Become a better photographer today!
Learn how to use your incredibly awesome digital SLR camera: the Nikon D200 or D2X/D2Xs. Taught by professional photographer and author Tony Sweet, this 4-week class will take the mystery out of the camera controls, dials, menus, functions, etc. One of BetterPhoto's most popular instructors, Tony is especially well-qualified to teach this course: Nikon has named him a Legend Behind the Lens!
- Getting The Ball Rolling!
- Moving the Ball Down the Field (Nailing White Balance once and for all!)
- Let's Get Serious!
- Let's Get Creative!
- Upper Beginner through Intermediate.
- How to get the most out of your awesome Nikon digital SLR camera - the D200 or D2X/D2Xs.
- Specific technical tips and settings for operating the camera in the most efficient way, but also lots of creative techniques for getting great photos from your D200 or D2X/D2Xs.
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!
After 20 years as a professional jazz artist, Tony changed careers and directed his creative juices towards nature photography. The improvisational, spontaneous, and abstract nature of jazz are also integral elements of nature photography.
Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.
Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to Nikonnet.com. He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.
He has authored three books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography, Fine Art Flower Photography, and Fine Art Photography: Water, Rain, Fog. All are published by Stackpole Books.
He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.
Tony is on the instructor staff of BetterPhoto.com, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!
To learn more about Tony, visit his Web site:
A Couple of Photos by the Instructor
© Tony Sweet
© Tony Sweet
Lesson 1: Getting The Ball Rolling!
Brief intro and "pep talk". Discussion of flash cards, also called memory cards (practical sizes and brands). The CCD or Sensor and how to avoid "specks" on your images. ISO settings (which ones to use and why - a game of trade-offs). Metering options: spot, center weighted, matrix. File formats (Raw or JPEG). Custom functions (this is what it's all about) - demystification, explanations, and applications. Care and feeding of your D200 or D2X/D2Xs.
Assignment: Custom Settings and ISO Comparisons
Lesson 2: Moving the Ball Down the Field (Nailing White Balance once and for all!)
How to set White Balance on the camera. Learning the different settings. How to make a preset for mixed lighting. Fine-tuning and creative use of White Balance.
Assignment: Shooting in different lighting and creative White Balance
Lesson 3: Let's Get Serious!
Shooting Modes: The characteristics of all shooting modes and when to use them, depending on your particular shooting style and/or subject material. For example: Which mode is best for panning? Which mode is best for landscapes? When is manual mode preferred? Is there ever a good time to use Program?
Assignment: Panning, Depth of Field, and Exposure Modes
Lesson 4: Let's Get Creative!
How to use the D200's or D2X/D2Xs's great in-camera multiple exposure setting. Using your camera's Image Overlay setting.
Assignment: Multiple exposure and image overlay
© Tony Sweet
© Tony Sweet
- Either a Nikon D200 or a D2X/D2Xs, or a desire to learn about and/or own one.
- A working knowledge of basic camera controls and some shooting experience.
- Any image editing software that can process D200 or D2X/D2Xs files. By the way: Adobe Camera Raw updates - for Photoshop CS2 and CS3, and Elements 3 and above - support the D200 and D2X/D2Xs.
Can I take this class even if I don't own one of these cameras?
Yes. The lessons and assignments are geared toward current owners, but anyone with an interest in the Nikon D200 or D2X/D2Xs is welcome!
Do I need any special imaging software to take this class?
You'll need an image editing software program that can process D200 files. Incidentally, Adobe Camera Raw updates - for Photoshop CS2 and CS3, and Elements 3 and above - support the D200 and D2X/D2Xs.
What about skill level. These are high-end cameras, and I don't want to be lost just because I'm not a pro.
Don't worry! For this course, all you need is a basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience.
© Tony Sweet
© Tony Sweet
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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