camera mode for the job
  • Take control of every photo by making artistic choices regarding sharpness and depth of field
  • Ensure that every photo you take is bright and full of detail
  • Take gorgeous images that stand the test of time

Who is the course for?

Camera Basics is designed for beginners and hobbyist photographers who have not mastered their camera fundamentals. If you’re not yet comfortable using Manual mode, if you’re not sure what a histogram is and how it can help you in your photography, or if you’re struggling to understand the concept of exposure, then this course is for you.

Discover all the camera fundamentals: camera modes, key settings (including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), file formats, metering, and much more.

How Focus in Photography Works

Learn all about focusing in photography, so that you can consistently come away with tack-sharp images.

Do you want to capture consistently sharp images? Then you must master focusing. But while focusing may seem complex to beginners, it’s actually pretty easy–once you get the hang of a few basic concepts.  In this course, you’ll discover everything you need to know about focusing. In 12 lessons, you’ll learn:

  • What focusing is and how it works
  • When it makes sense to use autofocus and when you should choose to use manual
  • How to choose the perfect autofocus mode for a high success rate
  • The power of back-button autofocus
  • The importance of hyperfocal distance (it’s not as complex as it sounds!)
  • And so much more!

So if you’re ready to take your focusing skills to the next level, this is the course for you.

Completing this course will help you:

  • Consistently acquire focus on your subject
  • Keep fast-moving subjects in focus, no matter the situation
  • Know instantly whether you should be using autofocus or manual focus
  • Get sharp photo after sharp photo!

Who is the course for?

Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable with intermediate-level camera focusing. If you’re not sure of the difference between autofocus modes and autofocus area modes, if you don’t know how to calculate hyperfocal distance in under five seconds, or if you’re not sure what zone focusing is and how it can help your photography, then this course is for you. I don’t assume any prior photography knowledge–but even if you already know the basics, you’ll learn a lot.

Light in Photography

Learn the difference between natural and artificial light, shooting against the sun, how light affects photography and much more.

If you want to capture stunning photos, then learning to use natural light is essential.  Why? Because natural light is a photographer’s paintbrush.  By mastering natural light, you can create depth and dimensionality. You can produce shots with bold colors, or you can produce shots with muted, pastel-like tones. You can emphasize your subject or create mystery or create drama or hide or reveal. All through the power of natural light.  And that’s why you should take this course.  In 13 simple, easy-to-follow lessons, you’ll learn all the fundamentals of natural light.  You’ll discover:

  • The best natural light for different genres of photography
  • The types of natural light you should always avoid
  • How to create beautiful images using different types of light, including reflection images, shadow photography, and silhouette photography
  • How to shoot against the sun and control sun flare
  • Much, much more!

This course will help you:

  • Choose the right type of light for consistently stunning photos
  • Work with frontlight, backlight, sidelight, and more
  • Choose the perfect camera settings for outdoor lighting
  • Create the type of dramatic photos you see in magazines

Who is the course for?

Anyone who wants to increase their understanding of natural light.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert; if you’re looking to take your images to the next level through natural lighting, then this is the right course for you.

Artificial Light in Photography

Become a master of artificial light. Discover how to work with flashes, modifiers, and much more!

If you’re interested in portrait photography, food photography, still life photography, or event photography, then you must learn how to work with artificial light. Now, when it comes to artificial light, there are a lot of misconceptions about how to create artificial lighting setups, how to use flash modifiers, and more.  Fortunately, I’m going to lay it all out for you. I’ll take you through the fundamentals of artificial light, so that you have a solid grounding in lighting theory. But I’ll also teach you plenty of practical tips for taking your artificial lighting skills to the next level. That way, you feel confident working with speedlights, studio strobes, and all the relevant accessories–including light meters, reflectors, and more. Artificial lighting isn’t the easiest topic to master.  But with a little patience, you’re going to be taking stunning shots with artificial light in no time at all!

Completing this course will help you:

  • Create beautiful exposures using artificial light
  • Expertly position studio strobes or speedlights for gorgeous results
  • Easily use reflectors, softboxes, and other modifiers to shape light
  • Create dramatic portraits that will stun the viewer

Who is the course for?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an advanced amateur, or a professional; if you don’t know how to work with artificial light, then this is the course for you. Note that you don’t have to have lots of fancy lighting equipment to take this course, nor do you need a fancy camera.  Sure, some of the lessons will discuss flashes and lighting modifiers. But you can often get away with just a single off-camera flash and careful use of (homemade) reflectors.  So don’t feel intimidated.  And start improving your artificial lighting skills today!

Composition in Photography

Discover how to create breathtaking compositions, consistently. Learn all about the rule of thirds, the rule of odds, the value of symmetry, and more.

Composition refers to the way you arrange different elements in your photos. And by learning the basics of composition, you can take your photos from good… …to absolutely, 100%, jaw-droppingly great. Really, composition is one of only a few topics that you must learn if you want to be a great photographer. Which means that, if you don’t already feel comfortable creating breathtaking compositions, then this course is perfect for you. Now, it’s true: Composition can be a bit intimidating when you’re starting out. But, by the end of these 18 lessons, you’re going to be a composition expert. (And it isn’t actually that hard. I promise!) Here’s what you can look forward to in this course:

  • Learning key compositional rules and guidelines that will help you compose powerful images in no time at all
  • How to work with colors and color theory for impactful photos
  • Where to position your main subject in the frame
  • How to break key compositional “rules” for gorgeous results
  • Much, much more!

Completing this course will help you:

  • Identify compelling compositions in a single glance
  • Learn how to see in terms of geometry
  • Discover the secrets to using patterns, textures, and symmetry for stunning results
  • Understand when to fill the frame–and when to keep it empty

Who is the course for?

If you ever struggle to position your main subject, to identify beautiful compositions on the fly, or to use color and geometry for stunning results, then this is the course for you. Even if you’re relatively familiar with basic compositional concepts (e.g., the rule of thirds or the importance of negative space), if you’re looking for advice on using color, textures, and geometry, then I recommend you give this course a try!

Choosing the Right Gear

Learn what camera, lens, and gear is the right for you. Also, discover how to carry and maintain your gear the right way.

How to Edit Photos

Learn how to get started with photo editing in Lightroom and on your smartphone. Find your editing style, apply filters, and organize your photos like a pro.

Do you want to know how to edit your photos like a pro? That’s what this course is all about. I’m going to take you through everything you need to know about photo editing, from photo organization to beginner editing steps to advanced editing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and more. If you’ve ever looked at the portfolios of professional photographers and wondered, how did they create that?, then this is the course for you.

Completing this course will help you:

  • Get your photos organized and easy to access
  • Understand both simple and advanced editing techniques
  • Discover the ins-and-outs of Lightroom, so that you’re able to create beautiful edits, fast
  • Learn the basics of Photoshop, so you can take your editing to the next level when necessary
  • Start to develop your own editing style

Who is the course for?

This photo editing course is primarily designed for editing beginners. I don’t assume any knowledge, which means that I’ll be teaching you editing–including Lightroom and Photoshop–from scratch. However, even if you’re an experienced editor, I’d recommend checking out the course. Some of the sections, including the parts that address editing styles, can be very helpful for editing experts. And the section on editing photos in Snapseed is useful for anyone looking to start with smartphone editing. Note that you don’t need to have any software to do the course, and a number of sections don’t discuss specific editing programs. However, I highly recommend you download Adobe Lightroom, at the very least, because it’s a very powerful program that can help you both organize and edit your images.

How to Print Photos

Learn the 101 of photo printing. You will learn how to print photos using Lightroom or your smartphone. Get an understanding of color management and output sharpening.

If you’re looking to create beautiful prints of your photos, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this course on photo printing, I’m going to share with you tips, tricks, and techniques for printing your photos. I’ll discuss printing in Lightroom, printing in Photoshop, printing from your smartphone, preparing your photos for printing, and so much more–so that, by the time you’ve finished the course, you’ll be a printing expert.

I’ll also explain your different printing options, from printing on paper to printing on canvas versus acrylic versus metal. That way, you’ll be well-equipped to show off your photos in the most dazzling way possible.

Now, if you’ve ever tried to print your photos before, you’ll know that it’s not easy.

But I’m going to walk you through the process, step-by-step, with lots of screenshots to show you exactly what you need to do for great results.

So don’t let printing overwhelm you.

Instead, with the help of this course, take control of your printing workflow–so that you can print your photos quickly and efficiently!

Completing this course will help you:

  • Decide on the best mediums for printing (including metal, canvas, acrylic, paper, and more)
  • Prepare your photos for printing through resizing and soft proofing
  • Understand the color management process so your prints turn out looking as beautiful as you imagined
  • Use Lightroom or Photoshop to quickly print to your home printer (or to prepare files for lab printing

Who is the course for?

You should take this course if you want to create beautiful prints, but you’re not sure how to start.

You should also take this course if you’ve tried to print your photos, but you’ve ended up dissatisfied with the results.

Basically, this course is for anyone who wants to improve their printing workflow. It takes you through every single step of the printing process, from choosing printing mediums, to resizing your photos, to preparing your photos for print with proofing, to output sharpening and color management.

Why Our Lessons?

  • 100% free of charge: What you find in this Photography 101 course is completely free and will always remain free.
  • Trusted Knowledge: No BS tips. Every photography tip is documented with actual sample shots and simple explainer graphics.
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Bookmark this page and come back anytime, anywhere. All you need is an Internet connection.

Are You Ready to Become a Better Photographer?

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