Photography 101


Lesson Info

Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 


The Camera is Simply a Tool
How Does a Camera Work?
How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Exposure Triangle
What is a Stop of Light
Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
White Balance & Color Temperature
No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
How To Measure or Meter Light
8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
Starting with Automated Modes
Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
Landscape Mode on the Beach
Sports or Action Mode
Macro Mode with Food Photography
Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
In-Camera Processing
A Glimpse into RAW Processing
15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
3 Primary Types of Autofocus
Single Shot with Portrait Session
Single Shot with Action Shots
AI Servo with Action Shots
Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
What Makes a Great Photograph?
How to Capture Candid Moments
How to Find the Right Light Direction
5 Basic Compositional Theories
The Power of Cropping
Color Schemes
Diving into the Narrative
If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
More About Your Camera and Lenses
Understanding Megapixels
Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
Prime vs. Zoom Lens
How the Lens Affects Composition
Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
5 Tips on Memory Cards
10 Tips on Buying Gear
The Good Karma Jar
Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
Posing and Lighting with Female Model
Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits


  • I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.
  • I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.
  • Pi is an outstanding teacher with a wealth of practical knowledge.