Photography Fundamentals


Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography

The Best Online Professional Photography Class: How to Take Amazing Photos for Beginners & Advanced Photographers

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24 hours


Feb 2021

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What you will learn

You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family and friends

You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings

You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like family portraits, landscapes, aerial, product, wildlife, and much more

You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules

You will know how to light your subjects with flash and natural lighting

You will know how to edit your photos like a professional

You will know how to make money with photography

You will know how to take better photos with your smart phones



This online photography course will teach you how to take amazing images and even sell them, whether you use a smartphone, mirrorless or DSLR camera.

This photography course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

Master Photography Techniques to Create Extraordinary Images!

While there are plenty of digital photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it's hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

This course is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills, take stellar images, and make money with their photos - especially great for any DSLR or mirrorless camera user.

What will you learn:

  • Understand how cameras work and what gear you need

  • Master shooting in manual mode and understanding your camera

  • Know what equipment you should buy no matter what your budget is

  • Follow our practical demonstrations to see how we shoot in real-world scenarios

  • Use composition, lighting, and proper settings to take better photos

  • Edit photos professionally to make them look even better

  • Learn start a photography business and make money from your new skills

Styles of photography you will learn:

  • Portrait photography

  • Long exposure photography

  • Landscape photography

  • Product photography

  • Low light photography

  • Sports and action photography

  • Street photography

  • Architecture photography

  • Event and wedding photography

  • Aerial and drone photography

  • Wildlife photography

  • Night photography

  • DSLR photography

  • Mirrorless photography

  • Smartphone photography

  • and more!

Improve Your Photography Techniques, Acquire Clients, And Make More Money

Regardless of what your level of experience is or what type of camera you use, this in-depth course is designed to provide you with everything you need to take your photography skills to the next level.

Whether you prefer taking photos of nature, animals, or people, a great photographer knows how to compose a shot, light it, and edit it. By honing these skills, you can sell your photos so you can turn your passion into a career. This course shows you how.

Unlike other photography classes that are more limited in scope, this complete course teaches you how to take amazing photos and how to make money by selling them.

Contents and Overview

This course is aimed at teaching photographers what it takes to improve your techniques to earn more money.

You'll start with the basics and tackle how a camera operates, the types of cameras and lenses available, and equipment you'll need for accomplishing your goals. You'll then dive into the different styles of photography you can focus on.

You'll learn about your camera settings (DSLR, mirrorless, or other), including how to shoot in manual mode. You'll use stabilization tools and master how to properly compose and light a scene. You'll even learn how to take great photos with a smartphone or tablet and how to edit images.

So you can sell your photos, you'll learn how to brand yourself, create a portfolio and website, and find freelance work or a full-time position. Gain insight into licensing, fair use, and more. And if you want to get into wedding photography, you'll learn how to start your own business.

By the end of this master course, your confidence as a photographer will soar. You'll have a thorough understanding of your camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable photos and start a profitable photography career.

What camera should you use?

A DSLR camera or mirrorless camera is a great option for taking this course. It doesn't have to be an expensive or fancy model. Any interchangeable lens camera like a DSLR or mirrorless is fine. You can even use a smartphone or point and shoot camera, although you may not have all the manual settings and options that we cover in this course.

Who are the Instructors?

Phil Ebiner, Sam Shimizu-Jones, and Will Carnahan - all professionals making a living from their photographic skills, have come together to create this amazing new course. 

Phil & Sam, creators of the original Photography Masterclass, took the feedback left from students to make this course even better. Will has come on board to share his passion and in-depth knowledge of photography with you.

With 3 instructors, you'll get premium support and feedback to help you become a better photographer!

Our happiness guarantee...

We have a 30-day 100% money back guarantee, so if you aren't happy with your purchase, we will refund your course - no questions asked!

We can't wait to see you in the course!

Enroll now, and we'll help you take better photos than ever before!

Phil, Sam, & Will


Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography
Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography
Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography
Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography



Welcome to the Course

DOWNLOAD: Course Workbook

How Does a Camera Work?

Join the Official Student Photography Group

IMPORTANT: Know Your Lecture Types


What is Exposure?

What is Aperture?

VISUAL GUIDE: Aperture Chart

What is Shutter Speed?

What is ISO?

The Exposure Triangle

VISUAL GUIDE: Exposure Triangle

Intro to the Activities

Exposing with Your Camera's Light Meter

ADVANCED: Metering Modes

ADVANCED: Exposure Compensation

Camera Exposure Modes: Automatic, Manual + More

ADVANCED: Dynamic Range

ADVANCED: HDR and Bracketing

ADVANCED: Reading Exposure with the Histogram


ADVANCED: What is an Exposure Stop

VISUAL GUIDE: Stops of Light

Supplemental Materials


What is Composition?

The Rule of Thirds

VISUAL GUIDE: The Rule of Thirds

PRO TIP: The Golden Ratio

Negative Space

Leading Lines

Balance & Symmetry

Perspective & Angle


PRO TIP: Creating Depth with Layering

PRO TIP: Using Shapes in Compositions

ADVANCED: Shooting Portraits with a Wide vs. Telephoto Lens

Supplemental Materials

Focus and Depth of Field

What is Depth of Field?

Depth of Field & Aperture

VISUAL GUIDE: Depth of Field

Ways to Get Shallow Depth of Field

Manual Focus vs. Auto Focus

Auto Focus Modes

Tips for Shooting Fast Objects

PRO TIP: Focusing in Low Light

ADVANCED: Understanding Bokeh

PRO TIP: Back Button Focus

ADVANCED: Viewfinder Focus

Supplemental Materials

Camera Anatomy & Settings

What is Camera Anatomy?

Main Features of Most Cameras

Camera Scene Modes

File Types: RAW vs. JPEG

Your Camera's Sensor

VISUAL GUIDE: Camera Sensor Sizes

Photo Resolution

Burst Mode (Continuous Mode)

DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras

How to Use Almost Any Camera Out There!

Supplemental Materials

White Balance and Color

Intro to White Balance and Color

What is Light Temperature and White Balance?

The Kelvin Temperature Scale

VISUAL GUIDE: Kelvin Light Temperature Chart

White Balance Modes & Auto White Balance

VISUAL GUIDE: White Balance Symbol Chart

ADVANCED: Picture Profiles and In-Camera Adjustments

ADVANCED: Light Spectrum & Colors

Using Color Creatively in Your Photos

Shooting for Black and White

PRO TIP: Black and White Techniques

ADVANCED: Set White Balance with Custom WB Mode

Supplemental Materials

Lighting & Flash Photography

What is Lighting?

Shooting in Natural Light

Using Natural Light from a Window

Shooting in Artifical Light

Shooting with Your Camera's Flash

Shooting with an External Flash

VISUAL GUIDE: Creative External Flash Layout

Shooting with a Flash Outdoors

Shooting with a Lighting Kit: 3-Point Lighting

VISUAL GUIDE: 3-Point Lighting Setup

Creative Lighting - Silhouettes & The Back Light

PRO TIP: Capturing Beautiful Sunset Photographs

PRO TIP: Artistic Flares

PRO TIP: Getting Rid of Glare in Glasses

Supplemental Materials

Mobile Photography

Why Smartphone Photography is Awesome

Understanding Your Phone's Camera and Capabilities

Exposing with a Smartphone

Tips for Shooting with a Mobile Phone

Shooting in Low Light with Your Mobile Phone

Mobile Phone Photo Accessories

iPhone Tutorial - Portrait Mode

Supplemental Materials

Equipment - Cameras

What Will You Learn in this Section?

Know Your Camera types

What's Your Budget?

How and Where to Buy a Camera

What's the Best Beginner Camera?

VISUAL GUIDE: What's in my Camera Bag?

How to Build Your Camera Kit

PHOTO CHAT: Introduction

PHOTO CHAT: Buying a New Camera

Supplemental Materials

Equipment - Lenses

What Will You Learn in this Section?

What is Focal Length?

A Deeper Dive into Aperture

Prime vs. Zoom Lenses

ADVANCED: Prime vs Zoom - Quality Comparison

ADVANCED: Kit vs. Pro Lens Comparison

Lens Stabilization

Lens Filters

Filter Demonstration

PRO TIP: Chromatic Aberration

Creative Lenses

How to Clean Your Camera Lens

Supplemental Materials

Equipment - Accessories

What Will You Learn in this Section?

Memory Cards

Batteries & Chargers


Flashes and Lighting

Camera Cases and Bags

Sam's Favorite Camera Bags

Hard Drives

Supplemental Materials

Portrait Photography

Introduction to the Photography Scenario Sections

Tips for Shooting Portraits

Download Our 100+ Posing Guide

Portrait Demonstration

Maternity Photo Inspiration

Supplemental Materials

Long Exposure Photography

Tips for Shooting Long Exposures

Daytime Long Exposure Demonstration

Night Long Exposure Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Landscape Photography

Tips for Shooting Landscape Photos

Landscape Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Product Photography

Tips for Shooting Product Photos

Product Photography Demonstration with Natural Light

Product Photography Demonstration with Artificial Lights

Adding a Reflection to Increase Quality and Style

Create a DIY Product Photo Light Box

Editing a Product Photo

Supplemental Materials

Low Light Photography

Tips for Shooting in Low Light

Low Light Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Sports & Action Photography

Tips for Shooting Sports & Action Photos

Action and Sports Photography Demonstration

Action Photography Demonstration II

Supplemental Materials

Macro Photography

Tips for Shooting Macro Photos

Macro Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Street & Architecture Photography

Tips for Shooting Street Photos

Architecture and Street Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Event & Wedding Photography

Tips for Shooting Events

PHOTO CHAT: Event Photography

Bring the Right Tools

Be Aware of Your surroundings

Be Quick with Your Settings

Capture the Details

An Overview of Shooting a Wedding

Supplemental Materials

Aerial & Drone Photography

Intro to Aerial & Drone Photography

Flight Disclaimer

Our Recommended Drone Equipment

Drone Photography Tips

Drone Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Wildlife Photography

Tips for Better Wildlife Photos

Phil's Backyard Wildlife Shoot

Sam's Mexican Wildlife Shoot

Supplemental Materials

Night Photography

Tips for Better Night Photos

Night Photography Demonstration

Supplemental Materials

Time-lapse Photography

Intro to Time-lapse Photography

Camera Settings for Time-lapse Photography: Intervals + Exposure

Time-lapse Demonstration

Preparing Time-lapse Photos for the Video

Editing Your Time-lapse Photos into a Video

An Introduction to Editing Photos

Welcome to the Photo Editing Lessons

Which Photo Editor Will You Learn + How We Decide What to Teach

Photo Editing in Photoshop CC

Introduction to Photoshop CC

Download Your Practice Photos

Opening Photos in Photoshop

Crop & Rotate (in Camera RAW)

White Balance (in Camera RAW)

Proper Photo Editing Workflow in Photoshop

Exposure Adjustments (in Camera RAW)

Color & Saturation Adjustments

Sharpening & Noise Reduction (in Camera RAW)

Tone Curve (in Camera RAW)

Vignettes, Grain & Dehaze (in Camera RAW)

Saving & Export (in Camera RAW)

HSL & Grayscale (in Camera RAW)

Split Toning (in Camera RAW)

Lens Corrections: Chromatic Aberration & Profile Corrections (in Camera RAW)

Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush (in Camera RAW)

Targeted White Balance and Color Adjustments (in Camera RAW)

The Level and Transform Tools (in Camera RAW)

Graduated, Radial & Brush Filter Adjustments (in Camera RAW)

Range Masks for Pin Pointing Your Adjustments (in Camera RAW)

Full Editing Session: Landscape (in Camera RAW)

Full Editing Session: Portrait (in Camera RAW)

Cropping in Photoshop

Working in the Layers Panel

Making Photo Adjustments: The Smart (and NOT so smart) Way

Remove a Background (Making Selections)

Healing Brush, Clone, Blur, Sharpen, Smudge, Dodge and Burn Tools

Saving & Exporting

Editing Together an HDR (Bracketed) Photo in Photoshop

Photo Editing in Lightroom Classic CC

Intro to Lightroom Classic CC & Who is it for?

Download Your Practice Photos

Importing, Organizing & Filtering Photos

Crop & Rotate

White Balance Adjustments

Exposure Adjustments

Color, Saturation & HSL Adjustments

Sharpening & Noise Reduction

Vignettes, Grain & Dehaze

Exporting Photos

Lens Corrections: Chromatic Aberration & Profile Corrections

Split Toning

Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush

Graduated, Radial & Brush Filter Adjustments

Brush & Filter Presets

Range Masks for Pin Pointing Your Adjustments

Full Lightroom Editing Session: Portrait

Full Lightroom Editing Session: Action Shot

Photo Editing in Lightroom CC

Intro to Lightroom CC & Who is it for?

Download Your Practice Photos

Importing, Organizing & Filtering Photos

Crop & Rotate

White Balance, Saturation & Vibrance

Light (Exposure) Adjustments & Tone Curve

HSL Color Adjustments (Hue, Saturation, Luminance)

Effects: Dehaze, Vignettes & Grain

Split Toning

Details: Sharpening & Noise Reduction

Optics: Lens Corrections & Chromatic Aberration

Geometry: Upright Tool

Saving & Sharing Photos

Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush

Brush Adjustments for Targeted Edits

Linear and Radial Adjustments

Copying Settings, Presets & More Advanced Options

Full Editing Session: Night Photo

Full Editing Session: Portrait

Editing Photos in Your Web Browser with Lightroom CC

Photo Editing in Photos for Mac

What is Mac Photos & Who is it for?

Download Your Practice Photos

Importing and Organizing Photos

Crop & Rotate

Exposure Adjustments

White Balance

Color Adjustments: Saturation, Cast, HSL

Sharpening & Noise Reduction

Vignettes, Black & White & Contrast

Saving & Exporting

Full Mac Photos Editing Session: Portrait

Full Mac Photos Editing Session: Landscape

Photo Editing in Google Photos

Introduction to Google Photos

Download Your Practice Photos

Importing and Organizing Photos

Editing Photos with Filters and Custom Adjustments

Saving and Sharing Photos

Full Editing Session: Macro Photo

Full Editing Session: Landscape

Photo Editing in Photoshop Express (Free Mobile App)

Intro to Photoshop Express

Download Your Practice Photos

Importing Photos and Navigating the App

Adding Filters

Crop & Rotate

Photo Adjustments: Exposure, Color, Detail

Frames, Borders & More

Removing Blemishes

Saving & Exporting

Creating Collages

Full Editing Session: Night Landscape Photo

Full Editing Session: Product Photo

Photo Editing in Snapseed (Free Mobile App)

Intro to Snapseed

Download Your Practice Photos

Opening Photos and Navigating the App

Making Adjustments and Editing Exposure


White Balance Adjustments

Details: Sharpening & Structure

The Tone Curve

Rotate, Perspective and Expanding

Making Edits to Selected Parts of a Photo

Removing Blemishes with the Healing Brush

Adding More Style to Your Photos

Text and Frames

Saving and Exporting

Full Editing Session: Portrait

Sharing Your Photos Online

What Will You Learn in this Section?

Best Social Media Platforms for Photographers

How to Win on Instagram

Walkthrough of Creating a Free Portfolio with Wix

PHOTO CHAT: Having an Online Presence

PHOTO CHAT: Getting More Followers

PHOTO CHAT: Best Website Builder for Photographers

Supplemental Materials

Start a Photography Business

Intro to Starting a Photography Business

How to Start a Photography Business

Finding Your First Clients

Payments and Accounting

How Much Should You Charge?


Income and Expense Tracking

PHOTO CHAT: Getting Our First Clients

PHOTO CHAT: What Gear Do You Need to Start a Business?

PHOTO CHAT: How Much Did We Charge?

Supplemental Materials

Selling Stock Photography

What is Stock Photography?

Best Stock Photography Websites

How to Sell Your Own Photos

Understanding Licensing

Supplemental Materials

Printing Your Photos

How to Print Your Photos

How Big Can You Print Your Photos?

Framing Your Prints

Supplemental Materials

Student Q&A Videos

Where to Focus for Group Portraits?

Tips for Posing Non-Models

Should You Upgrade from a Smartphone for this Course?

Tips for Photographing Motion

Where Should You Store all of your RAW Images?

How to Become a Better Photographer

How Much to Charge for Photo Prints

How Should You Use the Exposure Meter?

Best Lens for Moon Photography

Best Equipment for Beginner Photographers

Aperture Priority or Manual Mode for Weddings?


Thank You

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Stephanie8 October 2020

Cours très bien fait! Beaucoup de contenu, les explications sont claire et du matériel est founis en plus. Je recommande fortement.

Nirvan8 October 2020

The explaination and visuals are easy to understand plus bonus png is like summary to revise and live demonstration of the image capturing is very helpful.. I liked it

Buchule7 October 2020

The instructor is really good at explaining the different concepts. No concept seemed too difficult to understand.

Ginny7 October 2020

so far I like what what I am being presented. I can't wait to try out some of the aperture linfo I've just been given. I am such a beginner.... this is expalined very well so far.

Ganesh7 October 2020

Instructors are too good and their explanation making me to understand the concept of every topic clean and clear till now.

Rupert26 February 2020

never taken one of these befor but this class is really hepful i dont know a thing about photography but this dudes make it very easy to learn.....

Colton26 February 2020

Very good match for me! I am pursuing a business in photography and have been practicing like crazy while meeting with other photographers which is great but information can get scattered that way and this is composed in a more organized manor

Ingrid26 February 2020

The course seems valuable. I think I can go from knowing very little, to at least taking good photos. I like the visuals and the video explanations far.

Helen25 February 2020

I actually could have never imagined the course would be so comprehensive for the price! I got off auto almost instantly. I would recommend this to anybody who is just starting out.

Sarah25 February 2020

it was really good for me personally nothing was explained to advanced and it fancy words so it was easy to follow and learn things

Johane25 February 2020

I absolutely love this course! I did a 2 year photography course in person a few years ago and walked away slightly confused rather than informed. The in depth explanations in this online course have already clarified so much for me. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the lessons! I can't thank you enough for creating this course!

Jakub24 February 2020

I am enjoying the surplus of information. I am just starting out with photography and getting a slower, more detailed start, helps in understanding concepts. Also, in the video stating that there was going to be a review we can make, not cool to say Udemy made you place a review in this lecture. Dont place a blame and say you dont know why you have to put a review here. Give the students another reason

Nicole24 February 2020

I'm someone who learns better by hand rather than listening and comprehending. so when shown what it would be like in the real world I have a better understanding.

Aleksandra23 February 2020

Очень крутой курс и все понятно и доступно объясняется. Нравится, что есть реальные примеры в действии с камерой, а не сухая лекция.

Angella23 February 2020

I have found aperture confusing and this really helps! I like the pictures and explanations for different shots, very well done!


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