A gift that lasts all year!
and is easy to work on at home!
Nurture Her Dreams
The 2021 Guided 365
Daily micro photography lessons that take students from beginner to advanced photographer in a year.
The photography class that works with all schedules
She has the camera. Give her the gift that completes the package.

You know someone who has a dSLR or mirrorless camera (not a phone) and:

  • Has the most adorable children or grandchildren ever born and wants to take better photos of them
  • loves to travel and wants to take photos as stunning as the places she visits
  • doesn't know what to do with all the buttons & menus on her camera (and might even be a little afraid of so much technology)
  • wants to spend time improving her photography skills now that she's retired
Features:
  • The gift that lasts all year
  • Easy to work on at home!
  • Works with all schedules - no expiration or due dates
Class begins
January 1,
2021.



2021 Registration Now Open

After the class fills, registration will close until 2022.
Purchase Now

To the gift giver. You don't want all the marketing fluff - I've left most of the testimonials and motivational photography talk off this page. But if you'd like to read it all, click here. The quotes that you do see on this page are unsolicited. They come from students who emailed me without prompting to share how much this course means to them. Want to be sure you'll make her happy? Read the testimonials, or email me using the contact link above.



"Erin,

I know I've said this repeatedly throughout the class, but I just LOVE your 365 class.  Now having gotten really into photography and looked at other education, I can really appreciate what we are getting.  It's so in depth, yet you make it simple to understand. 

Each module could EASILY cost over $300 on its own.  I can't believe what you offer people for $20 a month.  I feel like it is a hidden gem in the photography world.  I feel sorry for people who are trying to start out and haven't found your class! 

Especially people who really want to learn and can't afford to spend a million dollars on classes.  I tell everyone I know who is interested in photography!


I also really love the community of students you have created.  It's so fun to get to know and watch other classmates on their photography journey.

My best friend is starting your next class.  I can't wait to watch her go through what I am.  It will be so fun!

 
How it Works
She (or he) will learn a micro photography lesson each day
Lessons
A new lesson will be available each day (but it's ok if she gets behind!).
Prompts
Each lesson suggests an easily accessible idea for what to shoot. These prompts are designed to illustrate the lesson. No need to leave home to take the photos!
Questions
I'll promptly answer any questions about course material.
Sharing
She can share her photos on Instagram to see what everyone else did for the same lesson.
No Due Dates or Expiration
What if she doesn't finish in a year? No problem. She'll have lifetime access to the lessons, for as long as I maintain my website. She can also print them!
No kids, fancy homes, or luxury vacations required!
GIFTING THE GUIDED 365

The Guided 365 is a great accompaniment to a new camera, or motivation for someone who would like to master the camera they already have. Here's what happens when you purchase as a gift:

  • you will receive a printable card to tell your loved one what they've received.
  • you'll give me the recipient's email address
  • you'll tell me when it's safe for me to start emailing the recipient so that I don't give away any surprises!
  • you can request a refund through January 31, 2021, in case she doesn't like it.
Best thing I have EVER done for my photography

"I have never taken any class ( and I have taken several at 2 local colleges in my area,  not to mention the online classes I have done also), watched any video or done anything that has progressed my photography skills like the guided 365 class did for me--it was a TOTAL game changer--once I understood  my camera, what each function does, and how and when to use them, it opened up so many new avenues  and also gave me confidence in the fact that I knew what I was doing for a change.  I wish I had taken this class when I first became interested in photography!! Also super cheap for the knowledge you gain...INVALUABLE!"
- Jodi F., class of 2017

My photos are much better

"I just wanted to thank you for this course! I am sitting here editing some photos I took of my beloved grandson over the past couple days, and it suddenly occurred to me that my editing has become easier simply because I am PAYING MORE ATTENTION  TO GETTING GOOD EXPOSURE IN CAMERA NOW and therefore my photos are much better exposed and easier to deal with right from the start! I have had my DSLR since 2015 and I also have some nice lenses, but up until now I have just muddled through piece-meal".
​​​​​​​- Mary V., class of 2018

I'm amazed at how much I learned
"I can't begin enough to sing the praises of your course.  I'm amazed at how much I have learned...and how much I actually retained too!!!!   The class is a great mix of newbies, pro photographers and everyone in between.    Happy New Year and many thanks to you."
​​​​​​​- Elle H., class of 2017
I appreciate the way the class is set up
"Although I am VERY behind, I appreciate the way the class is set up that I could/can work at my own pace, review old lessons and have access to everything even now that my 365 days are finished :-)  Like so many others have said, I have learned more from your classes than ALL the others I have attended in my lifetime.."
-Bonnie S., class of 2017
WHAT
Each day, she'll receive a 10-minute lesson that teaches a photography technique and suggests a photo prompt designed to put that technique into practice. 
WHO
Busy moms and grandmas. Dads, uncles, friends, and people who don't have kids. Beginner to intermediate photographers who want to improve their technical & creative skills. Supplemental prompts for more advanced photographers during the first few weeks.
WHY
Other 365 projects tell you to take a picture of something blue. The Guided365 teaches you how to get the sharpest, best-exposed color-balanced photo of something blue. The photo prompts are designed to be flexible: no kids, perfect houses, or exotic vacations required!
WHEN
The next session begins on January 1, 2021.
MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION
Earlybird price: $19.99 per month for 12 months - limited time only! $24.99 after the holiday promotion ends.

That's less than you'd pay for most of those 4-week online photography courses, and you'll learn more here! Don't limit yourself to learning only how to shoot on manual or only how to compose your photos. Learn it all in one year. Plus, ask all the questions you want!

Cancel whenever you want. Keep the lessons you've paid for forever. After you've made 12 payments, all the lessons are yours - no more payments.
PAY UPFRONT

Early bird price: $199.90. Get two months free if you sign up now. After the holiday promotion ends, the upfront price rises to $274.89.

Cancel by January 31, 2021, for a full refund. No refunds after January 31, 2021.

" Erin - I am so excited! I normally shoot inside for this class because of my work schedule. Today, I went outside. My first picture was awful and way overexposed. For the first time, I knew exactly what I needed to adjust to get the picture. Thank you for this class! I am way behind but still plugging along. I am having so much fun and it is so exciting to finally be figuring out how to really use my camera!

Brittany  (class of 2019)

 "I just wanted to let you know how much I am loving being a part of your Guided 365 class. The lessons you have put together are incredible. They truly are easily manageable and I have a lot of fun practicing each assignment! I am learning so much about photography and about my camera...I am excited for each day's lesson to come, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds! I have spent years watching YouTube videos, and reading articles and books and how-to's and I never got as much out of that as I have in the past 5 weeks with your class. So, I just wanted to say thank you for offering this opportunity for this wanna-be momtographer and helping me on the road to capturing treasured memories of my family!"
- Kristen D. (class of 2017)
" I’ve taken other online photography courses and have never gotten this much understanding. I’m shocked how easy you’ve made it and with such short instructions that don’t take an hour to read! So excited to keep learning. Again, just can’t believe how much I’ve learned already! Thank you!!." - Rebecca B (class of 2016)
Course Requirements
* A camera with interchangeable lenses that shoots in manual mode
* Camera user guide or manual
* Free public Instagram account (for sharing with other participants)
* A stopwatch or kitchen timer
* A working knowledge of email, spam folders, etc.

* A commitment to take photos daily (or nearly daily)
PHOTO PROMPTS
Flexible suggestions that work for everyone - no kids, perfect houses, or exotic vacations required.
PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS
Easy to understand lessons: learn photography incrementally. Shoot on Manual (and understand it!) within 30 days!
INTERACTIVE
Answers to all questions asked about lessons.
THEY'LL LEARN:
First Steps
* Set a camera for maximum photo quality
* Push the limits of Auto mode
* Multiple approaches to setting focus
* Shoot in Aperture Priority mode
* Shoot in Shutter Priority mode
Exposure
* Shoot in Manual Mode within 30 days!
* Use aperture creatively
* Use shutter speed creatively
* Adjust settings quickly
* Choose the proper metering mode
* Freeze motion
* Create background blur
* Expose for skintones
 
 
Focus
* How to tell the camera what to focus on.
* The difference between single focus & AI Servo.
* How to get good focus on a subject even while blurring the background.
* When to use BBF
* The sweet spot for each lens

 
Lenses
* Learn how choosing one lens over another changes the quality of photos.
* Choose the best lens
* Use focal length to bring creative vision to life
* How to avoid or create distortion with each lens.
 
Light
* Make light work for you, not against you.
* Shoot in full, side and backlit settings
* Modify the light for to suit the photo
* Identify the best light to shoot in
Composition
* Compose for artistic appeal
* Be comfortable with classic compositions
* Know when to break classic rules
* Incorporate leading lines, framing, etc.
Posing
* Communicate for effective posing
* Create flattering poses
* Pose to emphasize relationships
* Sample pose lists
* Strategies for large groups
 
 
 
Creative
* Define a personal style
* Create starburst effect with lights
* Use lens overlays 
* Incorporate reflections
* Recreate inspiration photos
My goal is to help her become a confident & creative photographer.
I'm a professional photographer and long-time teacher of photography and photo editing. My website, Digital Photography for Moms, is one of the oldest and most well-regarded sources of photography and photo editing tutorials on the internet. I design my lessons to maximize student success and enjoyment.

I'm also a Craftsy instructor, wrote for Digital Photography School, and was featured as a Huffington Post top mom photography blog. Come say hello, and check out my free tutorials and photo editing workshops over at Digital Photography for Moms.
As Seen On:
The Fine Print
The recipient will receive a photo lesson & shooting prompt daily for 12 months with a paid registration.

Monthly payers can cancel anytime. Upfront payers can cancel through January 31, 2021 for a full refund.

Feedback on your photos is not part of this class, although I will answer all of the questions you post on the lessons on my website. I do sometimes look at the photos you'll post on Instagram and might comment on them from time to time.
Monthly OR Upfront Pricing
Monthly Subscription

$24.99 /month

  • Cancel anytime and keep the lessons you already paid for.
  • Receive one new lesson a day.
  • Ask all the questions about the course you can think of - I'll answer them!
  • Share on Instagram using #Guided365 to be part of the community!
Upfront Purchase

$274.89 (1 month free)

  • Cancel by 1/31/21 for a full refund. Refunds not available after 1/31/21.
  • Receive one new lesson a day.
  • Ask all the questions about the course you can think of - I'll answer them!
  • Share on Instagram using #Guided365 to be part of the community!
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