Beginner Photography Course

beginner photography course girl holding camera

Our beginner photography course will help you understand the basics of light and how your eye fixes lighting. How to get your camera to catch what your eye sees to produce better pictures. The tutorials will also help you understand your camera and how to take pictures with it. Listed blow are courses hand-picked to help you get started. Make a goal for yourself of when you will finish all the photography lessons.

Lesson 1

Build a Resource Library for your Camera

Build a Resource Library for your Camera

In early days of photography, the process of taking images was considered a significant advancement of science. Early film cameras were rather primitive and relatively simple to use (if you knew how to operate them). Digital cameras have long since replaced film and the technology in today's DSLR's is...

Lesson 2

Light and The Photographer

Light and The Photographer

Welcome to Photography Course #1 When it comes to light and photography, its helpful to understand some of the basic physics behind light and lenses. The word "photography" was created from the Greek roots (phōtos, phōs, and graphé) which together means "drawing with light". It is important to remember that light...

Lesson 3

Buy a Camera

How to Buy a Camera

How to Buy a Camera (tips and advice) Buying a new camera is a fun and exciting experience. As with most electronic products, digital camera technology improves every year. Competition between leading DSLR camera manufacturers like Nikon and Canon is hotter than ever, so if you're looking to buy a...

Lesson 4

Understanding the Exposure Triangle

Understanding the Exposure Triangle

If you want to take great photos, you need to understand exposure and the Exposure Triangle is the foundation of photography. If you're new to photography, you can get away with taking respectable pictures right out of the box using automatic settings. However, if you want to produce quality...

Lesson 5

Understanding ISO Sensitivity

Understanding ISO Sensitivity

In our course on Understanding the Exposure Triangle, we spoke of the importance of light in photography and about controlling how much light gets exposed to the digital sensor in your camera to produce an image. You learned how ISO, along with the aperture setting and the shutter speed...

Fundamentals of Photography Course

by The Great Courses taught by photographer with Joel Sartore
Fundamentals of Photography by The Great Courses

Looking for comprehensive photography course that goes beyond simple point-and-click techniques? Fundamentals of Photography by The Great Courses is an outstanding course available on Craftsy. In this course you’ll learn what it takes to make an iconic photograph. Your instructor, Joel Sartoreis, a top-notch professional photographer and is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine. Fundamentals of Photography includes 24 Streaming HD video lessons you can view anytime and anywhere, class resource downloads, and a 167-page course guidebook.

Lesson 6

Introduction to Shutter Speed

Introduction to Shutter Speed

What is Shutter Speed? Shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter is open and a measurement of time. It's basically the timer for light coming into the camera. Shutter speed is the length of time the shutter curtain is open and light is exposed to the sensor. Shutter...

Lesson 7

lens aperture closeup

Introduction to Aperture

Aperture In our course on Understanding the Exposure Triangle, we talked about the importance of light in photography and about controlling how much light gets exposed to the digital sensor in your camera to produce an image. You learned how ISO, along with the aperture setting and the shutter speed...

Lesson 8

Flash Photography with woman using a retro camera

Flash Photography

Introduction to Flash Photography Welcome to our introduction to flash photography. In order to learn how to use a flash, it will help a great deal to understand what a flash is and how it works. We’ll cover built-in or pop-up flashes and Speedlight’s or shoe-mount flashes that mount on the...

Lesson 9

Compositional Rules in Photography

Compositional Rules in Photography (Start Here)

Compositional Rules As a beginner photographer you must surely be looking at the images made by other photographers, people whose work you admire. Among the many things that you may no doubt notice you may also have noticed that somehow the compositions of these photographers tend to be a lot...

Lesson 10

Photographic Lenses

Photographic Lenses

 Understanding Photographic Lenses Since optical designs of photographic lenses (wide angle to telephoto) differ so radically we will not go into detail about optics. This lesson will cover a basic discussion of lenses and some good tips on lens use and care. Lenses are designed to refract (bend) light rays....

Congratulations on completing the Beginner Photography Course. You’re ready to move on to the Intermediate Photography Course.