Photography On The Brain Video Lesson Series

Learn.  Be Inspired.  Expand Your Creativity.  Explore Photography in a Whole New Way.

Welcome to my exclusive video course, Photography On The Brain.

In a series of focused video lessons, we'll explore photography with a wide range of topics that challenge you to think about photography in a whole new way. 

When you sign up, I’ll send you a new tutorial video each month. These short, concise lessons are designed to inspire, get you thinking more deeply about aspects like creativity, approach, method, technique, composition and vision, and motivate you to try and apply these concepts to your own image making.

With each lesson, I’ll talk to you directly, as if I were right there in the room with you. I'll expand on each topic with deep and personal insight, and show you image examples to illustrate. This will allow a unique learning experience for you, because you’ll get much more personal and in-depth style of instruction. 

If you sign up for the "WORKSHOP LEVEL" Tier, you’ll receive an invite to join our private group on Flickr, where you can ask me questions directly, share your own imagery and continue these conversations with me and your fellow participants. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy an even more comprehensive learning experience.

Photography on the Brain has been running for almost two years now, with new lessons being added each month. During this time, the course has helped a large number of photographers discover new ideas in their own creative journey with the camera. 

I would recommend this course to anybody who wants to gain further insights into photography.

Scott Anderson

Not just another course on photography, "Photography on the Brain" gives insights into why we should try different approaches in order to become better photographers. For example rather than simply describe what a wide angle lens is, Dan talks about how it can affect you compositional style and how you can use it to your advantage in certain situations.

What a great opportunity to learn

Patrick McGownd

After leaving film photography 25 years ago, Dan has brought me into digital photography and has always encouraged me. He will ask what I am shooting, make a positive comment and then a suggestion that I might try.

Hello Dan. I just finished watching Episode 7

Daren Wilz

I'd like to start off by saying that your POTB video lessons really light a fire in me. They always are very interesting and I always feel compelled to share my opinion about something. 🙂


Photography is a very brain influenced activity. From the decisions you make that go into creating your images, to the emotional response your photos can invoke, great imagery begins and ends in the mind, and it utilizes both left and right brain components.

The more thought you put into the process, the more ideas you’ll come up with, the more confident you’ll be with your creative and technical problem solving skills. You’ll be better able to develop a style that continues to evolve and excite you year after year. 

In these focused lessons, I’m going to share with you the very ideas that continue to drive my own fascination and enthusiasm for photography, and help you expand your own individual and personal approach to the image making process.

  • 1
    I won't tell you what shutter speed or aperture to use. I won't tell you what the best vantage points are. Most of the time, I won't even talk about mechanical stuff. Instead, I'll fill your brain with seeds that will grow into ideas that develop in conjunction with your with your own creative, technical and mental growth as a photographer.
  • 2
    I can guarantee for certain that you won't get this stuff anywhere else. How do I know this? Simple. Because this is me talking to you, not anyone else. These are the personal photography topics that come straight from my own mind. These are the concepts that excite and intrigue me on a very personal level.
  • 3
    I realize that your time is valuable, so I promise not to waste any of it. In each episode, I'll dive in, explore a topic with a mix of intelligence, curiosity and enthusiasm, plant those seeds and get out. I'll leave you with some important concepts that you can ponder in your own photography mind.
  • 4
    In order to not overwhelm you with too much content, I'll deliver one video conversation per month, each one about ten minutes. Just enough to ignite your own mental candles and inspire you to try and apply these concepts and techniques in your own photography in a relaxed manner over the next 30 days and beyond. I'll also include the occasional bonus lesson to keep the motivation going.
  • 5
    If you sign up for the "WORKSHOP" Tier, you'll be invited to join our Photography On The Brain Flickr Group, where we can all continue the conversation and further explore these topics.
  • 6
    As a 23+ year professional photographer, instructor, author and top rated photography blogger, I posses a wealth of photography knowledge and extensive experience shooting in all conditions. You'll get a huge amount of insight and inspiration for the price of two cups of coffee each month, or in the case of the WORKSHOP tier, the cost of a sandwich. Isn't your photography and creativity worth that?

Your teaching style is so inspirational to me at a time when I'm feeling bland and need new reasons and new ways to get motivated. Thank you!


Dan, I'm really stoked about your first lesson in 'Photography on the Brain and grateful that it's given me thought to remove so many of my (perceived) limitations. These all came from expectations that I had to get a great shot the first time, be stylistically different the first time, and you've given me permission to just get out of my own way.

You said that different parameters for creativity are influenced by experiences and, of course, ours are all DIFFERENT! But that we can also learn from others' photos and there's no shame in that: it helps as I learn to thanks for giving me permission to learn to craft by identifying what I respond to. That's a great first assignment.

Here's What You'll Get


Each month you'll receive a concise, ten minute video lesson tutorial, in which I will explore a specific concept or aspect of photography in an intelligent, thought-provoking way. 

I'll even show you some image examples to illustrate the ideas I'm talking about. 

You can either watch the lesson right in your browser on any device, or you can download the video to watch later. You'll even have unlimited access to the video lessons, so you can always go back and watch them again.


These lessons will be born from the very ideas that continue to fascinate and intrigue me about photography.

Topics I'll cover will include various aspects of creativity, composition, seeing, vision, shooting efficiently, staying motivated, developing a personal style, methods that help you improve your technique.

Watch this tutorial to see an example of my  video teaching style.


At the end of each lesson, I'll leave you with a specific challenge that will encourage you try and apply these ideas in your own photography over the next 30 days.

You may find that the approach is not always obvious, and that's the point.

My goal is to get you thinking more deeply about photography and creativity. 

Go Even Further by Joining the
 "Photography on the Brain" FLICKR Group

Members who sign up for the "WORKSHOP LEVEL" Tier, will receive an invite to our private Photography On The Brain FLICKR Group. Once you join, you'll be able to participate in the conversation as we explore the lesson topics even further. FLICKR provides a wonderful forum for sharing images and holding discussions.

You can ask questions, share you own ideas and insight and interact with me, as well as fellow members, and you can even share your own photos and see the techniques that other photographers are using to capture their shots.

In this way, you'll be able to benefit from the shared learning that a community like this offers, and maximize your potential for growth as a photographer. In addition, you can help influence the direction of this mentorship, as the questions you ask will help spark ideas that I'll cover in future lessons. 


Here is a list of some of the lessons that are included in this course. As I mentioned above, I approach each of these topics in a very personal, thought provoking and inspiring way.

  • Creativity, Expectations and Disappointment 
  • Using Lenses
  • What is Style?
  • Tips for Effective Compositions
  • Chasing Perfection
  • Focus
  • Isolation
  • Limitation

All Cameras Welcome

This course is not designed around any specific camera system, it's for all photographers. Although I use Fujifilm X Series cameras and lenses, and may occasionally demonstrate certain techniques in my lessons with my Fuji, the ideas and methods I talk about are universal and apply to all camera systems.

Dan brings an energy and passion for his craft which is invigorating

Dennis Yarbro

I want to encourage anyone who has the opportunity, to attend one of Dan Bailey’s workshops or seminars as I have done. He has an innate ability to convey his vast technical knowledge and natural artistic talent. That, coupled with a wonderful creative approach to his craft makes him a wonderful teacher.

After his presentations, I feel encouraged to approach the world as Dan sees it, with a filter of my own experiences and capabilities. I always benefit from Dan’s sharing of his experience and passion, no matter if in person or through written media.

The only thing I can think of nearly as good (maybe in someways better?) would be to sit in the comfort of one’s own home and be immersed in a video lesson conducted by Dan. The ability to pause, backup and re-listen to sections would be very valuable.

You will benefit from his knowledge, perspective, zeal and energy for his photographic art and driving desire to share through encouraging instruction.

Are You Ready to Dive in?
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Choose Your Plan Below





  • Your Exclusive Video Lesson, Delivered Each Month.
  • Occasional Bonus Lessons
  • Lifetime access to all previous lessons with on-demand download.
  • Billed monthly.
Full Year




  • With the Full Year Membership option, you'll get an entire year of Exclusive Video Lessons, delivered monthly for a special discounted price.
  • Invitation to join the private Photography on the Brain Flickr group, where you can share your own images and insight and ask & answer questions.    
  • Lifetime access to all previous lessons with on-demand download.
  • Billed yearly.

Simple, fast and effective flexible move



  • Working time 24/7 all days
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Max 15 team members
  • Superfast wifi
  • Free Kitchen

Simple, fast and effective flexible move



  • Working time 24/7 all days
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Max 15 team members
  • Superfast wifi
  • Free Kitchen


Get the Lesson 1-20 Bundle

Download and Watch the First 20 Lessons of the Series.

Over 3.5 Hours of Content and Intelligent Photography Insight.

One Special Price - No Subscription Required.

(Includes Lessons 1-10 only. Does not grant access to the Photography On The Brain Flickr Group.)

Only $199.95 $99.95

(That's a 50% discount)

You Have Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain.

I'm confident that if you are open to exploring new ideas and are willing to put some extra though into your own process, you will get a lot out of these lessons. However, if after a couple of lessons, you are not satisfied, or if you feel this mentorship is just not for you, please contact me directly, and I will happily refund your money. You can also cancel your membership anytime.

Is This Video Mentorship Right For You?

This kind of learning style is not for everybody, you need to be open to new ideas curious about exploring deeper topics.

Who is this for

  • Outdoor photographers of all skill levels who want to improve their craft and confidence with the camera.
  • People who are open and hungry for new ideas that might even shift your fundamental paradigm and approach towards photography and creativity. 
  • Photographers who want to explore the deeper, more intellectual aspects of image making in a fun, thought provoking way.
  • People who want a fresh, inspirational approach to photography that both challenges and motivates.

Who is this not for

  • People with a rigid attitude towards photography who are unwilling to explore new ideas.
  • People who would rather be told what settings to use instead of digging more deeply into the mental aspects of photography and creativity.
  • Photographers who are totally satisfied with with their creativity and don't want to explore more ideas.
  • People who see photography as a "tick list" for iconic locations rather than a truly individual and creative discovery of the world around them. 


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

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About My Teaching Style

With nearly 24 years experience as a professional outdoor shooter, instructor and writer, I have high level of mastery with photography and a unique, inspirational teaching style. 

My ideas are based on giving students a mix of mentally engaging ideas that help expand creativity, and real-world methods that allow them to maximize their skills and confidence, while liberating them from the bounds of what they often think they're "supposed to do" in order to be good photographers.

The methods I teach are based on my own experience with equipment, technique and an approach that has allowed me to create highly successful imagery that has been used by top clients throughout my entire career. In addition, I've been able to discover and enjoy photography in an intensely and liberating way that offers me a high degree of creative fulfillment and continued excitement.

As an accomplished workshop leader, successful author and a Top 100 photography blogger, I have inspired thousands of people with my expert knowledge, my honest, down-to-earth approach, and my infectious, energetic attitude towards life and photography.

Now let me help you. 


What a great opportunity to learn

Patrick McGownd

After leaving film photography 25 years ago, Dan has brought me into digital photography and has always encouraged me. He will ask what I am shooting, make a positive comment and then a suggestion that I might try.

Your advice has inspired me to try new things

Nicolaas Strik

I consider myself an advanced amateur and my interests range from macro/close-up of flowers and plants, to landscapes. Dan Bailey provides great advice that will help you get to the next level.

Dan Bailey’s knowledge of outdoor photography is as good as it gets!

Janel Brown

His enthusiasm and passion for making images is unparalleled. He simplifies what could be complex, and imparts a vision that inspires one to get out and shoot. Dan is approachable and responsive to any questions one might have. I have had the pleasure of attending workshops and presentations with Dan, and he personifies talent, integrity and expertise and caring. Plus, he is FUN!

Dan’s passion for photography is infectious and motivational

Roger Sinclair

Dan's dynamic teaching approach is based on liberating people from the hugely technical side, instead emphasising the ‘get out there and give it a go’ method. He has remarkable ability to break down analysis and learning into bite-size chunks that give you the confidence to try.

Many would-be teachers get bogged down in what they regard as essential details before suggesting taking a photo, by which time the student’s mind is not on the photo, but the camera.

Obviously with Dan’s experiential learning approach, every student is allowed to start at their own beginning.

Dan is very generous not only with his time but his knowledge and experiences. He is not a pixel-peeper, he views cameras as tools, not subjects for constant comparison, and his primary aim is to get the highest quality picture in the simplest way and to share his knowledge with everyone who is interested.

Dan wants his photography to allow the viewer "to become immersed in the action".


I have found his teaching style to do the same. He is able to share his knowledge of photography in a clear and uncomplicated way that is both inspiring and enjoyable.

I’m sure that experiencing Dan’s energy and enthusiasm in this medium will add another dimension to the learning, encouraging one’s creative breakthroughs. I’ll certainly be joining that subscriber list.

Michael Fisher

Dan is a professional shooter, teacher and blogger with a passion for sharing his experience and insights with others. He has an easy, relaxed style of communication, making it enjoyable to read or listen to his insight.

I recently listened to an hour-long podcast interview with Dan. I was so taken with his knowledge and passion for photography that I wrote to tell him how inspiring I found it. He wrote back immediately thanking me and told me he is planning a monthly video-style blog series for subscribers that will provide personal instruction and inspiration.

I would recommend this course to anybody who wants to gain further insights into photography.

Scott Anderson

Not just another course on photography, "Photography on the Brain" gives insights into why we should try different approaches in order to become better photographers. For example rather than simply describe what a wide angle lens is, Dan talks about how it can affect you compositional style and how you can use it to your advantage in certain situations.

I look at your web site at least every week.

Andrew Leask

You are in my top 4 camera web sites. I have recommended you to friends who have enjoyed your blog even more than me.

Composition is not a natural gift of mine, but your work has challenged and inspired me, and I think I'm getting better. Crazy inspiration! Sound practical advice. Objective analysis. Helpful.

I would like to thank you taking the time to look at and comment on my two recent photo submissions to photography on the brain group on Flickr.

Daren Wilz

I am really liking those comments! They have helped fuel my excitement for photography.

You can't really be a follower without being enthused by your enthusiasm for photography

Mark Tozer

For me it's helped me just get out and do it, no matter what the weather.

I recently sent an email regarding tips in using wide angle lenses and must admit quick surprise it was actually YOU responding and not perhaps a staff assistant. This has spurred me "onward" to enjoy, learn, do my best and enjoy, enjoy and again enjoy while I am able.

I have signed up and viewed the first lesson and found it helpful! 



Your stuff on the web is really inspiring.

Morten Larsen

You have this great ability to make things easy to understand. Especially your brilliant e-book "X-series unlimited" have been very useful and motivating in understanding, exploring and be able to get the most out of my XT-2.

I see you as a Giver, and it is very inspiring to have the possibility to learn the best tips and tricks from an outstanding photographer. Keep up the good work!

Dan is a wonderful teacher who sincerely enjoys helping others

Jean Lua

He uses a direct but kind approach and caters his lessons to your skill level. His lessons and inspirational words help keep me motivated on tough days! I recommend this course for all photographers, regardless of skill level, as his experience and guidance is applicable to all who seek to improve their work.


Give your photography the intelligent inspiration it deserves. If you're ready to start down the path towards developing your style in a more personal, deeper, thoughtful way and becoming a more creative and well rounded photographer, then I encourage you to sign up for my Photography on the Brain Mentorship today.