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Where can I get a physical book of Trick Photography and Special Effects?
No physical books of TPSE are available. TPSE is a digital product. You can read the ebook on your computer, as well as watch the videos.
I am unable to pay with PayPal or credit cards. Is there an alternative way I can pay?
Only PayPal and credit is accepted.
Checks, bank transfers, or any other kind of payment is not accepted.
Is the product available in any other language besides English?
Do the videos have subtitles?
No - sorry :(
What is a DSLR?
A DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera. DSLRs are the big bulky black cameras with the lenses on them that can't fit in your pants pocket. If you don't have a DSLR but want a recommendation for which one to get, I'd recommend a Nikon D90, although any DSLR will work. If you don't have that much money to spend, I would recommend getting any used DSLR on eBay or your local camera shop (it doesn't matter which brand or model number you get) or a new Nikon D3200.
Can I still learn from Trick Photography and Special Effects and use the techniques taught in the course if I only have a Point-and-Shoot camera and not a DSLR?
Every single DSLR has a mode in the camera where you can manually adjust the Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, and Focus - this is why DSLRs are recommended. Point-and-shoot cameras can allow you to manually adjust all of those variables described above, but this isn't alwaysthe case as it is with DSLRs. So, to answer your question: It really depends on what point-and-shoot camera you are working with. If your camera has manual controls for the Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, and Focus, then you can definitely use it for the course. It doesn't matter if your camera is a DSLR or a point and shoot, it just needs the ability to adjust those variables manually.
I only have an entry-level DSLR and a basic kit-lens.
Will I still be able to benefit from TPSE?
Yes, absolutely. The great thing about trick photography is that you don't need high-end camera equipment. Any basic, entry-level DSLR will work absolutely fine for the vast majority of everything taught inside TPSE. We've seen all sorts of photographers (beginners and pros alike) incorporating TPSE techniques into their work. You don't even necessarily need a DSLR - sometimes a point-and-shoot digital camera will work just fine (see previous question).
Do I need to use Adobe Photoshop to take advantage of everything taught in TPSE?What version do I need?
You won't be needing Adobe Photoshop for everything taught in TPSE, but it is highly recommended that you have either Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or higher, or better yet: Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher (CS5 is used in the course). About half of the lessons require Photoshop to create and enhance images, and the other half is pure photography, which do not use Photoshop at all. Lightroom will not work.
Where can I get Photoshop for free?
You could do everything taught inside the course using a free 30-day trail of Adobe Photoshop Elements, and then after that trail finishes up, you can start another 30-day trail of Adobe Photoshop CC. This would give you 60-days to learn and use Adobe software for free.
Can I use Corel Paintshop Pro, Lightroom, or GIMP instead of Adobe Photoshop?
You should be able to use Corel PaintShop Pro as well as a another alternative called GIMP (which is completely free) for the majority of the tricks that use software, but because GIMP and PaintShop Pro are laid out a bit differently than Photoshop, the exact step-by-step instructions may be slightly different. I don't teach GIMP or PaintShop inside the course. Lightroom will not work.
Is Trick Photography and Special Effects compatible with my computer/device?
The ebook is in .PDF format, a well known ebook file format that can be read on computers (Windows, Macs, Linux), phones, and tablets alike. The vast majority of all tablets will be able to open PDF files.
Windows, Macs, and Linux computers will also be able play the online videos just fine. Tablets that support HTML5 will be able play the online videos as well (yes, this usually always includes Android phones, tablets, and iPhone/iPad devices.
How can I get the ebook onto my iPad?
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