Photography Basics for Bloggers & Online Businesses
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Photography Basics for Bloggers & Online Businesses

Learn basic photography principles to create compelling, professional looking photos to strengthen your online presence.
3.8 (43 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
232 students enrolled
Created by Abigail K
Last updated 10/2017
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know which tools will help you create share-worthy images
  • Conceptualise and plan for each photo shoot session, before randomly snapping, to ensure the resulting photos meet the desired outcome.
  • Understand lighting basics, without getting too technical, and how to control the light to get the results you want.
  • Use the different the compositional guidelines to create professional & interesting photos
  • Style & position props to create photos that align with your brand or blog's aesthetic & create a consistent look and feel
  • Start building your own personal library of your own stock images, for all your future promotional and blogging needs.
  • Use a freely available online photo editing app to not only creatively edit your photos but also to create your promotional marketing material
  • Gain an understanding on how to best use your photos in the online space.
  • You should have, at least a phone camera, or digital happy-snapper holiday camera.
  • You should have an existing blog, online shop or social media profile with an idea of what look and feel you want to create for them.

This course is for Bloggers, Social Media Marketers, Entrepreneurs, Online Shop Owners and other Business Owners who have an online presence in the form of a blog, social media profiles or other internet based platforms.

If you want to have an image-rich online footprint to attract and grow your following then this is the course for you.

Are you exhausted by the time it takes to source a professional photographer or to trawl through online stock libraries?

Are you fed up with paying ridiculous fees to commission and licence photos that align with your brand's online aesthetic and style?

Have you ever wondered if you could create those photos yourself, using just your smart phone or little camera?

The short answer? You CAN!

This course covers the basic photography principles you need to create eye-catching and purposeful images that you can use online anytime, anywhere!

The video-based lectures are easy to follow and understand with no technical photographic jargon. Have fun as you work through the lessons and the practical exercises provided on downloadable worksheets and start creating share-worthy images straight away!

So if you want to take back control and make creating and sharing striking photos part of your online strategy, then sign up to this Blog Photography Course now!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for bloggers, social media marketers, entrepreneurs and owners of online shops who want to be able to create and share purposeful & impactful images online.
  • This course is for people with NO technical photography knowledge
  • This course is for those who would like to get the best photos they can from their phone cameras and happy-snappers.
  • This course is for people who would like to photograph still life objects or products
  • This course is for people who don't know their f-stop from their aperture and frankly, don't want to know! (We don't even go there!)
  • This is not a course for extreme hobbyists, semi-professional or professional photographers. You'll get bored.
  • This is not a course for people who want help setting up a blog or online store. Search Udemy for a course on that and then come back here to learn how to create pretty pictures to add!
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 01:55:05
+ Introduction
4 lectures 07:52

In this lecture we have a quick overview of what this course will cover and what you can expect from each lecture.

Preview 02:11

A quick welcome message from Abigail


Take a look at the recommended tools. Some of these items can be purchased at a photographic store, but many have DIY alternatives which I discuss a bit more in a later video - things you have lying around at home that make for great substitutes. Do an inventory at home, or borrow from friends and family first, before spending money!

Preview 03:31

You need to know how to use your camera. Find the user manual and take some time to figure out how it works.

Preview 01:24
+ Conceptualizing Your Image
6 lectures 07:56

Having a plan before you start shooting is going to help create photos that are purposeful and well thought out. Deciding what you're going to create based on a specific need will also keep your photos and imagery relevant.

Preview 02:29

Whether you like it or not, or whether you intend it or not, any connection that you have with your audience online is an emotional one. It's important to be decisive and clear about what emotional connection you would like to have with those who are reading your posts and seeing your images.


Strong brands don't happen by accident. They're well thought out and considered. Colour plays an important role in branding and your can create photos and imagery that further strengthens that brand.


Not everyone has a photography studio to do their photography, but then again, not everyone needs one! It's important to consider where you will do your photo shoots as this will directly impact the backgrounds and feel of your images.


You may want to include other props and bits and bobs in your image to create a certain look and feel. So giving some thought to what objects and items would strengthen your message or add to the feel of your image is important.

Preview 00:55

I believe strongly in having accountability partners and community support. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own stuff, that there are obvious things we miss. It helps to have an outside perspective and feedback on your work to ensure you've thought of all the options.

HOMEWORK for Section 2
+ Lighting Basics
5 lectures 16:01

Observing and understanding light will enable you use it to your best advantage.

I once read a definition of 'Photography' as 'painting with light'.

Preview 00:30

Find out about Quality of Light and how this impacts your photos

Quality of Light

Understand how Direction of Light has a direct impact on your resulting images.

Direction of Light

Discover how you can control and manipulate light to get your desired results.

Controlling Light

Now to test your knowledge and see what you understood from Section 3

Lighting Quiz
3 questions
A Quick Note...
+ Composition
12 lectures 29:43

One of the most obvious factors that distinguishes an amateur photographer, from a professional photographer, is how a shot is composed. You can train your eye to see different compositional possibilities, the first step is understanding what they are.

Introduction to Composition

Consider everything that appears within the frame of your camera. Often times, we're so focused on our main subject that we don't see the distracting elements within the frame until after we click the shutter.

Backgrounds & Filling the Frame

There's a reason why professional photographers will lie on their bellies on a dusty floor, or climb a tree to get the perfect shot. We're looking for interesting angles. To see the same scene as everyone else, but in a different way.

Camera Angle

There's a reason why some photos cause you to linger just a little longer, rather than just glancing over them. Often times, it's because the rule of thirds has been applied and has transformed a seemingly simple subject into something to be considered.

Rule of Thirds

Not only does negative space create a sense of wide open space, but in the context of blogging and online use, it's also great for overlaying your promotional message in the form of text.

Negative Space

Balance, or the lack thereof, can either make an image appear pleasing or uncomfortable. Learn how you can use balance, or not, to affect your audience.


Symmetry is the ultimate of Balance. Exact balance to be precise. Discover how you can create symmety in your images.


As humans we are wired to see patterns, and repetitive items in an image draws us in. See how you can use repetition to create interesting compositions.


It's like being guided into a room by the hand. Leading lines does exactly that - drawing your eye to the main subject.

Leading Lines

Within the dimensions of your photo, you can further frame your main subject to draw the viewers gaze. See how you can frame within your frame.


Even though a photo portrays a singular moment in time, it's still possible to communicate movement. Find out how you can create intentional movement in your images.


Conclusion to Composition.

Now that you know about the main compositional rules, the best form of learning is practice, practice, practice!

Grab your camera and start practicing each of the compositional rules.

Once you feel comfortable with them - start breaking the rules!

Conclusion to Composition

In this quiz I'll share a few of my old Instagram photos, and you need to tell me which compositional rule is most relevant.

Compostion Quiz
5 questions
+ Styling & Create a Series
6 lectures 13:14

When you're planning to create a photo, it's clever use of your time to plan for more than one image at a time. Find out why you want to create more than one photo.

Introduction to Styling and Creating a Series

Collecting props that you can use for your photos is a great way of making your process of creating images easier.

Using Props

Getting started with your props, your set and the knowledge you have about lighting & composition. Often the hardest part is getting started because of the fear of doing it wrong. But, as with any art form, there is no right or wrong answer!

Styling Your Set

Watch a behind-the-scenes of how I go about creating a series of images within a short space of time.

Creating a Series

Create and start adding to your own library of stock images. The photos you create are intended to be repurposed and re-used. So storing them is an important task to ensure you can access them easily and efficiently further down the line.

Building Your Stock Library
HOMEWORK for Section 5
+ Basic Editing
8 lectures 33:51

Introduction to the Editing Section

Introduction to Basic Editing

Understand the difference between editing and retouching

Editing vs Retouching

A demonstration to show you how to compress your images for easier uploading and quicker viewing for your audience.

Compressing Images

Introduction to

Preview 04:16

Navigating the initial dashboard of Canva

Layout of Canva Dashboard

Navigating the design dashboard of Canva

Designing in Canva

A demonstration of how I use Canva to create my promo and blog images

Canva Workflow
HOMEWORK for Section 6
+ Using Images Online
2 lectures 06:25
Using Images Online
Course Conclusion