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The Beginner Photographer’s Crash Course

with Khara Plicanic

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    07:20
  •   02 Exposure Triangle: Shutter Speed

    16:29

Class duration: 5h 4m

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About The Class

Actionable tips for photography beginners.


A new camera is an adventure waiting to happen. It’s an invitation to explore and a tool that opens doors to awesome experiences. Learning your way around a DSLR for the first time doesn’t have to be daunting. With a little guidance, you’ll be confidently calling the shots in no time.

Pro photographer and educator Khara Plicanic will help you understand your camera like never before (whether a dSLR, compact point-and-shoot, or even a phone! ) and get you taking better photos fresh out of the box. Join Khara for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How exposure works and how each setting creates a different effect
  • The basics of different shooting modes (Auto, Program, Shutter/Aperture Priority, Manual, etc.)
  • How to make use of your camera’s functions - flash, white balance, exposure compensation, timer, and focus points.
  • How image size and resolution work, and why it matters (or doesn't)
  • How to choose and use different lenses.
  • The best resources to download, backup, and share your images. 

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    07:20
  2. 02

    Exposure Triangle: Shutter Speed

    16:29
  3. 03

    Exposure Triangle: Aperture

    13:22
  4. 04

    Exposure Triangle: ISO

    07:15
  5. 05

    Exposure Q&A

    24:07
  6. 06

    Shooting Modes and Scenes

    04:05
  7. 07

    Shooting Mode: Auto

    05:06
  8. 08

    Shooting Mode: Program

    04:48
  9. 09

    Shooting Scenes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Nighttime, & Sports

    20:44
  10. 10

    Shooting Modes: Shutter & Aperture Priority

    07:56
  11. 11

    Shooting Mode: Manual

    23:41
  12. 12

    Flash

    21:43
  13. 13

    White Balance

    12:35
  14. 14

    Exposure Compensation

    08:22
  15. 15

    Metering Modes & Remote Control Options

    06:16
  16. 16

    Focus Points

    08:27
  17. 17

    What is a Pixel?

    04:41
  18. 18

    Print Vs On-Screen Resolution

    17:26
  19. 19

    Cropping

    11:14
  20. 20

    Image Size & File Settings

    23:59
  21. 21

    Lens Considerations: Focal Length

    21:49
  22. 22

    Lens Considerations: Maximum Aperture

    06:46
  23. 23

    Lens Considerations: Minimum Focus Distance

    07:24
  24. 24

    Resources for Download and Organization

    19:03

Meet Your Expert

Khara Plicanic

A one-woman show, Khara has been dazzling her photo clients with outrageous service and record-breaking turnaround times since shooting her first wedding 14 years ago. Her book, “Getting Started in Digital Photography” showcases ... read more

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81% of students recommend this class.
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  • Kate Ambers

    Kate Ambers

    November 2016

    Khara is awesome! She really breaks down how the camera works, photography terminology, and technique. She does it all with a fun and entertaining personality and really makes it easy to understand what you are learning! I love this course!!! So worth it!

  • Holly Cooper

    August 2016

    Loved this course and have recommended it to a friend who is looking to purchase his first DSLR. This course is perfect for beginners or someone who is self taught and who has picked a few bits up along the way; Khara then puts all these little bits of information together. I feel like the pieces have come together for me and I have taken my best/favourite photographs after watching these videos. Thank you CL and Thank you Khara x

  • Gloria

    June 2017

    I’ve taken a number of excellent courses from Creative Live, and this very thoughtfully organized, well taught class took me from “I love photography but I’ll never get how to do it” to “wow I get it!” It created a huge shift (finally!) for me. There is an intelligent simplicity that really does make for lightbulb moments. I’m extremely grateful for this class. Now I can go back and watch the others courses again and they will make much more sense and I can apply what I learned here.

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