Class Introduction


The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

So what today's class is, this is a short class on photography. And I say short class because I teach a number of classes and I'm trying to get one class that's just got the pinnacle, the most important things that people want to know about when they start getting into photography. Cause you know when you go from your phone or your tablet and you pick up a camera where you have shutter speeds and apertures and you want to take control of yourself, that's what this class is all about, is taking control. But even if you are simply using a phone, there's a lot of things in this class that'll still apply to what you're doing. Because let's face it, composition, that matters no matter what type of camera you're doing. Now, I've been involved in photography, okay, longer than I'd probably like to admit. But I got started when I was 10 years-old. I started taking photo classes when I was in college. One of the things that I quickly learned is that one of the best things about photography is t...

hat no matter what you are interested in, that's what you can be a photographer in. If you're interested in sports photography, you can be a sports photographer. If you like fashion, you can be a fashion photographer. If you like the news, you can be a photo journalist. The other thing that I really was able to kind of articulate just later this year, is that photography for me, it gives me justification to be interested in anything. See normally, if a person was just walking along and they go "Oh, look there's a bug down here. "Hey everybody, there's a bug down here.", you'd seem like a complete idiot. But when you have a camera in your hand and you're down here and you're taking all these pictures, like "What're you doing?". "I'm getting a photo." You're suddenly justified into doing almost anything you want. And so this is a great tool to be interested in everything that you are interested in. So, in this class, we're going to be going through, I think I've broken it down to about 14 different sections. Different little topics, 10 to 15 minutes at a time, cause if you want to be good at photography, ultimately you need to be a good artist. You need to be able to compose and work with light, but there's a lot of technology over here, especially modern days. I mean the cameras are getting more and more complicated all the time. Trust me, I know, I teach classes on all these cameras. The latest camera had over 200 menu items in the camera for turning on, off, or selecting in any one of a dozen different ways. And so it matters, in the long run though, you're just trying to get over that hurdle so that you can get to the artistic side of things. But we got to get through the technical side if you want to get to the artistic. So let's go ahead and get started.

Class Description

“This is a great starter class. I thought I understood how shutter speed and aperture worked together, but this class made it come together in a matter of minutes. I'm already taking better pictures and this is just the beginning!” -Jennifer Manley, CreativeLive Student

Learn how to take the kind of photograph you’ll want to print and pass on to the next generation. John Greengo is back to teach this updated photography for beginners class. You’ll learn the principles of good beginner and intermediate photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photos. 

Advanced cameras are available at modest price points, but learning how to use them takes an investment.

  • Learn the the most essential functions of your camera 
  • Gain confidence in putting new functions into action 
  • Get the swing of basic photographic terminology 
  • Feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes 
  • Gain a solid understanding of must-know lighting and composition techniques 
  • Lean to position yourself and your subject to capture the best photo possible with the camera you have – no additional gear needed 
If you want to take more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, or the great outdoors then this photography for beginners class is for you. Learn how to make average pictures amazing photographs and gain the ground necessary to continue your photography education.  

“This is a super introduction to photography for anyone who really wants to learn how to understand and begin to use the camera to its full extent. John is an excellent teacher, very easy to follow, with great graphics and examples.”  -Sarah, CreativeLive Student  


Kanoelani Patenaude

I am a pro photographer in my dreams, where I know the in's and out's of my camera; however, reality proved differently, as real life would tell you, I was a deer caught in headlights just looking at my new 7D Mark II. I am a photographer enthusiast without the skills, but a lot of love for the moments one, or the profession/hobby of it can capture. I mostly shoot my husband, friends, and community surfers in the lineup, and of course, my children, who rarely sit still. Thus, I switched from Nikon to Canon, venturing on the 7D Mark II for the grand reviews of how stellar of camera it is for action shots (surfing, and kids, this was a no brainer). That said, and overwhelmed with the way beyond my skill set, but noted desire and aspiration to grow, I made the purchase, and sought help rather quickly as I wanted to feel confident with what I was utilizing to capture the best memories possible. I came into this John's courses knowing the "on/off" button, and "auto" shoot mode. I came out of the course feeling like the pro in my dreams, and ready to shoot manual. John's teaching style is on point, and his detailed visuals are a huge plus. My first shots post this photography kit course, I thought were great for my first educated shoot, and shockingly, I even received and email from one of the sponsors of the surfers I captured, asking if they could use my image for their sites and publications. Not bad for a newbie. Though, my intent was never a business purpose, I did not know if I should charge a small fee, or give it for free. I don't mind free as it's not my business, yet I don't want to ruin it for any professional photographers in town doing the same thing that are charging. Perhaps another course to help me with that. I highly recommend courses by John Greengo! Thank you so much, John!

Megan Wagner

John is extremely articulate and is a great teacher with lots of visual aids and metaphors to help understand photography. I have been doing photography for a few years now and this class was a tremendous help in boosting my knowledge and refreshing my memory in multiple aspects of photography. The graphics that John uses are helpful and he even goes through images and asks which settings would be best to use and will go through the why. He makes things easy to understand and is very clear about the information he provides. I am so glad I took this course and I would highly recommend it even to an experienced photographer. Thank you John Greengo!