Beginners Photography Course

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Course Description

This beginners photography course will take you to an advanced level in no time and fill any gaps of knowledge that may be causing you not to reach your full potential. You’ll be able to use your camera in all the manual modes and apply the knowledge learnt to any situation. This course will make you feel completely camera confident and ensure your pictures stack up against any professional-looking photography.

It’s for people who want to take photography more seriously and will suit keen enthusiasts or anyone looking to make photography their profession.

We’ve been teaching photography since 2002 and all this experience goes into bringing you the art and science of photography so that you don’t just understand it for 5 minutes - you retain the knowledge forever!

This is a one-time investment that will put an end to any confusion, whilst giving you accurate and thorough knowledge in photography.

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What you will learn

  • The essentials of photography

  • Camera Kits and Equipment

  • Manual Settings

  • Focusing

  • Composition

  • Correct lenses to use

  • Focal Length

  • Crop vs Full Frame sensors

  • Metering

  • ISO

  • Image Resolution

  • Apertures

  • Depth of Field

  • Shutter Speeds

  • Controlling Movement

  • Balancing Exposure Manually

  • Understanding Light

  • White Balance

  • Night Photography

  • Fill-in Flash

  • Post Production

  • Working in Raw

Who is this course for?

  • Beginner photographer looking to learn photography properly.

  • Keen enthusiasts looking to take photography more seriously.

  • Someone looking to make photography their profession.

  • Intermediate photographers looking to fill any gaps in their knowledge stopping them from reaching their full potential.

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“I am on Lesson 9 of the Beginners Course. WHAT IN THE WORLD!!!! After each lesson my jaw drops at the magnitude of what I’m learning. It’s been two weeks, and learning so much. My camera will never be on automatic again!”

– Assata Afua - USA

Course Content

Introduction to photography

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Photography

Here we question what photography actually is. We study the science of this craft by referring to photography from the past and the camera obscura.

Cameras and recommended equipment

Lesson 2 – Camera Kits and Recommended Equipment

A look at different types of camera kits, which ones are best to use for learning and what are the essential pieces of equipment you will need.

Intro to Camera settings

Lesson 3 – Introduction to camera settings

Here I teach you the different auto and manual modes found on your camera and why you will never use auto again! A task will be set allowing you to take your first steps to going fully manual.

Focusing in photography

Lesson 4 – Focusing – Getting your pictures pin sharp!

This will be a lesson showing you how to get every picture in focus with ease. You will learn techniques and camera settings to assist you in controlling focusing and a task will be set to get that focus point exactly where you want it, every time!

Leading Lines in Composition

Lesson 5 – Composition

In my opinion, composition is the most important thing to get right. Getting it wrong will make the most beautiful scene look awful. This lesson is an in-depth exploration into how different compositional techniques can really enhance the look of your photography. You will also be set a task to get you out there and put these composition rules into practice! 

The effects of focal lengths

Lesson 6 – Lenses, Focal Lengths, Crop and Full Frame sensors

Here we look at prime and zoom lenses and the effects of different focal lengths. You learn what focal lengths are and what ones are commonly used in landscape and portrait photography. We’ll also look at how the visual effects of focal lengths change between different camera models.

Metering examples

Lesson 7 – Metering

This lesson will teach you how to use the metering settings on your camera and more importantly how to control metering for different situations. You will also be set tasks to control your metering enabling you to get perfect exposures every time!

ISO in photography example using mug

Lesson 8 – ISO

Here you will examine what ISO is and how you can control it to reduce noise in your photography. Via a set task you will learn how to use your camera’s ISO setting so you can control it manually and adapt it for various situations.

Depth of field in photography

Lesson 9 – Apertures and Depth of Field

Here you will learn about apertures, depth of field and their relationship with each other. You will also learn about two more important elements of photography that effect depth of field. Then you will fully control this effect using your camera’s manual modes via your set task.

Shutter speeds with flash

Lesson 10 – Shutter Speeds, controlling movement and slow sync flash

In this lesson, you’ll be taught how to control movement in your photos via the shutter speed. You will learn how to freeze motion, creating panning effects and how to do a technique called slow sync flash. You will take full control over movement in photography using your camera’s manual settings in the lessons set tasks.

ballancing exposure in photography

Lesson 11 – Balancing exposures

This lesson will see you take full control over the exposure of your photography. You will combine your newly learnt knowledge of Apertures, Shutter Speeds, and ISO to manually expose for varied creative effects. You will gain in-depth knowledge on what stops are in photography and how you control them to take full control over the exposure and visual effects of your pictures. You will also be shown how to use your camera in fully manual mode and put all this into practice in set tasks.

Resolution example

Lesson 12 – Resolution

In this lesson, you will learn about the resolution of images, its relationship with print and web image sizes, and when you should use low or high-res images. You’ll also be taught how to set the correct resolution on your camera and put this into practice in a set task!

Balanced to tungsten light using white ballance

Lesson 13 – Understanding Light and White Balance

Here you learn about the many different light sources available to photographers, the effects they give to a photo and how to control lighting for varied looks. You will also learn about white balance on cameras and how you can use it to get accurate colours or obscure the look of scene. You will learn how to use the white balance settings on your camera and put this into practice in a night time urban shoot!

Light painting in photography lesson

Lesson 14 – Night photography, Painting with Light!

Here we push your newly acquired knowledge of working fully manual by doing some night photography! We use torches, flash lights and our knowledge of working fully manual to create varied visual effects. Great tasks are set to test that you are in full control of your photography!

fill in flash example

Lesson 15 – Balancing exposures with Flash

Here you will learn how to control your exposures with flash! This pushes your use of stops and control of exposure one step further. You will learn how to darken a background by balancing out ambient light with flash and put this into practice yourself via a set task.

Processed Raw file example.jpg

Lesson 16 – Post-production and Raw Files

Here you will be introduced into your next stage of photographic excellence – The post-production of images! We will look at how post-processing programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop can enhance the look of your photography. You’ll also be shown the benefits of shooting in Raw and how to process a Raw file!


“The School of Photography has the best, most effective explanation of photography I've found so far - Marc has the ability to take the same information I've been hearing/reading for years and explain it in detail that makes it completely understandable.” - Daryl Hafele, USA

"Great course... Learned so much and re-ignited my passion for Photography. Marc is a great Teacher who really breaks down and simplifies the lessons making it very easy to follow regardless of your previous knowledge/experience. If you want to get serious and are thinking about taking this, or any, course......then I’d suggest The School of Photography - Hands down the best” – Mark Jenny – Australia

"I’m loving the course and have learned more in the first few lessons than I have in the past 10 years trying to learn from poor quality YouTube videos. The easy & clear way you deliver the lessons makes learning a real pleasure & so much easier to retain in my memory." – Les Thomson, UK

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How long does it take to complete this course?
The course can be completed in your own time, at your own pace. On average someone with a full-time job will take 1 to 2 months to complete the course.

I already have some photography knowledge – will this course be suitable for me?
Yes! - The course is taught from the bottom up giving you the opportunity to start your learning from whatever level you’re at. If you’re totally new to photography, start from lesson 1, if you’re a bit more experienced dive in at a later lesson, it’s up to you!

What equipment do I need?
You will need a camera that has manual settings and a standard kit lens. This is generally a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but some bridge cameras are also fine. An easy way to tell if your camera is suitable is to look at the top of it and see if it has a dial with the letter M (for manual) on it. You will also need a tripod.

What’s the difference between ‘This course only’ and ‘Become a Member’?
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What’s the cost in my own currency?
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Do I get a certificate with this course?
Yes - On completion of all our all courses, you receive a certificate from The School of Photography.


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If you're new to photography, have limited equipment, want to build a photography career, or just have the ambition to take great photos, TSoP is a great place to start.

Buying Options

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