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Photography 101

with Pye Jirsa and SLR Lounge

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About The Class

Master the basics with the gear you already own.

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. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    03:17
  2. 02

    The Camera is Simply a Tool

    06:24
  3. 03

    How Does a Camera Work?

    12:07
  4. 04

    How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO

    07:22
  5. 05

    Exposure Triangle

    13:53
  6. 06

    What is a Stop of Light

    07:06
  7. 07

    Reading Exposure Via the Histogram

    11:59
  8. 08

    Blown Highlights or Clipped Details

    04:18
  9. 09

    White Balance & Color Temperature

    23:24
  10. 10

    No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure

    06:13
  11. 11

    How To Measure or Meter Light

    06:41
  12. 12

    8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality

    15:59
  13. 13

    Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods

    12:18
  14. 14

    How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot

    06:49
  15. 15

    Equivalent Exposure but Different Images

    03:49
  16. 16

    Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes

    06:14
  17. 17

    Starting with Automated Modes

    02:19
  18. 18

    Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode

    09:33
  19. 19

    Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot

    08:45
  20. 20

    Landscape Mode on the Beach

    08:18
  21. 21

    Sports or Action Mode

    12:09
  22. 22

    Macro Mode with Food Photography

    10:10
  23. 23

    Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

    08:52
  24. 24

    In-Camera Processing

    06:01
  25. 25

    A Glimpse into RAW Processing

    12:55
  26. 26

    15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing

    15:18
  27. 27

    3 Primary Types of Autofocus

    03:42
  28. 28

    Single Shot with Portrait Session

    04:05
  29. 29

    Single Shot with Action Shots

    02:06
  30. 30

    AI Servo with Action Shots

    06:14
  31. 31

    Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection

    05:41
  32. 32

    Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule

    06:50
  33. 33

    How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial

    11:07
  34. 34

    What Makes a Great Photograph?

    05:07
  35. 35

    How to Capture Candid Moments

    07:08
  36. 36

    How to Find the Right Light Direction

    11:40
  37. 37

    5 Basic Compositional Theories

    11:17
  38. 38

    The Power of Cropping

    10:22
  39. 39

    Color Schemes

    04:43
  40. 40

    Diving into the Narrative

    12:38
  41. 41

    If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against

    01:56
  42. 42

    More About Your Camera and Lenses

    01:20
  43. 43

    Understanding Megapixels

    09:15
  44. 44

    Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras

    06:01
  45. 45

    Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration

    04:55
  46. 46

    Prime vs. Zoom Lens

    06:57
  47. 47

    How the Lens Affects Composition

    08:54
  48. 48

    Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG

    09:22
  49. 49

    5 Tips on Memory Cards

    07:06
  50. 50

    10 Tips on Buying Gear

    11:35
  51. 51

    Conclusion

    03:43
  52. 52

    The Good Karma Jar

    01:41
  53. 53

    Posing and Action Shots with Female Model

    12:39
  54. 54

    Posing and Lighting with Female Model

    01:31
  55. 55

    Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits

    06:00

Meet Your Experts

Pye Jirsa

Director, photographer, educator. Founder and Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Southern California wedding and portrait photography studio composed of an incredible creative team that shoots over 300 weddings each year, with nearly 1,000 yearly client commissions. ... read more

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SLR Lounge

SLR Lounge is a free online resource created by photographers for photographers featuring tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, Shooting, Lighting and much more. ... read more

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85% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • user-7d0810

    user-7d0810

    June 2016

    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

    Joy Bobrink

    April 2016

    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.

  • user-ef3727

    January 2016

    Pi is an outstanding teacher with a wealth of practical knowledge.

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