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Online Academy:

Practical Photography


Matt Chesebrough

Founder/Head Photographer - Matt Chesebrough Photography

> Instructor Profile

Matt is a creative fine art landscape and commercial photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He stepped away from a successful engineering career in the midwest and moved to California to chase his dream of becoming a full-time professional photographer. Over the last three years, Matt has traveled the world chasing light and capturing one-of-a-kind landscapes. He enjoys sharing his adventures with family, friends, and strangers along the way. When he is not hiking to a remote location, Matt enjoys volunteering for local and national conservation organizations. His vision is to share the world with others, inspire a sense of adventure, and to make a difference for the planet

> Course Description:

Have you ever taken a picture and wondered how to make it better? Through real world examples we’ll discuss how to improve your photographs, no matter what camera you use. From defining your subject to tips on exposing your scene, this course has something for everyone.

Each day we will start with a recap of the previous day’s lessons and review your submitted photographs. Also, if you agree, I’d like to post your submissions to my social media stories to help share your work with the community.

> This Academy Meets on:

・Tuesday, July 13
・Wednesday, July 14
・Thursday, July 15
・Friday, July 16

> How to Prepare for this Academy:

Your camera - Whether your primary camera is your phone or a $3000 camera it is important that you know at least the basic functions of your camera. Practice using it in preparation for the course. If all else fails, read the manual. It will help you to focus on the lessons.

Sharing your work - Each day I’ll ask you to submit photographs to the following shared drive location: Instagram - If you don’t mind that I share your photos on my instagram stories, I’d like you to send your account name at the beginning of the course.

Editing software - While you can edit your photos in any software you choose, I’ll be showing you tips and tricks for editing your photos using Adobe LIGHTROOM. To access LIGHTROOM please see the following instructions for where to find the program.

Computer Users - If you are using your computer to login to the class, you can also work on editing software at the same time. Prepare your computer for this or tune into the class on a different device so you can work more efficiently on your computer.

Go to and install LIGHTROOM. Don’t worry, there is a FREE TRIAL. If you decide that you like the program and want to continue using it for your photography Adobe offers Student Plans that reduce the cost. You will need to sign up for an Adobe ID, which is free. One nice thing about working with LIGHTROOM is the fact that you can manage your photos in the cloud and access them on your computer and with your mobile device if you so choose.

Make sure you install the program and start playing around with it in advance of the course. You don’t want to show up the first day and have trouble accessing the software because you never opened it or tested it.

Mobile Device Users - Whether you have an android device, an iPad or an iPhone, you will want to go to your app store and download LIGHTROOM. You can create an Adobe ID then you first sign into the app. For now, just use the FREE TRIAL. There are some options that don’t come with the free trial but for the most part you’ll be able to create great edits of your photos without these features.

As with installing the program on your computer, I encourage you to install the program and start familiarizing yourself with the functions in advance of the course.

“Shared Drive Link :

> Lesson Plan:

Day 1
o Introductions
o Course overview
o Defining your subject
o Beginning composition
o Inspiration
o Homework assignment
o Questions
Day 2
o Day 1 recap
o Student homework review
o Beginning composition 2
o Inspiration
o Homework assignment
o Questions
Day 3
o Recap
o Student homework review
o Settings and exposure
o Seeing light
o Inspiration
o Homework assignment
o Questions
Day 4
o Recap
o Student homework review
o Putting the pieces together
o Editing
o Next steps in your journey
o Questions
o Farewell

> This academy is for:

> Instructor’s Links: 

Recommended for ages 13+

1. Website:
2. Instagram: @mattchesebrough
3. Blog:

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