Also, what you might notice in his photography courses that differs from other courses is the lighting aspect.
The thing is…
Back in 2000, Mark studied professional advertising photography for 1 year in Japan and that experience really shaped his lighting style. He now approaches photography within the context of advertising and that’s what he teaches you too.
It gets better:
Not only does Mark has a lot of practical photography experience, but he also has years of experience as an photography tour/workshop instructor.
It’s another reason why he’s a great person to learn from.
I wanted to include one of Mark Hemmings’ YouTube videos, so you can judge for yourself whether you enjoy his teaching style before joining any of his paid courses:
In my humble opinion…
Mark has a calm and clear style of teaching, gets straight to the point and therefore his videos are very easy to consume and understand.
I think as a (total) beginner, you’ll greatly appreciate that!
Photography Pro Courses: Who Are They For?
Now that we’ve talked about why it’s great to have Mark Hemmings are your instructor, let’s talk more about his courses.
Without a doubt:
Photography Pro courses are created with the beginners in mind.
They will likely work for enthusiasts who have some theory and practice, but need a refresher on the basics of camera and photography.
You’ll learn things like…
the 3 core parameters that affect your photos (exposure triangle),
the essential techniques to take sharp(er) images,
the important composition rules to know,
entire modules on lighting, picture control, and editing hacks,
tips for achieving high depth of field and a bokeh that you see in magazines,
… and this is just to name a few.
Truth is, while Mark’s videos are short (10-15 mins on average), they are actually PACKED with useful information.
I spoke with some folks who bought a few Photography Pro courses by Mark Hemmings and many of them alternate between the two to understand and learn.
If improving photography is important to you, they are well worth the investment and effort.
If you’re a slightly more advanced beginner and would like an “easier” approach the you might just want to get the Photo Shortcuts only.
(And it has the cheat sheets that come with it.)
If you’re a beginner though, then I would suggest you start and get to grips with DCM first, then do PS, and only then try post-editing.
If you get both of the aforementioned courses, you should certainly expect some overlap between the two, especially in the module that talks about aperture priority.
It’s not a waste to invest in this course, even if you’ve invested in the main one. When you get as much right in the camera as you can, you can really benefit from the new ideas and shortcuts that you’d learn in the second one.
Lastly, you don’t need any special software for the course.
The concepts discussed in Photo Shortcuts are related to general photography techniques and new creative ideas that you can try.
Regardless of which photography program you choose, I encourage you to complement it with Mark Hemmings’ editing course – Lightroom Editing Mastery.
Course 3: Lightroom Editing Mastery
I can’t finish my post without mentioning the Lightroom Editing Mastery course.
Once you’ve gone through the course(s) on how to shoot with your digital camera, you’ll likely want to know how to post-process your photos.