What type of camera do I need?

My Photocraft e-course teaches you how to become a great photographer and move away from using AUTO mode on your camera.

Of course you can take photos using any device you like! Smart phones, tablets, compact cameras and SLR cameras are all welcome on the course. You will however learn even MORE from the lessons if you have an SLR camera, or a camera with Manual modes. Then you can try out the really cool settings that we photographers use to make our photos look super professional.

If you prefer to use a mobile device or a point and shoot camera that is fine, you can still participate in a lot of the course, you can also read the camera skills lessons to discover what the missing settings do – you might even be tempted to invest in a new camera so that you can be even more creative with your photography!

Regardless of the camera you use, you will be able to improve your lighting, styling, composition and staging of your photos with my e-course, all things that will make your photos even more beautiful than before.

Photo styling

I have an SLR, which camera settings will I learn about?

Below are the settings covered in the camera skills part of the course…

If your camera includes these settings (all SLR cameras do), then you will be able to practice the assignments in all camera skills lessons. Otherwise your camera or device might offer just some of the settings below and you will be able to make notes on the others should you decide to upgrade to an SLR some day.

Remember that camera skills are just a part of this course which covers many more lessons in lighting and styling your scenes. Apps on mobile devices are great at capturing scenes too!

  • Exposure compensation function (a +/- button)
  • Exposure Lock
  • Metering Modes such as Spot Metering
  • Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av on a dial)
  • Shutter Priority Mode (S, T, or Tv on a dial)
  • ISO changes
  • Manual Mode (M on the top dial)
  • Flash Off setting
  • Manual Focus & lens lessons
  • Self timer
  • White Balance changes
  • Profile changes and creation
Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod

What about a tripod?

Other than a camera, the only other ‘essential’ for the course (and for ensuring great product photography) is a tripod.

Fortunately, these are not too expensive and you can get one for about £30.

A great tripod for makers and sellers is the Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod. It is small and lightweight and can be easily weighed down with a bag on the handy hook! There is no need to buy a carry bag or quick release plate as these are typically included.

If you have a bigger budget and are looking for a more sturdy tripod, this Vanguard Alta Pro tripod has a very handy arm that makes taking flat lay/overhead photos a lot easier.

Most tripods will fit all cameras – if you see a threaded hole on the underside of your camera it will fit onto a tripod.

If you are looking for a tripod for your smart phone then Joby offer a great range of minipods.

Another option is to purchase a Joby GripTight Mount for Smartphones that will grip your phone but fit onto any standard tripod.