In my early twenties, I was in such a rush that I didn’t notice everyday magic, like the changing of seasons, the incredible colors at sunset, or the rain droplets left behind on leaves after a summer rain. Everyday magic was invisible to me and I wanted to find it again. To do so, I brought my camera everywhere and recorded my everyday life. I reasoned that taking photos would help me slow down and notice the world around me. Taking photos, daily, helped me do both.
Everyday Magic will spark your creative juices and help you get in touch with the joy of taking photos. You will learn about composition, lighting, and I hope you’ll have fun along the way!
How the class works:
Everyday Magic is five weeks long and each week we will focus on a theme. Lessons will be posted to a private website on Mondays and Wednesdays. Course content will be delivered in written and audio formats. I will also send you an email reminder when content is posted to the website.
Online & self-paced. You don’t need to be online at a specific time because this is a self-paced course. However, I would encourage you to set aside 20 minutes a day to take photographs and to explore your world; whether that’s inside your home or on a long walk.
Needs. To complete the course assignments, you need access to a digital camera, a computer, and the Internet. You don’t need to buy a fancy camera for this class. I believe you can take gorgeous photos with the camera you already own, whether it’s an iPhone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR.
Sharing. You have the option to join a private Facebook group to connect with your peers. Sharing on Facebook is not required. However, I highly recommend joining the group because it’s a fantastic way to connect with photographers.
Week by Week Outline
Week 1: Getting to Know Your Camera & Why You Take Pictures
Week 2: Intentional Photography: On Organization & Editing Tools
Week 3: The Art of Composition
Week 4: Follow the Light
Week 5: How to Tell Stories with Your Photos
Start date: TBA
Class duration: 5 weeks
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be online at a specific time? Since this is a self paced course, you don’t need to be online at a specific time.
Is joining the Facebook group a course requirement? You are not required to join the Facebook group. However, I strongly encourage it. The group is a great way to receive feedback on your photos and to connect with your peers.
How much do you interact with students in the course? I do my best to be responsive to all students who take my course. I engage in the Facebook group throughout the class and respond to emails in a timely manner. I’m here to help.
Can I access course material when the class ends? Once the class is over, you will be able to access the website for two weeks. You will also receive a PDF booklet that includes the course materials.
If you have additional questions, please email me: tammy(at)rowdykittens(dot)com.
“I highly recommend taking Tammy’s course if you’re new to photography or even a seasoned photographer. I took 100% of my photos with my iPhone and was super excited to learn that you don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos. Tammy’s class gives you the tools to get started with your own practice.” ~Priti
“Even though I have a Nikon camera, I never knew how to use all the fancy functions. It was actually kind of frustrating to use it knowing that I was such a novice. Then I saw Tammy’s iPhone photos of her trip to New York and I thought, ‘I can do that!.’ I signed up for her course that day. Now that the course is over, I no longer see the world in the same way. I’m open to the ‘everyday magic’ that surrounds us all and my iPhone is always there capture it. Tammy’s gentle way of teaching is inspiring. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll have the rest of your life to enjoy photography your way, even if an iPhone is your only camera.” ~Barry W. Morris
“As a blogger, I found Tammy’s “Everyday Magic” photography course immensely helpful in terms of creative inspiration as well as honing my technical skills behind the camera. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about your camera and taking pictures with it, take this course and prepare to be surprised! I’ve ended up using many of the photographs from the course at my blog, thanks to the daily assignments that helped me to stretch my “photographic muscles.” I highly recommend this course to any bloggers who place special importance on their photography.” -Joy J. Sussman
“I discovered much more than I expected as I watched the daily lives of bees, butterflies and frogs. I feel privileged to have had a glimpse into their world, and without the class, I may never have noticed how beautiful and busy they are. I have a deeper appreciation for everything in my daily world and I can see the magic in all of it.” ~Christine Connerly