Beginner Digital Photography by Learn Photography
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Beginner Digital Photography by Learn Photography

The most hands-on beginner digital photography course providing lots of practical exercises. Have fun with photography!
4.7 (94 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,733 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • This beginner digital photography course is perfect for the absolute beginner looking to take better photographs of their friends and families, while on holiday or starting a new hobby in photography. This beginner digital photography course is ideal for anybody looking to truly learn the FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Leaving this beginner digital photography course, students will be able to operate their camera in full manual or aperture priority. This beginner digital photography course covers the ability to freeze motion or create long exposure photographs such as slowing water. In addition the digital beginner photography course adds the ability for students to manipulate their depth of field (blurry background) so they are able to use the right camera settings for portrait, landscape and architecture amongst other conditions. Finally the beginner digital photography student will understand what lenses to use for different situations, take crystal clear indoor and low light photographs. Our beginner digital photography course is the most hands-on photography course in Udemy and we provide a series of practical creative and technical examples so that you feel comfortable and confident with your camera.
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  • This beginner digital photography course teaches the fundamentals of photography. Ideally students will have access to a digital photography camera with an M (Manual) and Av or A (Aperture Priority) mode. This digital photography class is specifically designed for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) photography cameras but can also be used on high end point and shoot and bridge cameras.
  • This beginner photography course assumes that students have absolutely no previous experience in photography.



Trying to learn the fundamentals of digital photography can be frustrating. Using Aperture Priority or Full Manual takes time and practice to get comfortable. There are a lot of beginner photography courses out there but most of them move too quickly, or are too basic or advanced. None give you the hands-on experience that you need to feel comfortable and confident with your camera.

Hi!  My names is James and several years ago I was sitting where you are now! I had a fancy DSLR camera and was shooting my photography in Automatic mode. I was frustrated and embarrassed that my phone camera was taking better pictures than this camera! I took a course hands-on digital photography course and it literally changed my world. Fast forward to today and I am the founder of Learn Photography Company - the largest and most successful photography teaching company in the world.  

The Beginner Digital Photography Course by Learn Photography Company is our signature photography course and the best beginner digital photography class on Udemy to take you from photographing in automatic to full manual. We give you lots of home-based practice and exercises so you FEEL COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT with the lessons. You will TRULY UNDERSTAND the fundamentals of digital photography and the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. You will leave the beginner digital photography course being able to pick up any camera and using it in manual mode.

At Learn Photography Company, we pride ourselves on making digital photography easy to understand and providing lots of hands-on digital photography guidance.  We have taught hundreds of courses to thousands of students and know what works. For this class, you receive core guidance to the fundamentals of beginner digitail photography. In 22 lectures spanning over 3.5 hours this digital beginner photography course provides an ideal blend of class based instruction, commentary, examples and of course home based exercises to get you comfortable with your camera. We immerse you in one of our famous hands-on digital photography courses as if you were right there. We assume you have ZERO knowledge about photography or your camera, and take you in a step-by-step proven method to teach you the fundamentals of digital photography so you are ready for about 95% of photography situations, because you UNDERSTAND digital photography.  We have specific NIKON and CANON examples in all our exercises, and go over other camera models as well. Our goal will always be to have you leaving feeling comfortable and confident with your digital photography camera.

Learn Photography Company provides a full MONEY BACK GUARANTEE within the first 30 days if you are not satisfied. Sign up now and begin capturing memories today!

With this beginner digital photography course with Learn Photography Company, we will guide you step-by-step to truly learning the fundamentals of digital photography. You will be immersed in one of our famous digital beginner photography classes, receive a perfect blend of information, commentary, examples and hands-on exercises. Our proven method is highly rated and our goal is to have you leaving comfortable and confident with your camera in about 95% of situations.

If you would like to be able to pick up any camera and take amazing photographs, shoot in full manual exposure mode, capture everyday fantastic images then this is the course for you.  Sign up today and I'll see you on the other side.

Who is the target audience?
  • This beginner photography course is perfect for that photo enthusiast who wants to take stunning photographs. We cover several aspects in our course that covers students for 95% of photographic situations. Our beginner photography course is perfect for students who learn in a hands-on method and want to feel comfortable and confident with their camera
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
5 Lectures 19:31

In this introduction to the beginner photography course, we will cover how to get the most out of our hands-on exercises, live photography class lectures and camera functions.

Preview 01:43

Released July 2017 - We've noticed that some people learn from this course better than others.  Here is a very short primer on how to get the very most out of this beginner photography course.  Thank you for joining us :)

Bonus Guide Important

In this introductory section in this beginner photography class, we cover the main advantages of using a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera versus using a regular point and shoot or even a mobile phone.  Throughout the rest of this photography course we will cover each benefit in detail.

Preview 05:11

In this chapter we focus on different components of the camera.  We go through this first in the live photography class then a more in depth and closer examination at the end.  Pay close attention to the discussion of aperture in the lens during both the live recording of the beginner photography class and also at the end.

Camera Anatomy - Parts of the camera you need to understand to learn photography

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Beginner Photography Fundamentals
7 Lectures 01:33:33

This is one of the critical chapters of our Beginner Photography Course. We begin to cover the fundamentals of photography that you will need whether you are a beginner photographer or a professional.  We begin using Aperture Priority and change our aperture throughout the session. The big idea of this chapter is your ability to change the aperture of the lens.  

At the end of the chapter we have created a section for new photographers that covers how to change aperture as well as ISO.

Photography Aperture Part I

In this chapter of the Beginner Photography Course, we take our understanding of changing aperture priority and relate it to shutter speed - the second fundamental of photography. Watch the entire video all the way through and test your skills and knowledge with our hands-on exercise at home.

Photography Aperture Part II

This is probably the most fun section of the entire Beginner Photography Course. Here we cover how aperture affects your depth of field, or how blurry objects not in focus are.  Watch the entire video before we give you a home based exercise to try your hand at manipulating depth of field. 

This is one of the harder elements for new beginner photographers to grasp. If you have problems with this, post your questions to the Q&A.

Preview 14:25

Now that you have some experience photographing in Aperture Priority and manipulating both shutter speed and depth of field, it’s now time to control your focus. In this part of the beginner photography course, we show you how to focus exactly on your subject. Watch the end of the session for specific instruction on changing the focus points on a Canon and a Nikon.

Choosing Focus Points

After covering aperture priority we will now delve into the world of shutter speed priority before going to full manual. Keep in mind that we encourage our Learn Photography students to leave either shooting in Aperture Priority of the upcoming full manual after this lesson. Stay tuned till the end of this photography lesson to see at home exercises.

Photography Shutter Speed Priority

Now that we have covered Aperture Priority in some detail, we will move onto manual exposure for the next module. If you choose to learn either Aperture Priority of Manual, you will be leaping as a beginner into the exciting world of photography. Enjoy the next section and remember to try not to get frustrated - remember that photography is supposed to be fun, not frustrating.

Photographing in Full Manual Exposure

ISO is the third component that we need to cover in our beginner photography class. Similar to ASA in the film days, ISO is the sensor sensitivity of the camera. In this module we will be finding about when and how to change our ISO settings and also the tradeoffs for doing so.

Preview 15:49
Creative Elements
6 Lectures 48:07

Photographs too blue or orange? Learn how to control the tone of your pictures through this hands on section covering white balance. After this photography section add warm or cool tones to your photographs and set the mood.

White Balance - Setting the Mood in your Photographs

One of the most important sections in this beginner photography course is choosing and selecting the right lens for the photograph. Here we cover distortion of a wide angle together with compression of a telephoto lens. We cover specific and practical examples using both in this photography class.

Preview 18:30

The technical part of the course is now complete! Congratulations!!!  We now give you some creative exercises. If you truly want to learn photography - please give these exercises a try. We put all our photography students through these exercises in our hands-on class because we know it reinforces the learning. Rule of thirds is incredibly important so don’t miss it!

Photography Composition: Rule of Thirds

Learn how to take a mediocre street scene and create a photograph that will also a lifetime. Hands-on exercise with practical examples at the end of this photography section.

Photography Composition: Capturing Details

Leading Lines are a fantastic tool to improve your creative photography. Stay tuned till the end and get lots of practical and creative examples.

Photography Composition: Leading Lines

One final creative exercise in our beginner photography course. Remember the more you use your camera, the more comfortable you will be with it. Thanks again for joining us!!!

Photography Composition: Framing
1 Lecture 01:25

Thanks SO MUCH for joining us!  We really appreciate you choosing Learn Photography Company and taking our Beginner Photography Course :).  See here for some notes about how to keep your photography going.

Bonus Section
3 Lectures 35:16

Photography is an expensive hobby and as you get further into it we always want new equipment. The problem is that photography equipment is expensive. Buying used photography equipment and lenses is one way to make your dollar go farther.

Here are some tips on what to look for when buying used photography lenses.

We have recorded this at the request of one of our photography students.

Bonus #1: Shopping for Used Photography Lenses

In this beginner photography course, we cover a lot of information about the photography lenses. However - some lenses have extra features and buttons that can be confusing that we don’t cover in the basic course.

In this lecture we unscramble photography lens jargon and go through some of the most common nomenclature and features found on modern day lenses.

Bonus #2: Deciphering Photography Lens Information and Features

You may have noticed in this beginner photography class that I do a lot of travel photography.  One of the keys to doing this is to make sure you have the right gear and pack lightly. I’m able to put a full frame DSLR and 3 prime (one focal length) lenses in one over the shoulder pack.

My students here love this trick and I’m happy to share how I pack my photography bag with you.

Tips on Packing your Camera Bag
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Learn Photography Company
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The Most Successful Photography Class Company in the World

Learn Photography Company is the most successful hands-on photography company in the world. We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to take amazing photographs and make lasting memories. We work on the basis of keeping photography simple and fun, and providing lots of hands-on exercises even in our online courses. Our goal is to have you feeling comfortable and confident with your camera when you leave our course.  We have taught hundreds of classes to thousands of students and we know what works.

Learn Photography Company is a family company and our mission is to make photography accessible to everyone. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to embrace their creative side and pick up a new skill. Photography is ultimately really good FUN and we would love to have the chance to show you how rewarding it can be. We are on the road to making Learn Photography Company the first choice for photography courses in Company. 

Learn Photography Company is aiming to create competent and confident photographers and take the world of photography to the next level. We pride ourselves in providing interactive courses that are intensive and focus on experiential learning. We consider our courses successful if each of our students have taken hundreds of photographs of interesting topics throughout the class. Our amazing photography classes have been enjoyed by hundreds of students and we are proud to say that it is the quality of our courses that spreads through word-of-mouth and keeps our students coming back. We have incredible instructors who are both knowledgeable photographers AND wonderful teachers.