Visual Storytelling & Photography
BY THE @DARELIST.FAMILY
Learn how to capture your family with your DSLR (no more iPhone!) using manual settings (gasp!) and edit your raw files to create
b-e-a-utiful images... in just 4 weeks!
once you TAKE THIS COURSE, you'll never go back to blurry iphone photos. we promise.
In this online course you'll...
step up your photography skills and learn to shoot on manual settings, master Lightroom CC and walk with us step-by-step through our entire start-to-finish photography process (including tips for photographing with kids!).
For a limited time, this course comes with an interactive FB group.
okay, so let's be honest here.
Have you ever felt...
Disappointed when you look through photos and realise you don't have many nice shots of your kids (or yourself)?
Overwhelmed when you pull out your DSLR and look at the manual settings?
Like you've tried to learn how to shoot manual but it hasn't 'stuck'?
Guilty, because you intended to learn to photograph 'properly', but never found the time?
Don't worry, me too!
RELAX. YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!
Let me guess... There's a camera in the back
of your wardrobe gathering dust?
Like me, perhaps you bought the camera when you had more free time (remember those days?!), and then kids and life happened, and wrapping your head around abstract things like aperture and shutter-speed seems waaaay too difficult now.
Yep, I've been there!
Maybe you just want to capture beautiful, candid images of your high-energy kids? Perhaps you see a memorable moment and grab your camera to shoot, only to miss the cute smile while fiddling with the controls. Our kids are little for such a short period of time, and honestly, as parents all we want sometimes is just a few nice photos of our kids just being kids. Don't worry, help is on the way.
This course will take you from 'eff this' to effortless, I promise!
"I've always owned a DLSR and loved photography but never really had the chance to learn or things haven't stuck in my head when I've tried, so I usually turn to the trusty iPhone. I did the course the other day and can definitely see a difference already! Can't wait to see the difference throughout the year. Thanks again for teaching in a way that's so easy to understand."
- kate from @KATEANDTRIBE
We'll help you up-skill in...
GEAR & PREP
You'll learn how to create images like these...
"If you want to improve your photography skills, I can't recommend this course enough. I was in their first group and learned so much - more than I learned in a full day photography course I took for a significantly higher price. They are truly amazing tutors."
- NATALIA from @lifewithbabygirl
This course features
Meet your course instructors
We are Grace & Eric from the @darelist.family and if you're here for this online course, chances are you already know us from Instagram. If so, hey!
We're stoked to bring you this photography course, pulling back the curtain on how we create the images we share on Instagram. A year ago we were uninspired and using our smartphones for most of our photos, even though we had a DSLR. One day, we decided we both wanted to get better at photography, so we downloaded a Lightroom trial and started learning manual settings. We shot almost every day for the next 9 months, got LOTS of blurry pics along the way and learned so much about photography and editing as we honed our style. We've got a ton of information to share, and we're so excited that you're here!
"I was shooting in auto constantly and our feed didn’t have a consistent theme or feel. Since we took the class we’ve not only gotten compliments on how much better our photos look but are being reached out to by way more brands and agencies to collaborate! This was such a great investment!"
- courtney from @OUTOFOFFICEFAMILY
@outofofficefamily applied what they learned and look at the incredible results!
Inside the course.
Feast yo eyes on this!
This is a 9-module online course covering everything you need to know about DSLR photography, composition, manual settings and Lightroom editing for beginners.
Lessons are self-paced (so you can take your time or binge it!) and include a mix of text, downloads and video tutorials to ensure you get the most out of all aspects of the course.
Introduction to Visual Storytelling
- Introduction to our 'style' of photography
- Digital minimalism
- Finding time as a busy family to photograph
How to decide which gear to buy
- How much photography gear do I need?
- The first purchase we recommend (before you go out and buy an expensive camera!)
- DLSR cameras and lenses
Plan your photos like a boss
- How to develop a style
- Framing your photos
- Shooting 'for Instagram' vs. shooting for framing later
- Finding natural environments to shoot portrait in
Secrets to taking a great photograph
- Breakdown of what it takes to make a great photograph
- Times of day explained (golden hour etc.) and how we use each
- Principles of composition
Our 7-step photography process (start-to-finish)
- See what we do, from research all the way through to post production
- Tips for photographing a wriggly toddler
- Remote shutter, interval timer + tripod
Manual settings (video lessons)
- Depth of Field
- Aperture + Shutter speed
- ISO + F-stops
- How they work together and when to use them
Shooting in RAW vs JPEG (video lesson)
- The difference between RAW and JPEG images
- Why you should change your settings to shoot RAW
- Continuous shooting mode
Introduction to Lightroom (video lessons)
- The difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic
- Why we focus on Lightroom CC in this course (as a good entry point for beginners)
- Purchasing Lightroom Presets and Installing the @darelist.family Preset Pack included as a BONUS with the course (18 presets + 5 color corrections)
Master Lightroom CC with our Step-by-Step Tutorials (video)
- Applying presets
- Using edit controls
- Using big 5 functions: crop, exposure, shadows, HSL + clarity
- Linear gradients
- Radial gradients
- Brush tool highlighting
- PLUS, we give you one of our RAW photos to practice editing on step-by-step
"I signed up for the @darelist.family photography course and accepted their challenge to take my camera off auto. I've got two words... GAME CHANGER. I loved the course and its simple and effective layout. Best investment I've ever made!"
- jami from @famtravelwriter
Plus, get access to an exclusive Facebook group just for students
private fB group
Have questions? Need advice?
As a student, you'll get exclusive access to a limited-time
Facebook group, where you can chat with us.
All our secrets revealed...
We pull back the curtain and show you our complete process.
"Your course is a good way to start over, get a good basis and to regain motivation to practice photography like I used to. I really like how you explain... It's not academic or boring, it makes me want to keep reading until the end."
Say goodbye to dark, grainy family photos forever
with our Lightroom tips & presets.
Are you ready to get started?
You've come at the perfect time.
Enjoy upskilling and 40% off
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who wants to improve their photography, specifically in the context of photographing subjects: family, friends or energetic kids who won't sit still.
When we asked our Instagram audience what they wanted to see in a photography course from us, the overwhelming response was around photographing small (wriggly!) children and finding ways to build confidence using manual DSLR settings and how to edit in Lightroom. So this course features an even mix of 3 main topics: Developing Style | Using Manual Settings | Editing in Lightroom
How long do I have access to the course for?
Forever! (or as long as the internet exists)
When you register as a student for the @darelist.family course you'll get instant online access to the self-paced lessons, video tutorials and downloads, which means you can do the lessons as quickly (or slowly) as you'd like. You can login and revisit lessons any time in future, but access to the Facebook group will be limited to specific time periods (eg. January and April 2019)
What if I'm a complete beginner?
This course is designed to guide you through everything you need to know to get started with photography. We've included all our tips... from the basics of cameras and gear, to how we research places to shoot when traveling. We also take you through how to get dreamy, candid images with a toddler (not always as easy as it looks) and what we look for when we get to a location, including the technical aspects of why we choose particular angles. Then we take you step by step (in videos) through our entire Lightroom editing process.
You will literally see every single step from what we think through to what we do, and we've broken it down into as simple to understand language as we possibly can, because we know it can be daunting when starting out!
I don't have kids. Can I still take this course?
Absolutely. Really, this course is about learning how to shoot human subjects in natural locations. A lot of the time, these may be kids or family members (and we included parent-specific tips for that), but there's still LOADS of practical information on developing a style, the principles of photography, learning to operate manual settings and edit in Lightroom that are applicable to any amateur-photographer.
I have a DSLR but I don't know how to use it. Will you cover that?
We take you through every step of the journey, from deciding which camera to buy, all the way through to shooting in RAW and using shutter speed, aperture and ISO to balance the light and depth-of-field in your photos. And if those words don't make any sense, I promise you'll be a pro by the end of the course! There is no prior-knowledge assumed, and we start from the beginning!
I already know how to shoot with manual settings. Will this course be helpful for me?
We believe there is enough value in this course that both beginners and intermediates can still get value. We do a lot of teaching around how we developed our '@darelist.family Instagram style', what our photography process involves and how we edit our images with Lightroom CC. Take a good look through the Course Outline above and determine whether there is enough 'new information' there for the course to be valuable to you. And anything you already know, you can skip or just get a refresher on!
I only shoot with a smartphone. Can I take this course?
We started out shooting with a smartphone initially, and Lesson 2 of the course compares in detail smartphones with mirrorless and DSLR cameras. We give examples of excellent iPhone photography and how to get the best photos when shooting on a smartphone.
Simply put, it IS possible to shoot lovely photos on an iPhone for Instagram if you pair that with Lightroom editing (examples of before/afters in Lesson 2). But, the majority of the course assumes that you are shooting on a mirrorless or DSLR camera with the ability to change manual settings. We want to EMPOWER YOU so you feel confident to shoot manual!
Do you teach Lightroom Classic or CC?
Lesson 8 offers a detailed video comparison of the differences between Lightroom CC and Classic versions. We focus on Lightroom CC in this course as it's a much more intuitive interface and simpler photo path workflow - perfect for beginners. We don't want to overwhelm you, and Lightroom CC is the best version to dip your toes in. But once you've learned the features of Lightroom CC, you can apply all of them to Lightroom Classic.
If you're worried that Lightroom CC is 'simple', it has some serious editing power. Because we're traveling so much, we prefer to use Lightroom CC (mainly because of its cloud-sharing capability), so 80% of our images are processed through Lightroom CC.
Can I get a preview of the course?
While we can't give you a temporary access to the course (due to it's online nature) we can give you a sneak peek on the course contents and design below.
What is your refund policy?
Because of the nature of digital products we unfortunately can't offfer refunds, so do your due diligence. We try to be as transparent as possible about this course and what's in it. If anything is not clear, you can contact email@example.com, or reach out directly to the course instructors on IG.
We've spent many hours crafting this course and revising it so the content is the best it can be. It's our aim that ALL our students will love the course and see immediate value from it, so we will endeavour to do everything possible so you can better your skills and create photographs you're proud of.
100% Money Back Guarantee
If you are for any reason unsatisfied with this course or its contents we will happily give you a 100% refund within 30 days, subject to our refund process as outlined in the FAQs above.
We'd love you to join us. Come on in!
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