17 Episodes

In 17 episodes the course offers basics and background knowledge, tricks, examples and much more. Numerous workshops on photography and technical information complete the course and support learning.

400+ Pages

The photo course comprises more than 400 pages (print) and offers a lot of reading material to learn. Much knowledge from many years of experience as a professional. Ideal for beginners!

300 Images

More than 300 pictures and sketches are distributed over the 17 episodes and make learning easier. Compare positive and negative examples picture by picture. Use the examples to get deeper into photography!

16 Themes

A total of 16 topics are covered in detail. Settings of the camera, the exposure of photos and much more like the night or landscape photography. Photography learning made really easy!

The Trailer for the Photo Course

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"Step by step from Snapping to taking Pictures."

Take the time to learn how to Photograph with Fun!

The Photo Course

Snap or Photograph? - The comprehensive photo course for beginners starts with the basics of photography, covers various topics on camera technology, settings and the practical operation of the cameras until the big topic on image design starts. Here it becomes clear that not the camera but the photographer takes the photos.

And it goes on after the image design directly with tips and tricks to popular topics landscape photography, the exciting night photography and much more. However, I do not use the topic image retouching. Image retouching is a completely different topic and should be dealt with separately. The course is all about (real) photography itself. And who knows, maybe you won't have to retouch your photo at all in the future and can largely do without image retouching. Over time you will learn a lot about all these topics (and not just basics!) and your photos "out of the box" will constantly improve!

A total of 17 episodes make learning a lot of fun! All topics and lessons are of course numerously illustrated and sketched. Whenever it is appropriate I have included workshops on the respective topic in the course, with which you can put the new knowledge into practice under expert guidance. They help you and so learning is really fun!

If you like and you feel the desire for better and perhaps even very special photos from your hand, then join me on a journey through the exciting world of photography. And for the moments when you are busy with the course and wonder why you are doing all this to yourself, I would like to give you a quote from Richard Avedon:

Without photography, the moment is lost forever, as if it had never existed.

The photography course is primarily aimed at those who are still at the beginning of their journey into the diverse world of photography. In this photo course I pass on some of my experiences that I have gained over many years as a professional photographer. And I don't deal with theory by pages, but with practical application, because photo courses should be fun and not frustrating. And, of course, the course doesn't stop at basics. Methodically and didactically structured in such a way that the readers can take time to learn. A pause will not have a negative effect on learning. So the course makes sure that the learning really happens with fun in a manageable time.

Oh yes, no pictures without image retouching? Think about it, I explicitly don't deal with image retouching in the course. Rather, the course should make sure that your pictures are really good "out of the cam" and don't need any image retouching! I won't go into Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, but I can answer your questions in the forum!

Oh yes, the forum. There the photo course has its own area in which you are exactly right with your questions to the course or to cameras, to the ISO or whatever. Or in general about photography. You can upload your own photos etc.

And now I wish you much fun and success with the photo course!

The Topics

Which camera system is right for me?

The Compact Camera

The Bridge Camera

The Mirrorless System Camera

The SLR Camera

The agony of choice

My recommendation

Interesting facts about Lenses

What is the focal length?

The fixed focal length

The Zoom Lens

Macro Lenses

Fisheye Lens

Tilt/Shift Lenses

Lenses, Focal Point & Focal Length

The Aperture

Auto Focus

The Image Stabilizer

The distance scale

The numbers on the lens

The lens hood

The Extender

The Auto Focus System

Everything sharp or is this a fallacy?

How can I influence the Depth of Field?

Determine what is sharply displayed in the subject yourself

The autofocus measuring fields

Select measurement field

The Auto Focus System Workshop

Why not simply use the measuring field in the middle?

Various operating modes of the Auto Focus System

Auto Focus System Tips

Using automatic exposure in a meaningful way

The aperture

Aperture Priority Mode (AV/A)

Aperture Priority Mode Workshop (AV/A)

The Exposure Time

Exposure Time Priority Mode (Tv/S/T)

Exposure Time Priority Mode Workshop (Tv/S/T)

The Automatic Program (P)

Workshop on Automatic Program (P)

The Motif Programs

The Sport Program

The Portrait Program

The Macro Program

The Landscape Program

The Night Photography Program

Conclusion on the Motif Programs

The Exposure

The Exposure Parameters

The Exposure Parameters: ISO Value

The Exposure Parameters: The Aperture

The Exposure Parameters: The Exposure Time

The Light Value (f-Stop, EV)

The Manual Exposure Mode (M)

Manual Exposure Mode Workshop (M)

The Exposure Metering

Multi-field Measurement

The selective Measurement

Spot Metering

Center-weighted integral Measurement

Try it is more than study it

The Workshop on Measurement Methods

Exposure Compensation

The Exposure Correction Workshop

The Camera Settings

White Balance

White Balance Workshop

Manual White Balance

Manual White Balance Workshop


Why RAW?

The Color Spectrum - sRGB vs. AdobeRGB

Contrasts, Brightness & Saturation

Face Recognition

Live View - Curse or Blessing

The Image Design

The Perspective

Workshop on Perspectives

Forms of Perspective

The 2/3 Rule

Workshop on the 2/3 Rule

Leave room for the motifs

Workshop on "leaving space"

Horizontal Horizon

The arrangement of the Horizon

The foreground

Rotate camera

Workshop on Camera Rotation

The right image cut

Workshop for image cutting

Find closeness to the subject

The aspect ratio

Portrait format vs. Landscape format

Workshop on Portrait and Landscape Format

Lines and geometric shapes

The Sharpness Progression

Workshop on the Sharpening Process


Conclusion on Image Design

Cheat sheet with Rules and Tips for Image Design

Landscape Photography

The Equipment

Useful Tips

Long Time Exposure

Workshop on Long Time Exposure

The Bulb Mode

Night Photography

The Equipment

The Technology

The Exposure Metering

Workshop on Night Photography

Photographing a Starry Sky

Photographing a Fireworks Display

Photographing a Thunderstorm

Photographing Traces of Light

HDR Photography

Introduction to the topic

Motive finding

The Exposure Series

Exposure Series Workshop

The Tone-Mapping

Flash Light

The Light Output

What is TTL?

The Synchron Time

High-Speed Flashes with TTL

Workshop on System Flash with TTL

Workshop on System Flash with TTL and Flash Exposure Correction

Workshop on the manually set system flash

Indirect Flashing

Indirect Flashing Workshop

Flashes with flash rail

Use Softbox

Brightening instead of " Flashing Dead"

Unleashed Flashing

The Principle

Examples of the Principle of Unleashed Lightning

Workshop #1 for Unleashed Flashing

Workshop #2 for Unleashed Flashing

Snap or Photograph?

Since 2018 also available in the photo school!

Read, study, enjoy and simply take better pictures online with the photo course "Snap or Photograph?" And with the ADVANCED-Membership you get a price advantage over the eBooks!

So don't think long about it, look at the advantages of a membership on eckgolds-fotoecke.de.

The Episodes

The episodes 4 and 8 are available for free reading!

Episode 1
  • The introduction to the course
  • Which camera is right for me?
  • Useful information about lenses (Part 1)
Episode 2
  • Useful information about lenses (Part 2)
  • Basics of the Auto Focus System
  • The Auto Focus Focal Points
Episode 3
  • The Auto Focus System (Part 2)
  • Introduction to automatic exposure control
  • Everything important and interesting about the aperture
Episode 4 (FREE)
  • Auto Exposure (Part 2)
  • Exposure Time & Scene Programs
  • Getting Started with Exposure
Episode 5
  • Exposure (Part 2)
  • The Manual Exposure Mode
  • Measurement Methods and Exposure Correction
Episode 6
  • White Balance
  • JPG or RAW?
  • Color Spectrum, sRGB and AdobeRGB
Episode 7 (coming next)
  • Finding suitable perspectives
  • The 2/3 rule or the Golden Ratio
  • Giving space to the motifs
Episode 8 (coming soon)
  • Deep, Medium and High Horizons
  • The foreground as a design element
  • Rotate the camera for special effects
Episode 9 (coming soon)
  • The right image cut
  • Aspect ratios and formats
  • The decisive closeness to the motif
Episode 10 (in preparation)
  • Frame motifs
  • Lines and geometric shapes
  • Sharpness and contrasts
Episode 11 (in preparation)
  • Landscape and Nature Photography
  • Long Time Exposure
  • Workshop on Long Time Exposure
Episode 12 (in preparation)
  • Tips & Tricks for Night Photography
  • Long Time Exposure in Night Photography
  • Workshop on Night Photography
Episode 13 (in preparation)
  • More Tips & Tricks for Night Photography
  • Stars, Fireworks, Thunderstorms, Traces of Light
  • Entry into HDR Photography
Episode 14 (in preparation)
  • Introduction to HDR Photography (Part 2)
  • Exposure Series Workshop
  • Tone Mapping
Episode 15 (in preparation)
  • Flash with TTL
  • Synchron Time & HighSpeed Flashes
  • Workshops on Flash Units
Episode 16 (in preparation)
  • Indirect Flashing
  • Using the flash rail & softbox
  • Brightening instead of " Flashing Dead"
Episode 17 (in preparation)
  • Unleashed Flashing
  • Flash Exposure Correction via TTL
  • Numerous picture examples & Workshops

(Fun) Facts about the Photo Course

written words
months of work on the manuscripts
(felt) cups of coffee while writing
worn keyboards

Feedback from Photographers

I did not become a star photographer, but my photos have improved considerably. And I've understood how my camera works and I've understood what an aperture is :) Was a right decision. Great photo course, I can highly recommend!

Sandra S.

Photographer, Allgäu

I finally understood how exposure works and what I can do with it. I really learned a lot, especially the workshops brought a lot. Learning to take pictures with fun, great thing, exactly my thing!

Carsten F.

Photographer, Munic

Once I started, I couldn't stop rummaging around the course. The image design was especially exciting for me. Now I have a completely different view on the things and I am occupied with the motive before I release it. Great tips & tricks!

Maike B.

Photographer, Kiel

My camera and I are friends now! I realized that taking pictures is more than just pressing the shutter button. The initial snapshots have become a real hobby. The course is really recommended! Know my Canon much better now.

Mark P.

Photographer, Aachen

One thought on “Snap or Photograph? – The comprehensive Photography Course

  1. Ich habe mich für die Advanced-Mitgliedschaft entschieden, weil ich vor kurzem mit dem Fotokurs bei Amazon (die ebooks vom Frank) begonnen habe. Bin total begeistert und möchte den Kurs jetzt hier weiter machen. Kann ich nur jedem Anfänger empfehlen! :)

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