Beginner’s Photography Course

This course is intended to take you from knowing absolutely nothing about photography to knowing enough to take some good photographs with a DSLR, and to know how to find out more.  Links to the individual lessons can be found below.

Introduction to Photography

A Brief History of Photography – In the first lesson we take a look at how photography has developed over time, from the ancient world, through the Victorian era, and finally to modern digital cameras.

How a Camera Works – An overview of how a camera works, and what some of the different parts are doing.

How to Choose a Camera – An introduction to the many different types of modern camera, and some tips on how to choose the right camera for you.

Learning Photography – A short discussion of the best ways to learn photography, and the steps you can take to turn theoretical knowledge into practical ability.

Fundamental Concepts

Exposure – The most important thing in photography is light, and in this lesson we will take a look at the importance of controlling the amount of light captured in a photograph.

Focus – We take a first look at the concept of focus, and look both automatic and manual methods for focusing your camera.

Shutter Speed – The first major way to control exposure is by changing the time of the exposure.  In this lesson we learn the basics of controlling shutter speed and look at the possibilities and pitfalls of using different exposure durations.

Aperture – The second way to control exposure is by controlling the rate at which light enters the camera.  In this lesson we discuss aperture, which adjusts the exposure by allowing light into the camera at a controllable rate.

The Histogram – A very useful tool to measure exposure and to figure out if we need to increase or decrease the exposure is the histogram.  In this lesson we go over the basics of what it shows and how we can use it to take better exposed photographs.

Image Noise – Noise is something that can worsen the quality of our photographs in poor light conditions.  In this lesson we take a look at what causes noise and what we can do to reduce it’s presence when shooting a photograph.

ISO – The third important way of controlling exposure is ISO, which determines the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor or film.  In this lesson we take a closer look at ISO and the problem with using very high ISO numbers.