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

One more thing before we move on: The size of the sensor is very important to the end result of your photos.  There are many sizes of sensors (as shown in the diagram below), and phone manufacturers create new sizes to fit in their space constraints.  In general, the larger the sensor, the more light it can capture, making a better-quality photo.  However, bigger is not always better.  Bigger sensors are heavier and require heavier, bulkier equipment.  Better quality isn’t always necessary – how many people are actually going to be viewing your photo at 30+ inches?  Will people be able to tell on your social media pages if you used a phone camera or a full-frame (large sensor) camera?  Depending on how you use your photos, there is a point of diminishing returns in terms of quality.  For most beginning photographers, an APS-C sensor is perfectly adequate (and quite a bit cheaper than most full-frame cameras).  With the quality improvements in phone cameras, a good-quality sensor in a phone is adequate for many amateur photographers.

Below are some of the most common sizes of sensors.  Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are either full frame or APS-C, while phone cameras, bridge cameras, and point-and-shoot cameras usually have smaller sensors.

Sensor sizes
Sensor sizes. PC MarcusGR, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons