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- Perfect for use with any DSLR makes & models.
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Get a taste of Karl's teaching methods right now! Watch how this inspirational photography training cuts through all the jargon and complication of learning how to master your DSLR.
You will immediately be learning how to take better photographs and gain full confidence in your camera and its functions. Plus discover the knowledge on which equipment will work best for your photography.
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Karl has been a professional photographer for more than 15 years. His work is published internationally and he regularly works for some of the world's leading companies. Karl's name and his unique ability to teach has hit the world on a truly global level. With a following of over 750,000 photographers he is now recognised as a leader in photography education. Karl is a consultant instructor for world leading brands and is also an Adobe Community Professional.
How is the Masterclass helping thousands of students?
Over 6hrs 45mins of incredible photography training
The Karl Taylor Masterclass Photography Course deal is the Ultimate DSLR Photography Course. Over 6hrs 45 mins of incredible photography training and includes the Karl Taylor Photography Reference Guide.
Stage 1 Introduction to Digital Photography
By just applying some basic photography composition techniques your photographs can leap from the ordinary to simply outstanding!
Discover a whole new world of photographic possibilities by actually understanding the main types of light and their impact on your photography.
Apertures & Shutter Speeds
If this has slowed you down in the past, worry no more. Karl walks you through these core controls of your DSLR camera, replacing any confusion you may have had with an enthusiasm to get out there and start shooting in manual mode!
How Cameras Work
Cameras, no matter how much they cost all work in roughly the same way. Understanding the simple mechanics of how cameras work will help you realize how similar they all are and how you can get the best out of yours.
Probably the most popular photographic theme, but what actually contributes to the perfect landscape photograph? Karl reveals all!
Keep the action alive in your photographs, it's not all about freezing the action. Applying some simple settings and a few professional photography tips will make all the difference.
Optics, Lenses & Focus
Have you ever stopped to think about how your camera's lens affects your photographs? Discover how different lenses change the angle of view and how the resulting perspective can absolutely transform your photography results.
Depth of Field
If the photography text books have confused you in the past then prepare to get excited. Karl's clear teaching makes depth of field completely understandable demonstrating the crucial link between apertures and shutter speeds. This fundamental knowledge will get you exploring your creativity every time you take a photo.
Using Your Camera in Manual
It's just like learning anything really! When you put all the building blocks together and with some practice, your photography will blossom and your skills as a photographer will quickly move onwards and upwards to the next level. Learn to ride that bicycle without the stabilizers!
Getting the balance of light right requires an understanding of exposure or the 'brightness' level of your picture. Your cameras light meter can help you do this but how can you make the decisions for yourself? Find out how and why it matters.
The Six Essentials
There are some things that are just fundamental to photography. Without these things photography just wouldn't be possible, Karl explains how all these essentials are connected and will help you get better photographs. Once you master the six essentials you are well on your way to mastering photography.
ISO and Resolution
It actually isn't that complicated. As you become more in tune with using your camera in manual mode, a basic understanding of ISO and photographic resolution will aid your understanding of capturing the best results in any given situation.
To get a decent picture, it needs to be sharp and in focus. Simple you might think, as the camera does it for you? But how does it do it and what if it's dark or it doesn't always work? Karl explains how to get perfect focus every time.
Images used to be recorded on film, but advances in technology now mean that the recording medium is digital and described in Mega Pixels and various size formats. But what does that all mean and how will it affect your photography? Karl explains all the ins and outs to help you easily understand the terminology.
Your learning and photography advancement doesn't just stop with this 4 stage course. Our dedicated and ongoing customer bonus material coupled with our exclusive customer training support program will ensure you get the very best out of your photography.
Stage 2 Travel & Landscape Photography
Make capturing inspiring cityscapes second nature! With a few simple techniques you will be able to create images that are more eye-catching than you had imagined.
Neutral Density Graduated Filters
Learn about the pro photographers secret weapon. See as Karl demonstrates exactly how, why and when to use these image enhancing essentials!
Planning your Images
Getting that great shot is not all about point and shoot, Karl explains how planning and researching your location can help you get that winning shot.
Waiting for the Right Light
Timing is everything, too early and the light is not right, too late and the light has gone. Discover the magic moment for a range of different photographic situations that will help give your shots that professional edge!
Capturing night scenes requires a different discipline and knowledge. In this program Karl tackles several night scene situations and shows you how to capture an incredible shot every time. Discover the necessary tools and tips to help you get that shot.
Karl goes head to head in a shoot out with international and award winning landscape photographer Nick Després. See how their varied shooting styles yield different results from the same location. Plus, Karl takes you step by step through his techniques for shooting inspiring landscapes.
What are they, and what are they good for? This essential piece of kit for the pro-photographer can transform an image but you have to know when and how to use them.
Add mystery and depth to your images with this simple technique. Discover how capturing extended periods of time will give your images an enchanted quality.
Black and white, street and city photography! Learn how being quick on your feet and ready to grab that spontaneous moment is essential to this particular genre.
When travelling you often have fantastic opportunities for great architectural images. In this program Karl shows you how to capture a series of shot's of Paris's historical monuments that will take your holiday photography to a whole new level.
Getting great images is often about being aware of your surroundings, staying observant and predicting the possibilities. But what do you look for and what camera settings will ensure atmosphere in your images? Find out how to get those shots.
Learn from the Pros as Karl and Nick discuss and look through some of Nick¹s award winning work and discover what makes a really eye-catching shot.
Getting up early to shoot can often seem like a chore but the light is often at it's most beautiful and there are less people about to disrupt your shot. Find out how to control the light and spot the perfect shot.
Two photographers at the same location can comeback with completely different images and it doesn't have anything to do with the cameras. Photographic style is all about how you see the world and want to capture it. See how two pro photographers achieve very different images from the same seascape.
Our courses are supported by hours worth of bonus material including this great tutorial on photography under moon light. As a customer you are entitled to exclusive access to our bonus material and our training support program to ensure you get the very best out of your photography.
Stage 3 Advanced Digital SLR Photography
Painting with Light
Just like an artist you can actually use light to paint your scene! Karl takes you step by step through this fascinating process of turning night into day with simply stunning results.
Macro and Extreme Close Up
With today's reduced chip size DSLR's it's possible to capture great macro shots in minutes! Discover how a few extra pieces of economic equipment can take your macro shots even further.
It's all about timing! If you are trying to freeze the action or add a sense of motion to your picture this fantastic chapter shows you how to use different lenses and shutter speeds for the best effect. Also learn the essential tips on focus and planning.
Nightscapes and Light Trails
Expand your shooting skills beyond the magic hour by applying these simple rules to your night photography.
Flash in the Day
When to use it and why! Discover how the professionals make the best of the light by adding more.
A Fashion Shoot with Models
Working with models requires communication and direction. See how Karl works with the model to find the best shot.
The Essential Pro Equipment
What kit do you really need to get that great shot? Take a look at what the Pros are using to get those stunning images!
Remote Capture Techniques
Ever wondered how to capture those elusive wildlife images? Discover the equipment and techniques to get an incredible wildlife shot not too far from home!
Outdoor Natural Portraits
Beautiful outdoor light and choosing the right time of day go a long way toward the perfect portrait. This essential knowledge will guide you to getting great pictures of people with natural light and professional reflectors and shows you how it compares to fill in flash.
Stage 4 Advanced Digital SLR Photography 2
To create realistic or abstract HDR images in colour or black and white, you must consider exposure, Karl takes you through the techniques step by step
Merging to HDR
The best HDR images are a result of good blending and understanding the EV. Watch and learn with a meticulous explanation to arrive at a stunning HDR image.
Create super sized wall art and canvases with panoramic stitching techniques. In this section Karl shows you how to capture these images and tips for merging images for the best results.
A touch of flash in high speed sync mode is all that is needed to add a splash of colour and lift your image above the ordinary. Follow Karl to Lands End in Cornwall to capture a stunning landscape with this simple but effective technique.
Twilight and Night Photography
We delve further into the twilight zone and night photography with several examples of serene, spectacular night images. Find out why the twilight period will make or break your image.
Unpack your flash guns and emulate Karl's techniques for dynamic fashion shoots on a budget. With four completely different hot shoots Karl shows you how to do it with the latest Pro Gear but also how to do it on a budget with simple non brand strobes.
Scrims and the Midday Sun
Don't have any lights? Don't worry, Karl takes us into the dessert for some stunning fashion shots using just sunlight and reveals how to overcome the lighting problems of harsh sunlight.
Karl hits the streets of New York to capture opportunity images, he shows you his eye for spotting an image and the right light and then how to add extra elements to make the scene a superb photograph.
Modern cameras come into their own for some stunning results. Capture the Milky Way and distant star fields in brilliant detail with spectacular ease to create surreal night landscapes.
Make water dream like and magical, follow Karl into the forest for some idyllic flowing rivers photography.
Bolt your camera to a car with ease and capture dynamic images with a few simple accessories that will leave people gobsmaked with the results.
Photography Knowledge Review
Karl reviews each image for an overview to ensure you have understood exactly how to achieve the top results for professional photography.
We turn up the heat in this sexy lingerie shoot with two stunning models. But the models and the outfits are only part of it, what makes an image like this look sexy and stylish? Karl explains about locations and working with models in this seductive photo session.
Torches Tin Mines
At this world heritage location Karl shows you how to use torches to light these remarkable buildings. Multiple elements are illuminated capturing this stunning evocative landscape whilst in total darkness.
Fashion In Flowers
Shooting a model on location requires confidence and skill, especially when the light is falling and you only have limited time to nail the shot. Watch Karl takes us through this location fashion shoot and overcome the challenges of getting that great shot.