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Eight Steps to More Dramatic Photography

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Join 's Course: Eight Steps to More Dramatic PhotographyTransform your photography from mediocre and unfulfilling to exciting and dramatic. This course - taught by famed author/photographer Jim Zuckerman - delves into eight easy-to-understand steps that will definitely improve your ability to create better compositions, use color more effectively, and much more.

Key Features

  1. Why Choice of Subject is So Important
  2. Paying Attention to the Background
  3. Using Color Schemes for Dramatic Images
  4. The Classic Landscape Technique
  5. Photographing cities at Twilight
  6. Thinking as the Lens Sees
  7. Capturing Motion
  8. Shooting Into the Sun

  • Fast track to dramatic photos.
  • NOTE: Course updated for 2013!!

$396.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Jim  Zuckerman Jim Zuckerman
Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.

In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.

I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.

For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Id project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.

I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.

For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Examples of Student Photos


View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!

David  Oberbeck
© David Oberbeck
David  Oberbeck
© David Oberbeck

Course Outline


Week 1: Why Choice of Subject is So Important
Assignment: Show comparisons between great subjects and ones that aren't so great - with any subject.

Week 2: Paying Attention to the Background
Assignment: Submit photos of any subject where the background is complementary.

Week 3: Using Color Schemes for Dramatic Images
Assignment: Submit photos where bold colors are juxtaposed against muted backgrounds or where you've used shocking color combinations for drama.

Week 4: The Classic Landscape Technique
Assignment: Submit landscape pictures using the four principles outlined in this lesson.

Week 5: Cities at Twilight
Assignment: Submit photos of any city at twilight or at night. Be creative!

Week 6: Thinking as the Lens Sees
Assignment: Shoot and submit both wide angle and telephoto pictures of a single subject.

Week 7: Capturing Motion
Assignment: Submit photos that express motion - with slow or fast shutter speed, panning, etc.

Week 8: Shooting Into the Sun
Assignment: Submit photos that include the sun in the composition.

Review: Voting on Best Work

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 



  • Digital or film-based camera.
  • Knowledge of - and the ability to control - aperture and shutter speed.
  • Wide angle as well as telephoto ability.
  • Skill Level: Serious Hobbyists, Intermediates & Advanced



Is this course intended only for advanced photographers?
This class is open to photographers of all levels. We will not be talking about what an f-stop is; this course is more about how to SEE. The course assumes you know the basic workings of your camera and that you simply want to learn how to make better pictures. This course is for anyone who has ever been frustrated when they got their pictures back from the lab, anyone who has looked at their pictures and said, "This is not what I saw! How can I make this photo better?"  

What kind of equipment will I need to complete the photo assignments?
Any camera and lens system that allows both wide-angle and telephoto capabilities as well as the ability to control aperture and shutter speed. For the classic landscape technique lesson, you will also need a tripod.  

Can we use digital imaging software such as Photoshop to alter our photos?
Sure, I love Photoshop and those kinds of programs. This course is not about working images on the computer, though.  

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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