The Ultimate Photography Course For Beginners
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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.
4.6 (147 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,033 students enrolled
Created by Jellis Vaes
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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  • 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.

‘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 Inner Picture Stories, any further publishing without my permission is not allowed.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
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 email me at or hit me up on Twitter, @JellisV

Preview 01:51
The Exposure Triangle
5 Lectures 25:46

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 01:24

Shutter Speed


Quiz and Final Thoughts on The Exposure Triangle
The Philosophy of Photography Part 1
1 Lecture 05:49
How Photography Will Lead You into New Adventures and Enrich Your Life
Exposure Modes
1 Lecture 07:20

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
File Format – JPEG vs RAW
1 Lecture 05:51

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.

The Lens
2 Lectures 06:03

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

The Philosophy of Photography Part 2
1 Lecture 04:20
How Photos are Portals Into Past Memories and Experiences
1 Lecture 05:46

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.

2 Lectures 09:53

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.


White Balance
1 Lecture 05:14

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
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About the Instructor
Jellis Vaes
4.6 Average rating
146 Reviews
2,033 Students
1 Course
Professional Travel & Adventure Photographer

Jellis Vaes is a 24 year old international travel and adventure photographer. At the age of 18 he left his home and over the next 3 years traveled around the world. On that journey he mastered his photography skills while traveling through numerous types of landscapes in all kinds of weather and conditions. Through the lens of his camera he learned to notice the minute details of life and how everything changes, evolves and transforms around us. With an eye for detail - on life and the amazing planet we inhabit, he is able to capture that world, and draw people into the exact moment and place captured by the lens. He has worked with and helped various companies across the globe bringing their heart and soul to life through his pictures.