Life is slipping through our fingers...
Does it feel that way to you, too?
Life whirls by us in a cloud of obligations, stress and worry.
Days pass by, kids grow up, and major milestones occur.
All the while, you’re pulled in many different directions; stretched so thin that you blink and realize the calendar has flipped to a new month yet again.
I’ve been there.
One day I woke up and realized that years had passed in what felt like the blink of an eye, and I hadn't really noticed, much less enjoyed or appreciated them.
I had been plagued my whole life by a mentality that said “when the next thing happens, then I’ll be happy” or “when I get X, then things will really be great.”
A serious "grass is greener" mentality.
I was left depleted, burned out, and angry that my life was passing by so fast and I wasn’t appreciating or even barely acknowledging any of it.
It doesn't have to be that way.
And it SHOULDN'T be that way.
What if there was a tool that could help you slow down and pay attention?
Photography is that tool.
Photography allows us to capture a moment and freeze it forever.
That way, we can look back on the fleeting moments of our lives and re-live them long after they have passed.
Because of the advancement of technology, sophisticated cameras are now priced low so they can be enjoyed by everyone, not just the top professionals.
Like never before, high end cameras are part of our everyday lives, giving us an even greater opportunity and ability to document our lives.
It's not that simple, though.
As wonderful as photography is , it is also complex.
The tools are advanced and the world of photography can be overwhelming and even paralyzing.
I know, because it happened to me.
When I bought my first DSLR camera, I left the box unopened in the corner of the room for the entire day because I was too intimidated and scared to open it.
I finally worked up the courage to open it, and two minutes after looking through the information manual, I was again overwhelmed to the point of putting the camera back in it’s box and back into the corner.
All of that hard-earned money invested into my camera, and I had no clue where to begin!
Photography can be intimidating and overwhelming.
It’s been years since I bought that first camera...
Since then, I’ve spent thousands of hours researching online, learning and practicing the basics of photography and how to use my camera well.
I started a photography business from scratch [truly from scratch; I have a bachelors degree in nursing].
I've photographed hundreds of portrait sessions and weddings and I've taught many beginner camera workshops.
Along the way, I have come to understand a basic but crucial truth about photography:
This I know for sure:
Photography is complex,
but it is worth it.
Photography has the magnificent ability to help you focus on what matters, and it requires you to slow down and pay attention in order capture it.
It can and should be a tool to document your life, allowing you to find meaning and gratitude in the moments, both big and small.
Once you understand the concepts of photography and learn how to control your camera, your attention and focus is freed up so you can concentrate on the moments around you.
That’s when the magic happens.
That’s when you can become fully present and immersed in the world around you.
Sounds good, right?
In the middle of your busy life, taking hundreds of hours to scour the internet looking for photography information is NOT something you want or need to add to your plate.
Time is a luxury and what free time you have is precious.
I know and respect this.
I have put in the time and done the research for you.
I have removed all the junk and noise that infiltrate the internet.
I have weeded through the information and put together clear and concise photography instruction with everything you need to start at the beginning and completely master your camera.
I have created photography content that is simple and straightforward, so you can learn about your camera as quickly and easily as possible.
An Online Photography Course & E-Book
Comprehensive photography instruction from auto mode to manual mode.
YOU will control your camera, not the other way around!
Simplified, straight forward content, with immediate electronic delivery so you can learn fast.
Time is precious. Learn quick and go shoot!
The material is accessible on any computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.
Learn, and review on the go.
Charts, cheat sheets and review questions to ensure you master the material thoroughly and fast.
You've invested hundreds or thousands of dollars on a camera.
But what good is a camera if you don't know how to use it?
Now, for a fraction of the cost of your camera, you can learn how to fully use your camera!
Conquer your camera, and free yourself up to be present and pay attention.
Focus on what's happening around you, and document it!
- Dana H.
We wholeheartedly believe in the Love Your Camera photography course and e-book.
We believe it will change the way you approach your camera and the way you document your life.
However, if you're not fully satisfied with your purchase, let us know within 30 days of purchase and we'll refund the full purchase price.
It is our promise to you.
"Love Your Camera was a great starting point for me with a new and alien DSLR camera.
LOVE YOUR CAMERA
Course Module Outline:
The Love Your Camera Course begins with an in depth look look at shutter speed: what it is, and how it impacts your photos.
Module 2 takes a look at the counterpart of shutter speed: aperture! What exactly is aperture, and what does it control?
Module 3 looks at the built-in semi-manual camera modes that your camera comes with. What are they, and what do they do?
Full Manual Mode
This is the meat of the course! In module 4, you'll learn everything there is to know about manual mode!
Next, you'll learn about ISO - a secret weapon for low light! What is it, and how does it affect your photos?
Module 6 covers manual and auto focus, and showcases how each work and when to use them.
Module 7 dives into white balance - a crucial topic in order to create beautiful photos with life-like color.
Module 8 discusses photography tips such as buying your next lens, blurry backgrounds and more.
BONUS Module 9:
Bonus Module 9 teaches how to handle challenging situations like photographing indoor sports.
BONUS Module 10:
In Bonus Module 10, learn the common photo problems people have and how to trouble shoot them.
BONUS Module 11:
Bonus Module 11 includes video instruction on how to edit your photos using online editing software.
As a Thank You and to rest your brain after 11 modules of heavy learning, module 12 includes bloopers for fun!
For a Limited Time Only, You Get:
The Love Your Camera Course
The Love Your Camera E-Book
3 BONUS Modules
Not sure if the whole photography course is right for you?
The Love Your Camera E-Book is now available separately!
"Love Your Camera gave me the courage to experiment with the manual settings on my camera.
I used to look at all the buttons and dials and have no idea what they meant.
Now I see possibility."
- Helene D.
I want photography to become a valuable tool you can use to document your amazing life.
I want your camera to be a tool that you love and control, in order to slow down and pay attention, and capture the world around you.
I want this to happen as quickly and simply as possible, so you can get on with living every day of your life on purpose.
If all Love Your Camera does is help you capture the memories of your life better, would it be worth it?
Here are answers to all of your important questions:
Our "WHY" is two-fold.
First, we love photography, and think it's the best tool ever to capture awesome memories from our lives.
Today's cameras are so fancy and powerful - they have the capability to do AMAZING things! But they fall short if they're not used correctly.
We believe it's a waste of a powerful machine to use it on Auto mode all the time. And we KNOW you can learn how to move past Auto mode.
We want to help you do that!
The second part of our WHY is actually a larger mission. Our mission and passion is to help all of us Live On Purpose, and to cultivate mindfulness, gratitude and meaning in our lives. We believe this is the ONLY way for us to slow down, and pay attention to what's happening in our lives.
Photography plays a unique role in the quest for mindfulness and presence in our daily lives.
If we are deliberate about the photos we are taking, and we slow down and pay attention to our subjects and the world around us, photography becomes a tool to help us soak up every minute of our lives.
Once you learn the basics of photography and of your camera, you are freed up to focus on what's happening around you, and as we've said before, that's when the magic happens.
If you are passionate about photography, and want to dive in head first and finally learn about your camera instead of being STUCK on Auto-mode, you've come to the right place!
The Love Your Camera Course is by far the best value for your investment, and it offers the most comprehensive learning opportunity.
It uses a three-pronged approach to learning, by combining written instruction and photo examples in the e-book with 3+ hours of video instruction in the course modules.
The course also includes three bonus modules covering how to photograph challenging situations like indoor sports and silhouettes, tutorials on photo editing, and answers to common photography questions in an FAQ video.
The best bang for your buck, and the greatest source of information to help you learn the basics of photography and your camera is the Love Your Camera Course.
However, if you're looking for a smaller investment that will still give you a simple and straightforward plan for learning and loving your camera, the Love Your Camera E-book is perfect for you.
It's packed with carefully curated information, delivered in a simple and straightforward manner so you can learn quickly and easily. And then begin shooting.
No arguments from me there! :)
Photography IS confusing, especially at first.
I honestly felt like I was learning a new language at first, and it took time for things to start to make sense to me.
You will feel and experience the same overwhelm if you aren't already - it's just a simple fact.
BUT - that's where the Love Your Camera Course and E-book come in.
I learned about photography from scratch and went on to start, own and run a successful photography business.
The Course and the E-book have everything I know in them, and they WILL help you learn and understand not only photography in general, but how your camera works.
What happens if they don't? That's where the 30 day Money Back Guarantee comes in.
We believe in the Love Your Camera Course and E-book.
The material covered is tested and true, and it has helped many people learn to love and master their cameras.
However, even though we are confident in them, we know how important your investment is to you.
If you find that you are unsatisfied with either the Love Your Camera Course or E-book after you purchase them, simply email us at hello @ lauraradniecki.com.
We will ask how you worked through the information and why you would like your money back. Then we will get started on refunding your purchase.
The material covered in Love Your Camera begins with the basics of photography: Shutter Speed and Aperture.
Next, the modes of your camera are discussed, from Auto and the semi-auto modes, to Aperture and Shutter Speed Priority modes, and finally, the grand daddy of them all - FULL Manual Mode!
After that, ISO is introduced, and we cover the basics of focusing, white balance, and more.
In the Love Your Camera Course, we also go into photo editing, lens choices, custom white balance settings and we discuss how to handle challenging photo situations like shooting indoor sports, and how to create a silhouette.
There are resources to help you with buying your next lens, and other helpful photography topics, pointers, and cheat sheets.
Once you've made the decision to purchase either the Love Your Camera Course or E-book, you click the "Buy Now!" button.
You will be taken to a secure checkout page and be able to enter your payment information and complete your purchase.
Once you're finished, you'll receive an email with the information needed to sign in and download your e-book, and to access your course modules [if you buy the course].
Then you can start learning!
Once you complete your payment for the Love Your Camera Course, you'll receive your login information in an email.
That will allow you to access all of the 11 modules, and you can start learning right away!
Some courses "drip" the content to you, which means module 1 is available right away, and then a week later, you get access to module 2 etc.
However, in the Love Your Camera Course, I chose to make all 11 modules available to you right from the very beginning.
That way, you can learn at your own speed, regardless of if you want to take your time or binge-learn right before a vacation!
This information is generally geared toward DSLR cameras, because that's the most common type of camera bought and used today.
That's what I shoot with, and that's what I demonstrate with in the videos.
However, if your camera isn't a DSLR but it has the ability for you to manually control the settings and shoot in manual mode, then you will still get the full benefit of all of this information.
While the information isn't generally geared toward smartphone cameras, there are apps that allow you to control some of your phone camera's settings, so some of the information can be translated to phone-photography as well.
If you have other questions that would be a valuable addition to this FAQ, please send them to me at hello @ lauraradniecki.com
Don't let another day go by in a whirlwind.
Life is slipping through your fingertips right NOW, and you have a choice to make.
You can either rush through life and miss all of the beauty, or you can slow down and start to pay attention.
My sincere hope is that you will not let one more day go by without learning the foundation of photography, and how to better use your camera.
Once you master your camera, your focus can move to what's happening in front of you.
Those are the perfectly imperfect, fleeting, amazing moments that make up your life.