Photography 101 Series

For those of you just joining us, this Series is a 17 week Photography 101 course that originally began in May 2010.  Because of such great response regarding the lessons, this is a re-posting of those lessons.  You can currently view all of the lessons under the Categories>Photography 101 option on the top menu bar, but if you’re just starting out, I encourage you to not jump ahead, but rather take your time with each lesson as each lesson builds on the previous lesson.

You will also notice a new feature on each lesson:  a Printer Friendly version so you can print and read at your own leisure.

Another new feature is the option of sharing these lessons with your social network.  You’ll notice a variety of social networking icons at the bottom of each post to click and share with your friends.  Feel free to share the lessons with others; that’s what they are here for!

With the fast moving techno age we’re in right now, many professional cameras are available now to you, the non-professional.  But as I too often hear from so many of you, “I have a new camera, but I’m not sure what to do with it.”  so many dials, buttons and settings, but you’re still only using the basic, fully automatic mode because you don’t know what all those buttons are used for.  Sound familiar?  You also probably paid lots of money for your camera so you can get those great shots of the dance recital, the greatest football or baseball catch of all times, those final Senior moments or simply those sweet, every-day memories that you don’t want to forget.  But maybe something is still missing from your pictures; something’s just not quite right and you’re not getting those great shots you were hoping for.  Maybe you’re not using your camera to its fullest potential.  Oh!  And that instruction booklet that came with your camera?  It explains everything just perfectly, right?  Wrong.  If you don’t know what all those settings and buttons mean then how are you going to understand reading it in the instruction manual?  Again, sound familiar?

No worries, starting this Monday and continuing every Monday, I’ll be ripping apart (okay, maybe not ripping) your instruction booklet and going into more detail about how to take great pictures.  In this Photography 101 Series, I’ll explain what those techie parts of your camera, as well as review your instruction booklet with you so that the next time you read it, it will make more sense to you!  You’ll also have the opportunity to post your work online here (more on that later) for personal review.

I’d love to know if you’ll be participating in the Series, so leave me some love (comment) at the bottom of this post.  And don’t be shy, feel free to ask any questions along the way!  I’ll see you Monday!

Samantha - March 13, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Hi Amber,
Yay! I’m so glad you found me. Don’t worry about starting late. Just click on the Photography 101 link under the Categories tab and take your time catching up! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Samantha - February 7, 2011 - 7:50 am

Thanks Lynda! Hope you enjoy!

Lynda White - February 5, 2011 - 11:10 pm

I’m really excited about this and looking forward to Monday night! Thanks a bunch!

Maria - July 29, 2010 - 6:18 am

I just came across your website, and I love it! I don’t have a fancy professional camera, as of yet, but I’m dying to get into photography – really get into it. This looks like the perfect place to get started! I’ll be spending the rest of my morning reading through your lessons! Thanks!

leigh - May 16, 2010 - 10:49 pm

oh. em. geeee!!! i am so so so SO excited! i just got a nikon d90 about 3 weeks ago and i’ve been shooting with a rebel xti for about 3 years 🙂 and i must say, you have an AWESOME eye for photography 🙂

you did my cousin’s wedding a couple of years ago, and i am STILL amazed by her pictures! 🙂

admin - May 16, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Yay! I’m so excited to have new students for the class. 😉 Christy, although you don’t have an SLR, I hope to share information that will help you gain a better understanding of how to take better pictures overall. While I will go over your camera’s specifics such as aperture, shutter speed, iso, etc, your point and shoot has similar controls and settings that I hope to give you a better knowledge of. Hope that helps! S

Nissa - May 16, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Hey, Sam…I’d really rather you teach me hands on-this may even be a little over my head! hahaha Love your blog site-very cool! I’ll be checking it out…

Christi - May 16, 2010 - 9:47 pm

Samantha, I don’t have a DSLR, will I be able to use this with my camera? Its a Canon Powershot S5IS

CJC - May 16, 2010 - 8:40 pm

This sounds like a great idea!! I will be participating and look forward to Mondays

Susan Seidel - May 16, 2010 - 8:36 pm

Yay! I just learned about your 365 blog last week through Stacy Richardson’s 365 project. I am new to photography and love to learn. I got my first SLR camera (Cannon XSI) in Nov of 2008. I am so excited for your photography 101 series. I will definitely be checking out your blog. Thanks for helping us understand our cameras better. Blessings!

Rhonda Lorio - May 16, 2010 - 8:35 pm

HI Samantha,

so excited to learn a little…I have a nikon D50. Really just love taking pics of my kids and their sports. Always love looking at your work. It amazes me every time…very powerful and moving.

Can’t wait til tomorrow!


Kate Bentley - May 16, 2010 - 7:56 pm

I am so excited for all of tips!

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