New video workshops: How To See Ep1, and The Compact Camera Masterclass

Thanks to the fantastic response to the first two workshop videos – ‘The Fundamentals’ and ‘Making Outstanding Images: Episode One’, we’ve now produced two more – ‘How To See Ep1: Kuala Lumpur‘, and The Compact Camera Masterclass.

And of course I’m putting on special pricing for the launch month – see below for trailers and details!

Video H1: How To See, Ep1: Kuala Lumpur - runtime 1h56min, US$63 (introductory price US$55)
This will be a new series of videos that merges travel and photography: simply put, you spend some time with me whilst I shoot in various cities around the world; you see over my shoulder, inside my viewfinder, and of course get the benefit of discussion of the ensuing images. In essence, you get to experience vicariously how I view the world. Needless to say, we start with my home city: Kuala Lumpur. I explain what’s catching my attention in a particular location, how and why I chose that particular framing and processing. On top of that, we talk about why a particular image works – or doesn’t. Episode two will be shot in Tokyo, and available around the end of November.

Video F: The Compact Camera Masterclass - runtime 2h20min, US$50 (introductory price US$35)
CCM is a standalone video for those of you looking to get a bit more out of your compact without getting too serious: the principles apply to all cameras, however buttons and menus of course differ, so you might need to delve into the manual to check how to access certain settings. We cover both technical and compositional aspects, with plenty of examples under a mix of commonly encountered photographic situations. It’s really a little bit of everything – think of it as a very high level degustation into the way I shoot and produce the images I do with compact cameras – this article on using compacts for professional work will give you an idea on what’s possible.

Special launch pricing, and the new store
Click here or on the video titles to go to our new store – payment is handled via Paypal, accepting all major credit cards and Paypal balances. Just click on the appropriate checkout link below. And yes, everything is now fully automated; delivery is via digital download and instantaneous.

I’m going to use this as an opportunity to offer several special discount bundles to celebrate – save up to $46 on multiple purchases! Although Paypal fees have effectively increased to a net 10%(!), forcing us to raise prices slightly – I will still be offering the customary limited introductory specials, too – How To See Ep1: Kuala Lumpur is $55 instead of $63, and The Compact Camera Masterclass is $35 instead of $50.

Lastly: a big thank you again for your support! These videos are my way of both supporting the time this site requires, as well as giving knowledge back to the photographic community. Enjoy! MT

Testimonials and quotes from previous video buyers:

Andrew Yew (How To See Ep1, Compact Camera Masterclass) - I just watched the KL episode, and it was really good and well worth the price. All street photographers should watch it to see how one should work a scene. I don’t feel so bad anymore loitering in one place for 15 minutes taking dozens of shots when I see much better photographers than me do it as a matter of course! That is also a very clever use of the video recording feature of the E-M5 as a teaching tool, especially with that amazing 5-axis stabilizer. BTW, CC masterclass is amazing, especially the 2nd half in the field. It was really nice to see how fluidly you used that little Sony (TX30?), and the really nice results you got out of it. It was nice to see that in contrast to all of the pixel-peeping techno angst on the rest of the Internet. I wonder if a real-world field presentation like that of a camera would result in more sales for it … The way you presented it too was quite a contrast to Sony’s fairly insulting anti-DSLR ads, and it makes people (well, me at least) want to go out and take pictures, because it feels like I have the tools now to make good-looking images.

Mark Chai (How To See Ep1) – Hi Ming Thein, your ‘ How To See Ep1 ‘ is awesome! Does this mean there will be an Ep2 ? Could hardly wait if there is Ep2. Your video is worth every penny and beyond!

Eric Hanson (How To See Ep1, Compact Camera Masterclass) – Just finished watching both videos: How To See Ep1, and The Compact Camera Masterclass. WoW!!! They are incredible, I really like the use of technology in both. The Compact Camera Master Class is proof that most people don’t know how to use a camera. Your images and ideas taken with that little blue point and shoot are stunning and very doable. Well done in both!

Michael Tapes (How To See Ep1) – Excellent. I think that this is the first time someone has done this type of see through my eyes instruction, and your use of video to go along with your thinking process is an GREAT way to teach. As with my previous teacher, with you, that is specifically what i want to learn. HOW TO SEE. I had done a walking tour of my neighborhood in NJ with my teacher as he explained what he saw, and that was very valuable to me at the time. Having this and future videos will be great. The exact thing that I have to learn is to talk to myself as I am looking at life and work my way to finding and making good pictures. So congratulations on the concept and execution, and I look forward to more in the future.

Amy Wexler (How To See Ep1, Compact Camera Masterclass) – Just finished both the new videos. Wonderful stuff. The walkarounds are particularly useful – very informative to understand how you reduce the complexity of various scenes into photographic opportunities and apply the theories/practices you describe in your various videos and articles. I’d like to emphasize how helpful for my current state of development I find the settings comments you make along the way – such as, focal lengths and apertures, in the case of the KL video, and where you’re metering (in the case of spot) or where you’re using another mode, in the compact masterclass video. Great products (also appreciate the introductory discounts!). Thanks for all the work you put into them.

C Scott Pollock  (How To See Ep1) - I just watched “How To See.” Excellent and fascinating work — I could watch this type of thing all day long. 

Sergey Landesman (How To See Ep1, Compact Camera Masterclass) - Thank you for very good video lesson!

Sirmo (How To See Ep1, Compact Camera Masterclass) – Just purchased the new videos. I watched the Compact Camera Masterclass and I love it! Keep up the good work!

Michelle Wolschlager (Making Oustanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – I stayed up entirely too late last night watching (and rewatching) both videos. Then I fell asleep on my laptop (out of sheer exhaustion–nothing more!) whilst reading your articles, and in many cases, rereading articles I’d already read in the past but that suddenly made so much more sense after watching the videos. I learned a LOT. I’m so happy you’re doing this! It is exactly what I was I was looking for to learn how to capture better images! I’ve been frustrated by the fact most courses/videos/books either assume you know absolutely nothing at all and merely regurgitate the exposure triangle and rule of thirds, or they assume you’ve got a PhD in math and physics. Anxiously awaiting the next videos… I’m not willing to wait for the bundle deal pricing and will be ordering them as you release them–they are absolutely worth the cost.

Mark/ JTL Photography (Making Outstanding Images Ep.1, The Fundamentals) -  I just finished my first viewing of the two above videos (Fundamentals and Outstanding Images 1), and initial impressions are as follows:
1) The first video (Fundamentals) is like a mini-encyclopedia. I thought I knew a bit about photography, but the first video has put into words things that I’ve only up until now grasped in an intuitive manner, as well as things I just didn’t know at all (DOF scales generally not updated for digital cameras? Interesting in its own right, and something of a commentary on how digital manufacturers see the average photographer as not interested in manual shooting…or maybe it’s just laziness!). Some of it can be applied practically, some of it is “just for knowledge”, but the whole thing is a fascinating look at what photography is and where it came from. I can see myself going back to this one time and time again.
2) It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads the site, but Ming is a highly articulate and enthusiastic guide. It’s clear that he lives and breathes photography, and this comes over in his presentation style. He paces the material well: not too fast, not too slow.
3) The second video (Outstanding Images 1) is also very good. Possibly because I’m basically self-taught, I shoot in a very instinctive manner – I see something and say “yes, that!” – and it’s served me quite well. However, I can’t always tell WHY I like a picture that I’ve taken, or HOW I can take more like it. This video’s breakdown of a photo into light, subject, idea, frame, etc, has already given me the impetus to look at things in a more analytical way. It might be difficult at first because I’m not a very analytical person, but I have no doubt that it will add a new dimension to how I approach photography. 
Watching Ming himself shoot and explain why and how he does what he does is a very valuable experience, and the resulting pictures strengthen his already good verbal explanations of the concepts. The analyses of his pictures are also useful. I was especially pleased to see an analysis of the “Yin Yang light” picture (with the woman’s shadow), because I’ve always really liked that one.
Like Ming says on the video, it’s a little overwhelming at first, but slowly and surely you’ll start seeing things in a different way. Again, this video will require multiple viewings to get everything from it.
Overall, no regrets whatsoever about paying the (very reasonable) asking price for these videos. I will be giving very strong consideration to the upcoming volumes as well…once I’ve absorbed everything on the first two!

Amanda Koh (Making Oustanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – My mind is a little bit blown by @mingthein’s observation that changing exposure affects composition (by changing the visual weight of things). It’s making me question my whole shooting technique. Thank you for your videos. :)

Alan Morris (Making Oustanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – Very unique approach. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Albert Setiawan (Making Oustanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – Just purchased and watched both videos yesterday, I have to say I’m very satisfied with the contents.

Guillaume Pont (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1) – I’ve bought Episode 1 and just watched it. For one of your first videos it is great ! Well done Ming ! I’ve found your explanations very clear. I am not a total beginner so I knew already most of fundamentals (by observing and practicing myself, with experience) but you made these concepts clearer and more precise in my mind so I guess I am now willing to use these concepts on a more regular and thought basis when I shoot :) Can’t wait for other episodes !

Alan Morris (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – Just ordered the workflow video. I am working my way through your new video series. It is excellent. I look forward to future videos in this series.

Uktu Oguz (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – I also bought your new video series, and I really congratulate you for your dexterity.You are a great master of this craft and your knife-sharp analytical mind is something to envy for every human being.
Your presentation skills are excellent too. I normally have a very short span of attanetion but I could watch your videos in one breath. Kudos. Waiting for the next ones.

Louis Woolf (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – Hi Ming, I just downloaded your videos of your workshops. I previewed them briefly and they look amazing. You are truly awesome and I so look forward to watching and learning. I am a big fan and I love your passion for what you do. I will continue to follow and support you and I hope that some day we can meet and shoot in person. Thanks for all that you do for the photo community.

Robert Mars (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – Bought the package today and received the download link seconds after PayPal confirmation, smooth ! Yeah and those very first videos are great btw, keep them coming ! Rob

Derek Daniels (Making Outstanding Images Ep. 1, The Fundamentals) – I recently purchased the 2 videos you have released so far. Just wanted to say they are great and no regrets what so ever.

Jeff C (Intro to PS) – Ming if you are reading this….. the tutorial is great, I’ll be hitting you up for the next part here in the near future. Just need some time to work through what I’ve learned already.

Toby Smith (Intro to PS) – Just finished Ming Thein’s Photoshop workflow video – awesome stuff! Great workflow tips, and I especially like the sharpening process he uses – will put that into practice immediately.

Todd Lawton (Intro to PS DVD) - I’m currently trialling Photoshop CC (I use Lightroom at home, but have been using its big bro for much longer, primarily at work these days), so had cause to bust out your iPad videos again (I got a load of them as a Christmas present to myself, but had to use my parents’ iPad, so I don’t have access to them most of the time!); really excellent. There’s something visceral and satisfying about the hands-on nature of your Photoshop workflow (particularly multiple curves and the much more precise dodge and burn tools) that Lightroom/ACR alone can’t match; the greater degree of control afforded makes processing a more right-brained and fun experience, IMO. Hearty endoresement from me to anyone reading this that hasn’t tried Ming’s videos.

Graham Wood (Intro to PS DVD): Someone wrote above “precisely what I was looking for…”. Having just absorbed Video A, I fully second that. There was no waffle and no fluff. Just very very useful stuff, with all the right context to make it meaningful. Thank you Ming.

Tamas Varosi (Intro to PS DVD): I loved it, especially the B&W part.

Tom Liles (Intro, Intermediate PS DVDs): I had a go on a couple of Ming’s PS videos recently and find them useful. There’s an important difference between saying that and “found them useful.” Happy customer :) I would frame them as cast-off points rather than top-down “do this, do this, do this, do this…” cookie cutter type instructions. They make you want to play with PS, but honestly my over-riding desire after watching was to go out and take some pictures; to have some fresh meat, as it were, to try the new approach — a better phrase than ‘new tools’ — on. Give them a go.

Valerji Tomarenko (Intro to PS DVD): Just received the DVD (it took it less than a fortnight to reach Germany). Very happy about it. Exactly what I was looking for, against the backdrop of all these books, tutorials etc. on PH. Thank you so much!

Yee Suan Poo (Intro to PS DVD): I love your first PS video. It helps me a lot especially the sharpening part.

Luis Meirinhos (Intro to PS DVD):
(What I like)
1. I really like the simplicity of the workflow to change a set of photos.
2. Workflow based on 1 application with 2 modules . (Bridge + Photoshop)
2.1 I use 3 applications and wast so many time changing between them (ViewNX, CaptureNX, Photoshop).
3. Photo ranking process with good use of method (FBLW – First BEST Last WORST)
3.1 I use numbers instead of stars on ViewNX, but my method is FIFO – First In First Out. It’s good because it’s one method but, for this propose, i don’t think i have good results. I have many medium quality pictures processed that I’ll not see them again. I’ll try your method to have better use of time.
4. Many sharpening filters have better results.
4.1 I never realise this. The results are much better compared to one sharpening filter more aggressive.
(What I improve…)
1. Use photoshop non destructively for everything!
1.1 Is there any difference if we use one layer with 50% of grey (Overlay) for dodge and burn?
1.2 this way if I wish to revisit one photo latter I don’t lose the original.
2. Workflow of one picture that you have to fix or remove something. Ex: dust, cable,…
I really enjoy the DVD because I learn new ways to improve my photos and have more time to do other things instead of post processing.

R. V. Abbott (Intro to PS DVD): I found that all the principles you discussed in your basic photoshop and color correction videos (e.g., regarding the relationship between the saturation and lightness sliders) applied equally well in LR. I used to struggle with skin tone color corrections, but thanks to your video, I’m finally able to do it easily!

Kim Davidson (Intro to PS DVD): After receiving your DVD I installed Adobe Photoshop CS6, never having seen it, camera raw or bridge before. I would not have believed it possible, but thanks to your great instruction on your DVD, I worked my way through bridge, camera raw and successfully processed photos in Photoshop CS6 in just one day and i keep going back to your DVD to learn more. I can’t thank you enough.

James (Intro to PS DVD): I just wanted to say thanks for the very informative DVD. I know photoshop pretty well, but you have taken the way I’ll use it from now to another level. I was always scared of that Curves line as it seemed to be really sensitive and easily ruin my shots. Now from your DVD I know how to use it and have already transformed a few of my photos and they look so much better. Also your dodge, burn, sponge and sharpening tips were a revelation for me. I won’t list all the things you went into, but suffice to say I’m looking forward to going through my photos now and seeing the results.

Djoko Susanto (Intro to PS DVD): I had watched your your photoshop workflow dvd, it was shock me, much.
I never thought, it was so easy techniques, but it’s awesome.
I learned so many techniques in photoshop but never realized yours is the best and simple, great job Ming.

Dimitris Glynos (Intro to PS DVD): Hi Ming! I just saw your “Photoshop workflow DVD” and it was really amazing! The resolution of the mov file (1440x900px) is very very good and your workflow both on color & b&w images is pretty impressive! Thanks a lot!

JP Kornberg (Intro to PS DVD): I am happy to support the use of your PS DVD. Your workflow really is easy even for PSphobes.

Joey (Intro to PS DVD): I received your PS workflow dvd a few days ago and have enjoyed it very much. Though not familiar with Photoshop I look forward to trying out the many techniques you discussed and feel confident it will start me on the right path as I step into the often confusing world of post-processing.

Lucia Prosperi (M Monochrom DVD): I just finished your video, and I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed watching it, and I think I’ve learned quite a bit.

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Comments

  1. Finished watching How To See Video last night. This is the first time I bought these kind of work shop video so I wasn’t sure to pay that price…I am glad I did, it was GREAT! For me it was very informative in good balanced … I means you are leaving some space for us to think, too. I also enjoyed as a documentary film. Love the scene of the cafe in KL. Look forward to see Tokyo ver.

  2. Hey, the store is down for some reason :(

  3. Just finished both the new videos. Wonderful stuff. The walkarounds are particularly useful – very informative to understand how you reduce the complexity of various scenes into photographic opportunities and apply the theories/practices you describe in your various videos and articles. I’d like to emphasize how helpful for my current state of development I find the settings comments you make along the way – such as, focal lengths and apertures, in the case of the KL video, and where you’re metering (in the case of spot) or where you’re using another mode, in the compact masterclass video. Great products (also appreciate the introductory discounts!. Thanks for all the work you put into them.

  4. To think, all of these videos came about because of a single post here, with me suggesting you create them – for those that aren’t able to be mentored in person by you. Shame there’s no ‘finders fee’ or free video for me :)

  5. Ming – I just placed my order for the 3rd and 4th videos. I wonder if I could ask if you are still considering producing a dedicated video on how to use a flash ie speedlight (hopefully including Nikon) both as main and fill for every day applications? As much as I have read about flashes and worked with them I still do not get the desired results. Can’t thank you enough for all you do.

  6. Ming, are there any differences in your transaction costs between the payment methods (I think Paypal offers several alternatives)? Sorry if the question is irrelevant, I don’t have access to Paypal from where I’m browsing just now.

  7. Ming,

    Just purchased the new videos. I watched the Compact Camera Masterclass and I love it! Keep up the good work!

  8. Dear Ming,

    Just purchased your 2 new videos. Many thanks to your efforts!

    One question: Can I change the password in your mingthein teaching store and in your download site?

    Raymond Ho

    • Thanks for your support. You should be able to change the password at login – use the ‘forgot password’ option on the download site, or the profile options on the store.

  9. I just watched the KL episode, and it was really good and well worth the price. All street photographers should watch it to see how one should work a scene. I don’t feel so bad anymore loitering in one place for 15 minutes taking dozens of shots when I see much better photographers than me do it as a matter of course!

    That is also a very clever use of the video recording feature of the E-M5 as a teaching tool, especially with that amazing 5-axis stabilizer. Too bad you can’t take pictures right from movie mode, and its video codec could really use more bits or a better encoder. One day, you’ll have a trail of students wearing Google Glasses watching streaming video from your camera following you around on a workshop: just hope they don’t get run over by a bus. :)

    I just started the compact camera masterclass, but one thing that struck me here as it did in the fundamentals episode that I forgot to mention is to ask you what you thought about using more visual aids. Some of the concepts and words fly pretty fast and heavy, and beginners may get them better with some visual aids reinforcing what you’re saying, even if it’s just seeing the same key words in text on screen.

    I don’t think you need anything very fancy, but maybe something like what the Khan Academy does? I’ve found what Salman Khan does (basically write on the screen with an electronic pen or mouse) to be really effective for the very technical subjects he teaches. Anyway, just a thought for the future, and it may not apply if you have illegible handwriting! :)

    • Thanks for the detailed feedback, Andre!

      Google glass: I’m looking into acquiring one of these for that very purpose ;) In the meantime, we’ll be using the E-M1 for the next videos – better codec and less compression.

      Visual aids: More than the text recap? We’ll have to figure something out as I do unfortunately have illegible handwriting. It’s often been compared to a tangled ball of yarn…

      • Well, my handwriting is probably not that much better!

        I think the text recap for the camera controls part of the CC masterclass is good. Perhaps you could have a separate screen that you occasionally cut to with all of the information for the section you’re talking about. For example, in the 4 qualities of an outstanding image section, you could have a separate screen that lists the 4 things as you talk about them, with perhaps a sub-bullet point for each one for the most important comment about that quality. When you mentioned Alex Majoli, it would have been nice to have seen that name spelled out too. Anyway, I’m sure you’re still figuring out how to best organize and present your videos, so just consider these comments as food for thought.

        BTW, CC masterclass is amazing, especially the 2nd half in the field. It was really nice to see how fluidly you used that little Sony (TX30?), and the really nice results you got out of it. It was nice to see that in contrast to all of the pixel-peeping techno angst on the rest of the Internet. I wonder if a real-world field presentation like that of a camera would result in more sales for it … The way you presented it too was quite a contrast to Sony’s fairly insulting anti-DSLR ads, and it makes people (well, me at least) want to go out and take pictures, because it feels like I have the tools now to make good-looking images.

        And your wife must be the most patient person in the world!

        • Noted; I’m trying to balance out visual content with text (there’s an entire site for that :) )

          I think the Sony is a TX20. I honestly didn’t pay much attention; most low-mid level compacts are the same anyway. I just always wanted something submersible to try out ideas next time I’m at the beach, but the price was really cheap so I pounced.

          The wife is resigned to it by now ;) Thanks!

  10. sergeylandesman says:

    Thank you for very good video lesson!

  11. sergeylandesman says:

    Hey Ming!
    Half of the night shooting Kuala Lumpur just went pitch black.

  12. I just watched “How To See.” Excellent and fascinating work — I could watch this type of thing all day long. I wish the price were a bit lower (say $39), but I’ll still give strong consideration to the additional videos in this series. And I’d like to cast one vote for a “How to See” feature with an architectural focus.

  13. Sergey Landesman says:

    Hi Ming!
    The music in your advertisement mush louder than your voice.

  14. been looking forward to this? Will we be able to purchase this through your ipad app?

  15. Ming, It is rather weird and thought you should know, that there is only an obligatory Paypal account sign-up upon check-out if you use a computer to purchase. optional pay by card is only available if you use an a mobile device.

  16. Ming, thanks for the new video. I’ve just placed the order but it asks for delivery address for shipping. I just need it for download like before. Suppose that’s the case, if yes please just email the download link. thanks

  17. ming, finished downloading the first vid and waiting for the second to finish… can’t wait to see them…
    any chance doing “how to see” episode on my favorite place, bali?… :-)

  18. Just Ordered from the US! Wonderful discount on the videos! Looking forward to watching them!

    Best Wishes – Eric

  19. “You cannot access this store from your country. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    I’m in the USA – is this a known bug?

  20. I tried to order a video but only the paypal option is available. Can’t I pay by Mastercard?

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