30 Day Photography Fundamentals Accelerator
Shorten your photography learning by YEARS
Learn the fundamentals right in just 30 days and set yourself up for photography success.
When it comes to learning any skill, leveraging a mentor is one of the fastest and most effective ways to level-up.
Mentors have experience.They’ve have successes and they know what works, they’ve pushed past failures and know what to avoid; they’ve already navigated the road you’re looking at going down yourself and this experience is invaluable.
After almost 2 decades of being a creative across many different disciplines, every time I learn a new creative skillset, I always try to look for mentors because I know how effective it can be. However when I first started photography, I didn’t have one, and I wish I did; especially considering just how deep and wide this fantastic visual art can be.
And that’s the perspective to which I built this course. I had the question: “if I had a photography mentor when I was first starting, what would I learn? And how would I learn it?”
This course is the answer to that. It’s me, mentoring you.
It’s me teaching you the skillset that has landed me sponsorships and opportunities with almost every fortune 500 brand I've ever wanted to work with. It’s the skillset that is the foundation of how I was able to go pro in photography. But most importantly, it’s the skillset that’s unique to my perspective and my background; one that’s deeply rooted in not just photography, but in many creative disciplines and a comprehensive understanding of visual art and its methods, history, and perspectives, learned over decades.
In this course you’ll not only be able to learn how to use the camera, but you’ll also learn how to see the world as a photographer; how to gain a creative vision; a unique perspective. You’ll learn a holistic view of photography rather than a singular perspective, and I’ll also set you up for success in many of the auxiliary sub-skills you’ll need to learn along the way too.
This is the most comprehensive toolkit of skills I could ever give a single person, and I can’t wait to teach it to you.
I hope to see you in the course.
What we'll learn in our 30 days together
Over the 10 hours of video content, we’ll progressively learn subjects that build upon one another.
To start with, we’ll learn a lot about the technical skills that are required for good photography; what I call the “craft” of photography. We’ll talk about the best way to think about the exposure triangle, we’ll talk about hardware; sensors, lenses. We’ll talk about focus and all of the physical features of modern cameras that we have available to us in the modern age.
We’ll then go into some conversations about light, with an in-depth light study, in addition to the topic of low light that we’ll cover too.
Armed with significant knowledge about the craft of photography, we’ll then go into what I call the “art” of photography, and we’ll talk about composition, visual language and visual hierarchy, we’ll talk about developing a style and finding purpose in your art and really getting to the internal values of why we do what we do.
From there, with both art and craft in mind, we’ll then deep dive and attack the genres of photography from a holistic perspective so that we can get a broad view of how photography as a whole works, and we’ll be able to plan for which skillsets to then acquire over the coming years.
We’ll talk briefly about editing, and then we’ll end the course with many auxiliary topics to photography that are important to the experience of being a photographer. Things like location scouting and planning, back up and storage, sharing our work, creating business, and so much more.
Day 1 — What is photography, anyway?
Day 2 — Sensor sizes and cameras
Day 3 — Lenses
Day 4 — Exposure, Overview
Day 5 — Exposure, Shutter speed
Day 6 — Exposure, Aperture
Day 7 — Exposure, ISO
Day 8 — All about focus
Day 9 — All about focus, part 2
Day 10 — Shooting modes and more
Day 11 — It's all about light
Day 12 — Low light
Day 13 — What is GOOD photography, anyway?
Day 14 — Foundational Visual Patterns
Day 15 — Subject, subject, subject
Day 16 — Layout basics
Day 17 — Finding your style
Day 18 — Finding a purpose for your art
Day 19 — Genres of photography
Day 20 — Landscape: Genre overview
Day 21 — Street Photography: Genre overview
Day 22 — Portraiture: Genre overview
Day 23 — Editing basics
Day 24 — Adobe Lightroom: Editing workflow
Day 25 — Auxiliary gear and nice-to-haves
Day 26 — Location scouting and planning
Day 27 — Backup and storage
Day 28 — Sharing your work and Social Media
Day 29 — Making a career out of photography
Day 30 — The next step
Additional course information
How long does my course access last for?
Forever! This course has lifetime access across any device.
What if I don't like the course?
While I've put every effort into making this course as good as it can be, if you don't like it, I get it.
Within the first 7 days, if you've completed less than 10% of the course, I'm happy to provide you with a refund.*
*Please note that this only applies to regular payment methods. "Buy it now, pay later" payment options such as Afterpay and PayPal "Pay in 4" are not eligible for refund under any circumstances.
Is there a community section?
After having trialed many different approaches to communities, I find that having an online community based around a specific topic and paid material doesn't always lead to the right lasting mix of people, skills, and engagement.
Therefore, I've recently decided to depreicate the community section.
As an alternative, I offer an invite to my Discord channel, where many creatives hang out and talk about many different aspects of creativity and photography, with a far higher engagement and far more varied feedback and response.
You can find an invite link here: patkay.com/discordinvite.
Do I need a fancy camera?
Absolutely not! While it most certainly helps to have a proper, dedicated camera with an interchangeable lens, even just using your phone camera is totally fine. The skills you'll learn in this course are transferable across any camera.
Will you cover image editing?
Definitely! While it certainly won't be as in-depth as my Lightroom Editing Masterclass, we will go through the basics of editing and the workflow of how to think about approaching editing as well.
Do I absolutely need to do it one day at a time?
While I specifically designed this course to be consumed one day at a time so that you can build a habit through consistency, you will have access to the entire course all at once and can go as fast or as slow as you like.