The Ultimate Photography Course For Beginners
4.5 (754 ratings)
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The Ultimate Photography Course For Beginners

Learn all the essentials of photography, and develop your skills to become an ultimate photographer yourself.
4.5 (754 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.
4,895 students enrolled
Created by Jellis Vaes
Last updated 5/2020
English, French, 2 more
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will walk away with A COMPLETE package of knowledge on all the basic understandings you need in photography.
  • Various composition techniques that will help you improve your photos dramatically.
  • An overview and explanation of what a good workflow in photography looks like.
  • The required skills on how to organize your photos better and more effectively, and how to post-process them into amazing looking images.
  • A deeper philosophy and understanding of photography.
  • A clear explanation of how the Exposure Triangle works, one of the most important fundamentals to understand in photography.
  • Any DSLR or Mirrorless camera will do!
  • A photo editing application such as Lightroom or Capture One. Both applications have a free 30 day trail.

"This course is exactly what I was looking for! Other courses were geared for beginners without a serious interest in learning about photography. This course is designed for the smarter learner and the examples provided are quite helpful. A great buy!" –Vinay Raval 

"Jellis Vaes is a way better instructor than any other instructor on photography. i am actually getting what the exposure triangle means. no other instructor explains it better than he does. thank you Jellis for making this video!!!!!! Can't wait to watch the rest of it! :D" – Jane Courtois   

"This is one of the very best entry-level courses I have seen. The information is complete, accurate and presented in a style that makes it easy to learn. Clear examples and illustrations are used through out the course which aides and enhances understanding. I am confident that Jellis Vaes is a great photographer, but I am convinced that he is a great teacher. If you are just starting out in photography, start out here." – David Bowman   

"Awesome course, learnt so much as a newbie. Really enjoyed it as well! Will be re watching and taking even more notes down now!" – Matthew Masters


“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” - Ansel Adams

ANYONE can learn to make incredible photographs!   

Hey there, this is Jellis Vaes a professional travel and adventure photographer and I am excited to have you here! If you are looking to master your photography, then you have landed at the right place. Together you and I are going on an adventure into the world of photography.

Along this fun filled and inspirational journey you will come to master your camera. As well as learning all the essentials we will also dive into various composition techniques, the process of work flow and touch upon the basics of post processing to make your photos really look incredible.

This course is cut right down to the real essentials – the nuts and bolts of what you need to take your photos, and photography, to the next level. Everything is explained in a simple one on one conversation, using examples of my own photos, as well as illustrations to make it all very clear and straightforward.

If at any point you do feel you need a little extra help however, I am always here for you. We are in this together and I will do my absolute best to assist you with any questions you may have, and with the course in general.   

Having said all that, I hope you are ready, as I’ve got my camera in hands already. So pick up yours, and let’s get started!

An honest review and rating is always appreciated and will help me to make any necessary improvements for the course, as well helping to get more people involved so they too can benefit from the beauty of photography. Many thanks!


You can browse the class attachments for the illustrations that I specifically made for this course. Use them to act as a reminder on certain aspects of using your camera and for your photography.

Please note, these illustrations are my creations and do belong to me, any further publishing without my permission is not allowed.


The Ultimate Post-Processing & Editing Course for Beginners

Continue your journey with my second photography course, The Ultimate Post-Processing & Editing Course for Beginners. Here you will learn the other half that goes to makes up the whole that is photography. Explore all the tools and techniques Lightroom and Photoshop have to offer and how to get them to work for you.

Together we will enable you to turn your okay looking photos into objects of stunning drama and beauty. A very fun, engaging and in-depth course that will take your photography to the next level. And beyond.

Travel Photography for Beginners: Take EPIC Travel Photos

Take the knowledge you have learned in our beginner’s course and continue your journey with this specialization course in travel & adventure photography.

In this exciting, visually stunning and engaging course, I will take you on a true adventure and teach you the many ins and outs of this most thrilling field in photography.

Learn the ins and outs of how to take dramatic and epic photos that capture a feeling, what a good travel and adventure photography kit contains, how to keep yourself and your equipment safe while on the road, what to look for in a quality photography bag, essential accessories to take along, how to earn money with travel and adventure photography, the best way to back up your photos when traveling or out on an adventure, various pro tricks and tips, and so much more!

Who this course is for:
  • What is the target audience? Simple. Do you want to discover the art and philosophy of photography, and take your skills and techniques to the next level? If the answer to that is yes, then this course is for you.
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 02:05:10
+ Intro - The Ultimate Photography Course For Beginners
1 lecture 01:51

First off, thank you for participating in this course! I hope you feel as excited about this adventure as I do. Remember, if you need any further help or simply want to get in touch and say hi, I am here to answer your calls. You can hit me up on Facebook Jellis.Vaes or Instagram @Jellisvaes.

Preview 01:51
+ The Exposure Triangle – The Foundation of Photography
5 lectures 25:24

The Exposure Triangle is the foundation of photography, and in this lecture we will touch upon the three elements which make up the Exposure Triangle: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. It’s important to understand these three elements through and through and how they all connect and affect each other. If you do not get it after the first time, don’t worry, but I would definitely recommend you go through it again. You can repeat it as many times as you like.

Preview 01:19
Shutter Speed Explained – Master Time and Motion
ISO Explained – Master Sensor Sensitivity
Quiz and Final Thoughts on The Exposure Triangle
+ The Philosophy of Photography – New Adventures
1 lecture 05:43
How Photography Will Lead You into New Adventures and Enrich Your Life
+ Everything You Need to Know About Exposure Modes
1 lecture 07:15

Still using the auto mode? Time to wave goodbye to it my friends. The auto mode is like a child lock that restricts you from diving into the full potential of your camera. Time to take back full control.

Exposure Modes

What does the P on your camera stand for?

Name the Shooting Mode
4 questions
+ JPEG VS RAW – Which File Format Should You Choose
1 lecture 05:48

Once you have finished this lecture you will fully understand the difference between JPEG and RAW files and when and why you should use either format.

+ In-Depth Information About the Various Camera Lenses
2 lectures 05:56

It’s all about the lens: it truly is! Therefore, understanding the different lens types and what their purposes are, is a core element to really understanding photography.

The Lens

What is considered a wide-angle lens? 

Select the Right Lens
1 question
Lens Filters Explained
+ The Philosophy of Photography – Memories
1 lecture 04:15
How Photos are Portals Into Past Memories and Experiences
+ Master How to Focus in Photography – Never Take Unfocused Photos Again
1 lecture 05:43

What are AF points? And what are focus modes? It’s okay if you don’t know now, because you certainly will at the end of this lecture.

+ Understanding Metering and Metering Modes
2 lectures 09:47

It’s important to know how your light meter works so you can fully understand why and how your camera reacts to light in different situations. Also many modern cameras have different metering modes and understanding these is a skill worth learning in itself.

The Histogram – What is it and How Does it Work

What does it mean when a photo is overexposed?

1 question
+ Understanding White Balance in Digital Photography
1 lecture 05:09

Have you ever taken a photo indoors and then wondered later why everyone in the picture looks so orange or blue? I used to a lot. Understanding the concept of white balance (WB) is absolutely key to making your photos look perfect. 

White Balance