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Fundamentals of Photography 2016


Fundamentals of Photography 2016


Class Description

Click here for John Greengo's new Fundamentals of Photography class for 2018

As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the kind of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) than the mechanics of digital photography - how to bring your creative vision to fruition.

Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition
  • How to choose the right gear, and develop efficient workflow.
  • How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light.

John will teach you to step back from your images and think critically about your motivations, process, and ultimate goals for a digital photography project. You’ll learn to analyze your vision and identify areas for growth. John will also explore the difference between the world seen by the human eye and the world seen by the camera sensor. By forming an awareness of the gap between the two, you will be able to use your equipment to its greatest potential.

Bonus with Purchase:
Every month, John gives you an hour of expert guidance and immediate feedback with ten questions and ten critiques in this exciting new series we're calling One Hour Photo.  John will also sit down with one guest photographer to offer insights, advice, and industry knowledge.

  • January One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Colby Brown Interview with Photo Critique
  • February One Hour Photo - Student Questions & John Keatley Interview with Photo Critique
  • March One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Art Wolfe Interview with Photo Critique
  • April One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Rocco Ancora Interview with Photo Critique
  • May One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Mike Hagen Interview with Photo Critique
  • June One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Lisa Carney Interview with Photo Critique
  • July One Hour Photo - Student Questions & Ian Shive Interview with Photo Critique


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Welcome to Photography
  3. Camera Types Overview
  4. Viewing Systems
  5. Viewing Systems Q&A
  6. Lens Systems
  7. Shutter Systems
  8. Shutter Speeds
  9. Choosing a Shutter Speed
  10. Shutter Speeds for Handholding
  11. Shutter Speed Pop Quiz
  12. Camera Settings
  13. General Camera Q&A
  14. Sensor Sizes: The Basics
  15. Sensor Sizes: Compared
  16. Pixels
  17. ISO
  18. Sensor Q&A
  19. Focal Length: Overview
  20. Focal Length: Angle of View
  21. Wide Angle Lenses
  22. Telephoto Lenses
  23. Angle of View Q&A
  24. Fish Eye Lenses
  25. Tilt & Shift Lenses
  26. Subject Zone
  27. Lens Speed
  28. Aperture Basics
  29. Depth of Field
  30. Aperture Pop Quiz
  31. Lens Quality
  32. Photo Equipment Life Cycle
  33. Light Meter Basics
  34. Histogram
  35. Histogram Pop Quiz and Q&A
  36. Dynamic Range
  37. Exposure Modes
  38. Manual Exposure
  39. Sunny 16 Rule
  40. Exposure Bracketing
  41. Exposure Values
  42. Exposure Pop Quiz
  43. Focus Overview
  44. Focusing Systems
  45. Autofocus Controls
  46. Focus Points
  47. Autofocusing on Subjects
  48. Manual Focus
  49. Digital Focusing Assistance
  50. Focus Options: DSLR and Mirrorless
  51. Shutter Speeds for Sharpness and DoF
  52. Depth of Field Pop Quiz
  53. Depth of Field Camera Features
  54. Lens Sharpness
  55. Camera Movement
  56. Handheld and Tripod Focusing
  57. Advanced Techniques
  58. Hyperfocal Distance
  59. Hyperfocal Quiz and Focusing Formula
  60. Micro adjust and AF Fine Tune
  61. Focus Stacking and Post Sharpening
  62. Focus Problem Pop Quiz
  63. The Gadget Bag: Camera Accessories
  64. The Gadget Bag: Lens Accessories
  65. The Gadget Bag: Neutral Density Filter
  66. The Gadget Bag: Lens Hood and Teleconverters
  67. The Gadget Bag: Lens Adapters
  68. The Gadget Bag: Lens Cleaning Supplies
  69. The Gadget Bag: Macro Lenses and Accessories
  70. The Gadget Bag: Flash and Lighting
  71. The Gadget Bag: Tripods and Accessories
  72. The Gadget Bag: Custom Cases
  73. 10 Thoughts on Being a Photographer
  74. Direct Sunlight
  75. Indirect Sunlight
  76. Sunrise and Sunset
  77. Cloud Light
  78. Golden Hour
  79. Light Pop Quiz
  80. Light Management
  81. Artificial Light
  82. Speedlights
  83. Off-Camera Flash
  84. Advanced Flash Techniques
  85. Editing Overview
  86. Editing Set-up
  87. Importing Images
  88. Best Use of Files and Folders
  89. Culling
  90. Develop: Fixing in Lightroom
  91. Develop: Treating Your Images
  92. Develop: Optimizing in Lightroom
  93. Art of Editing Q&A
  94. Composition Overview
  95. Photographic Intrusions
  96. Mystery and Working the Scene
  97. Point of View
  98. Better Backgrounds
  99. Unique Perspective
  100. Angle of View
  101. Subject Placement
  102. Subject Placement Q&A
  103. Panorama
  104. Multishot Techniques
  105. Timelapse
  106. Human Vision vs The Camera
  107. Visual Perception
  108. Visual Balance Test
  109. Visual Drama
  110. Elements of Design
  111. The Photographic Process
  112. Working the Shot
  113. The Moment
  114. One Hour Photo - Colby Brown
  115. One Hour Photo - John Keatley
  116. One Hour Photo - Art Wolfe
  117. One Hour Photo - Rocco Ancora
  118. One Hour Photo - Mike Hagen
  119. One Hour Photo - Lisa Carney
  120. One Hour Photo - Ian Shive
  121. One Hour Photo - Sandra Coan
  122. One Hour Photo - Daniel Gregory
  123. One Hour Photo - Scott Robert Lim


a Creativelive Student

Love love all John Greengo classes! Wish to have had him decades ago with this info, but no internet then!! John is the greatest photography teacher I have seen out there, and I watch a lot of Creative Live classes and folks on YouTube too. John is so detailed and there are a ton of ah ha moments for me and I know lots of others. I think I own 4 John Greengo classes so far and want to add this one and Travel Photography!! I just drop everything to watch John on Creative Live. I wish sometime soon he would teach a Lightroom class and his knowledge on photography post editing.!!! That would probably take a LOT OF TIME but I know John would explain it soooooo good, like he does all his Photography classes!! Thank you Creative Live for having such a wonderful instructor with John Greengo!! Make more classes John, for just love them and soak it up! There is soooo much to learn and sometimes just so overwhelming. Is there anyway you might do a Motivation class!!?? Like do this button for this day, and try this technique for a week, or post this subject for this week, etc. Motivation and inspiration, and playing around with what you teach, needed so much and would be so fun.!! Just saying??? Awaiting gadgets class now, while waiting for lunch break to be over. All the filters and gadgets, oh my. Thank you thank you for all you teach John, You are truly a wonderful wonderful instructor and I would highly recommend folks listening and buying your classes.


I don't think that adjectives like beautiful, fantastic or excellent can describe the course and classes with John Greengo well enough. I've just bought my first camera and I am a total amateur but I fell in love with photography while watching the classes with John. It is fun, clear, understandable, entertaining, informative and and and. He is not only a fabulous photographer but a great teacher as well. Easy to follow, clear explanations and fantastic visuals. The only disadvantage I can list here that he is sooooo good that keeps me from going out to shoot as I am just glued to the screen. :-) Don't miss it and well worth the money invested! Thank you John!

Vlad Chiriacescu

Wow! John is THE best teacher I have ever had the pleasure of learning from, and this is the most comprehensive, eloquent and fun course I have ever taken (online or off). If you're even / / interested in photography, take this course as soon as possible! You might find out that taking great photos requires much more work than you're willing to invest, or you might get so excited learning from John that you'll start taking your camera with you EVERYWHERE. At the very least, you'll learn the fundamental inner workings and techniques that WILL help you get a better photo. Worried about the cost? Well, I've taken courses that are twice as expensive that offer less than maybe a tenth of the value. You'll be much better off investing in this course than a new camera or a new lens. I cannot reccomend John and this course enough!