Photography Fundamentals for Beginners

Learn the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) and basic composition rules in this easy photography course.
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Photography Fundamentals for Beginners
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (6,064 ratings)
105,294 students
You will learn how to use the manual settings on your camera to properly expose a photo.
You will learn basic composition rules that will automatically improve your photography.
You will learn what aperture is, and how to use it creatively.
You will learn what shutter speed is, and how to prevent common beginner mistakes.
You will learn what ISO is, and how to prevent 'noisy' photos.
You will learn about the different photo settings and resolutions.
You will understand the basic settings and rules that all pro photographers once learned.

Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is all about the basic settings and rules you should know as you start taking photos.
  • Most DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot, and bridge camera users will benefit from this course. Even smartphone photographers might benefit from taking this course, though not all the settings will be available on all cameras.

Description

You want to take better photos, right?

If terms like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the exposure triangle aren't familiar - then this photography for beginners course is perfect for you.

Whether you have a DSLR, mirrorless, bridge, point and shoot, or even just a smartphone, you should learn these main settings and rules that all professional photographers use.

With this Photography Fundamentals course, you'll understand how your camera actually works

After taking this beginner photography course, you'll know:

  • Aperture - Adjusting your f-stop, and what this does creatively to your photo

  • Shutter Speed - How to prevent a common beginner mistake with this setting

  • ISO - Preventing photos with digital noise and grain

  • Exposure - How to use aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lights, and filters to take well-exposed photos

  • Composition - Basic rules to follow... and when to break them

  • White Balance - Make sure your photo's colors look natural

  • Photo Quality & File Types - Best scenarios to use different file types

Who is the photography instructor?

My name is Phil Ebiner, I wanted to create this course for absolute beginners who want to know the basic settings and rules no matter what camera you're using.

I hope you enjoy my little course!

Phil

Who this course is for:

  • You are a beginner photographer, who doesn't understand things like aperture, shutter speed, or ISO.
  • You always use the automatic settings on your camera, and want to learn how to use the manual settings.
  • You are NOT an advanced photographer who knows how to manually expose your images.

Course content

5 sections • 15 lectures • 46m total length
  • Introduction
    01:21
  • How does a camera work?
    02:18
  • Join the Official Student Photography Group
    00:38

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My professional background is in video production and editing. I graduated from Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television in 2011. Since then, I've worked on thousands of projects that have appeared in movie theaters, film festivals, television and online.

Today, I create all kinds of things from photographs that can be seen on my Instagram to homemade sourdough bread that feeds my family. Who knows where life will take me. But I know wherever I am, I'll be creating.

Since 2012, I've been creating online courses that over two million students from around the world have taken. Course topics include everything from photography and video to design and business courses. If I can't teach it , I collaborate with other experts who share their skills with absolute beginners.

Video School is my website where you can take my online courses. You can also find them on top course platforms like Udemy.

Photography & Friends is a website and community I created to help new photographers become confident with their cameras.

I can't wait to see you in class!

- Phil

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