Join Michael Freeman for a complete course on how to take exceptional photos and develop a deeper understanding of what makes a great photo work. Start by taking creative control of your images, learning the science behind exposure, getting comfortable with the full range of camera controls, and leaving Auto mode in the dust. Next, learn to see through your subject to read the light itself and capture consistently high-quality images in even the most difficult lighting conditions. Then take a step back and develop your photographic eye to recognise potential design and compositional choice, to make the most of stunning scenes as they occur. Once you get back to your computer, wrap it up with a complete overview of the most important digital-editing techniques, cutting through the clutter and honing in on the particular tools and workflows that are relevant to your own photographic style. By the end of the course, you'll be fully competent in the fundamental aspects of photography, able to consistently capture excellent images in any situation.
Jeff Wignall, former camera columnist for the New York Times and Technical Editor of Photo District News, has written numerous best-selling books, including The Joy of Digital Photography. A frequent contributor to many photo magazines (Popular Photography, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo Digital), Jeff shoots advertising and advertorial work for major clients including Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Olympus; thousands of his photos have been published in every print medium. Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career. Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.