Digital Photography Fundamentals: Learn the basics

Learn the 3 basic fundamentals that will help you go from the Auto-modes, to the Manual modes.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 38 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course is made for students who want to know what Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO do, in short, sharp videos. Aimed at beginners to intermediates, All of the videos are downloadable, meaning you can have the full course downloaded (if you want). The course also includes lots of resources that you can use to help you understand the course. If you think you'll be confused regarding terminology, I have a resource sheet covering all the words that I mention, so you're fully covered. At the end of each section is a quiz to test your understanding of the content. If you're using the preset modes, and want to learn how to move into the manual modes, this is the course to take.

I will be using a Nikon camera for demonstrations, however, the theory applies to Photography as a whole, so the course is suitable for whatever brand you have.

There is lots of downloadable content, that you can access anytime, whether you're on your desktop, or out and about taking shots, the content in this course can be taken with you wherever its possible for it to go.

What are the requirements?

  • Own or borrow/rent a DSLR camera

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO do
  • Take pictures confidently in Program, Shutter Priority, and Aperture Priority mode
  • Understand what the Exposure Triangle is made up of

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is made for people who want a basic course on shutter speed, aperture and ISO
  • This course is for people who are unsure of what the 3 elements actually do
  • This course is not for people confidently shooting in manual mode

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to the Course

Introductory video explaining what the course will be going over, and what you'll learn as you progress through the course.


This video briefly describes the fundamentals of the exposure triangle. By the end of the course, the aim is for you to be able to know what this is.

Section 2: Shutter Speed

A video describing what Shutter Speed is and what it does. You can download a Transcript of the video in the 'downloadable materials' section.

1 page

A PDF file showing the scale of Shutter Speeds for the highest, to the lowest, all with a description next to them.

5 questions

A list of 10 questions for you to answer, just to make sure you've understood this section.

Section 3: Aperture

A video describing what Aperture is, what Aperture is measured in, what it does, and how it's changed.

1 page

Similar to the Shutter speed sheet, this file has a scale of aperture values from the narrowest, to the widest, and a description next to them.

Aperture Quiz
5 questions
Section 4: ISO

A video describing what ISO is, what ISO is measured in, what it does, and how it's changed.

1 page

A scale of ISO values, from the value that will create the most grain, to the value that will create the least.

ISO Quiz
5 questions
Section 5: The Exposure Triangle

Running through the 3 main elements, this is a brief overlook at the 'bigger picture' the exposure triangle.

1 page

Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO scales all in one file, with a scale of how they work, and a description of what the settings will do.

Exposure Triangle Quiz
5 questions
Section 6: P-M-S-A Modes
6 pages

A short powerpoint describing what the PMSA modes are and what they're used for.


A video showing you the main differences between RAW and JPEG, the benefits and disadvantages, and when to use them.


The best way to learn how to shoot manual, is too learn all the elements individually first, in this video, we go into why that's important,


This video looks at the shutter speed settings, over and under exposure, and a side by side comparison of different shots.


This video goes through Aperture Priority mode, and looks at a side by side comparison of a narrow aperture and wide aperture.


This video shows you how to view metadata (and what it is) in Lightroom, and also on Flickr.

Section 7: Conclusion
Thank You! - Review and Comment

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Instructor Biography

Roberto Catarinicchia, Marketing/Advertising Student and Self Taught Photographer

Hi! I'm Roberto, a 2nd Year Marketing and Advertising Student, at Hertfordshire University.

I started learning Photography on my own, when my father got his first DSLR (Nikon D3000). I experimented with all the modes, made lots of mistakes, but ultimately learned a lot, just from teaching myself. In Secondary school (High school) I took Photography and Film classes to further my knowledge. Soon after, I started submitting my photos to newspapers and started winning competitions.

Later in Secondary School, I was asked to produce videos for school productions, which I then had to edit and distribute to a number of customers (Parents) around the school. I had responsibility over 3 different cameramen, as I was also performing in the show. After the project was finished, it was very successful, financially and for my self confidence.

I now study Marketing and Advertising, but am continuing my hobby of Photography, and also learning to create UI/UX designs, Concept Apps, Logos, and Graphic Design.

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