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Photography 101

Lesson 1 of 55



Photography 101

Lesson 1 of 55



Lesson Info


Welcome to photography. Wanna one? My name is pi editor in chief for s our lounge dot com and I'm michelle ford, senior editor for slr lounge. Now, in this video, we want to talk about the overall workshop format for photography want one, as well as photography to one and three oh one, now photographer want one really focuses on mastering the basics of your camera, and more importantly, we want you in addition to just mastering manual mode and how to expose and how to use your camera, we want you to understand how to approach a scene howto light composed and create amazing images regardless of the camera and the gear that you're using. In fact, for the entire workshop we use basically are basic rebel right here, with its kit lenses and basic prime lenses, as well as our nikon t fifty two hundred and it's basic kit lenses and basic primes. These are the most basic dslr, yet we're going to be showing you how to create incredible professional imagery out of them. Now we realize that every...

one is in a different place in their photographic journey and that's. Why we have a custom player, we have a full menu system so you guys can kind of skip around and really just jumped to the subjects that might most interest them at the time. But watching it in its entirety is actually a really good idea master the foundation all the way from start to finish and you can always go back to the topics you need to cover again absolutely and on top of that watching each video in its entirety is going to help everyone out because regardless of how simple the subject that were teaching in every video we're still going through we're setting up our scene choosing our composition, setting up our lighting are posing and so forth to get the shot so there's still a lot to be learned beyond a specific function we might be teaching as well and don't forget to do the assignment I really would recommend that you stop review the topics really master it before you move on also you're going to see us from time to time will be showing up in little quick tips to give you additional information and insight into each of the topics that we're covering so be on the lookout for those so beyond the look out right why don't we just show you exactly what one of these quick tips looks like to start with? This is your first one so throughout this workshop you'll see us showing you images that were capturing from the camera the images will be labelled and will show the ex if data showing the camera's exposure settings that's e x I f if an image is marked with s o c. That means it's, an image being shown straight out of the camera. No additional processing. Now, if the image is marked l r process raw, that means we've taken the original raw file. We took it into light room, completed the post processing and then arrived at the final image. Now, from time to time, you'll see a little for more info, just like that pop up at the bottom of the screen. Those mean that we've hit a subject that we're referencing, and we're going to discuss it in more detail later in the course, so that's it for our first quick tip, let's, head back to the video ready, move on, I am so ready, let's. Go to the next video.

Class Description

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. 


  1. Introduction
  2. The Camera is Simply a Tool
  3. How Does a Camera Work?
  4. How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
  5. Exposure Triangle
  6. What is a Stop of Light
  7. Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
  8. Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
  9. White Balance & Color Temperature
  10. No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
  11. How To Measure or Meter Light
  12. 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
  13. Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
  14. How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
  15. Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
  16. Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
  17. Starting with Automated Modes
  18. Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
  19. Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
  20. Landscape Mode on the Beach
  21. Sports or Action Mode
  22. Macro Mode with Food Photography
  23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
  24. In-Camera Processing
  25. A Glimpse into RAW Processing
  26. 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
  27. 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
  28. Single Shot with Portrait Session
  29. Single Shot with Action Shots
  30. AI Servo with Action Shots
  31. Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
  32. Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
  33. How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
  34. What Makes a Great Photograph?
  35. How to Capture Candid Moments
  36. How to Find the Right Light Direction
  37. 5 Basic Compositional Theories
  38. The Power of Cropping
  39. Color Schemes
  40. Diving into the Narrative
  41. If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
  42. More About Your Camera and Lenses
  43. Understanding Megapixels
  44. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
  45. Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
  46. Prime vs. Zoom Lens
  47. How the Lens Affects Composition
  48. Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
  49. 5 Tips on Memory Cards
  50. 10 Tips on Buying Gear
  51. Conclusion
  52. The Good Karma Jar
  53. Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
  54. Posing and Lighting with Female Model
  55. Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


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.

Joy Bobrink

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.