Below you will find the description of the nine lessons in Basic Photography for Beginners.
My style of instruction is very interactive, that is why I call it photo coaching. I teach you the concepts of photography while helping you understand the mechanics of your camera. I plan each lesson for 1 hour of technical instruction then we spend at least one hour of hands on instruction to reinforce the technical information.
Online classes follow the same type of regimen, with some slight modifications to the hands on instruction.
Lesson 1: Light Triangle
ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed
What is the light triangle?
What is ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed?
What is depth of field?
What is noise?
What is bokeh?
How do you read a histogram?
How do you adjust white balance?
Lesson 2: Camera
Choosing the correct camera and accessories for your project
What types cameras are there?
What is APS-C and full frame sensors?
What types of lenses are there?
What are some accessories that I will need?
What kind of photography projects are there?
How can I use this equipment for my project?
Lesson 3: Camera controls
Understanding your camera controls
Auto Exposure bracketing
Locking the exposure
Lesson 4: Composition
What are some properties of composition?
Why do we need rules of composition?
Rules of composition
Rule of Thirds
Point of View
Lesson 5: Photoshop
Introduction to Basic Photo Editing in Photoshop
Adobe bridge or lightroom
Basic portrait editing
Basic landscape editing
Lesson 6: Flash
Types of flashes
What is a Guide Number
Dedicated external flash
Proper adjustment of the flash
Consider flash photography to be two different exposures
What is fill flash?
Preventing red eye
Effects of shutter speed on flash photography
Effects of Aperture on flash photography
What are light modifiers?
Cables and remotes
Lesson 7: Portraiture
Pay attention to the hands
Lesson 8: Night
Nighttime artistic photography
Types of nighttime photography
Night architectural landscapes
Night nature landscapes
Painting with light
Second curtain flash
Timed exposures to show motion
Tips to improve your nighttime exposures
Lesson 9: Mistakes
Mistakes all beginning photographers make and how to fix them