Buying a DSLR ? Join me for a Free Training on how to Choose the Best one!
Cyber Monday is in full swing online with some amazing deals to be had since Friday. I did a little shopping myself this weekend all from the comfort of my laptop! Gotta LOVE the internet If you’ve been on the hunt for a new camera for yourself or for someone else the array of choice out there can be mind boggling. I get emails every single day asking:
“Which camera should I buy?
Should I go with Canon or Nikon?
What’s this mirrorless all about?
What Lens should I buy?
How Many pixels is enough?
Do I really need a DSLR?”
All of theses questions and a lot more besides will be answered live by me on Thursday 12th December at 8pm Eastern. If you want me to send you the link of where it will be happening sign up here and I’ll let you know! (I’m toying with the idea of doing a google hangout so we’ll see how that goes!)
It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get any questions answered that you might have about new camera purchases or just to say Merry Christmas! And if your already having buyers remorse with something that you’ve purchased over the last few days let me know and I’ll give you my opinion on the 12th – still inside your return window!
Here’s the link to register your interest again: http://camerashycourses.com/best-camera-webinar/
Look forward to seeing you on the 12th
Ingrid’s Favorite Things: A Resource Guide for Beginner Photographers
Well it’s that time of year again where we try to be ever so nice so that San can see how good we’ve all been and bring us a nice treat in our stocking on Christmas Day. If you’d rather not take your chances and purchase a wee treat for yourself this year have I got a treat for YOU! In order to simplify your shopping experience for that new lens/camera/bag you NEED so badly I’ve put together a little resource guide listing my absolute favorite things! Hint: you can always forward it to Santa or whoever and let them know what you REALLY want this year
Let me know if you have any questions about anything in there – I’d love to help you shop!
PicMonkey Halloween Competition
I LOVE Halloween! It’s always been one of my favorite holidays - who doesn’t love to dress up!
If you are looking to get into the Halloween spirit – pun very much intended – how about bringing a little spooky editing to your images? PicMonkey is a free online editing service which I also LOVE and they have a host of special effects, ghoulish edits and textures that you can apply easily to your photos to make them scary!
To enter :
Open your photo in PicMonkey, using the “Edit a photo” button at the top. Click on the Themes tab (the pumpkin icon at the bottom of the left column). Add all the overlays, textures, and effects you think will make your photo a winner!
When you’re finished with your masterpiece share it on one or more of the social sites below, and be sure you use #PicMonkeyBOO to tag your photo or post.
- Google Plus
All photos must be created and shared before 11:59pm PST on October 22th, 2013. You must only use PicMonkey to edit your photo and use the hashtag #PicMonkeyBOO, so your entry will be seen!
Winners will be announced on October 28th, 2013.
What they are looking for:
The PicMonkey team are looking for the most creative Halloween pictures in three categories: scary,cute, and funny. There will be one winner in each category each winning a years free subscription to PicMonkey’s Royal features.
Hashtag your photos with #PicMonkeyBOO.
Here’s my entry!
Atlanta Photography Workshops
Don’t ya just LOVE FALL! I do – It’s hands-down my favorite time of the year. Maybe it’s because October is my birthday month, or maybe it’s because thankfully the weather is much cooler here in Georgia. Thoughts turn to apples and pumpkins and trips to the mountains. The photo opportunities are ENDLESS! So will you be ready to capture all those memories with your camera? If you are in the Atlanta area I invite you to join me for a wonderful morning workshop where you will discover how to get awesome photos from your DSLR camera.
When – Saturday November 2nd 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Smyrna Community Centre
How much: $99 per person attending
What you’ll learn:
How to get super sharp photos
When to use which lens
Taking photos in tricky light conditions
What all those modes and buttons do.
If you’ve always been meaning to read that camera manual, then don’t! Come to my workshop and all will become clear – I promise
Better Pictures with your Bridge Camera and Compact Camera
If you’ve been a reader here on the blog for a while you might know that I teach photography here online and in person in Atlanta. I’ve been doing this for quite sometime – 13 years in fact – right since the inception of digital photography. Back when I started teaching in 2000 I taught groups of “early adopters” all about their new fangled digital cameras. Looking back at my notes from those classes we talked about 4 MEGA byte cards and AA batteries and 2mega pixels sensors. People had no idea about these things which is hard to believe since we are now so used to taking photos with our phones and deal with GIGA bytes every day! I clearly remember trying to explain to several people that there was no door to open to put the film in – there was no film!
Anyways, as the years have progressed I’ve focused more and more on DSLR camera users as those cameras have become more popular, less expensive and have a steep learning curve. But I consistently get asked to do something for people with compact, superzoom and bridge cameras. These cameras have come a LONG way in the past 13 years but there is still a lot of confusion out there with people who want to know about all the functions their cameras offer and how they can improve their photography without having a lot of fancy equipment. Truth be told on some of the advanced compacts there are almost as many options as on the entry level DSLR cameras.
So, next Wednesday evening, at 8pm EST I’m holding a free mini-class on How to take Better Photos with your Compact or Bridge camera. This is going to be a fun interactive webinar where I’ll share the 3 most important things in photography and how, by learning about them, you can dramatically improve your photos.
If you are at all interested in improving your photography without the need for a bulky DSLR, I’d love for you to join me .
Here’s the link to the sign up form and don’t forget to register right away as space is very limited!
See you on the webinar
P.S. Even if you can’t make it on Wednesday evening, be sure to go ahead and register and I will send you the replay. Here’s the link again: http://camerashy.enterthemeeting.com/m/YHKM86TH
Aperture Priority Mode – How to make a Blurry Background
Check out the video below about Aperture Priority Mode. Even if you don’t have a DSLR you most likely have this mode on your Point and Shoot camera.
Let me know if you use it in the comments below after watching the video!
Demystify your DSLR Camera
If you are lucky enough to own a DLSR camera are you confident in using it to the max?
Would you like to know:
- What all those buttons and dials do?
- The things that will REALLY make a difference to the types of photos that you are getting…
- The reasons why your photos just aren’t as good as you though they should be…
Well here’s your chance!
Next Tuesday evening at 8pm EST I’m holding a live, free training online to help you “Demystify your DSLR.” Check out the video below for all the details for this basic DSLR training.
Sign up here to reserve your spot: http://getoutofauto.com/webinar/
Look forward to seeing you on the webinar!
P.S: Even you think you can’t make it on Tuesday, sign up anyways and I can send you the recording.
Improve your Photography in 2013
By taking more photos…
Last year I began something I called the CameraShy Take 52 Challenge. It’s simply taking one photo a week based around a theme with the idea behind it being that the more photos you take the better you get. I started this challenge as a way to make MY photography better, but it turned into something completely different. By sharing my themes each each many people joined me and the Take 52 Challenge grew as a Challenge for others. I am simply a facilitator.
This year we are doing it again. This time we are using a dedicated Facebook Group – not the CameraShy Facebook page nor Flickr. I will still send the weekly emails with the themes but the Facebook Group is where all the action is. And it is certainly alive at the moment – 72 like-minded individuals already sharing their pictures and endeavoring to improve by doing.
If you think you’d like to improve your photography this year, and would like to join us, jump in when you can and sign up below to get access to our Facebook Group and get the weekly themes via email.
Awesome Travel Photography Competition for you to enter
Travel Photography is one of my great loves. Ah…I remember the days before kiddos when I would wander the world in search of my next great adventure, always with camera in hand. I especially loved shooting city scenes full of life and vibrancy and easily telling a story in a single frame
If YOU love to shoot city scenes of your travels or even your home city you should not miss out on this wonderful competition being sponsored by Millenium & Copthorne Hotels. There are prizes of restaurant vouchers and weekends away and I am honored to be one of the judges
To take part in this competition, simply:
- Tweet the URL of your favourite city photographs that you have taken
- Include #CityView and @MillenniumEU so we can find them
End date: 31th October 2012
Entries will be judged across five categories and winners will each receive these great prizes:
- Most Shared - Friday and Saturday night dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 people, at any Millennium & Copthorne hotel in the UK Winner chosen by – Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
- Most Dramatic - Friday and Saturday night bed and breakfast for 2 people and a bottle of wine on arrival, at any Millennium & Copthorne hotel in the UK Winner chosen by – David Nightingale (chromasia.com)
- Most Creative - Friday and Saturday night bed and breakfast for 2 people, at any Millennium & Copthorne hotel in the UK Winner chosen by – Ingrid Owens (beginnersphotographyblog.com) aka me!
- Honourable Mentions - £75 restaurant voucher, to be redeemed at any Millennium & Copthorne hotel in the UK Winner chosen by – Jeff Titelius (eurotravelogue.com)
- Honourable Mentions - £50 restaurant voucher, to be redeemed at any Millennium & Copthorne hotel in the UK Winner chosen by – Victoria Brewood (pommietravels.com)
All accepted entries will be featured on the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels blog and your work will be credited. The most highly revered images will be used to create an article entitled “The World’s Greatest City Views” and again, images will be fully credited.
This is a wonderful opportunity to show off some of your work to the world and perhaps win a great prize to boot! Go on – put your best shot out there…it might be a winner!
Learning Photography? Master your DSLR Camera – starting now!
I’ve had a lot of questions lately from people learning photography and who are interested in doing my “Master your DSLR” course but weren’t clear on how it works so I thought I’d write a quick blog post to let them and anyone else who’d like to know what’s involved.
Who is it for?
Well, Master your DSLR is for anyone who wants to get the most from their DSLR camera. From those who have just bought a new DSLR camera and have shot only a few frames to those who might have had a DSLR for a wee while but just don’t really know how to use it to it’s potential – you’ll find lots of value in this course. I’ve been teaching in person for over 12 years and most recently here in Atlanta I’ve helped hundreds of newbie DSLR users get going with their cameras – figuring out the buttons, explaining the terminolgy and basics of photography in an easy to understand way. I love teaching one-on-one and seeing my students walk away from our sessions confident in their ability to now make the camera do what they want it to do. The feedback I’ve gotten from my online classes has been equally rewarding.
“Ingrid’s course is well thought out and organized, which my busy lifestyle appreciated. I found myself excited to practice each week and found the homework inspiring, growing more and more assured of my camera and its functions. Upon completion of Ingrid’s course I hold my camera with ease, knowing what each and every button is for and how to use them as well as noting a definite improvement in the photos I capture. I would recommend her course to anyone who owns a camera but especially those who desire to move out of that ominous Auto Mode and truly dive into the world of photography.” Melanie, Utah
Can I learn online?
My main concern however was; how was I going to retain that personal touch that I have in my in-person classes online. It’s very different teacing online than it is in person. It’s difficult to asess to see if the student is “getting” the material or if it’s over their head. To counteract this, I’ve tried to make this course as basic as possible. There is probably some stuff in there that you already know. If you’ve done any kind of research you’ll definately know some of the terminology but I promise you I’ll put it together for you in a way that will finally make sense.
How do I access the course?
The course material is in written form, with lots of explinatory photos and laid out a bit like a blog or website. You will recieve access to the course as soon as you sign up. Here is what it looks like on your dash board inside your course:
The basics of Photography aren’t a secret. Anyone can figure it out by reading Blogs (like this one!), books and just by trial and error shooting. But what I know from my students’ feedback is that you want all the information that’s relevant to you all accessable in the one place and laid out in an easy to follow way. This is why I have relaunched my Master your DSLR course on a new platform which is super easy to flow through. Here is a screenshot of some of the course content. You can see that each of the Modules are further broken down into easy to digest chunks (accessible from the sidebar.)
The course is also self-paced, which means you can take your own time working through the material. I figure it should take you about 5 weeks to adequetly go through the material, do the Action points and do the weekly assignments but if you haven’t much else going on, you could power through the material if you like. Conversely, if you’d like to take your time, or if your schedule is pretty full, you’ll have access to the course material for 6 months from the time of sign up.
What if I get stuck?
So what is the difference between doing my course and simply reading a book? Well, first off, you have me! Well, access to me at any rate. I’ll be here to answer course related questions within 48 hrs of reciving them Mon-Fri, and each month I am going to be doing a live Q and A call for all students. This will be your opportunity to chat to me about any difficulties you might be having and for me to give you a more in depth answer to your questions. (or just for us to hang out and chat!)
Secondly, you will have lots of Action Points so that you can be sure that you know how to put into pratice the things we are talking about.
Thirdly you’ll have assignments to do that will solidify your technical knowledge and stretch your creativity a little bit. These assignments will be critiqued by me, if you’d like.
You’ll also have the support of others that are doing the course in our Private Flickr Group. That’s been invaluble to past students and I love to see the friendships that have formed as a result of doing my classes. Makes me so happy
I truly want anyone who signs up for my course to go away knowing the basics of DLSR photography and to have a good understanding of how their camera works. It’s really not that complicated. Honestly!
Don’t let your camera get in the way of making a great photo. Learn how to use it! Become its Master and make it do what you want it to do!
P.S. If you are interested in Signing up for my Master your DSLR course I have reduced the price to $99 for a limited time so now is a great time to sign up and get started. You’ll also be well underway and armed with lots of questions for the live Q and A call with me on September the 27th.