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Technical photography foundations

An introduction to the technical aspects of photography, suitable for complete beginners.

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This course is a beginner's guide to the technical aspects of photography. It covers everything you need to get started, and good principles to set you up for life. With it, you'll learn how to:

Use aperture to control how much depth of field there is in a photo:

Employ shutter speed to freeze or show motion:

Understand how exposure works:

Along with what the various exposure and metering modes do:

How to employ wide, normal, and telephoto lenses to best effect:

What a difference sensor size can make, and the nuts and bolts of resolution:

All about different file formats and digital workflow:

The pros and cons of different types of cameras:

How to ensure your images are sharp:

How white balance can affect the mood of your pictures:

As well as what equipment you should invest in, and some stuff to avoid:


There's a particular focus on all the aspects of exposure, as it underpins so much of photography technique. You don't need an expensive camera to take this course - you could even get through it with your smartphone! The ability to adjust your cameras exposure manually is very helpful though, as is the ability to use different lenses, or a zoom. Each section is explained through the use of videos, with lots of detail and close-ups where required. There are regular quizzes to test your knowledge and to ensure you're paying attention, and lots of helpful imagery and illustrations to explain technical issues.




Your Instructor


Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Hi, I'm Tom Miles, or "Photosmudger" as some have come to know me! I've got more than 20 years experience in professional photography, have shot over 100 magazine covers, photographed all over the world for a host of commercial clients and magazines, and lectured at dozens of universities in the UK on behalf of Nikon and Calumet. You can see the sort of work I shoot at www.tmphoto.co.uk

Photography has been my passion since I was 15 years old, and I love igniting that passion in other people. My courses focus on practical matters that can make a big difference to your learning, but I'm not afraid to get stuck into more esoteric topics like creativity as well.


Class Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Introduction to Exposure
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  Aperture
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  Shutter Speed
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  Sensitivity/ISO
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  Release Modes
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  Colour Temperature and White Balance
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  Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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