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Photography Short Courses with Daniel Johnson

Missed the initial start date of a course? Don't worry, these courses
will continue to run on our Forum throughout the winter!
All classes end March 31st.

—  This winter's classes  —
All About Aperture • Winter Horse Photography 
Basic Post-Processing for a Traditional Photographic Look
Using Film for Equine Photography • Achieving Sharp Photos

This class is now open! All About Aperture
Join us anytime this winter!

Photo by Dan Johnson
Do you call it the aperture or the f/stop? Or perhaps you've heard it referred to as "the iris" or "the diaphragm." Whatever the name, that adjustable hole inside your camera's lens has a massive impact on every photograph you take. That's why it's important to understand exactly what aperture is and how it works. But some of the concepts can be challenging to fully understand, especially for beginner and intermediate photographers who are also trying to learn many other aspects of photography at the same time. If you'd like to finally achieve a solid grasp on how aperture works, then please join us for All About Aperture.

In this course you will:
  • Learn how the aperture controls the amount of light that reaches the camera and why this matters
  • Discover why aperture affects depth of field
  • Understand how aperture contributes to bokeh and how the actual shape of your aperture blades affect the out-of-focus areas in your image
  • See how a lens's maximum aperture affects overall lens sharpness
  • View some clear examples of how to put the right aperture to work in the right setting for your equine photography
  • Explore the idea of "storytelling" vs. "isolating" apertures
  • …and you'll finally get a clear explanation of why SMALLER f/numbers = BIGGER apertures, and why BIGGER f/numbers = SMALLER apertures!!
If you've ever found yourself confused or struggling with these concepts, then please join us for Daniel Johnson's new two-week online course, All About Aperture! Hope to see you there.

Register for this course - $29.99

This class is now open: Winter Horse Photography
Join us anytime this winter!

Photo by Dan JohnsonDoes the idea of photographing horses in a snowy environment sound like fun to you? Would you like to try capturing images of horses in this beautiful and unique season? If so, join professional equine and pet photographer Daniel Johnson for an exciting two-week exploration of winter horse photography in this new online course!

One of the most difficult things in photography can be translating the image we envision into the one that appears on the back of our cameras, and this is definitely true for winter horse photography. Elements of the scene that are obvious in person—such as the lightly falling snow—are often lost in a photograph and don't "read' well. How do we really show the viewer how the snow looks? How do we really capture the frosty whiskers and steaming breath of a horse on a cold winter's day? How do we make the snow look truly white and not gray? Whether you've struggled in the past with the challenge of winter photography or if you're about to try it for the first time, this short course is aimed to help you improve your work and skills so you can achieve the images you seek.

Through text, photo examples, forum discussion, and short videos, you'll learn about:

  • Exposure issues: Many photographers struggle with the problem of properly exposing a winter scene, and when this is combined with a moving subject, like a horse, the task becomes even more difficult. You'll examine at a few techniques for capturing correctly-exposed snow while still retaining detail in the highlights.
  • Equipment concerns. Cold temperatures take a toll on electronics and optics, and most digital cameras aren't necessarily tested to function in the winter conditions you might encounter. Learn how to keep your batteries, lenses, LCD monitors safe and working properly through cold and wet weather.
  • Lighting tips. Depending on your location, winter lighting can be vastly different from summer light, due to a lower sun angle and the increased possibility of deep overcast skies. Explore how to use these lighting conditions to your advantage for your winter horse photography. You'll also look at ways to use winter lighting to create the contrast necessary to achieve equine "cold breath" photos.
Winter horse photography may be a big challenge, but the rewards are many. It's a chance to capture horses in a unique environment that is perhaps neglected more than the other seasons. Ready to give it try?

Register for this course - $29.99

This class is now open:  Basic Post-Processing for a Traditional Photographic Look
Join us anytime this winter!

Photo by Dan JohnsonFor better or for worse, digital photography has given everyone the ability to process their own images. The potential for creativity is enormous, but the potential to do more harm than good is perhaps even greater. Add in the daunting array of post-processing controls and software options and you have a recipe for…confusion.

Join photographer Daniel Johnson for a fun two-week online course to learn what post-processing skills you actually need and how to use them in a way that preserves a "traditional" photographic look and avoids images that appear "digital" or "processed." Through photographic and written examples, the goal of the course is to show students how to make their processed images look…unprocessed, more timeless, and film-like. Students will also have the opportunity to submit their own before/after examples for critique and discussion.

Register for this course - $29.99

February 19th: Using Film for Equine Photography
Class is first available February 19th - but it can be joined anytime this winter!

Photo by Dan Johnson

Are you interested in using film to capture your equine subjects? Film photography can be a lot of fun as it provides photographers with a unique and unmistakable look, yet it also presents a different mindset. The very process of shooting film almost requires that the photographer slow down, make a plan, and approach the subject in a more thoughtful way. Also, film shooting means that three major tools of the digital photographer—LCD review, histogram, and variable ISO—are not available. In this two-week online course with equine photographer—and longtime film shooter—Daniel Johnson, you'll learn how to choose a film, get advice on film cameras, avoid common problems and explore ways to use this medium to successfully capture great equine images.

Register for this course - $29.99

March 10th: Achieving Sharp Photos

Class is first available March 10th - but it can be joined anytime this winter!

Photo by Dan Johnson

Are you tired of losing great shots to blur? Are you repeatedly disappointed when you take a wonderful photo, only to find out later that it is "soft" and unusable? Photographers strive for sharp photos, but we don't always get them, and that can be a very frustrating experience. If you'd like to improve the sharpness of your images and defeat common blurring issues once and for all, then Daniel Johnson's new two-week online course Achieving Sharp Photos is for you.

Part of the reason blurry photos are so common is because there are a surprisingly large number of factors that contribute to an image's overall sharpness. For this reason, the course will take you on an in-depth exploration of:

  • Subject movement
  • Camera movement
  • Optical focus
  • Depth of field
  • Lens optical quality
  • Lens "perfect" aperture
  • Lens diffraction
  • Autofocus speed
  • Autofocus mode
  • Autofocus accuracy
  • Post-processing techniques
…and how all of these contribute to the overall sharpness of the final image. While there is no way to guarantee that every photo you take will be perfectly sharp (hey, even the pros shoot their share of "throwaway" shots!) you can learn what issues lead to blur and how to put as many factors in your favor as possible. It's all about understanding the causes and searching for solutions. It may be a lot to take in, but sharp photos are definitely worth it!

Register for this course - $29.99

How the Courses work . . .

  • You do not need to be an EPNet member to take the course.
  • The course will start on the dates indicated. Late registrations will be accepted until the end of Wednesday of that week.
  • Participants need to be registered on the EPNet discussion forum (no cost):
    http://www.equinephotographers.org/4um/index.php to be able to participate.
  • The tutorials and assignments will be posted on the forum. You will be able to access these at your convenience, as well as post your questions.
  • Participants will be able to upload their work for their assignments into the class forum area.

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please email us so we send the course details to the correct address!

EPNet Refund Policy: Sorry, no refunds for short courses.

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About Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is an award-winning professional photographer specializing in horses, pets, rural life, and food, and is the author and photographer of five non-fiction horse books including How to Raise Horses: Everything You Need to Know, The Field Guide to Horses, The World's Greatest Horse Poster Book, Horse Breeds: 65 Popular Horse, Pony & Draft Horse Breeds, and The World's Greatest Colts and Fillies Poster Book. He's also the author and photographer of The 4-H Guide to Digital Photography and four other books.

Dan's photos of animal, nature, food, and rural life have been published thousands of times worldwide, and have appeared in books, nationally published calendars (he's been the sole photographer of numerous dog and equine box calendars) and as covers and interiors of a wide variety of national magazines. He's written photography how-to articles and videos for corporate brands and blogs, and he also offers in-person photography workshops at his farm/studio in northern Wisconsin.

Visit his web site.