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E-Learning Courses

Finding the Magic in Everyday Moments: A Lifestyle Guide for Documenting Childhood

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Course Description:

This downloadable self-study course was conceived, designed, and created for “us moms”. It’s for us moms who just want better photos of our children, but don’t know how or where to start. Whether you are a mom with a fancy camera, or just have your phone, this course has something for you. It’s full of images, stories, pull-backs, and tips.  It’s a “behind the scenes” on how I capture the images of my children.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What the difference is between documentary, lifestyle, and portrait photography, and how Laura approaches each.
  • How to get your baby, toddler, child, or teen to cooperate with the photo taking process with tips for each age category.
  • How to become aware of the framing and composition of your photos to create the look you want.
  • How colour can affect images.
  • How to find and use light in your home (even if you think it is too small, dark, or ugly!), and how this information transfers to outdoor photography
  • How to get creative and make your own light using ordinary household objects (or flash) when needed.
  • How to import, store, and backup your files in Lightroom.
  • How Laura decides what photos to keep and what photos to discard.
  • How to remove objects both in Lightroom and in Photoshop.
  • How to change the colour of objects in photos both in Lightroom and in Photoshop.
  • How to apply light effects in Photoshop.
  • How to use colour overlays in Photoshop.
  • How Laura edits her photos from start to finish.

What’s Included:

  • 110-page PDF full of information, instruction, and inspiration that takes you “behind the scenes” of Laura photographing her children
  • 8-page bonus PDF giving an overview on how to use your “big girl” camera
  • 6 editing videos that cover importing photos into Lightroom, RAW vs. JPEG files, the culling process (deciding what to keep), as well as complete edits from start to finish using both Lightroom and Photoshop

 

Daring To Be Different: Creating Images With An Edge

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Course Description:

In this downloadable course, Laura walks you through how she discovered her own personal style and gives you the building blocks to begin to realize and build upon your own in a way that stays true to who you are.  She shares how she created a portfolio deliberately geared to attract the clients that appreciate her unique voice in an over-saturated market while still being able to maintain a successful business.  She walks you through five key elements of photography and teaches you how to use each one in a unique way to set your photos apart from the crowd.  She explores artificial, natural, and post-processed light; shooting perspectives; post processing tips and tools to give your photos that “extra something”; how to maximize upon a location for the greatest variety; as well as delving into her hallmark style of low-light and night shooting.  By popular demand, she will also walk you step-by-step through one of her favourite creative projects – capturing star trails both in camera and in post.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to identify and be conscious about the elements that comprise your personal style.
  • How to give voice to your style both while shooting and in portfolio building.
  • How to attract the clients YOU want while still building/maintaining a successful business.
  • How to use artificial, natural, and post-processed light to add drama and flare to your work.
  • How to find unique perspectives and angles to add diversity to your shooting.
  • How to use a variety of Lightroom and Photoshop techniques and tools to make your photos stand out from the crowd.
  • How to work even a small location in a way that gives you maximum diversity.
  • How to use your existing gear to make haunting low-light images.
  • How to deal with grain and focusing issues in low-light situations.
  • How to find in-home, rural, and/or urban locations for night-shooting.
  • How to create sparkler, long-exposure shots with children.
  • How to create star trails in camera.
  • How to create star trails in post.

What’s Included:

  • 133-page PDF full of information, instruction, and inspiration
  • 15-page bonus PDF devoted to creating star trails
  • 24 shooting/editing exercises to get your creative juices flowing
  • Night sky overlay
  • 8 editing videos each highlighting a specific technique to take your photos to the next level (over 2.5 hours of video)
  • 1 shooting video of Laura working on location at night, turning some ordinary children into extraordinary super heroes through long exposure photography