One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how do I take my pictures. If you’ve followed me for awhile you may have noticed a big difference in my early photography to now. I have always been interested in photography but once Aiden came along my passion for photography really sparked and I set out to learn all I could in order to take great pictures to capture all the best moments of Aiden growing up. There are tons of great online resources to help with photography, but one of the courses I learned the most in was the Shoot Along Short Course that I took last spring. This year, I am so excited to participate in the full-length Shoot Along photography online course and learn even more.
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The Shoot Along course is 52 weeks of photography lessons delivered by email. There is a rolling admission so once you sign up you get the first course immediately and then the following courses will be sent weekly. When you purchase the course you also have access to a private Facebook Group when you can show off your pictures, ask questions, and get advice.
In the course you will learn new concepts, understand how your camera works, and build on your existing skills. A mixture of both creative and technical lessons make it a very well rounded course. You can find the full curriculum here.
One thing that really drew me to this course is the fact that it is meant specifically for moms. The idea of the course is to learn how to take amazing photos of your children. I found the information in the short course really easy to understand and practice. The lessons were just the right length and never overwhelming. Since they are sent out weekly it really gives me the opportunity to practice each lesson and technique before the next lesson comes out. They provide real pictures and the setting they used so you can see exactly how they captured the image and it’s easy to try it yourself. I’ve received my first week of the full course and it is set up the same way so I am sure I will learn even more this time around. The first lesson is about aperture. Here is one of the pictures I took during my practice.
The course was created in 2014 by award-winning photographers Amy Tripple and Heidi Peters. Their work has appeared in Parents Magazine, US Weekly, People, The Chicago Tribune and Professional Photographer Magazine. They created Shoot Along to give themselves structure and accountability to capture their own families and decided it would be a great concept to share with other parents.Since 2014 over 4,000 parents have taken the photography online course.
The course is designed for all levels, from beginner to experienced. If you are on the experienced end some of the lessons will cover information you may know, so this is an opportunity to challenge yourself creatively. The course works best with any DSLR, mirrorless, or creative-controlled camera and any lens.If you want to try out a lesson for yourself before investing in the course you can download a sample lesson on the Shoot Along website here — it’s all about getting background blur!
I can’t wait to see where my photography is in another year! If taking better photos of your children is something you are interested in doing I recommend this photography online course and hope you will join me! They also offer gift certificates, this would be a great gift for a new mom (click join and it will give you all the options including for a gift certificate)!
If you aren’t ready for the full course check out the Shoot Along‘s 10-week course which offers step-by-step guidance for the basics of taking pictures of your children. The online lessons and private Facebook group are a fun and friendly way to get up and running with your camera.
Have you taken the Shoot Along online photography course? Share your experience in the comments!