Friday, March 16, 2012

Online Photography Classes - Shoot Fly Shoot

Click image to go to Shoot Fly Shoot DSLR camera online photography classes website

One of things that blogging has enabled me to do is work on my photography skills.  I've really enjoyed experimenting with my camera to improve photos of my interior, vignettes and occasional food posts but there's always room for improvement, right?

I thought I'd let you know about:

Click link to go to website

 ...Shoot Fly Shoot, a website and blog, that helps the helpless when it comes to improving your photography.  The brainchild of photographers Kevin Palmer and Josh Moates, Shoot Fly Shoot has just started the first of what I hope will be several online classes in photography, film and Photoshop.  If the name Kevin Palmer isn't immediately familiar, you'll most likely recognize him as half of "Kevin and Layla" from The Lettered Cottage.  I dont' think there could be any better testimonial for this course than the wonderful photographs we've all enjoyed on their blog.

The "classes" are all video which was great for me because my eyes typically glaze over when I start reading about this stuff.  The Photography 101 workshop is for beginners and focuses on getting your DSLR camera off the automatic setting to improve your photographs.  They use a Canon Rebel 5D (I believe) for their demonstrations and actually show you how and where to change each of the settings.  It would be a bonus if you had a Canon camera but the settings they talk about are universal enough that it shouldn't be a problem if you have another make and model unless you have a simple point and shoot.

The lessons in the Photography 101 class are:

  • Exposure
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • Metering
  • Lenses
  • Equipment
  • (Beginner) Interior Photography
  • (Beginner) Portrait Photography
  • (Beginner) Product Photography
  • (Beginner) Landscape Photography
Each of the lessons builds on the next so if you're the kind of person that needs to have things repeated several times before you absorb them, that's built in to the program.

The cost of the Photography 101 workshop is $69 and I would say it was a great value.  They say that's an introductory price so I'm not sure it that will change at some point.  You'd really have to take a course somewhere to get what's packed into this video series.  Once you purchase the course, you can watch it as many times as you want.

Shoot Fly Shoot also has a blog and a camera shop that has recommendations for cameras and lenses  at "good" "better" and "best" price points.

I really enjoyed the course and I'm really inspired to upgrade my equipment put some of what I learned to use.  I should also add that I am not being compensated in any way for this post.  Some of you have expressed an interest in taking better photographs and thought you would appreciate knowing about it.

                  Check out Shoot Fly Shoot by clicking on the icon below:


  1. Hmm, this sounds like just what I need!
    I HATE reading a manual and if someone just SHOWS me, I usually get it.
    Time to shake the piggy bank!
    Thanks for the info.
    :) - Cindi

  2. Steve! Such a great thing. I've been growling at my photos all week. My Mac drowned yesterday, so I'll sign up in a few weeks when the cash flows again! Thanks!

  3. I was wondering whether to take that class or not. I think I will!

  4. S.....THANK YOU for sharing this. I've written down the info, and on the next rainy day, I'm going back to school! Since summer has leap-frogged over spring down here, I have to cram in as much outdoor work as I can in my spare time. With hardly a winter, the mosquitos are just itching to start their attack. Of course, we'll probably have a spring snow! Have a great weekend....BTW, the pic of your quince/on table/in front of stripped wall...was amazing...very New Orleans decadent decay...I love that look...maybe you should leave it......k

  5. I would love this. I fall asleep and start dreaming about needing a cocktail if I read a manual. I also want a new camera. Mine seems to need an inordinate amount of light no matter what. My birthday is in June!

  6. Great info. I think that's the camera I have, and I have never taken the time to read the manual. I took tons of photography in college and spent endless hours in the dark room. Having the sad memory that I do, when I started my blog I just went with auto because I couldn't remember much about my long lost love and how to manipulate settings. I am absolutely going to check this out. I am SO GLAD you posted about it. Thanks, Steve.

  7. Thanks for this. I love photography and took several courses but find that I really hate Photoshop, so anything that makes it easier is worth it. I took a course and came home and could not do a damn thing. Slowly learning a few things...

    :) Terri

  8. Yep that would be me I definitely need help with my photography. Thanks for the heads up about the video now all I need is time.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  9. Great info, Steve. I need all the help I can get.

  10. Hi Steve!

    Thanks so much for the kind words! We had a blast making the videos and I'm so happy you enjoyed them! :)

  11. hmmmm, something to think about b/c i'm pretty lazy about my photos. thanks for passing on the info.

  12. brilliant!
    i too took photography lessons, private, and came home only to forget sad.....

    i am off to investigate. thanks steve!

  13. i'm back..... ok, checked it out. love it, signed up. watch for stunning photography.


  14. I LOVED the video classes on Shoot Fly Shoot and can't wait for the next one to be online. I will be signing up as soon as I see it out there.

  15. Do you think someone with severe ADD could do it? Really?

  16. I look forward to seeing your progress! So far, your choices are beautiful. A new follower,
    -Revi from

  17. I've started to follow the blog, but don't want to take a class until I get a real camera. Might have to ask for one for my birthday this year! You are right that $69 is a great value and certainly the photographer on The Lettered Cottage is spectacular. I'm really impressed with his photos.