Course Content
A pre-lesson to help prepare you for Lesson 1.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
Collect the photography gear that you'll need for the course
Lesson 2: The Workings of a Camera (Technical Lesson 1)
In this lesson, we'll discuss how a camera works - including digital cameras!
Lesson 3: Background vs. Foreground (Composition 1)
In this lesson, we will look at the three basic elements of every photograph - the foreground, the background, and the subject.
Lesson 4: Light (Technical Lesson 2)
Everything in a photograph is based on light. In this lesson, we will study light and how to use it to your advantage while taking pictures.
Lesson 5: Tell a Story (Composition 2)
In this lesson, we will discuss how to compose pictures in such a way as to draw viewers into the photo via the story it tells.
Lesson 6: The Direction of Light (Technical Lesson 3)
In this lesson, we will look at how the direction of light affects our photographs - and why this is important.
Wilderness Photography 101
About Lesson
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

In this lesson, we’ll look at the types of cameras and how each type works.  This will be useful later, when we’re trying to get the camera to take the best pictures possible.  Note that while DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have more fancy options, most cameras, regardless of type, have a point-and-shoot mode (auto), so you don’t have to set all of the settings manually.

Before we jump into how a camera works, let’s discuss the types of cameras you might own and the pros and cons of each.  There’s no right answer to what camera is “best” – just which type works best for you in your situation.