If you want to start taking better, more creative photos, this is the right course for you. During this course I'll teach you to understand your camera so you can achieve more creative, satisfying results. Completing the course will take you longer than the 1.5 hours of video lessons because I've also included comprehensive assignments for each of the 20+ lessons. Each assignment will take at least half an hour, or more, depending on how much you want to put into it.
The videos are full of footage of me working, photographs we've taken, graphic overlays and animations all demonstrating what I am teaching. There's pages and pages of .pdf files accompanying the lessons with further information and assignments designed to help you put put it all into practice and gain experience. There's also a number of quizzes throughout the course so you can easily asses your own progress. And if you have questions, just ask me in the ask me in the Q&A section of the course.
In this course I'll teach you to take control of your camera and
creativity the way I have – by using the Manual Mode on your camera. I
find most people we teach in our workshops don't
know how their camera works or how they can really control it to create more interesting photographs. They've had their cameras set on one of the many auto modes and wonder why the results are not so pleasing.
In this course I'll teach you to understand the three ways of controlling your exposure – using the aperture, shutter speed and ISO so that you can be in control of how your photos look, rather than your camera being in control of the results. I'll demonstrate how to effectively use the exposure meter to capture images that look the way you want them to and I'll teach you techniques to use the aperture and shutter speed to achieve truly creative photographs.
This course is presented in a concise manner. We live busy lives and personally I prefer a course of teaching which is focused and clear to the points being made, rather one that contains little useful information padded out to make the course seem of greater value than it really is. The aim of delivering the teaching in short modules is so that those who do not understand the lesson the first time can easily go back and watch the video again, read the accompanying PDF files and complete the assignments. This way you will learn through my teaching and your own experimenting, practice and experience. After all, if you do not pick up your camera frequently and practice what you are learning, you will not develop as a creative photographer.
I do not use much camera jargon and keep my language simple so it's easy to understand if English is not your first language. I asked a Thai friend to check over some of the assignments as I was writing them to make sure they were easy enough to understand. As she read through them her main feedback was "This is much easier to read and understand than an academic text book." She could follow them through and understand without difficulty.
I've been a professional photographer since the 1980s, with a background as a photo journalist and freelancer covering everything from international sports events, corporate portfolios, weddings, travel and much more. My wife and I have taught 100's of people in the photo workshops we run in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am a self taught photographer and teach from my many years of experience.
Kevin Landwer-Johan is a highly experienced editorial and commercial professional photographer with a passion for capturing ‘real life’ in his images. Originally from New Zealand he has chosen to make Chiang Mai his home since 2002.
Kevin started his professional photography career in the late 1980′s working on one of New Zealand’s leading daily papers. Later he moved on as sole photographer for two bi-weekly newspapers. During these years Kevin gained vast experience photographing everything from Prime Ministers, international celebrities, sporting events, spot news, everyday people and much more.
Before moving to Chiang Mai he ran a successful freelance photography business in New Zealand. Since moving to Thailand he has continued to pursue his career in photography and also documentary film making. Kevin enjoys living in Chiang Mai and loves the relaxed northern Thai culture and people.
Kevin’s images have been run in many national and international publications including Time Magazine. His award winning work is also represented by Getty Images, iStock, Alamy and other major stock photo and video agencies. Kevin is the advisory board of TIPS (Thailand International Photography Society.)
Teaching is something Kevin is passionate about. He is a self taught photographer with a depth of experience that he desires to share with others. He has started Chiang Mai Photo Workshops because of his passion for photography and his love for Chiang Mai and northern Thailand.