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Digital Photography Basics

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Digital Photography BasicsThis four-week course is designed to teach the beginning photographer about the D-SLR and have fun doing it. We'll begin by examining lens choices, ISO settings, and what the various camera buttons and dials mean. From there, we'll move on to f-stops and shutter speeds, and how to utilize them for creative control. Instructor is Lynne Eodice, the former Features Editor for Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine and the author of Photos That Inspire. You'll learn how to see the way the camera does, and utilize various rules of composition for best results. There will be tips and techniques throughout this course that will assist those new to D-SLR photography, and will help you create striking images.

Key Features

  1. The camera and controls demystified
  2. F-Stops and shutter speeds
  3. Seeing the picture
  4. Your favorite subjects

  • Note: This course was formerly titled "Learning to Shoot Inspiring Images" ... otherwise, the same great content!
  • Demystify the camera and controls.
  • Learn how to choose ISO settings, and begin making creative decisions.
  • F-stops and shutter speeds made easy. Learn how to use these controls to fine-tune your images.
  • Learn how to see the way the camera does, including composition,  rule of thirds, and other ways to improve your "eye."
  • Learn tips and techniques for shooting your favorite subjects, including lighting and lens choices.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Lynne  Eodice Lynne Eodice
The author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Lynne Eodice 

© Lynne Eodice 

Course Outline


1. The Camera & Controls Demystified
This first lesson is an overview of the camera body, the sensor, viewfinder, and lenses. We'll also explore camera settings, what the various icons and dials mean, and establishing ISO to get the best results. The student will get an introduction to making creative decisions. Some quick "pro tips" will follow this lesson, as well as the other three in this series. 
Assignment: Shoot and submit five images that demonstrate your understanding thus far of the camera controls. Take your camera off the auto mode and experiment!

2. F-Stops & Shutter Speeds
These are two of the powerful controls at your fingertips on a D-SLR. Learning how to use them to fine-tune your images helps you to create shots that look exactly as you want them. Learn when to select shutter or aperture priority. We will also examine exposure compensation and auto-bracketing.
Assignment: Shoot several images with your camera set on shutter priority as well as on aperture priority. Submit your best image from each setting and explain what effect you were trying to capture.

3. Seeing the Picture
Many people discover that they're disappointed with their photographs because they don't seem to come out the way the shot is remembered. Learn to "see" the same way that your camera does. We'll discuss composition, including the idea of the golden mean, ways of framing a picture, and choosing a great vantage point from which to shoot.
Assignment: Upload several images that illustrate a different rule of composition as outlined in this lesson.

4. Your Favorite Subjects
Photographing subject matter that really interests you, while utilizing the tips and techniques you've learned, can be a great motivating factor in your photography. In this lesson, there will also be a primer on lighting and lens choices when shooting various subjects, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture, and pets.
Assignment: Submit five images of your favorite subject(s). Think about f-stops and shutter speeds, composition, lighting and your choice of lens. Explain what methods you used to capture these images (e.g., slow shutter speed to blur a waterfall, or late afternoon light to illuminate a landscape). 

© Lynne Eodice 

© Lynne Eodice 



  • A digital SLR camera is preferred. However, a film or digital compact P&S ("point and shoot") camera with selectable controls is acceptable too.
  • A tripod is recommended, but not required.



Who is this course intended for?
This is for the beginning photography student - or perhaps someone returning to photography after an absence from shooting - who wants to learn how to use his/her camera and take better pictures. 

Will the course give pointers on how to use my camera?
Yes, we will outline the different features that are common to most of today's D-SLRs, and you will quickly learn how to gain creative control. 

What type of equipment will I need to complete the assignments?
A digital SLR camera is preferred, but a film or digital compact ("point and shoot") camera is OK too, as long as it has selectable controls. A tripod is recommended, though not mandatory. 

Will this course include instruction on image editing?
No. This course will cover photography basics, including f-stops, shutter speeds, composition, and tips for photographing some of the most popular subject matter. 

© Lynne Eodice 

© Lynne Eodice 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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