Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography
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Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography

The Best Online Professional Photography Class: How to Take Amazing Photos for Beginners & Advanced Photographers
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4.6 (15,553 ratings)
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81,966 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 21 hours on-demand video
  • 62 articles
  • 30 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family and friends
  • You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings

  • You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like family portraits, landscapes, aerial, product, wildlife, and much more

  • You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules
  • You will know how to light your subjects with flash and natural lighting
  • You will know how to edit your photos like a professional
  • You will know how to make money with photography
  • You will know how to take better photos with your smart phones
Requirements
  • You should be excited to learn photography, and ready to take action!
  • No fancy camera is required, but any camera (even a smartphone) will help you learn as we prompt you with practice activities.
  • No prior knowledge of photography is required - this course is geared for absolute beginners.
Description

This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and even sell them, whether you use a smartphone, mirrorless or DSLR camera.

Over 173,292 students enrolled in the previous version of this course, with over 14,000 top ratings! This new version is even better!

This photography course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

Master Photography Techniques to Create Extraordinary Images!

While there are plenty of digital photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it's hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

This course is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills, take stellar images, and make money with their photos - especially great for any DSLR or mirrorless camera user.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how cameras work and what gear you need

  • Master shooting in manual mode and understanding your camera

  • Know what equipment you should buy no matter what your budget is

  • Follow our practical demonstrations to see how we shoot in real-world scenarios

  • Use composition, lighting, and proper settings to take better photos

  • Edit photos professionally to make them look even better

  • Learn start a photography business and make money from your new skills

Styles of photography you will learn:

  • Portrait photography

  • Long exposure photography

  • Landscape photography

  • Product photography

  • Low light photography

  • Sports and action photography

  • Street photography

  • Architecture photography

  • Event and wedding photography

  • Aerial and drone photography

  • Wildlife photography

  • Night photography

  • DSLR photography

  • Mirrorless photography

  • Smartphone photography

  • and more!

Improve Your Photography Techniques, Acquire Clients, And Make More Money

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your photography skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer taking photos of nature, animals, or people, a great photographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can sell your photos so you can turn your passion into a career. This course shows you how.

Unlike other photography classes that are more limited in scope, this complete course teaches you how to take amazing photos and how to make money by selling them.

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching photographers what it takes to improve your techniques to earn more money.

You'll start with the basics and tackle how a camera operates, the types of cameras and lenses available, and equipment you'll need for accomplishing your goals. You'll then dive into the different styles of photography you can focus on.

You'll learn about your camera settings (DSLR, mirrorless, or other), including how to shoot in manual mode. You'll use stabilization tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You'll even learn how to take great photos with a smartphone or tablet and how to edit images.

So you can sell your photos, you'll learn how to brand yourself, create a portfolio and website, and find freelance work or a full-time position. Gain insight into licensing, fair use, and more. And if you want to get into wedding photography, you'll learn how to start your own business.

By the end of this master course, your confidence as a photographer will soar. You'll have a thorough understanding of your camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable photos and start a profitable photography career.

What camera should you use?

A DSLR camera or mirrorless camera is a great option for taking this course. It doesn't have to be an expensive or fancy model. Any interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR or mirrorless is fine. You can even use a smartphone or point and shoot camera, although you may not have all the manual settings and options that we cover in this course.

Who are the Instructors?

Phil Ebiner, Sam Shimizu-Jones, and Will Carnahan - all professionals making a living from their photographic skills, have come together to create this amazing new course. 

Phil & Sam, creators of the original Photography Masterclass, took the feedback left from students to make this course even better. Will has come on board to share his passion and in-depth knowledge of photography with you.

With 3 instructors, you'll get premium support and feedback to help you become a better photographer!

Our happiness guarantee...

We have a 30-day 100% money back guarantee, so if you aren't happy with your purchase, we will refund your course - no questions asked!

We can't wait to see you in the course!

Enroll now, and we'll help you take better photos than ever before!

Phil, Sam, & Will

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to take better photos
  • Absolute beginners who want to become skilled photographers
  • Moms, dads, kids, grandparents, and anyone else who wants to document their lives in a beautiful way
  • Amateur photographers wanting to improve their skills
  • Photographers looking to make money with their skills
Course content
Expand all 332 lectures 21:34:03
+ Introduction
4 lectures 07:20

Welcome to the Photography Masterclass! In this lesson, you'll be welcomed by Phil, Sam and Will with important information about how best to take this course, what's included, and how you can make this course even better. Thank you for enrolling!

Preview 02:50

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how a basic camera works - the first step to understanding how to take better photos.

Preview 01:17

Please join our official group to get even more feedback and support!

Preview 00:44

Before continuing with the Photography Masterclass, watch this video to learn the different types of lectures.

Preview 02:29
+ Exposure
20 lectures 01:00:06

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what exposure is.

Preview 02:26

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

What is aperture?

Preview 08:40

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the aperture is.

Preview 00:07

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

What is shutter speed?

What is Shutter Speed?
04:26

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

What is ISO and how it effects exposure?

What is ISO?
05:34

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn:

The Exposure Triangle

The Exposure Triangle
08:54

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the exposure triangle is.

VISUAL GUIDE: Exposure Triangle
00:06
Get More Photography Resources & Tips
01:32

Learn more about the activities in this course!

Intro to the Activities
00:51
Practice exposing with your camera's manual settings.
Exposure Activity
1 question

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read the light meter on your camera.

Exposing with Your Camera's Light Meter
03:37

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the different automatic metering modes in a typical digital camera.

ADVANCED: Metering Modes
02:49

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what exposure compensation is, and how it affects the look of your photo.

ADVANCED: Exposure Compensation
03:32

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the different modes on your camera.

Camera Exposure Modes: Automatic, Manual + More
08:54

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what dynamic range is - and how it relates to exposure.

ADVANCED: Dynamic Range
02:49

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what HDR photography is.

ADVANCED: HDR and Bracketing
02:15

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read exposure with the camera's histogram.

ADVANCED: Reading Exposure with the Histogram
02:05

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the histogram is.

VISUAL GUIDE: Histogram
00:00

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what an exposure stop is.

ADVANCED: What is an Exposure Stop
01:08

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what a stop of light is.

VISUAL GUIDE: Stops of Light
00:04

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:15
+ Composition
13 lectures 27:09

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what composition is, and what you'll learn in this section.

What is Composition?
00:49

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what the rule of thirds is and how it can improve your photography.

The Rule of Thirds
02:49

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what the rule of thirds is.

VISUAL GUIDE: The Rule of Thirds
00:00

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use the golden ratio to improve your photography composition.

PRO TIP: The Golden Ratio
02:04

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what negative space is and how it can make your photos even better.

Negative Space
01:49

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn a new composition style - using leading lines in your photos to draw attention to the subject.

Leading Lines
03:14

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about having balance and symmetry in your photo.

Balance & Symmetry
02:24
Compose a subject in 3 different composition styles.
Composition Activity
1 question

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how perspective and angle change more than just the look of your photo.

Perspective & Angle
06:43

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to choose the right background to improve your photography.

Backgrounds
02:50

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to create depth in your photos by layering.

PRO TIP: Creating Depth with Layering
01:43

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to compose your photos using shapes that naturally occur in the environment.

PRO TIP: Using Shapes in Compositions
01:31

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how shooting portraits with different types of lenses can actually change what a person's face looks like.

ADVANCED: Shooting Portraits with a Wide vs. Telephoto Lens
00:57

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:14
+ Focus and Depth of Field
12 lectures 24:51

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what depth of field is, and what you'll learn in this section of the course.

What is Depth of Field?
00:29

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what depth of field is and how aperture affects the depth of field.

Depth of Field & Aperture
02:45

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand what depth of field and focus zones are.

VISUAL GUIDE: Depth of Field
00:03

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn multiple ways to get a blurrier background.

Ways to Get Shallow Depth of Field
02:28

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust your focus manually or with automatic focus.

Manual Focus vs. Auto Focus
03:27

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust the auto focus mode on your camera to change how your camera focuses.

Auto Focus Modes
04:54

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to capture fast moving subjects sharply.

Tips for Shooting Fast Objects
03:01
Take a sharp photo of a moving subject.
Photographing Fast Objects Activity
1 question

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to shoot sharp images in low light.

PRO TIP: Focusing in Low Light
03:15

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what bokeh is.

ADVANCED: Understanding Bokeh
01:09

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use back button focus on your camera to improve your photography.

PRO TIP: Back Button Focus
02:02

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to adjust the focus of the viewfinder itself with the diopter.

ADVANCED: Viewfinder Focus
01:03

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:14
+ Camera Anatomy & Settings
11 lectures 31:33

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about the camera itself, and what's included in this section.

What is Camera Anatomy?
01:04

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the common features of most DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Main Features of Most Cameras
04:47

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about camera scene modes - and when to use them.

Camera Scene Modes
02:31

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the difference between RAW and compressed JPEG images.

File Types: RAW vs. JPEG
08:39

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about your camera's sensor.

Your Camera's Sensor
06:14

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll see the difference between camera sensor sizes.

VISUAL GUIDE: Camera Sensor Sizes
00:03

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what photo resolution is, and how it relates to quality.

Photo Resolution
03:02

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to take multiple photos in a short amount of time with burst (or continuous) modes.

Burst Mode (Continuous Mode)
01:31

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the main differences between a DSLR and mirrorless camera.

DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras
03:11

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll get resources to help you learn how to use your specific camera.

How to Use Almost Any Camera Out There!
00:14

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:16
+ White Balance and Color
13 lectures 26:55

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what white balance is and what you'll learn in this section.

Intro to White Balance and Color
00:29

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what white balance and light temperature are.

What is Light Temperature and White Balance?
03:16

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to read light temperatures with the kelvin scale.

The Kelvin Temperature Scale
03:39

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you can download a handy guide to the kelvin scale.

VISUAL GUIDE: Kelvin Light Temperature Chart
00:03

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use your camera's automatic white balance modes to properly photograph different scenes.

White Balance Modes & Auto White Balance
02:55

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you can download a handy guide that shows the popular white balance symbols and when to use them.

VISUAL GUIDE: White Balance Symbol Chart
00:03

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about picture profiles and how it affects your image.

ADVANCED: Picture Profiles and In-Camera Adjustments
02:50

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about the light spectrum and colors.

ADVANCED: Light Spectrum & Colors
02:00

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to improve you photography with creative colors.

Using Color Creatively in Your Photos
03:21

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to improve your black and white photography.

Shooting for Black and White
03:48
Take a photo using color creatively.
Creative Color Activity
1 question

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn pro tips for how to improve your black and white photography.

PRO TIP: Black and White Techniques
01:47

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass,  you'll learn how to use the custom white balance setting in your camera to do so.

ADVANCED: Set White Balance with Custom WB Mode
02:32

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:11
+ Lighting & Flash Photography
15 lectures 53:45

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about lighting and how it affects your photography.

What is Lighting?
02:09

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use natural light to light your photos.

Shooting in Natural Light
08:13

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use natural light coming in from a window to light your subject.

Using Natural Light from a Window
02:51

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use artificial lights to improve your photography.

Shooting in Artifical Light
06:41

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to take great photos with your on-camera flash.

Shooting with Your Camera's Flash
02:53

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use an external flash to improve your photography.

Shooting with an External Flash
10:26

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand how to creatively set up an external flash.

VISUAL GUIDE: Creative External Flash Layout
00:04
Shooting with a Flash Outdoors
04:36

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use a continuous light kit to light your subject.

Shooting with a Lighting Kit: 3-Point Lighting
03:45

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand how to set up a basic 3-point lighting setup - great for portraits.

VISUAL GUIDE: 3-Point Lighting Setup
00:05

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn creative ways to use light in your photography.

Creative Lighting - Silhouettes & The Back Light
04:47
Take a photo indoors using natural light from a window.
Natural Lighting Activity
1 question

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to improve your sunset photography.

PRO TIP: Capturing Beautiful Sunset Photographs
03:22

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use artistic flares to improve your photography.

PRO TIP: Artistic Flares
02:09

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn reduce glare in glasses.

PRO TIP: Getting Rid of Glare in Glasses
01:30

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:12
+ Mobile Photography
8 lectures 22:29

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about mobile photography, and what you'll learn in this section.

Why Smartphone Photography is Awesome
01:51

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use a typical smartphone camera.

Understanding Your Phone's Camera and Capabilities
02:33

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to properly exposure using the manual controls of your phone's camera.

Exposing with a Smartphone
01:28

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn tips for improving your smartphone photography.

Tips for Shooting with a Mobile Phone
04:15

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to shoot in low light with a smartphone.

Shooting in Low Light with Your Mobile Phone
07:19

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn several mobile phone accessories that can improve your photography.

Mobile Phone Photo Accessories
01:59

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to use the portrait mode.

iPhone Tutorial - Portrait Mode
02:55

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:09
+ Equipment - Cameras
10 lectures 40:41

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about cameras and all the different types and styles.

What Will You Learn in this Section?
01:10

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the most common camera types.

Know Your Camera types
02:46

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to choose the right camera for your budget.

What's Your Budget?
03:33

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how and where to buy a camera.

How and Where to Buy a Camera
02:10

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what the best beginner camera is.

What's the Best Beginner Camera?
05:42

This lesson of the Photography Masterclass is a visual guide that will help you understand the kinds of camera kits we use on professional and casual shoots.

VISUAL GUIDE: What's in my Camera Bag?
00:08

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to build out your camera kit and invest in better gear.

How to Build Your Camera Kit
02:36

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about the photo chats that we'll have in this course.

PHOTO CHAT: Introduction
00:57

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn our process for buying a new camera.

PHOTO CHAT: Buying a New Camera
21:26

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:12
+ Equipment - Lenses
13 lectures 44:19

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about lenses and what you'll learn in this course.

What Will You Learn in this Section?
01:21

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what focal length is.

What is Focal Length?
06:50

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn more about aperture.

A Deeper Dive into Aperture
05:24

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the difference between prime and zoom lenses.

Prime vs. Zoom Lenses
06:23

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the difference between prime and zoom lens quality.

ADVANCED: Prime vs Zoom - Quality Comparison
01:41

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn the difference between kit and pro lens quality.

ADVANCED: Kit vs. Pro Lens Comparison
01:27

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about lens stabilization.

Lens Stabilization
02:44

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about lens filters and how they can improve your photography.

Lens Filters
04:20

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll see how lens filters work.

Filter Demonstration
02:51

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn what chromatic aberration is.

PRO TIP: Chromatic Aberration
01:26

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn about creative lenses like fisheye and tilt-shift lenses.

Creative Lenses
03:58

In this lesson of the Photography Masterclass, you'll learn how to properly clean a camera lens with a basic lens cleaning kit.


How to Clean Your Camera Lens
05:40

In this lesson, you'll find a list of articles and helpful resources that will help you deepen your knowledge about the main topics in this section.

Supplemental Materials
00:13