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The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners

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John Greengo

The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners

John Greengo

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12. Workflow


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2 Shutter Speed Duration:20:45
3 The Sensor Duration:11:21
4 ISO Duration:10:50
5 The Lens Duration:19:54
6 Aperture and Depth of Field Duration:18:02
7 Focusing Duration:21:05
8 Metering Duration:11:12
9 Exposure Modes Duration:18:00
10 Exposure Values Duration:08:46
11 Camera Settings Duration:14:25
12 Workflow Duration:05:39
13 Light Duration:15:24
14 Flash Duration:09:01
15 Composition Duration:21:03
16 Elements of Design Duration:12:41

Lesson Info


Workflow deals with the steps that you take in this whole process of taking photos and dealing with it. And so, once you've taken the photo, you need to get those photos into a computer for proper storage. You can download from the camera, but in general, it's kind of a slow, cumbersome system. Some cameras actually needs special software on the computer in order to do it. It's much faster to get one of these inexpensive card readers, and if your computer has a slot for your memory card that's the best system yet, 'cause you don't need any other accessories. And so, a little card reader is a good investment in my mind. You're gonna need software in order to look at your photos and work with them on your computer. My favorite program right now is Adobe Lightroom. There are a good number of programs out there. This is one of the most popular, I would call it the most popular, but it's getting more and more competition 'cause some people don't like. There's a few things that it doesn't do...

perfectly well for some people. And so, there's all these competitors that are competing for it. And so, there's about a dozen other different programs that are not that bad, they're quite good. But it doesn't really matter which one you use, just so long as you're happy with it. But once again, whatever ecosystem you choose, you're probably gonna wanna stick around. All the changes and things that you learn in one program, it's no fun switching software systems back and forth. And so, that's one of the things I think is important. Choosing something that you can live with for a long period of time. Now, Adobe Lightroom was designed by photographers for photographers in what they wanted to do. And actually, it wasn't the first program to come out for digital photography that was more like Photoshop, which I'll talk about in just a second. Lightroom is nice because it allows a photographer to do what they typically want to do with a photograph. So, all those basic things, you know, cropping, correcting the horizon line, color, exposure, saturation, all those sorts of things that you would normally want to adjust in small ways on your photograph, you can do very, very easily and intuitively here. And so, a program like Lightroom is a great program. I'll have to admit that it takes a little bit of a learning curve. You can't just give Adobe Lightroom to somebody and say, go get 'em. 'Cause you need a little bit of help. Either you need to take a class and there's lots of good classes here, you need to read a book, or have somebody walk you through the steps of it. So, once you get through those initial few training steps, you're fine, and you can explore, and you won't hurt yourself or your photos, you might say. But sometimes, people have more ambitious desires than what Lightroom can handle. You might take a photograph like this and say, well, that's okay, I would really prefer to have more birds in there. And so, this requires special manipulation tools that are not in a program like Lightroom. This is Photoshop and there's multiple layers, and I'm cloning, and reversing them. And this is more of a graphics type tool that photographers do find very helpful. I would recommend somebody new to photography, get into a program like Lightroom that's more just of a catalog for basic editing. If you find that once you get into it, you're making in depth changes on photographs, maybe you're making a movie poster and you need a picture of this actor, and this actress, and this vehicle, and this scene, and they're all collaged together, you can't do that in something like Lightroom. And so, sometimes, for business needs or special needs, then Photoshop comes in and is a very good program. And there are many competitors to this, as well. So, you really want to check into the software. What is it specialized at, what can it do, and what's it best at? You do not want to store your digital photos on your computer. That is a bad place to keep your images. And that is because, pictures are relatively big in file size and they're gonna take up a lot of space. And once you start shooting for a few years, you're gonna have 10,000 photos, and 100,000 photos, and maybe 1,000,000 photos, and that is gonna slow down everything on your computer. So, you may wanna have a small collection of them that you can show any time without hooking up an external hard drive, that makes perfect sense. But storing all of your photographs should be done on an external hard drive. Now, the world is an imperfect place, and so you need to have backups. And so, you can have desktop drives, which are the ones that you plug in, the portable ones get power through the USB or other connections straight from your laptop usually. And so, you wanna have a backup in either case. Now, bad things happen at certain locations from time to time, and so you should really have things stored in a third place in an offsite storage area. Now, that offsite storage area could be Cloud storage, which is definitely an option, or it could be a hard drive that you keep at work, compared to the two you have at home, or your neighbor's house, or your friend's house, or someplace else in case something horrendous happened at that one location. Just imagine, how much a photographer would be devastated by having all of their images just completely gone. And for some people it's even more than others, because they're living off of all the pictures they take, and it's not just what they shot last week, but everything they shot for whole life is very important. And so, you wanna make sure you back things up. There's occasionally about once a year on some of the blogs I go to, there's a story about somebody who's house was ransacked, it got burned down, they lost their hard drives, and they lost all the photos they've taken their entire life. And you just like, did you not have these backed up some place else? And you know, $100, $100 give you a hard drive that'll probably store everything. It's a little bit of maintenance, but it's easy to duplicate, and so it's not that hard to deal with, but it's very important.

Class Description


  • Understand shutter speed, ISO and aperture and how they work together
  • Utilize depth of field
  • Learn to focus in manual mode
  • Understand different types of lenses and how they work
  • Create stronger images with composition
  • Use light to create mood and emotion
  • Learn about flash photography
  • Get an introduction to the post-processing workflow


Photography techniques, terminology and equipment can seem complicated and intimidating at first. But after a few hours with John Greengo, you’ll have the skills and confidence you need to go out and take amazing photos that you’ll want to print, share and treasure for a lifetime.

Designed specifically for beginner photographers, this course will walk you through the essentials of how to use your DSLR camera and all the key functions. You’ll learn photography tips about everything from shutter speed to aperture, depth of field to ISO. You’ll get a primer on how to compensate for bad lighting and how to compose your shot for maximum effect and better photos.

This class will help you:

  • Learn the most essential functions of your DSLR camera.
  • Gain confidence in putting new features into action.
  • Understand basic photographic terminology including the rule of thirds and the exposure triangle.
  • Get a solid understanding of lighting and composition techniques.
  • Figure out how to position yourself and your subject for optimal results.
  • Learn to take great photos with the DSLR camera you have without extra gear.
  • Feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes.

If you want to take more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, and the great outdoors, then this photography starter kit class is for you. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to take your photography skills to the next level and continue your education with a more advanced photography course.


  • Beginning photographers looking to up their game and understand their camera.
  • People who are finally ready to get out into the field and actually capture the shots they want.
  • Any seasoned photog who wants a refresher (or to fix old habits) from one of the best out there today.


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!


I'm not sure my first review posted. But I LOVE this class! John Greengo is a great, engaging teacher who is really adept at representing the concepts visually and excellent at explaining them verbally. I love how he goes through examples with photographs he has taken. Even though I only have a Nikon Coolpix digital camera, it does have Manual, Shutter priority, and Aperture priority modes. Through his class I've gotten a really good sense of how to balance ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. It's a great overview for me especially since I am new to photography, I can play around with some of these settings, and I have a greater understanding of what I might need in a higher level camera in the future. Money well spend! (For $29, this is an absolute steal). John Greengo is an awesome teacher and I hope to take more of his classes in the future!

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!