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Photography 101 – Introduction

Photography 101 - Introduction

The following post is from Australian photographer Neil Creek who is part of the recently launched Fine Art Photoblog, and is participating in Project 365 – a photo a day for a year – on his blog.

A couple of weeks back, Darren asked readers to “Ask a Digital Photograhy Question” to give the new DPS writers an idea of what you would like to learn about digital photography. As one of the new writers, I read the comments on the thread with great interest. They spanned the whole range from beginner to advanced, but the major recurring theme was settings, settings, settings.

The increasingly complex digital cameras on the market today offer a bewildering variety of ways to control their operation, and understanding how turning dials and flipping switches affects the images you end up with can make your head spin.

To get the most out of your photography and to best use your camera as a tool to create beautiful imagery, you really need to go back to the beginning and learn all about the basics. A strong grounding in the fundamentals in photography is essential to make this possible. When you know how it all works, then you know how to make it work. You will know how to set your exposure to capture the detail you want. You will know how to control light to show people what you want them to see. You will know how to react to unexpected situations and fleeting opportunities.

Back to class

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The DPS archives have a broad range of useful articles on photography from the basic to the advanced. Some of what I intend to cover in this series may already have been discussed in other articles. I do not wish to create redundancy, however I want this course to be comprehensive.

As with many things, there are different ways of looking at the same topic. I hope that by offering another perspective, I will be able to complement the existing DPS articles. I will link to relevant articles whenever it would be helpful.

Starting next week (Monday), I will be writing an ongoing weekly series of articles titled Photography 101 – A Basic Course on the Camera. In perhaps about a dozen parts, we’ll cover all the basics of camera design and use. We’ll talk about the ‘exposure triangle': shutter speed, aperture and ISO. We’ll talk about focus, depth of field and sharpness, as well as how lenses work, what focal lengths mean and how they put light on the sensor. We’ll also look at the camera itself, how it works, what all the options mean and how they will affect your photos.

When we finish our first ‘semester’ course of Photography 101, depending on how successful the series has been, I have ideas for future semesters: Photography 102 – A Basic Course in Taking Photos, Photography 103 – A Basic Course in Processing and Photography 104 – Increasing Your Options with Gear. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the idea of such a series of courses, and what you hope to get out of it. Please leave a reply to this post with your comments!

Alright, sharpen your pencils, and see you next week!

Next Week

Photography 101 – Light and the Pinhole Camera.

In addition to posting his Project 365 photos to his blog, Neil also runs a monthly photography project. This month’s topic is Iron Chef Photography – The Fork.

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Neil Creek is a professional photographer from Melbourne, Australia. He has been shooting with a DSLR since 2004, and blogging about his experiences since 2006. Neil has authored five ebooks and a video training course, all designed to help others improve their photography. View Neil's folio at his home page. Learn about his publications here.

  • Malcolm Ryan-Cowell

    This is just SOOOOO right for me, and judging by the comments above, many more of us. I’m a new DSLR user (Pentax K10D with 70mm macro Sigma to make me ‘focus’ on composition with a prime rather than continually zoom!)and this series couldn’t have arrived at a better moment. Will be avidly looking for part one on Monday …

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilach/ Bilal Najjar

    Every one is sharing the same great feeling that your offering this series!!! and just wanted to let you count my voice in.

    Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.imagesforlife.co.za Jana

    Great Idee…..!! Now I can “study” photography in the comfort of my favourite chair!!

    Thank you so much!!

  • Ernie Hatt

    This sounds great, but I hope this is not going to be directed at only DSLR’s. I have a Panosonic FZ50 with converter lens, and find this satisfies my needs. I have had Slr’s for years, but have found them to be really over rated, admittedly they do give more flexibility. Ernie

  • Kent

    I just ran across this sight and post and a am very stoked. I am just beginning and am so glad to start with the foundations (very important in any endeavor) and progress on. Thanx a lot and I look forward to the upcoming lessons. I promise I will be a good student! For someone enthralled at the possibility of a career in photography the net is just fantastic for all kinds of info, study and inspiration. This sight is no exception.

    Cheers and keep up the good work, it helps a lot!
    Kent

  • Bao Pham

    Thank you for posting articles on DPS. I love this website. I read many articles everyday. I hope DPS will get better and better.

  • vilma

    I just found your site, searching for an intro in photography for my girls to take as a highschool elective. I think this would be awesome bcz will be complimenting the course w/ journalism. We are ready! Question: the material would be in archives after the lessons are covered on the site every week? Regards From Sunny Puerto Rico:)

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hi Vilma, You can search on dPS for any photo topic and most of the time you will find the answer you are looking for – if you get stuck, you will find many helpful people in our forums. You can sign up and ask any question that you like.

    http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/

    Sime

  • Stacey Hunter

    Can this “course” be found now, or was it something we had to catch as it happened? I just came across this article and I wish I had caught it at the time-but I’m searching and not finding it in the Archives-or at least as it’s described/titled above. Thanks!

  • mcallister

    I second your question stacey! I was bummed to see the earlier posts from so long ago! Talk about missing the boat! :) Hope to hear back! Thank you

  • http://getawaysbydesign.com Marcus Adkins

    I think this is a wonderful idea!!!
    It will be a great backbone to this website and its format.
    An extension of this about technique would also be very complimentary maybe from professionals and serious amateurs!

  • jo&jo

    Wow, this is great..i wish i can still see those articles (photography 101, 102 and so on…), please post again!

  • Musky

    Great! Great! Great! Ive been learning alot from you guys since i bought my dslr a week ago, i think this w0uld benefit a l0t newbie (like me) since we really d0nt have any c0mpact kn0wledge ab0ut ph0t0graphy, and we kinda get s0me rand0m kn0wledge out of too many diff. Websites, books, video tut0rials, etc. Im really l0oking forward to next m0nday.

    P.S. Is there s0meone, like interested to be like my seni0r here in this site, i mean s0meone who can check my work, and like be my mentor, or lets just say be m0re like a teammate.. Thanks in advance

  • Leslie

    I stumbled on part 8 of this series when I did a Google search for metering. For those who are looking for the other topics in this series go to the link below – part 8 has links to parts 1-7 (a search for photography 101.1, photography 101.2, etc will also work). It would be nice if this could be found under the Tips and Tutorials.
    http://digital-photography-school.com/photography-1018-meter
    I can’t find anything about the Photography 102, 103, etc series. Maybe those never happened?

  • Cem

    thanks thanks thanks!! great idea for beginners.. i cant wait for the lessons

  • Denise

    This is great, exactly what I’ve been looking for! I was fairly proficient about 20 years ago with my Nikon FG (I NEVER used the auto or program mode), but then I had kids and got a camera that did all the thinking for me, and I forgot how to think. Now, I have a Nikon D90 that I am very intimidated by. I can’t wait to start! Thank you in advance!

  • http://neil.creek.name Neil Creek

    Just as an update to this post. The Photography 101 series of posts (which can still be found on DPS) were updated and significantly expanded and turned into the Photo Nuts and Bolts ebook. The first in the Photo Nuts series.

    You can see the ebook here: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/nuts-bolts

    The second book in the series is Photo Nuts and Shots: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/shots

    The third book is being released later today!

    These ebooks have been DPSs best sellers and have helped many people improve their photography.

Some older comments

  • Neil Creek

    January 24, 2012 11:34 am

    Just as an update to this post. The Photography 101 series of posts (which can still be found on DPS) were updated and significantly expanded and turned into the Photo Nuts and Bolts ebook. The first in the Photo Nuts series.

    You can see the ebook here: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/nuts-bolts

    The second book in the series is Photo Nuts and Shots: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/shots

    The third book is being released later today!

    These ebooks have been DPSs best sellers and have helped many people improve their photography.

  • Denise

    January 24, 2012 11:20 am

    This is great, exactly what I've been looking for! I was fairly proficient about 20 years ago with my Nikon FG (I NEVER used the auto or program mode), but then I had kids and got a camera that did all the thinking for me, and I forgot how to think. Now, I have a Nikon D90 that I am very intimidated by. I can't wait to start! Thank you in advance!

  • Cem

    April 2, 2010 10:37 pm

    thanks thanks thanks!! great idea for beginners.. i cant wait for the lessons

  • Leslie

    March 31, 2010 07:32 am

    I stumbled on part 8 of this series when I did a Google search for metering. For those who are looking for the other topics in this series go to the link below - part 8 has links to parts 1-7 (a search for photography 101.1, photography 101.2, etc will also work). It would be nice if this could be found under the Tips and Tutorials.
    http://digital-photography-school.com/photography-1018-meter
    I can’t find anything about the Photography 102, 103, etc series. Maybe those never happened?

  • Musky

    March 17, 2010 02:43 am

    Great! Great! Great! Ive been learning alot from you guys since i bought my dslr a week ago, i think this w0uld benefit a l0t newbie (like me) since we really d0nt have any c0mpact kn0wledge ab0ut ph0t0graphy, and we kinda get s0me rand0m kn0wledge out of too many diff. Websites, books, video tut0rials, etc. Im really l0oking forward to next m0nday.

    P.S. Is there s0meone, like interested to be like my seni0r here in this site, i mean s0meone who can check my work, and like be my mentor, or lets just say be m0re like a teammate.. Thanks in advance

  • jo&jo

    February 2, 2010 02:57 am

    Wow, this is great..i wish i can still see those articles (photography 101, 102 and so on...), please post again!

  • Marcus Adkins

    January 29, 2010 08:59 am

    I think this is a wonderful idea!!!
    It will be a great backbone to this website and its format.
    An extension of this about technique would also be very complimentary maybe from professionals and serious amateurs!

  • mcallister

    January 29, 2010 03:12 am

    I second your question stacey! I was bummed to see the earlier posts from so long ago! Talk about missing the boat! :) Hope to hear back! Thank you

  • Stacey Hunter

    January 28, 2010 07:59 am

    Can this "course" be found now, or was it something we had to catch as it happened? I just came across this article and I wish I had caught it at the time-but I'm searching and not finding it in the Archives-or at least as it's described/titled above. Thanks!

  • Sime

    November 14, 2009 10:20 am

    Hi Vilma, You can search on dPS for any photo topic and most of the time you will find the answer you are looking for - if you get stuck, you will find many helpful people in our forums. You can sign up and ask any question that you like.

    http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/

    Sime

  • vilma

    November 14, 2009 03:28 am

    I just found your site, searching for an intro in photography for my girls to take as a highschool elective. I think this would be awesome bcz will be complimenting the course w/ journalism. We are ready! Question: the material would be in archives after the lessons are covered on the site every week? Regards From Sunny Puerto Rico:)

  • Bao Pham

    June 9, 2009 02:59 am

    Thank you for posting articles on DPS. I love this website. I read many articles everyday. I hope DPS will get better and better.

  • Kent

    June 10, 2008 10:56 am

    I just ran across this sight and post and a am very stoked. I am just beginning and am so glad to start with the foundations (very important in any endeavor) and progress on. Thanx a lot and I look forward to the upcoming lessons. I promise I will be a good student! For someone enthralled at the possibility of a career in photography the net is just fantastic for all kinds of info, study and inspiration. This sight is no exception.

    Cheers and keep up the good work, it helps a lot!
    Kent

  • Ernie Hatt

    March 13, 2008 11:35 am

    This sounds great, but I hope this is not going to be directed at only DSLR's. I have a Panosonic FZ50 with converter lens, and find this satisfies my needs. I have had Slr's for years, but have found them to be really over rated, admittedly they do give more flexibility. Ernie

  • Jana

    March 12, 2008 10:28 pm

    Great Idee.....!! Now I can "study" photography in the comfort of my favourite chair!!

    Thank you so much!!

  • Bilal Najjar

    March 11, 2008 11:20 pm

    Every one is sharing the same great feeling that your offering this series!!! and just wanted to let you count my voice in.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Malcolm Ryan-Cowell

    March 10, 2008 08:41 pm

    This is just SOOOOO right for me, and judging by the comments above, many more of us. I'm a new DSLR user (Pentax K10D with 70mm macro Sigma to make me 'focus' on composition with a prime rather than continually zoom!)and this series couldn't have arrived at a better moment. Will be avidly looking for part one on Monday ...

  • Dennis

    March 10, 2008 05:52 pm

    This is amazing. Perfect timing since I just bought a Rebel XTi. I'd be looking forward.

  • Eduardo Saldarriaga

    March 9, 2008 02:00 pm

    Excellent idea! I'm a amateur in digital photography and I my dream is to become pro some day. I try to use my camera during the weekends and even after three years of practicing I came up with some pictures where I think I'd have a better understanding of the basics.

  • mtg

    March 9, 2008 06:38 am

    Great idea, I'm looking forward to this series. The main point is as it was stated in the intro: "When you know how it all works, then you know how to make it work." ;
    Thanks in advance.

  • Astaryth

    March 9, 2008 04:23 am

    Woo Hoo! This is great. Can't wait for Monday!

  • Indu

    March 9, 2008 02:28 am

    This is a great idea!!! I can't wait till Monday, I'm re-scheduling my work for the week in view of the home works you would assign!! Cool, Thanks for this great idea Neil.

  • Susan

    March 8, 2008 11:39 pm

    Great plan for Photography 101 and the following "semesters." I NEED IT!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  • James

    March 8, 2008 05:31 pm

    Excellent!

    I have just purchased my first DSLR and am learning how to use it properly. This could not have come at a better time.

    Thank you!

  • Kathy Radford

    March 8, 2008 05:15 pm

    Sounds like an excellent series and I look forward to a great adventure viewing them. Keep up your excellent work on this site. I love it.

  • Lynne Rogers

    March 8, 2008 04:14 pm

    Looking for to it and the planned follow ons....excellent idea.

  • angela

    March 8, 2008 03:46 pm

    this is great,i just got a new advanced point and shoot and i have realy been getting into photography,this would realy help me out!! thanks a lot!!

  • Harvey Fogle

    March 8, 2008 02:51 pm

    Harvey Says

    This is great. I"ve been looking for somethink like this also would you go into what setting's to use to take a picture. Looking forward to Monday.

  • parag

    March 8, 2008 01:34 pm

    This is absolutely a bliss! Can't wait to get started.

  • Jenn

    March 8, 2008 01:29 pm

    I just found your blog and am SOO excited - I just got my first DSLR and am struggling a bit - I cant wait until monday!

  • Lizzy

    March 8, 2008 12:27 pm

    Like everyone else above me - this is EXACTLY what I need and WANT!!!!

    Ready and Waiting!

  • Aga

    March 8, 2008 11:34 am

    That's excellent! I can't wait.

  • chito

    March 8, 2008 10:35 am

    Thanks! This is so generous of you to share your knowledge to amateurs like us! More power to you!

  • Len

    March 8, 2008 10:33 am

    Tho I have been taking pictures for a number of years and am now on my fourth dig. Camera I feel that a course like this will be a good refresher....too bad it was not around about 5-6 years ago!
    I am looking forward to it

  • Joe P

    March 8, 2008 08:43 am

    Wonderful idea. I am in. I have trying to keep up with the daily updates and assignments from DPS. I have been with the sight since Dec.07, new to photography and I keep reading "keep it simple" "simple is better". So my opinion is, is that it is good to be reminded, reschooled on basics, if you will.
    I can't wait. Thank you.

  • Cathy

    March 8, 2008 08:43 am

    I can't wait either. I am all for learning everything I can. Thanks

  • Lilia

    March 8, 2008 08:37 am

    nice, can't wait! this type of information is golden and so rare to find a consistent course online and free! covering from start to finish.

  • Jan Greig

    March 8, 2008 07:45 am

    Thank you so much!
    I have a jumble of bits of information about photography whirling around in my head, but I never seem to be able to put it all together to take the kind of photos I want. I need to start again with all the basic info. and build on that. Your course sounds like just what I need.
    Will it come through dps (which, by the way, is a wonderful help, and one of my favourites)or do I go to your website for the instruction?
    Thank you, DPS, for telling us about this.

  • Tom

    March 8, 2008 07:13 am

    Fantastic ideas. I too can't wait for Monday and beyond. Thanks!!!!

  • Mandar

    March 8, 2008 05:23 am

    Any information from DPS has always been great help to learn photography. I am sure this is gonna be one more great platform to learn photography.

  • Little Bit

    March 8, 2008 05:17 am

    I can't wait!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Cliff

    March 8, 2008 04:45 am

    Wow, this is an awesome idea. You can go ahead and sign me up for 102, 103 and 104!!

  • Erika

    March 8, 2008 03:07 am

    This is great! I am just starting to get into photography, so this sounds like it will be a real help for me! Thanks so much!! I can't wait!

  • amy

    March 8, 2008 02:24 am

    SIGN ME UP! I can't wait!

  • Michael

    March 8, 2008 02:22 am

    Based on how well written your description is concerning your upcoming semesters, I anticipate that this will be one of the most informative and enjoyable information sharing efforts I've seen for some time.

    I'm a fairly experienced photographer, with quite a few years of study, practice and experience in my history; however, it is always a good thing to be reminded of the basics and to keep abreast of the rapid and forever changing technologies and equipment that we photographers have to be aware of to be good at our craft.

    I really look forward to reading what you have to offer us.

  • Christine

    March 8, 2008 02:03 am

    Add me to the list of 'happy to see' this type of column. I have already created a word document to save these into so that I can refer to them as I need them. Thank you, looking forward to all of them.

  • Don Richardson

    March 8, 2008 01:36 am

    Sounds great! I've been working with a bridge camera since 2002. I've upgraded twice as the cameras evolved and my V-LUX 1 is great but still leaves something to be desired. I just bought a Olympus E-510 about three weeks ago and need all the help I can get. I'm having trouble adjusting and find myself reaching for the old camera before the new DSLR. Here's hoping the new class will help me understand the camera better and increase my abilities.

  • Joni

    March 8, 2008 01:08 am

    what a blessing! i've been waiting for something like this! Can't wait until Monday!!!

  • Preeti

    March 8, 2008 01:06 am

    Awesome! I really look forward to this and thanks (in advance) for sharing your knowledge!

  • Ajith

    March 8, 2008 01:01 am

    Its a great idea. Until last year I had a canon EOS300 film camera which produce great fotos for the last 5 years(in my point of view,I am not a professional but I love photography). Now I have the canon EOS 400 D XTi which I was dreaming for, but I am battling to print a nice or a photo with good colours without editing on computer. I am sure this will help a lot.
    Regards,
    Ajith

  • Teresa

    March 8, 2008 12:43 am

    Can't wait for these classes!! Will they come to my email like this did or is this only an announcement and we need to go get these classes at a different url?

  • Dara H

    March 8, 2008 12:42 am

    Thanks! I am overwhelmed by all the settings on my D80. What a great site for me. Thank you!
    Dara

  • June

    March 8, 2008 12:36 am

    Add me to the list of people looking forward to this. Will it come as part of my subscription to dps or do I need to sign up somewhere?

  • jeff c

    March 8, 2008 12:35 am

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.I am a beginner and i soooooo need this.

    Jeff

  • Addie

    March 7, 2008 11:57 pm

    This is what Ive been waiting for!

  • enrique

    March 7, 2008 11:16 pm

    Neil, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I will be waiting for your lecture.

  • William Connell

    March 7, 2008 10:34 pm

    Looking forward to being taught properly as i've taught myself and sure to have things inside out and upside down back to front,you get the idea.Good move Neil.

  • Marylyn

    March 7, 2008 10:29 pm

    Yeah... me too. I have a new digital camera about 3 months ago but still did not get what I want and I felt so lucky to know DPS because I believe DPS can enhance my digital photography skill. Now, I am looking forward for the upcoming series.

  • Norman Tsai

    March 7, 2008 09:43 pm

    Coool...

    I await 'Photography 101 - Introduction' with great excitement!

    As a beginner who bot the Canon 40D last Nov and took it to a few trips, I'm still very much bewilded by the many settings it offers... and all the time sticking to Program mode to play safe.

    I believe with Photo101, i'll be able to learn right from scratch the basics of photography and not be dominated by my camera but instead be a master of it... (grin).

    On future series, maybe on "Applied Photography"? Teaching application stuff - like tips on how to take great product pics for ebay, or stock photos for iStockphotos (As a beginner, the very clean pics in iStockphotos amazes me very much n keeps me wondering how the hell they did it).

    Thanks Neil!

  • Andre Martins

    March 7, 2008 09:14 pm

    Fantastic!! This is really what i wanted to learn: How to use and most important understand 'the triangle' relationship and how to capture the effects you imagine in the sensors of the camera.

    I can't wait until monday to start learning!

    Best Regards!

  • Riyazi

    March 7, 2008 09:11 pm

    This is a fantastic idea. The more we learn about something the more likely it is that we forget the basics.

  • TheShark

    March 7, 2008 07:59 pm

    This is a fantastic idea I recently bought a EOS 400D and its a great camera but I want them perfect shots and you are helping me accomplish just that, with this course it will allow me to understand my camera allot better, so thank you and my pencil and paper are at the ready.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Nino

    March 7, 2008 06:51 pm

    Neil,from what has already been posted I am sure you get the impression that this would be a very good series. Along with everyone else, I am looking forward to next Monday. It is always good to go back to basics once in awhile.
    All my pencils are sharpened & ready to go.

  • AlaskaTeacher

    March 7, 2008 04:36 pm

    This is a fantastic idea Neil! I am new to the world of dSLRs. I've been trying to tweak with my settings, but I get so overwhelmed. I usually can only tweak one setting at a time. I'd love to learn how to use combinations of setting to improve my pictures. I'm even looking forward to the homework!

  • gilda

    March 7, 2008 04:35 pm

    great! I am looking forward to it...

  • Janet Sweeden

    March 7, 2008 04:09 pm

    I can hardly wait! I bought a nice camera with all these different settings and a wide angle lens and have no idea what it can really do.

  • kym baddack

    March 7, 2008 03:52 pm

    great idea i need something like this .it takes me lots of time to go through all the blogs looking for what i need. Time i would rather spend taking photos,roll on Monday {cant believe i just wrote that}

  • Kevin

    March 7, 2008 03:14 pm

    I am a newcomer to this place, where I found very useful and interesting for learning taking photos. To know the ideas and processes behind those cool pictures are alwasy attractive and challenging, bettern than searching and checking the prices of new-launced DSLR and strong lens behind the laptop.

    I am extremly looking forward to the coming series.

    P.S I've got my nikon D50 two years ago(nikon 50mm/1.8,tarmon 17-50mm/2.8 ) , most pics were taken during my travelling.
    my photoblog :kevinchen.photo.pconline.com.cn, pls come and visit my photoblog when available. Cheers:)

  • Erwin

    March 7, 2008 03:04 pm

    Excellent Neil. I'm looking forward to this. I'm betting these lessons from basics will come in handy when I get my Nikon D40x next weekend.

  • Bert Koppe

    March 7, 2008 03:03 pm

    As an enthusiastic but not particularly talented amateur photographer I am very much looking forward to learning from your proposed course.

    Good luck with your ventures.

  • chris

    March 7, 2008 02:24 pm

    I think this will be great

  • Grace

    March 7, 2008 02:17 pm

    This is absolutely awesome! I'm looking forward to these series of courses! I will surely not miss a class. :) By the way, can you also include the meaning of some jargons that we hear/read from photo-related materials? I think that will help us better understand these materials. :)

    Can't wait for the first session... More power Neil!

  • Caren Joyner

    March 7, 2008 01:59 pm

    I can't wait for your class. The information I've learned so far has been invaluable. See you next Monday!

  • fac73

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm

    Cool. I love DPS and this will be a great course. I am trying (in my free time) to get better use out of my D80, but with so many settings and buttons... I am looking forward to Monday.

  • Jim

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am

    Great! thanks for this, looking forward to Monday!

  • Wanman

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am

    This is a great idea, this site just gets better and better glad I was able to find it while browsing the net.

  • Sara

    March 7, 2008 11:49 am

    Yay!! Just what I need. Only recently got my dSLR so it's great timing!

  • Kevin

    March 7, 2008 11:37 am

    I have been waiting to seize the moment and you guys have made it come true. Thanks

  • wayne

    March 7, 2008 11:05 am

    I personally think that is a wonderful idea, we as beginners are in need of just such a thing as this. I for one won't miss a single class. I just want to say think you in advance for even thinking of those of us who need the help.

  • BestRN

    March 7, 2008 10:55 am

    Wow, I'm glad there are so many who share my sentiments! Can't WAIT-- I really need this!

  • Dev

    March 7, 2008 10:29 am

    Awesome. Now I have a reason to look forward to Mondays!

    I'm looking forward to a good refresher course!

    Thanks for taking the time to write one up for us.

  • Bob

    March 7, 2008 10:27 am

    Just what I need.
    Just graduated to a DSLR and looking forward to learning anything about photography.
    Hopefully I can print the courses you propose and use it for future reference and as a knowledge base.
    Thanks for an excellent photo site and all your efforts to help all the aspiring amateurs and pros.

  • Mike de Guzman

    March 7, 2008 10:05 am

    the idea is GREAT! i'm a new user of DLSR, and i'm just trying to educate myself by getting ideas like this site! i have no one to talk to like for sharing one on one. but this site already helped a lot! starting from the beginning is the best idea! excited to start this already!

    MORE POWER!

  • Carrie

    March 7, 2008 09:05 am

    This sounds great! I am really looking forward to it. I took a photography course a couple years ago, but it is always great to review. Some of the things that were confusing the first time hopefully will click if I get it a second time. :)
    After a while, it seems that I get in a rut and forget some of the things I learned. Hopefully this will bring it all back and put a new spark into my photography.

  • Neil Creek

    March 7, 2008 08:40 am

    It's great to see everyone enthusiastic about the upcoming series! It's always much easier to teach a class that's motivated to learn ;) I'll be setting homework assignmnets, and starting with the absolute basics, but working up towards more challenging topics.

    It's encouraging to hear how many have or are buying DSLRs, and they will help in the learning process because of the control they give you. However, the principles I'm covering will even help you get more out of your compact and bridge cameras.

    Looking forward, an extended series of courses should be fun! But you have to walk before you run, or you'll be tripping up a lot. :) If all goes well, there may well be "intermediate" and "advanced" courses, but that's a way off yet.

    Looking forward to seeing you all in class Monday!

  • carolb

    March 7, 2008 07:46 am

    Looking forward to this. I need to improve my technical skills and this is exactly what I need. Thanks!

  • Eddie Floyd Jr.

    March 7, 2008 07:31 am

    This is a wonderful idea. I'm fired up and ready to go! I've shared this with a friend. Thanks so very much. Oh by the way, Be safe and happy returns.

  • octosink

    March 7, 2008 06:59 am

    Wow! I am looking forward to this series. I've always wanted to learn about pinhole cameras.

  • leaky181

    March 7, 2008 06:59 am

    Just in time my wife has just given me My first DSLR Canon 400D i cant wait to start the course.

  • DT

    March 7, 2008 06:56 am

    Yes! Yes! Yes! i just bought a Canon XTi (hasn't even arrived yet) and i have no clue what to do with it, but am a very willing learner.

    thanks - timing, timing, timing :)

  • Nancy

    March 7, 2008 06:48 am

    Oh, I am definitely interested in this and need the basics very much!

    Thanks for doing this...

    Nancy

  • Christine

    March 7, 2008 06:27 am

    That's a brilliant idea! Thank you very much for organising this - I really look forward to all the series you are planning. I am a keen photographer but have many 'holes' in my photographic knowledge - I hope you can help me (and others!) 'plug' these holes and get even more out of my Photography! Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge.

  • Millied917

    March 7, 2008 06:19 am

    I look forward to all the upcoming series (101, 102, 103 and 104)!

  • Sherb

    March 7, 2008 06:15 am

    For me this couldn't be a better time for these seminars... I just bought my first DSLR (Canon 400D)yesterday!!!

    Superb!

  • Mary

    March 7, 2008 06:08 am

    Fabulous idea. This will be well received. Can't wait to hear more.

  • Cisco

    March 7, 2008 05:48 am

    I agree with all the comments sounds like a great idea. Let me add that it would be helpful to have a series of where and when to go to Av or Tv since I know the pros often use some "shortcuts" in those settings too.

  • Betty

    March 7, 2008 05:33 am

    I can't wait for your "Photography 101" series! Thank you!

  • circulating

    March 7, 2008 05:05 am

    so looking forward to this...!! I read, I practice, I try again...:)

  • Taryn

    March 7, 2008 04:53 am

    I can't wait! I've just recently upgraded to a DSLR and need as much help as I can get!

  • Karyn

    March 7, 2008 04:18 am

    I just got a DSLR for Christmas and I'm eagerly awaiting your "Photography 101" series! Thanks!

  • El Camino

    March 7, 2008 04:11 am

    This is a great idea! I just purchased my first DSLR a month ago. The timing of your planned intro course couldn't be better for me. And definitely, please, keep them coming (102, 103, ....).

  • anniebluesky

    March 7, 2008 03:32 am

    I can hardly wait! I got a new camera (Nikon D40) for my birthday, and am struggling with all the options available on it. Sure, I could just set it to point and shoot, but that is not why I wanted this camera. I want more control.

  • Ed

    March 7, 2008 03:21 am

    This is a fantastic idea!!

    I too am about to purchase my first DSLR and I just enrolled in the photography program at the Art institute. This will be an extremely valuable series.

  • Charles

    March 7, 2008 03:12 am

    Great idea!

    Although I am self thought starting with a Nikon FM2 in full manual mode there are times when I don’t get the shot I was hoping for. With this series I hope to fill in the blanks and bring structure to what I have already learned.

    Charles

  • Jill

    March 7, 2008 03:08 am

    I, too, am hoping to upgrade to a DSLR soon, so this is very good timing. I'm sure these lessons will be very helpful!

  • Allen

    March 7, 2008 02:14 am

    Sounds like a great series. I am definitely looking forward to this one as I think that knowing the basics of taking a picture is one of the most important things in photography. I know that having a series like this would have helped me immensely in the last year that I've been learning.

  • Debbie

    March 7, 2008 02:13 am

    Great! I have a "bridge" camera and since participating in the weekly assignments here at DPS (3+ months) I have really learned how to stay off the "Auto" part of the dial. Since film is free, I really do a lot of adjusting and shooting to get a "good" shot (read acceptable!), but still would like to get a better idea of what I'm doing. I'm looking forward to a series.

  • Corey

    March 7, 2008 02:03 am

    This sounds awesome! I took a photography class back in college, but it was before the day of digital photography. I just bought my first "nice" camera since then and I'm very excited to learn how to use it.

  • Richard Cranium

    March 7, 2008 01:54 am

    Excellant idea. I can't wait. Just itching to get to know all that stuff so I can take my DSLR off the auto settings.

  • Felix

    March 7, 2008 01:49 am

    This is great! I love receiving and learning from my daily tips from dPS because there is always, always something to learn. However, a structured path to feeding the brain all this wonderful knowledge will likely help me produce better quality shots on a consistent basis.

    Looking forward to next Monday. Thank you.

  • Steph

    March 7, 2008 01:24 am

    I've been waiting for something like this! Can't wait until next week!

  • Spamouflage

    March 7, 2008 01:06 am

    I am very interested in this series. I'm sure it'll help me tremendously. I'm nervous about messing up my travel pictures of New Zealand so the timing is right too as I'm leaving in a few weeks.

  • John

    March 7, 2008 01:04 am

    Excellent idea!

    As a regular reader of this site, I think adding photography 101 will come in very useful for the seasoned and amateur photographer alike. I recommend this site to many of my friends who have varying degrees of photography related skills and I know they will appreciate the lessons. Can't wait to get started!

    John

  • Woland783

    March 7, 2008 12:56 am

    So we should wait for Photography 105 for an intermediate course and ph106 for an advanced? :D

  • Darren

    March 7, 2008 12:47 am

    This sounds great - I got a DSLR a few weeks ago because I was geting frustrated that my compact couldn't do what I wanted it to - it would be great to fine out exactly how to control the DSLR.

  • Mark

    March 7, 2008 12:46 am

    Very cool. I'm looking forward to it. Sometimes, with all of the the pressures of keep up with the latest in technological advancement, it helps to be reminded of the basics. My pencil is sharpened and ready to go!

  • Mandy

    March 7, 2008 12:39 am

    Wow this is great I can't wait until Monday!

    I use a point and shoot at the moment but I'm looking to buy a DSLR. And I need information on using them so this has come at the right time for me.

    I've had cameras and taken photographs for years, but starting with a DSLR I want to learn the basics of using them straight off, so I can enjoy the camera and taking photographs more.

    thanks I'll definitely be following the course

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