Learn from our photography lessons and tutorials ranging from the basics of digital camera, optics, lenses, photo editing, and more. Learn photography with any one of the featured courses packed full of photography tips and advice, built for the novice and professional alike, or you can try our 365 bite-size photography course.
Where to Start when Learning Photography
One of the biggest challenges most beginner photographers have is not knowing where to start. Newer cameras offer endless settings and the terminologies used by experienced photographers like ambient light, white balance, bokeh, and depth of field can be confusing to newbie’s. Chances are you have a good eye and you have a good idea of how your pictures should look, but they just aren’t coming out the way you wanted (or the way you envisioned they would).
Start with the Basics
Because your eyes constantly make everything APPEAR normal, you now need to learn how the cameras digital sensor and lenses record light, scenes, and color. Then, once you have that well ingrained and almost second nature, you need to learn how those different things render on digital cameras, online, and in print. Few of us realize how powerful the mind is in blocking out what we don’t want to see AND how well we automatically can correct bad lighting without even realizing it.
Until we learn those important lessons, we will not have the knowledge or skills to MAKE photographs the way WE want them.
You can spend a small fortune on courses that will get to the fun part right away. Courses that give you assignments to take photos you aren’t interested in and overwhelm you with a lot of hi-tech phrases. They’ll teach you how to talk the talk. HOWEVER, until you learn the basics your castle will be built on sand.
We have created a course that is simple and quick. It is designed to be easy-to-understand yet full of solid information. It will provide the basics YOU MUST learn, and then allow you to go off to any specific subject you have any interest in. Each of these special subjects will add more to the basics, offer photographs and other visual aids to illustrate the point, and pass on tips and tricks to help you.
Our Course Pages
Where else to start but at the beginning? Dive into the basic principles of photography and really build a solid foundation with the main ideas of photography, understandings of cameras and their functions, as well as lights role in the making of all varieties of photos.
Once the basics are mastered, it’s time to dig deeper into your photography knowledge and begin capturing pictures that can portray your true artistic vision. This will include information about white balance and circle confusion.
This is where you learn the most challenging aspects of photography, both theoretical understanding of photography to do with depths of field, RAW vs Jpeg files, as well as the practical faculties like editing photos in post-production and how to take high quality sports photos.
Now you’ve got those basic concepts, you can begin to really shape your photography by understanding how the different elements within a picture frame come together to convey different tones, attitudes and perspectives.
As you learn in the beginner courses, light is a vital ingredient for shaping exactly how a photograph looks and the mood or ideas that it stimulates. Learn to master the use of flash with a mixture of features and settings on your camera to create truly stunning visual effects for your art.
If you are studying this course subject, it is because you have a true respect and admiration for the worlds natural beauty. Spending time in the great outdoors is inspiring, and it’s vital to know how to capture those moments of sheer wonder and magic that we experience in new environments. We help with that in this course.
From the great expansive shots captured in the natural world, we now move to the up close and personal. Portraits can tell a thousand stories if captured correctly, with our subjects in frame being able to project meaningful ideas with just a glance. Learn to produce emotional and professional portrait photos with this course.
When visiting new towns, cities, forests or islands, we can often feel like we are transported into a whole other world. When viewing these locations for what is often only once in a lifetime, it is crucial that the photos we take when travelling accurately reflect the ideas and feelings that they produced in us during our trips. Learn how to master this talent of visual communication with this course.
Wedding photography can seem stressful as a photographer. But these courses will have you feeling confident and shooting like a pro! Each course is designed to cover a different component of wedding photography including setting up your business, how to use unique poses for couples, shooting large groups, and much more! Start your dream job as a wedding photographer today with this course curriculum.
Dreaming of traveling the world and shooting the next fashion week in Paris or New York? Or do you want to learn how to shoot local brands or your own products? The fashion photography industry is highly competitive but these courses will set you on track to compete with the best. Learn from pros in the industry including award winning photographers: Rob Woodcox and Michael Corsentino.
If you have an iPhone then this course is for you! Apple is offering free classes on how to get the best uses out of your iPhone camera! You can learn from the genius team at the nearest apple store on how to take portraits, landscape photos, organize your photos, edit, and much more with this apple photography course.
Technology and Requirements
- Camera – any camera will do but we focus mostly on DSLR’s so that you can change the shutter speed and aperture settings. Learn more about DSLR Cameras
- Editing Software – software such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Etc.
- Tripod – To help your camera focus better and so you don’t have to worry about shaking. See Tripod for more information on tripods
- Camera Lens – Most DSLR’s come with a kit lens of 18-55mm, this will work just fine. See Photographic Lenses to learn more about lenses.
- Memory Card Reader – to quickly and more efficiently move pictures from your camera to your computer.