Start your photography journey right.
Aim: The aim of this photography for beginners online course is to take anyone who is brand new to photography through the fundamentals and core theory, leaving them prepared with the foundations required to take on any tutorial available on the internet, including ours.
Please note: This photography for beginners course is for budding photographers who have just got their very first cameras or are wanting to venture off the “Auto” setting ASAP. It’s theory-packed but essential knowledge for mastering your camera!
Start time: Anytime!
Learning Style: Self Learning
Type: Theory Only
You will need:
- A DSLR/Mirrorless camera
- Your camera’s manual (you can find them online)
- Patience and determination!
Hours of tuition
When you get your first camera or want to stop using the Auto setting, you can be left overwhelmed and confused about what everything means. This is normal!
Starting out with photography comes with a massive mountain of information coming at you from all directions – we’ve all been there. However, I’ve taken the lessons I go through in my in-person beginner workshops and popped them into this photography for beginners online course.
Suitable for any beginner, or those who are confused with core terminology, you’ll leave understanding a variety of different theory foundations that are absolutely essential for progressing as a photographer. In this course, we’re going to cover:
- An introduction to cameras
- Exposure and the Triangle
- Selecting setting for Manual mode
- An introduction to lenses
- Focus modes and areas
- Core imaging essentials
- Lighting basics
- Composition theory
And it’s all online so you can join from anywhere in the world!
Please note, this course is delivered in English.
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Who is teaching?
This course is taught by International Multi-Award Winning Photographer, Jessica McGovern who has the following credentials:
- 100+ Recognitions for photographic work
- International Pet Photographer of the Year 2020
- Pet Portrait of the Year 2020 (and runner-up)
- Northern Pet Photographer of the Year 2021 & 2022
- Northern Equine Photographer of the Year 2021
- International Panoramic Photographer of the Year 2021
- Speaker at The Photography Show 2021 & 2022
- YouTuber & Educational Content Creator
- Featured in international publications
Regardless of location, means, background or gender, Jess believes that Photography is a skill where every individual can feel safe in their personal expression. She loves nature, landscapes, moving pieces of portraiture and high impact imagery.
If you’d like to check out Jess’ teaching style before committing to this course, check out our other online tutorials.
Here are some things that people have said about Jess’s training in the past:
I had a business 1-2-1 booked with Jess to talk about business growth. Jess went right back into my business structure, identifying the weak spots for me to work on. Jess gave me lots to work on and review, after saying there’s no point filling a bucket before you have fixed the holes. I am excited to have more sessions with Jess!
I would highly recommend the Advanced Portrait Workshop. Jess is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced in dog photography, but is also a great teacher who explains content clearly. The workshop book that was provided is a really valuable resource to refer back to, covering shoot theory and a step-by-step editing flowchart. My dog photography shooting and editing skills improved significantly over the weekend. Thanks Jess!
This workshop was one of the best things I have invested in for my business. What I learnt in a day was just invaluable and Jess has given me the knowledge to be able to implement it myself. I now feel confident that I would be able to complete an IPS session and I am looking forwards to putting it into practice. I cannot wait to attend more workshops and learn more from Jess in the future.
I would consider myself as an experienced dog photographer. I have been in the industry for 9 years and shot a lot of dogs. But still, I felt stuck with my marketing and sales sessions. So what did I do? I booked a One to One business session with Jess. And I am so happy with what I got out of that session. Jess asks the right questions to get the thought process started. She listened to what I had to say. And gave great advice that is possible for me to implement!
Before I ordered I thought that one hour would be a too long session. Could we have enough subjects to talk about for one hour? Oh was I wrong. That hour went so fast. And there was never a second of silence. Just great information and conversation all the time. So thank you so much Jess! I will work on everything we talked about and I will order a new session later to ask all the question that arose after we were finished.
Before signing up for the Photoshop Foundations Course, despite being a user of Photoshop for some time, I had always struggled with ‘Blend Modes’ and working in Camera Raw. Jess explains things in a very easy to understand way, unlike many previous courses I have undertaken, and I now feel super confident in approaching my editing using better methods than before.
Even though I thought I was competent at dog photography there is no doubt that this weekend course has lifted my standard up quite a few notches. To standards higher than I knew existed. The course is 10x more helpful than YouTube and we all know how good they are!
The IPS workshop is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It has answered all of my questions and helped me to understand personal techniques and practices that I wouldn’t have been able to find elsewhere. Jess is a phenomenal teacher with a wealth of experience that marries up with a genuine kind and passionate personality. If you’re thinking about attending this workshop then do it! It is 100% worth the investment – you won’t regret it!
The IPS workshop was extremely helpful, explaining everything I needed to know. The additional information I received afterwards was extremely help too. Thank you!
I absolutely loved every minute of this in person sales workshop. I am just about to start my business and I feel I learnt a lot, it was great to gain insights of working with clients, how to handle their objections. It was also great to hear other participants experience. It made me very excited to work on my brand, define my price list and implement this process. The workshop was packed with lots of valuable information, I would highly recommend it to everyone!
My one-to-one editing session with Jess was nothing short of amazing and no doubt, the best money I’ve spent on my photography education! Jess genuinely wanted to help and made sure I understood the reasons for what she was doing as far as editing my image. My favorite takeaways were her method of making the eyes pop and also the contouring. Both are now a part of every image I edit, there is just no going back on those. Aside from those two favorites, I learned several other techniques that I have found incredibly useful in understanding Photoshop better. I highly recommend doing a one-to-one session!
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Start learning today:
There are no course pre-checks, no delays, no approvals and no launch dates, everything is on your terms. To sign up, you just need to add the access to your basket and checkout.
During checkout, you’ll be asked to create an account with an email address and password – make a note of these, you’ll need them to access the course. After checkout, your access starts then. Log in and head to your account where you can view the courses you have access to. And off you go!
You can take a look at our other online courses here.
Photography for Beginners Online Course
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Please note, this is a self-learning course so please try to make sure you have a good internet connection before starting! Access is for 3-months as standard, we can do small extentions. For lifetime access, check out the Premium Membership.
The access duration for this course is set at 3 months.
Why? Read on…
Access to the lessons is set by default and by design – there is current scientific research displaying a strong correlation between learning deadlines and completion, retention and mastery. Self-management is crucial and even with a busy life or a time-pressured day job, if you prepare for our online courses, you’ll have enough time to complete the sessions plus practical assignments too.
We would recommend taking your time to work through the lessons and practise each topic before moving on but also to schedule in learning time to your diary to ensure you remain committed to working through your enrolled content.
We know this is a hotly debated topic in the online learning world, but for Jess as a science nerd, following the data is vital. So far a grand total of 0.3% of our total student enrolments have got stuck on the access length. We’re here to help though, so read on…
If at the end of the default access length you feel that you need more time, just send us an email and we’ll sort that as soon as possible – there is no charge for extending however extensions are for 3 months only and can only be applied once.
That being said, you can get lifetime access connected to an MTog membership if you need additional time. If you are an MTog already, you can request to have course access extended at any time, for any reason (you don’t need to tell us). Simply send an email to [email protected] to get the process moving. We’ll action it as fast as possible!
of people don't complete online courses if there is no deadline for access*
* W. Feng, J. Tang, and T. X. Liu, “Understanding dropouts in MOOCs,” Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2019 + J. Reich, “MOOC completion and retention in the context of student intent,” EDUCAUSE Review Online, 2014.