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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Making Great Pictures
What makes a photograph iconic? What three things must every picture have to stand out from any old snapshot? These two questions form the core of Mr. Sartore's introduction to…
Episode 2 Camera Equipment--What You Need
To take a picture, you need to have good equipment. Here, get a no-nonsense guide to finding photography equipment--including cameras, tripods, and camera bags--that fits your needs. Also, take an…
Episode 3 Lenses and Focal Length
Lenses are the most critical tools of photography. In this lecture, he takes you into the field and shows you different camera lenses in action. Among them: 70-200 mm (good…
Episode 4 Shutter Speeds
Your camera's shutter speed controls how much light enters the lens in a shot. Learn how to become a master at working with this critical tool of photography. You'll discover…
Episode 5 Aperture and Depth of Field
What do numbers such as f/1.4, f/2.8, or f/16 mean? Finally make sense of your camera's aperture settings, which can help create eye-popping visual effects and solve specific compositional problems.…
Episode 6 Light I--Found or Ambient Light
In this first lecture on one of the two building blocks of photography, learn how to tap into the power of ambient light, which isn't created in a studio but…
Episode 7 Light II--Color and Intensity
Continue exploring light and photography with a look at color--both the "color" of different types of light and colors as they appear in your photographs. Then, focus on the differences…
Episode 8 Light III--Introduced Light
Mr. Sartore discusses a tricky type of light: man-made (or introduced) light. You'll learn tips for manipulating different sources of light (including firelight, car taillights, reflectors, and spotlights). Also, you'll…
Episode 9 Composition I--Seeing Well
How do you truly capture the beauty of the three-dimensional world around you? The answer lies within composition--photography's second building block. In the first of three lectures on the subject,…
Episode 10 Composition II--Background and Perspective
Great composition also involves paying attention to background and perspective. Here, Mr. Sartore offers you numerous tips and strategies for finding the perfect background, examining the benefits and drawbacks of…
Episode 11 Composition III--Framing and Layering
Frames. Leading lines. The eyes of your subject. Layers. Learn how paying attention to--and using--these and other compositional tools can isolate the true subject of your photo and add a…
Episode 12 Let's Go to Work--Landscapes
Now start applying the information you've learned. Your first assignment: rural and urban landscapes. Some tips you'll discover include surveying the ground ahead of the prime light you want to…
Episode 13 Let's Go to Work--Wildlife
Explore techniques for photographing wildlife, whether it's birds in your backyard or lions on a safari. Learn how to set up a blind to conceal you from your subject, where…
Episode 14 Let's Go to Work--People and Relationships
Using touching photographs of family and friends, Mr. Sartore demonstrates how to use your camera to best capture joy, sadness, anger, and other emotions--without interfering with your subject's behavior.
Episode 15 Let's Go to Work--From Mundane to Extraordinary
A key skill for any photographer is the ability to capture the special aspects of even the most mundane subjects. Focus on developing and strengthening this talent alongside Mr. Sartore,…
Episode 16 Let's Go to Work--Special Occasions
Special occasions come loaded with moments that beg to be captured with a camera. Taking the knowledge you've gained from previous lectures, investigate ways to anticipate and better prepare for…
Episode 17 Let's Go to Work--Family Vacations
Transform the way you think about and take photographs during vacations. How can you avoid taking the same dull pictures like other tourists? What are some good ways to capture…
Episode 18 Advanced Topics--Research and Preparation
Despite what you may think, researching is an important part of any well-planned photo shoot. In the first of several lectures on advanced topics in photography, learn from Mr. Sartore's…
Episode 19 Advanced Topics--Macro Photography
Examine how to capture the remarkable (and often overlooked) beauty in miniature subjects such as insects, flowers, eyes--even a pile of money. Learn the best equipment to use, lighting techniques…
Episode 20 Advanced Topics--Low Light
Low light used to be the bane of Mr. Sartore's profession. Now, it's all he wants to photograph in. Learn how to take advantage of low-light situations by picking the…
Episode 21 Advanced Topics--Problem Solving
In order to be a better photographer, you need to be a visual problem solver. Mr. Sartore, using his own career experiences, takes you through varying levels of difficult situations--such…
Episode 22 After the Snap--Workflow and Organization
Regardless of whether you're shooting with film or on a digital camera, you need an effective system to organize your pictures. Here, get practical tips on everything from storing film…
Episode 23 Editing--Choosing the Right Image
Hone your editing skills by combing through groups of images to select the ones that stand out. It takes time and practice--but once you can narrow your photographs down to…
Episode 24 Telling a Story with Pictures--The Photo Essay
Close out the course with a fascinating look at telling stories with your photographs. Using his photo essays on Alaska's North Slope; people at Leech Lake, Minnesota; and dwindling biodiversity,…

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