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Michael Freeman's The Photographer’s Eye: The Complete Video Course is available in these regions:

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1.2 - Compressing for Effected

Episode 1

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06:21
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1.2 - Compressing for Effected

Part of the 'Camera & Lens' chapter.

Enhance your creativity by thinking of subjects that benefit from a telephoto perspective. There are many clear and obvious subjects with which to start, such as wildlife and portraits. In these situations, you are typically using a telephoto out of necessity, and the compression effect is simply a secondary consideration. But you should start considering other, not-so-obvious shots that could benefit from a telephoto perspective as discussed in this video.

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1.3 - Deep Focus

Episode 2

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08:34
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1.3 - Deep Focus

Part of the 'Camera & Lens' chapter.

There are many scenes that are holistically striking enough to merit everything being in focus but shots like that are quite typical and lack the exceptional compositional element. If you can capture an object sharp all the way throughout the frame, it can be a valuable tool for pulling visual attention into the frame. Learn the best practices to achieve deep focus in this video.

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1.4 - Shallow Focus

Episode 3

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07:29
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1.4 - Shallow Focus

Part of the 'Camera & Lens' chapter.

One of the biggest advantages that large-sensor cameras like DSLRs have over point-and-shoots or cell phone cameras is the ability to capture very shallow depths of field using wide-aperture lenses. Tips for perfecting this technique and learning to identify the shots that truly benefit from such selective focus are covered in this video.

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1.5 - Shutter Speed

Episode 4

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1.5 - Shutter Speed

Part of the 'Camera & Lens' chapter.

Every subject has a minimum optimal shutter speed that will successfully freeze the action. With a still life, this obviously can be a shutter speed of many seconds, whereas a jet fighter coming in for a landing may require something as high as 1/8000 second. However, as the vast majority of subject motion exists in between these types of extremes. Learn the accepted rules of shutter speed and ways to create your own in this video.

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1.6 - Holding & Fixing

Episode 5

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1.6 - Holding & Fixing

Part of the 'Camera & Lens' chapter.

Whether you want to induce some motion blur, or just simply because the light is low, sometimes slower shutter speeds are a necessity. For the most part, the key is to keep your camera as still as possible—you want subject motion, not camera motion. The right set-up, tripod, and hand positions can go a long way to help you accomplish the shot you envision and are all covered in this video!

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2.1 - Subject & Background

Episode 6

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2.1 - Subject & Background

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

In composition, you’ll often hear terms like balance, harmony, and visual weight. These are less abstract than you may think. It’s why placing an important, engaging subject in a far corner and leaving the rest of the frame empty works—the importance of that subject balances out the rest of the frame. This video will show how it takes experimentation but gradually this process really does become second nature.

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2.2 - Format

Episode 7

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2.2 - Format

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

With modern digital camera resolutions being what they are—not to mention the new breed of electronic-viewfinder cameras that allow you to compose in whichever format you like, and the proliferation of new display devices of all shapes and sizes—the question of choosing a format has never been so significant. This video will teach you best practices for selecting the ideal ratio.

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2.3 - Framing a still life

Episode 8

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2.3 - Framing a still life

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

Never do you have more time to plan, adjust, fiddle, test, re-shoot, and experiment than with a studio still life. You’ve got all the time in the world, and complete control over the light. On the one hand, this creative freedom is exhilarating and a breath of fresh air; but of course, on the other hand, you have high expectations to get everything perfect. Learn to plan and execute the ideal still life shot in this video.

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2.4 - Eye lines

Episode 9

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2.4 - Eye lines

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

Eyelines do a great job pulling together disparate elements in the frame—they can change an irrelevant background into something of substance with which your main subject is clearly interacting. Their effectiveness is quite subtle as well; the eyes need not be glaringly obvious, as the viewer will naturally seek them out, and subsequently follow the gaze wherever it leads. Learn how to capitalize on this compositional element in this video.

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2.5 - Heavy Angles vs Dead Straight

Episode 10

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2.5 - Heavy Angles vs Dead Straight

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

There are two fundamental approaches to choosing a viewpoint for any subject, heavy angles and dead straight. Although there’s no single correct way to shoot anything, you will quickly find that certain styles are better suited to certain subjects. Going further, it’s also a matter of personal taste and what you are trying to represent in your imagery. The pros and cons of these approaches are discussed in this video.

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2.6 - Going Wide

Episode 11

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06:53
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2.6 - Going Wide

Part of the 'Framing & Composition' chapter.

Whereas panoramas used to be the domain of specialty equipment, modern stitching software is practically faultless, fully automated, and very simple to use (though it’s worth pointing out that, particularly with large numbers of high-resolution files, the stitching process might take a long time, depending on your computer’s processing power). Improve your ability to “go wide” with the instruction provided in this video.

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3.1 - Exposure decisions

Episode 12

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3.1 - Exposure decisions

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

Fortunately for us as artists, not just technicians, exposure decisions are much more interesting than simply establishing what is right and what is wrong. Once you embrace this subjective view of determining your exposure, you’ll find a whole creative side to photography. This video will provide practical guidance to sharpen your exposure selection skills as a photographer.

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3.2 - Exposure Situations

Episode 13

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3.2 - Exposure Situations

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

Once you familiarize yourself with these exposure situations, you’ll be able to save valuable shooting time by instinctively knowing exactly the right settings to apply for your particular scenario. Use this video to learn Freeman’s system which demystifies this often overwhelming component of getting the right shot.

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3.3 - Into the Sun

Episode 14

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3.3 - Into the Sun

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

There’s no doubt that shooting into the sun is a challenge—there is basically no way to fit all that dynamic range in a single image. But you can use this extraordinary kind of light to great creative ends if you work carefully and compose delicately. Learn how to make the sun enhance your photograph, rather than ruin it, in this video.

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3.4 - Mist & Fog

Episode 15

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07:18
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3.4 - Mist & Fog

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

The key to capturing quality mist and fog shots requires more than just photographic skill—you need some meteorological knowledge in order to predict not just when a heavy fog will blanket an area (that’s easy enough), but also when it will recede. Mist and fog are most effective during these transitional moments, which take place surprisingly quickly. This video will teach you how to predict, plan, and execute beautiful shots utilizing these elements.

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3.5 - Fill Light

Episode 16

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11:21
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3.5 - Fill Light

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

If massive studio lighting setups make you nervous, this is an excellent place to start controlling the light on your own. You’re still using natural or existing light as your primary source, but simply taking the extra step to fill in the shadows that it casts. Learn how to familiarize yourself with this technique and yield great outcomes.

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3.6 - Still-Life Lighting

Episode 17

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3.6 - Still-Life Lighting

Part of the 'Exposure & Light' chapter.

As covered in video 2.3 “Framing a still life,” still life is a very contemplative kind of photography, and in planning the lighting, you should always begin with a close examination of the objects themselves. Your setup should evolve out of the constituent materials of the shot. Learn to evaluate your setting, select a lens, accomplish successful lighting, and tips to enhance your shot in Photoshop in this video.

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4.1 - Golden Hour

Episode 18

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06:46
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4.1 - Golden Hour

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

This is the hour for photography. It’s cliché, but unavoidably true. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to put any less work into the composition and exposure of your shots. Learn the key steps and elements to consider when shooting in the “golden hour” in this video.

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4.2 - Blue Evening Light

Episode 19

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09:33
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4.2 - Blue Evening Light

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

This is the type of light that occurs about half an hour after sunset. It is an incredibly delicate sort of lighting, lasting sometimes as little as ten minutes; so you’ll need to plan ahead of time and have your shot composed and set up in advance. Learn tips to control the white balance and auto exposure in this light, as well as useful ways to practice optimizing this light in this video.

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4.3 - City Lights

Episode 20

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08:11
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4.3 - City Lights

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

As the sun goes down, cities scenes come alive with their own unique lighting design—part urban planning, part chaotic street action, but almost always visually engaging. The variety of lights you may encounter, the importance of establishing a strong viewpoint, and selecting the correct exposure are covered in this video.

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4.4 - Grey Light, Soft Light

Episode 21

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4.4 - Grey Light, Soft Light

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

It’s true enough that sometimes this kind of lighting makes certain shots impossible; but until photographers learn to control the weather, it’s best to take a positive attitude about it. Indeed, there are plenty of scenes that absolutely benefit from this kind of lighting, and if you just leave your camera at home every time the weather turns sour, you’d be missing a lot of shots. Learn the techniques to create beautiful shots in this light.

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4.5 - Perfect Color

Episode 22

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4.5 - Perfect Color

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

When it comes to color management, we’re usually dealing with a kind of clinical photography that doesn’t particularly indulge your creative side. Nevertheless, it’s an absolutely essential skill to add to your repertoire, and one which is, in fact, quite a bit easier than it’s often made out to be. Learn the workflow and equipment necessary to master this skill in this video.

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4.6 - Converting to Black & White

Episode 23

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09:10
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4.6 - Converting to Black & White

Part of the 'Light & Color' chapter.

Excellent black-and-white images almost always begin as excellent color images. The time to evaluate and capitalize on their B&W potential takes place almost entirely during post-production. In this video, learn the techniques needed to create a stunning black and white image.

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5.1 - Landscape Drama

Episode 24

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5.1 - Landscape Drama

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

You can really flex your creative muscle with landscapes. However, finding a beautiful spot is only the beginning. Standing at the tourist-designated viewing area is insufficient; landscapes deserve a thorough investigation for an optimal viewpoint. You have to train your mind to work this way and this video will teach you how to think through your shot.

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5.2 - Crowd Scenes

Episode 25

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08:43
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5.2 - Crowd Scenes

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

At first glance, street photography might seem to defy most of the rules of photographing still subjects since it requires fast and instinctive shooting. To some extent that is true, but much of the same contemplative thought processes will come to bear on the street as well. It’s not enough to react quickly to events; in fact, you need to anticipate them before they occur, and be ready with your finger on the shutter release. This video will teach you best practices for capturing life in motion.

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5.3 - City Overviews

Episode 26

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07:12
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5.3 - City Overviews

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

If you want a single shot to capture the essence and charisma of a city, you’ll need to plan ahead and choose which iconic elements are absolutely essential to include. Learn tips to select ideal locations, viewpoints, and the best lighting to represent a city in your photography.

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5.4 - Portraits in Context

Episode 27

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06:43
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5.4 - Portraits in Context

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

Portraits in context are naturally inclined toward communicating a narrative, and you should approach this kind of shoot with something of a reportage state of mind, with the intention of creating a mini-essay of sorts—even if it’s a story told in a single shot. Learn the set-ups, lighting, and mindset required to take a memorable portrait in this video.

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5.5 - Location Settings

Episode 28

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05:50
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5.5 - Location Settings

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

Choosing a subject is difficult enough, but choosing the location and viewpoint from which to shoot it is yet another layer to consider. The more iconic the subject, the harder you will have to work to find an original and fresh viewpoint. Learn how to balance between planning and directing a shot while still capturing something organic in this video.

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5.6 - City Details

Episode 29

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06:33
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5.6 - City Details

Part of the 'Locations' chapter.

Part of what makes a city such a fascinating subject is the density of detail. Shop signs, graffiti, architectural flourishes, unusual shadow shapes and juxtapositions—a city is made up of the sum of these parts, and concentrating only on these discrete parts, rather than the iconic structures, is a dynamic and innovative approach to capturing the feel of urban environs. This video will teach how to select the correct lens and composition in order to accomplish a great photograph.

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6.1 - Planning a Story

Episode 30

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11:45
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6.1 - Planning a Story

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter.

The best photo stories begin long before you arrive at the shooting site. This is when you should get a good, quality notebook and start your picture script. Think of it as a type of wish list at first, and start noting the various shots you think the story needs. This video will teach how to begin your photography notebook and begin thinking about the story you want to tell.

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6.2 - Shooting for variety

Episode 31

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09:07
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6.2 - Shooting for variety

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter.

Visual variety has less to do with feeling and more to do with the graphic appearance. Photo essays, like any kind of storytelling, need a structure that at the very least offers some kind of oscillation, some wave-like motion, to stop the reader/viewer from getting bored. This video will explain the many ways to successfully tell a cohesive story while instilling variety in your photography.

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6.3 - Making-of stories

Episode 32

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6.3 - Making-of stories

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter.

A staple of the photo essay is the visual description of how something is made. This video uses a real world example to show how to document a person demonstrating a skill or technique that needs to be documented and how the photographer achieves that goal.

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6.4 - Covering an Event

Episode 33

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6.4 - Covering an Event

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter.

The incredible concentration of action, costume, interaction, and general spectacle of a public event makes them an irresistible subject to shoot. This video covers the personal and professional skills you need to capture an event as well as the planning and technical aspects to yield the best photographs possible.

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6.5 - Improvising

Episode 34

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6.5 - Improvising

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter.

Some stories are improvised—when there isn’t enough information beforehand to know what the key feature of the topic will be. These situations require quick thinking, both creatively and technically, to adapt while staying in the moment. This video will show you how to succeed in these situations through a real life example.

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6.6 - Showing the story

Episode 35

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6.6 - Showing the story

Part of the 'Storytelling in Pictures' chapter. The longest video at nearly 30 minutes.

The history of the photo essay is tied up with print layouts, and while this form has been worked on and refined by designers for decades, the newer way of delivering picture stories as an online slideshow has had much less attention. This video will cover how to present your images – and your story—in an attractive and effective manner that considers your message and how viewers will receive it.

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