First Steps to Better Photography

20 Videos
7 pdfs
4 quizzes

Course Description

This course is going to give you your first steps to better photography. It’s a short course designed to get you off those auto modes and give you a bit more control over your camera and picture taking.

It’s for beginners who want to feel more comfortable with their camera and have a bit of fun with photography and makes a great start for people who are not sure to commit to our full course just yet.

I have used over 15 years teaching experience to put together a course that will make you feel much more comfortable with your camera and give you those first steps to creating better photography.

What you will learn

> The essentials of photography
> Camera Kits and Equipment
> Manual Settings

> Focusing
> Composition
> Metering

> Lenses
> Focal Length
> Crop vs Full Frame sensors

Course Content

Introduction to Photography

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Photography

Here we question what photography actually is and examine at the science of this craft whilst referring to photography from the past and the camera obscura.

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Lesson 2 – Camera Kits and Recommended Equipment

A look at different types of camera kits, which ones are best to use for learning and what are the essential pieces of equipment you need.

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Lesson 3 – Introduction to camera settings

Here I teach you the different auto and manual modes found on your camera and why you will never use auto again! A task will be set allowing you to take your first steps to going fully manual.


Lesson 4 – Focusing – Getting your pictures pin sharp!

This will be a lesson showing you how to get every picture in focus with ease. You will learn techniques and camera settings to assist you in controlling focusing and a task will be set to get that focus point exactly where you want it, every time!

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Lesson 5 – Composition

In my opinion, composition is the most important thing to get right. Getting it wrong will make the most beautiful scene look awful. This lesson is an in-depth exploration into how different compositional techniques can really enhance the look of a shot. You will also be set a task to get you out there and put these composition rules into practice!

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Lesson 6 – Lenses, Focal Lengths, Crop and Full Frame sensors

A look at prime and zoom lenses and the effects of different focal lengths. You will also learn what focal lengths are commonly used for landscape and portrait shots and how the visual effect of focal lengths change between crop and full frame cameras.

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Lesson 7 – Metering

This lesson will teach you how to use the metering settings on your camera and more importantly how to control metering for different situations. You will also be set tasks to control your metering enabling you to get perfect exposures!


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What equipment do I need?
Any of the following cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless, CSC or a good quality bridge camera and a tripod.

What’s the difference between ‘Stream and Download’ and ‘Stream Only’?
The Stream and Download option allows you to watch the videos online and download them to keep forever. The Stream Only option allows you to watch the videos as many times as you want for a period of 6 months but has no option to download them. The PDF’s in both options can be downloaded.

What’s the cost in my own currency?
The courses are priced in British Pounds and US Dollars. On checkout it will show the cost in British Pounds and will be converted into your currency when purchased. To get an accurate cost in your own currency click here to use a Currency Converter.

We have 100% confidence in our products!

We offer a no-risk solution here at the School of Photography - If you don’t learn anything, we will give you your money back! I offer this because I have a degree in photography, a post-graduate degree in education, I’m a fully qualified teacher and have been teaching photography since 2002. All of this experience goes into making these courses. We know that our courses will make you excellent photographers just like they have done for 1000s of others.

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Why Choose TSoP?

Find out why 1000s of others across the world choose us to teach them photography.


This is real learning delivered by Professional Teachers!

If you're new to photography, have limited equipment, want to build a photography career, or just have the ambition to take great photos, TSoP is a great place to start.

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