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  • Photography Learning Path

    Posted by Sudhir Shivaram on February 22, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    (Main Learning Path)

    Follow the path for learning as outlined below. This is applicable to any genre of photography:

    Camera & Lens Buying Guide:

    – What parameters to consider for selecting a camera or lens. Finally based on the budget we recommend the camera/lens for your use.
    – Understanding the MTF chart which is important to know about lens sharpness/contrast/quality.

    Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography

    (This course will make your foundation extremely strong and is suited for any genre of photography)

    1. Welcome and Intro

    2. Subject Knowledge

    3. White Balance
    (Not getting good colours in your images? This lesson will help you achieve it)

    4. Exposure Triangle
    (Blur/shaky images, not getting good exposure, what ISO and shutter-speed to use? All your queries will be answered here)

    After completing the above, go through the “Blurred out of focus background” course
    (This course will clear all your doubts on what it takes to get multiple subjects in focus based on your equipment.)

    5. Camera Metering
    (what is spot/evaluative/matrix/multi metering and when to use what? When to over-expose and when to under-expose? Getting the correct exposure – All these will be answered here)

    On completing the above, go through the Technical aspects of wildlife photography
    (Till challenges of spot metering chapter – This will further make your understanding in the above concepts strong. It’s a wildlife course, but concepts are the same for all genre)

    6. Understanding Focusing
    (This is a key chapter to know all about auto focusing modes and focusing points. Very important chapter for using the right auto focusing options for composition)

    Now again, go back through the Technical aspects of wildlife photography – the remaining chapters.
    (From focusing modes to be used for wildlife. This has advanced concepts for focusing)

    For Sony users -> Go through lesson 7. Auto Focus Area Modes.
    (When to use what focusing options has been clearly explained here)

    The further couple of lessons is the key to making amazing images.

    7. Composition
    (Here you will understand all the key guidelines for composition and how to create wow images)

    Then jump to “The Art of Composition” in wildlife photography.
    (Though this is purely for wildlife and birds, there are a lot of good learnings here)

    8. Shooting techniques
    (which tripod to use? What tripod-head to use? Handheld shooting techniques for sharp images etc – everything is covered here)

    Also watch the “Shooting Techniques in Wildlife
    (This is again for wildlife – Everything you need to know about shooting techniques in wildlife from a safari vehicle)

    Once you complete the above lessons/chapters, go through the Post Processing Course.
    (Post processing is the key to finally completing your photograph and presenting to the viewers. Learn about selective processing, enhance just the subject and make thebackground better etc)

    Once you complete the above set of courses, you will have a very strong foundation in photography and you will start seeing improvements in your images.

    Camera Specific Courses:

    We also have camera specific courses which helps you understand the menu options and operation of your camera in detail.

    For Sony users, we currently recommend the Sony A9 II course.

    For Canon DSLR users, you can refer the Canon 1DX II as most menu options of all Canon DSLR are similar.

    For Canon mirrorless users, we recommend the Canon R5/R6 course.

    For Nikon users, we recommend the Nikon D750 Course. (Mirrorless coming soon)

    You are welcome to explore the other courses we have on our platform.

    Sunil Madathil replied 2 weeks, 3 days ago 18 Members · 33 Replies
  • 33 Replies

    February 22, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Sudhir, Glad to know about you and the courses you are offering, Happy to join all-in-one course today.

    I have sony alpha 58 Y 18-55 & 55-200 lens – and tried my hands on candid photography and portraiture. Still I consider my self as a novice to photography and looking to try and learn wild life, birds photography.

    I feel many a times missing a 600mm lens while shooting birds. I get to know about bridge cameras and thinking to by either <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; color: var(–bb-body-text-color);”>Sony RX10 IV which is costing 1.3 lakh or NIKON COOLPIZ P1000 whose cost is 70k.

    Instead of bridge cameras, shall I go for basic mirrorless camera with sigma 150-600 mm? Any suggestions on this pls.

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      March 4, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      I would recommend a mirrorless with a tele zoom lens. Go for the Sony 200-600 lens and an entry level body like A6600.

  • kadhiravan balasubramanian

    February 23, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    Can we have pdf of the learning path.Thanks

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      March 4, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Have it, but no links like the above one.


    March 4, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Sure Sudhir, Thanks much for the response. ????.


    March 7, 2023 at 1:09 am

    One follow up question on the same topic pls…

    Given the budget I have…is it ok to buy Nikon Z50 or Z30 with Sigma 150-600mm lens or since I was using Sony you would still recommend Sony 200-600 with a6600 body ? @Sudhir ?

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      March 10, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      I would definitely recommend the Sony 200-600

  • raghu ram

    March 7, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Hi sir just completed basic photography course and I learnt a lot from it thank you so much for explaining clearly … I have a canon 200d body I need to buy a zoom lens… Is Sigma 150-600mm lens a good choice ?? My budget for zoom lens is max 80k

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      March 10, 2023 at 3:00 pm

      Go for the Tamron 150-600 G2 lens

  • Unknown Member

    March 10, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Hey!! Sir i am still 16 and click photos with my phone only because i don’t have camera i want to upload photos but I can’t plzz help sir

  • Hariharan Ramaswamy

    March 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Hi sir, I’ve just enroled and I already learnt so much. I’ve been fascinated by photography and wanted to learn more into it as I’ll be getting a camera soon. My fiance is in NYC now and I found Sony Alpha 7 ii for $899 with kit lens. Would you suggest I go for it even in 2023? I’ll not be focusing on sports photography but more on portraits, landscape, some wildlife, travel photography. It’s 10k more than my budget but I’d get a full frame Sony mirrorless.

    I have used Canon EOS 200D previously and wanted to get something good now.

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      March 15, 2023 at 10:51 am

      Pls ask questions in respective discussion forums.

  • Karthigai

    March 19, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    Ok sir.

  • Krishna Kant Singh

    April 23, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you so much Sir. I have completed part of your course and must say it has been of tremendous value addition to serious Hobbyist/enthusiast like me.I am working in the central govt at senior level and find some time in the weekend to pursue my bird photography Hobby in and around Delhi.I have posted some Pictures. pl do find some time to give your critical inputs.


    KK Singh

  • maahha ..

    May 3, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Hii sir,

    Iam aa new joiner.. I am very interested in wildlife photography and i don’t have camera to click wildlife pics.. Just I have phone to capture all this onee.. Sir please help me… How I can capture best pictures from my phone.. And I have redmi not 9

  • Vikraman Gokularaman

    May 10, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Does the Auto Focus points decide the focusing spot on the frame irrespective of the shooting mode (Manual/ Auto Focus)?

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      June 13, 2023 at 6:10 am

      AF point has no role in manual focus for focusing. And in auto focus mode it depends on the kind of AF point used.

  • Unknown Member

    May 11, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Sir… recently purchased the all in one pack course…but kindly please advise me…how to access the course

  • Tushar Panchal

    June 7, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Hello, I decided to buy Canon 1200d after completing course. But 1200d is not available online. Instead of 1200d , new updated version showing as 1300d .

    So can can I proceed further with this 1300d ?

    • Sudhir Shivaram

      June 13, 2023 at 6:08 am

      Yes, you can go for 1300D.

      • Tushar Panchal

        June 13, 2023 at 12:08 pm

        Okay, Thank you Sir.

      • Tushar Panchal

        June 13, 2023 at 5:09 pm

        Yesterday I went to canon store to buy 1300d but he is giving me the demo piece which already use . So I told to hold the booking for 3-4 days. In market 1500d is available at every store for 38k with single lens. Please guide on this how to take decision .

  • Harish Chandorkar

    June 13, 2023 at 12:22 am

    Hello Sudhir Sir

    I am Harish From Mumbai

    I am photographer I want to improve my photography skills I want to know more about Camera settings how it works.

    I am using Sony a7IV with 24-70 F2.8 Sigma & 85mm F1.4mm

    Sir I Sorry to mention one thing I have been in this field last 2 years and I click birthday soot, Corporate Shoot, Portrait Shoot, and Baby Shoot. I am greeting Correct exposure all-time most of the time I use a flash on the Camera or I put the umbrella clockwise at 7 o’clock &2nd I put 4oclock

    Please help me what to do ????

    I am big Fan of you

    And I am staging to get correct exposure every time

    Please help me

    Thank you


  • Su NE eL

    July 13, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Do WB impact our exposure settings?

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