Photo Courses, Which one and Why?

Do you want to take better pictures?

Do you have a new baby in the family?
Know someone who’s getting married?
Are you going on holidays?
Taking a trip?
Looking for a new hobby?
Got children or grandchildren who you want to capture as they grow?
Love Scrap Booking?
Dealing with illness?
Someone getting engaged?
Birthdays or Christmas coming up?
Have pets?

Whether it’s a special occasion or just part of everyday life, we like to capture the moments so that we have something to look back on and to share, so we want to take photos that look good. Sometimes you get great photos and other times it just doesn’t come together. You can learn how to take good photos no matter what the time of day, what the lighting is like or how much people or animals are moving.

Learn portrait photography

Captue treasured moments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is something available that can help and is affordable.

Nearly there, keep reading…..

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a professional coach look at your images and tell you how to get them right?

But who could afford that?

You can!!!

There is a photo course called “The Dash” it caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Never alone

Trick photography, create a fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few different options you can choose from so that you get what you are looking for.

For the course, which includes lessons, challenges and bonus critiques picked from each stream it is $25 for 1 stream and you get an extra discount if you choose more than 1 stream.

What is a stream? It is what you will be learning about. For October it is Portrait Photography, Flower Photography and Trick Photography. You can do just one or two streams or all three, it is entirely up to you.

Isn’t this fantastic, you can learn what you need for less than $1/day in fact it works out at around only 80 cents per day!!!

But there’s more….

You can then upgrade to Gold or Platinum to have your own personal coach/ critiquer, who will look at each image you upload for the lessons and tell you what works and what doesn’t, but better than that they will teach you how to make it to work.

The critiques/coaching is tailored to your level so it doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner or a pro, there is something for everyone.

How much would it cost you to hire a professional photographer as a coach/Critiquer for a month?

A lot more than most of us could afford, so how do they do it for the Dash?

The Dash’s philosophy is to make learning available and affordable and so they have got with some professional photographers and worked out a special rate….are you ready…..

For only $79/month you can have a professional assigned to you.

You will do 8 challenges a month, so that works out at less than $10-00 an image and to top it off, you don’t just get one critique, you get to put into practice the coaching the professional gives you and upload a second image to check that you are on the right track and have understood what the coach has told you.

That means 2 images for under $10.

Learn how to take great flower photos

Learn Flower photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would professional photographers do this?

I can only answer for myself as I am one of the coaches/critiquers.

My love of photography is just that, a love or a passion as I call it, but I don’t just want to share my images, I want to be able to share the experience of photography, so that you can enjoy taking images, whether just for special occasion or as a hobby or if like me, you discover the joy and healing photography brings, then it will be something that becomes your passion.

I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia 7 years ago and so was very limited in what I was able to do. I was struggling with pain and feelings of worthlessness until I became re-immersed in photography, suddenly I had a purpose, there was something I could still do and I found that getting outdoors and into nature brought healing to my soul. I found even though the pain was still there, life was worth living, there was so much beauty all around us that I just had to stop and see. As my focus changed I was able to let go of disappointment and disillusionment and come to a place of peace and joy. Having done this, I realized I wanted to empower others to be able to do this to and so through the Dash I am able to achieve this.

So if you have ever thought about doing a photography course, now there is one that is affordable and worth doing.

The Dash is run by David Peterson of Digital-Photography-Secrets and is his brainchild. He sets the lessons and provides the teaching, there are then 3 other coaches/critiquers like myself and together we strive to bring you a fantastic course.

This is some of the feedback I have personally had.

Heather Steele 

Thanks for the critique Julia. It is very useful. I tried cropping it as you suggested and it is much improved. As it was a busy week I just popped the point and click in my pocket and was completely unsuccessful in getting a blurred background until I read about using the zoom as well….and it worked. I plan to practice however with my SLR camera as I like the blurred background effect and would like to experiment more with it so I am comfortable in attaining it when I want. Such a great course! I am really enjoying it! Thanks again for your help.

Joe Auck

Ms. Julia, You are the best, I appreciate u looking into that for me. I will try the adjustments u mentioned and send u copy. May not be till this weekend when I have time. Thanks for all the help.

So click here to have a look at “The Dash”.
If you want the Professional coaching as well, it will be offered to you after you have signed up for whichever stream/s you want to.
i love this quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”
this really sums up what the Dash is all about.
I would love to see you there and have the opportunity to travel with you on the next leg of your photographic journey.

 

Mindil Beach Markets

Everyone who has ever lived in or visited Darwin will tell you you have to go to Mindil Markets at least once.

These Markets are an icon in Darwin, they are on Thursday night and Sunday night each week. They are traditional markets, plus fantastic live entertainment and a sunset to die for on the beach.

They start around 4pm. The trick is to get there early or you will have a long walk from where you park.

Once you arrive, it is time to wander around and look at all the colorful and varied stalls. Then as Sunset approaches you walk to the beach and join the 100s of people also on the beach. They often have life saving rescue boat racing and then it’s time to sit and watch as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon and the sky changes from a blue to a beautiful pink and then to the blue of twilight.

The night we were there, there had been some smoke in the air and so the sky became a beautiful pink and the sun was a blood red orb hanging in the sky.

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After the sun had set the sky got more and more red and this is where the photo tip comes in, never leave home without your tripod. I was unable to capture the beautiful sky as I had left my tripod behind. To successfully capture the afterglow or any long exposure you need to use a tripod. Some cameras handle high ISO better than others, so you may be able to increase the ISO until you get the shot, unfortunately this creates a lot of noise in the image, especially in the sky and seeing that is what the photo is about we want it as clear as possible.

There are some software products that help us deal with noise in Post Processing. The best I have found is Topaz Denoise. Go here to see the full range http://www.topazlabs.com/911.html                                                                                         I often get discounts for these products so email me if you are interested.

After the sun had dropped below the horizon I turned and walked back up the beach and there was an aboriginal man using tapping sticks sitting on the sand and there was a little white baby crawling towards him. It was a precious moment as the baby showed that there is no discrimination until it is taught. He was totally mesmerized by the tapping sticks, crawling up onto his lap. It was a beautiful moment.

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Bridgint the gap

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Two cultures meet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So after the sunset we sat and enjoyed some great entertainment, there was a man with a whip doing tricks and a couple who did acrobatics and juggling. It was a great night.