ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

This section offer an ongoing Photography Course available for free online. The photography course is organized and divided into step by step Lesson Plans complete with sample photos and photo assignments. A lesson plan is a set of instructional articles that mimic the learning process of a classroom environment. Each lesson plan is designed to present a set of information about photography that will get the 'student' on their way to taking good quality photos. A lesson plan would comprise of a few progressive articles aimed at providing just enough information that will allow the 'student' to understand a concept or two at a time. As the 'student' progresses through the lesson plans, a new and slightly more advanced photography concept(s) is taught and so on and so forth. Similar to a classroom environment, most of the articles will be followed by practical exercises that will help the 'student' gain more understanding of the topic by providing assignments that will have them use their camera in the field.

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Brand new to Photography?

If you are new to photography and brand new to digital SLR camera and would like to start from the very beginning, I recommend reading the following articles first.

  1. What is a DSLR camera? - this article explain what a digital SLR camera is, how it works and its advantages over the consumer Point and Shoot digital cameras.
  2. How to hold a DSLR camera? - this article teaches you the proper technique for hand holding a DSLR camera. A lot of beginners think they know how to hold a camera but this article might open your eyes to some of the little known techniques that experience photographers use.

Start your Photography Course

When you are comfortable about using your DSLR and its controls and features, you can start reading through our online courses. Take each course in chronological order to maximize learning. Enjoy and happy shooting!

Lesson #1: Understanding Exposure

Every beginner photography student must have a good understanding of exposure in order to take quality photos. This first lesson will discuss one of the basic concepts in photography - Exposure. Click on the link below to start your first lesson:

Start Course: Understanding Exposure

Lesson #2: How to compose a Photograph

So you just bought your brand new digital SLR camera and have just finished Lesson #1: Understanding Exposure where you learned how to take a properly exposed photograph. So now, what's next? This next lesson will teach you how to compose a photographic scene and what to look for to produce a beautiful photograph.

Start Course: How to compose a Photograph

Lesson #3: Introduction to Basic Composition Rules

In the previous lesson, Lesson #2: How to compose a photograph, you have learned 3 basic guidelines for composing your photo. This lesson, Lesson #3: How to focus on the main subject of your Photograph, I will go into more detail and give you a number of composition rules that serve to highlight the main subject of your photograph, which as you would recall is the 2nd guideline in the basic guidelines I provided in Lesson #2. I am going to show you several ways to put emphasis to the main subject in your photographs. These are some of the basic techniques of good photography composition. These techniques help stress the importance of the main subject of your photograph and draw your audience's eye toward the main subject in your photograph.

Start Course: Using Composition Rules to Emphasize your Subject

Lesson #4: Understanding Camera Lenses

Knowing how to use a lens is essential in learning photography. Your digital SLR camera has a unique capability to allow you to change lenses depending on your needs so undertanding when, how and what lens to use is an important aspect of photography.

Start Course: Know your Camera Lenses

Lesson #5: How to read a Histogram

A histogram is a graph that shows the distribution of an image brightness. It shows the maximum range of tones that your camera can capture. I'll show you how to understand a histogram to help you produce good exposures of your images.

Start Course: Understand the purpose of a histogram

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