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Beginner Photography Workshop

Get off Auto Mode and create stunning photographs with your digital camera. Shutter, Aperture, ISO, Creativity!
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Created by Steve Weinrebe
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 6 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Use your Digital SLR, or high-end Digital Camera, to take amazing photographs.
Learn all about the Dial on top of your camera.
Understand what the Aperture is and how to use it.
Understand what the Shutter is and how to use it.
Change your Shutter Speed, your Aperture, or your ISO.
Use Shutter Priority Mode to stop action.
Use Aperture techniques for dramatic portraits or nature shots.
Learn why and how to adjust ISO.
Understand -both- Auto modes.
How to hold your camera steady.
Understand the difference between Wide Angle and Telephoto lenses.
"See" light, and use light to your advantage.
Compose better pictures and understand basic composition tricks.
Use flash or reflectors to fill shadows.
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  • You have a Digital SLR with interchangeable lenses or a fixed zoom lens. Perfect for Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Sony, or other digital cameras with a dial on top that lets you control different camera modes.
  • If you have a Point-and-Shoot camera that only has Auto mode, and you are unable to set the Shutter or Aperture yourself, this course may not be for you.

Master the Dial on top of your camera and use Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority modes for amazing photography techniques that will be easy to do after taking this workshop. This is the perfect course if you own a digital SLR (DSLR), Mirrorless camera, or any digital camera with with a control dial on top. Learn not only why there are 2 Auto modes on almost all digital cameras, but why, when, and how to go beyond Auto mode.

You will also learn

  • how to "see" light
  • how to make great compositions
  • how to control focus
  • how to take creative pictures of people and landscapes
  • how to stop - or blur - action and movement
  • how to lighten up shadows
  • how, and when, to control ISO
  • and lots more

Whether you own a Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic, or other brand camera, if you have manual controls you will be able to use these lessons to master your camera's controls. Adults learn by doing - so put down that thick manual, grab your camera, and in an hour you will understand the dials and controls that are key to taking great photographs.

What some of my workshop students have said about my Beginner Photography Workshops:

"I enjoyed Steve's style, and he presented the information in a way that is easy to understand."

"Steve explained how the camera works, why I was doing what I was doing, how to change the modes, f-stops, etc. And what the result of the picture would be. When I left the workshop I was EXCITED to use my camera! I tried all of my newly learned techniques at home. I learned so much that day, and I was hungry for more!!!!!" 

"Steve explained things at a level I understood, using terminology I understood. And even more important, I was able to practice what was taught and see the results. If the results were not what I expected, Steve was available to explain what changes should be made to get the better shot."

"Steve is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and easily imparts that knowledge to students. He spends time explaining even the most basic concepts (like how do I pop the flash!). I had just gotten my camera and had no idea how to use it. I took some pretty great pictures after the workshop!"

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a beginner course that builds your knowledge from the ground up. You don't need any prior knowledge of Shutter and Aperture - I explain and demonstrate both thoroughly.
  • Perfect for the new Digital SLR owner, and those who's camera is sitting on a shelf because you don't know how to get off of Auto mode.
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Curriculum For This Course
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2 Lectures 01:53

About your instructor, and an overview of what you will learn in this workshop.

Preview 00:50

Additional summary of what is included in this course

Workshop Introduction
Auto Modes
2 Lectures 05:04

An explanation of the dial on top of your camera, and what Auto mode really does.

Your Camera's Auto Mode

Learn about that other Auto mode.

That Other Auto Mode
4 Lectures 12:54

Where to find Shutter Priority Mode and how to set it.

Preview 01:01

What Shutter Priority Mode really is, when you want to use it, and the rules of thumb that will guide you in using Shutter Priority Mode. Also be sure to see the downloadable samples in Lecture 8.

Shutter Priority Mode Part 2

How and when to use a fast or slow shutter, and the creative uses of a fast or slow shutter. Also be sure to see the downloadable samples in Lecture 8.

Shutter Priority Mode Part 3

Learn a creative way to photograph movement using Shutter Priority Mode.

Shutter Priority Mode Part 4
2 Lectures 08:23

Learn what Aperture Priority Mode is and where to find it. Learn what changing the Aperture does to your photos and how to use Aperture Priority Mode creatively for beautiful images. Also be sure to see the downloadable samples.

Aperture Priority Mode

When and why you would set your camera for either Shutter Priority Mode or Aperture Priority Mode. I almost always keep my camera set to one or the other. You will learn the ins and outs of both, and the simple rules photographers use to decide which you need.

Shutter Priority vs. Aperture Priority
1 Lecture 04:55

Learn what ISO is and how ISO affects your photographs. Learn where to find it and learn simple guides and rules for how to set your ISO, instead of letting your camera set it.

How And Why To Adjust ISO
Digital SLR Basics
3 Lectures 07:30

Learn about the Scene settings icons on your camera's dial, or the "Scene" or "Scn" on the dial.

All that's left of importance after that is the "Manual" setting (the M on your dial) which is only mostly useful if you are in a fixed studio lighting setting, or have fixed lighting and are using an external light meter.

Camera "Scene" settings

Learn how to hold your camera properly for the steadiest pictures. Learn easy ways to steady your camera without a tripod.

How To Stabilize Your Camera

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each, and when you will want to choose, or zoom to, one or the other.

Preview 03:46
Composition and Light
6 Lectures 14:56

Learn the most basic rules of composition that photographers need to know that will help improve your photography and create great images.

Composition Part 1

Learn the most basic rules of composition that photographers need to know that will help improve your photography and create great images.

Composition Part 2

Learn the most basic rules of composition that photographers need to know that will help improve your photography and create great images.

Composition Part 3

Learn how light can affect your photographs, and how to see the light falling on your subjects and in your scene. Learn some simple tricks for helping with shadows and how you can use your flash. Learn to use both light and color to your advantage, and how to create great images, even on cloudy days.

Learn How To "See" Light

Learn  tips and rules to guide you when you are taking photographs of people, and of landscapes.

Preview 04:57

Tips and tricks from my professional experience.

Bring Out Smiles!
Time to get going
2 Lectures 03:19

Adults learn by doing, so here are some simple exercises for you to use what you have learned. It won't take you long and will help you get more acquainted with your camera. And of course it's always fun to take some pictures with your beautiful camera so here is your excuse!

Simple Shutter and Aperture exercises

Congratulations! You have completed the 1 Hour Beginner Photography Workshop, and learned everything you need to know about your new digital camera in order to go out and take great photographs. Now, get started taking great pictures!

Post any student samples to my Facebook page at:

Preview 00:39
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
46 Reviews
2,339 Students
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Photographer, Author, Instructor, Certified Trainer

Steve has been teaching photography for over 25 years, drawing on his professional background as a widely published advertising and corporate photographer. Author of 2 books on photography and Adobe Photoshop, Steve loves demystifying the art of photography for enthusiastic students. Steve is a Certified Technical Trainer, Adobe Community Professional, and has won a Videographer Award for video-based training. On the part-time faculty of three photography schools, when not teaching Steve can be found photographing the coastline of New Jersey.

---Steve Weinrebe Adobe Certified Instructor, Certified Technical TrainerAdobe Community Professional

Author, Cengage Learning, "Irreverent Photo Tools for Digital Photographers" Author, Cengage Learning, "Adobe Photoshop & the Art of Photography"

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