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AWESOME Photography

An online photography course that will take you from auto to manual photography

Learn how to turn mundane photos into awesome photos.

An online course.

Your camera cost you a huge amount of money.

Do you want to stay on auto forever?

Are you struggling to make your photos pop?

Do you images look boring?

What is the rule-of-thirds?

Do you want to create award-winning images??

Who should take this course?

  • You, if auto is your go-to setting on your camera.
  • Auto is just so comfortable – it's what you know. It's time to change.
  • Any photographer with a mirrorless camera.
  • And any photographer with a DSLR camera.
  • Advanced phone camera users with manual settings.
  • Do you want to improve your photography?
  • Do you want your photos to stand out on social media?

You want to discover how easy, and fun, it is to go from auto to manual on your camera.

Do you want to gain the confidence to go to manual?

You want to take control of your camera – don't let the camera be in control.

Do you want to take better pictures?

Do you want to be a creative photographer rather than leaving the camera to decide?

Do you find your camera instruction manual more confusing than helpful?

It does not need to be complicated

You bought your digital camera to take high-quality photos, like those you have seen from other photographers.

But you didn’t expect that your digital camera would be THAT complicated.

So you have remained on the auto setting thinking the manual settings are way too complicated.

They are not and this course will teach you that.

And that's exactly what happened to me.

I remained on auto for years until I took a course. That course, and that coach, changed my photography journey. My journey went from being a hobbyist to becoming a professional photographer.

Let this course do that for you.

Even if you don't want to be a professional, let this course be your coach for creative photography using manual settings.

What do you need to do this course?

  • You'll need a camera. Any camera that has manual settings will do.
  • Your phone camera, if it has manual settings.
  • Your space in your place and at you pace.
  • To improve, you need to apply what you learned.

Who is your instructor?

I am Stephen Cruickshank of StephenC Photography

I have been taking photos since 1984 and have been a professional for more than 20 years.

I am passionate about photography.

I am an acclaimed international event photographer having photographed events in New York, Greece, Dubai, Mauritius, Thailand, Cape Town, Barcelona and many more places across the globe.

In Paris, I photographed a 3-week event with 4000 delegates. This was the largest prolonged event ever hosted by Disneyland Europe.

Over these years I have gained a vast amount of knowledge about photography.

I love passing on these skills, tips and tricks through my training.

I look forward to using all of my experiences to teach you.

What you will learn

  • Learn how to use all of the manual modes (P, Tv, Av and M).
  • See real-life examples of where you should use each mode.
  • You will find out how to adjust your shutter speed.
  • Learn why you would choose one shutter speed over another.
  • Learn how to adjust your aperture.
  • Learn why you would choose one aperture over another.
  • Discover when and how to adjust the ISO setting.
  • Understand various composition techniques and tricks.
  • Grow in confidence with using manual settings.

You will never go back to auto.

My story

It was December 1998, an unusual thunderstorm blew in over my hometown of Cape Town in South Africa.

We had some friends over for dinner that evening and on their way home they called to say lightning had struck the mountains which were now ablaze.

I left home, with my camera in hand, at around 11 pm to go and photograph the mountain on fire. The blaze was very far away from the roadside so I headed back home without getting any shots.

As I approached home, however, I saw the thunderstorm had moved in over False Bay once again.

I went to a particular spot above my home village of Kalk Bay which I knew well for its view.

I set up my camera on a tripod, chose my manual settings, set up my composition. I started shooting.

I had no idea if I had captured anything as in those days, using film cameras, I did not have the playback option on the back of my camera.

The next day, excited, I went to the lab to have the film processed.

Out of the 36 exposures on the spool, I submitted the best to the local newspaper.

They printed this image in their Sunday edition! In A3 size.

The newspaper didn't pay me much but they did take my number. They passed all queries for prints on to me. I earned good money selling prints to people all over the world.

This image had settings of a shutter speed of about 15 seconds. The photo captured two lightning strikes – one hitting the bay and the other hitting the mountains on the other side of the bay.

This image started me on my path to becoming a professional photographer.

There is no way I could have captured this image if I did not know how to use manual settings.

Course curriculum

Chapter by Chapter

What's the cost?

What is the cost to you missing out on that "wow" image because you default to using auto?

What value can you place on positive comments from family and friends, from strangers online, when they praise you for your brilliant photography?

What's the price of capturing that perfect memory?

Have you ever looked at professional photographers' images and wished you could get the same results?

Gain the knowledge and experience for you to become a professional photographer.

This is Colin's story

I completed my course with Steve in September.

I now never leave home without my camera. You never know when that special photo will be there.

I have progressed to having my own Facebook page, a logo, and a signature and my own website.

One of my photos has been shortlisted for publication in Getaway Magazine.

From the start, I was determined to make my photography into a way of life.

My thanks to Steve for accelerating my passion.

This image is of professional surfer Nat Young competing in Morocco. - ColinF

This is Ant's story

Morning Steve.

Last night Sharon and I were checking out all our old Kgalagadi photos and comparing them to photos from our latest trip.

We couldn't believe what a difference there was between our old photos and our latest photos.

We feel there's a huge improvement. The only thing we can put it down to is your course.

So we'd both like to thank you very much.

It's made a huge improvement to our skills and outlook in taking pics. Thanks again. Cheers Ant

Do you know how to use shutter speed to get that beautiful waterfall photo?

Do you know how to capture an action photo of your child enjoying their favorite sport?

Do you know how to make the background blurred on your photos?

This course will teach you the ins and outs of changing shutter speed to get photos such as this.

This course will teach you how to change your settings to get a sharp image using the fastest shutter speed possible.

This course will teach you about when to change aperture settings.

Do you know how to compose your image using the rule-of-thirds?

Do you know the best aperture setting to capture a beautiful landscape photo?

Do you know how to capture a well-exposed photo of the full moon?

In this course, you will learn to differentiate between different composition techniques.

I will teach you how to change your ISO settings so you can adjust the shutter speed to capture the image you desire.

I will teach you which lens is best and how to expose correctly to get THAT shot.

Social media demands instant uploading

Do you need to upload your images with urgency?

Learn how to get your image settings correct in camera.

Don't waste time with copious amounts of post-editing.

Learn how to get it right upfront.

Do you have time on your hands?

Why not dust off that old equipment?

This course will teach you how to create beautiful images using manual settings.

It's online so you can access the content via mobile or PC which means you can learn wherever you are, at any time that suits you.

And you have access to the course forever.

I will be available via email to evaluate your photos as you go through the course.

This is so much better than reading a book and not having anyone for guidance or feedback.

Do you face challenges when photographing your pet?

I often hear photographers commenting on their pet photos:

"My photos of my black dog never come out as I want. The background is always too bright."

"When I photograph my white cat the photos are always blown out."

"Why are my action photos of pets always blurred?"

"I can't keep my dog still, in one place, in order to get a good photo."

Take this course and learn to take beautiful photos of your pets such as the one here of our fur friend, Rocket Man.

What are clients saying?

It was brilliant Stephen. The content was simple to understand and I am very confident to shoot on manual now.


Really wanted to convey a huge thank you for helping me along the way. It was the best decision I made to get to learn more about my camera and photo techniques.


Wow, thanks Steve for looking at and commenting on my photos. No one has done that for me before so I never know if they are any good or not. I am pleased that you like them.


I did Stephen’s course in May last year. It was a game-changer for me, gave me complete confidence to move from shooting on Auto to Manual, Aperture and Shutter Speed Priority. In addition, Stephen has always been available to assist in the 14 months since I did the course. It’s worth every cent.


I’m impressed by the level of professionalism of your course Stephen - really excellent!


Thanks Stephen for changing my mind from auto to manual. To see the bigger picture of what photography means and how not to be afraid to change the settings.


Thank you for a most interesting and enjoyable course Stephen! Thanks for introducing me to the world of “manual” photography of which I knew very little! I gained a wonderful new skill with your excellent course.


Thank you for changing my perspective on photography.


Stephen a big thank you for the empowerment and knowledge.


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The suggested price is $367

Today you pay $97

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There is no risk. If you tell me you are not happy with the course within 30 days, you get your money back. No questions asked.

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