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.
Are you a Trainer?
This section is new, and strictly enforced:
Trainers, Influencers & Coaches
Unfortunately, due to repetitive, frustrating and demoralising situations occurring regularly over the past two years, we’ve had to make the decision to refuse access to any individual who offers, or plans to offer, photography, editing or business training to other photographers.
There are exceptions to our new no-trainer rule that we’re happy to make, but only if we’re contacted before membership registration to approve the sign-up.
“This has been one of the single hardest decisions I personally (Jess) have ever had to make. Over 50 different people have blatantly, unapologetically and aggressively stolen or skimmed content, workflows or resources in the past 18 months alone. Never again.”
We will always protect ourselves and others in our position, just as we would expect others to do, and we check for misuse and fraud regularly.
All our content, techniques, resources, plan structures, included elements and pricing are protected. As a hard line, any plagiarism, content skimming or intellectual property theft will be pursued legally and details of the breach will be shared with the industry.
It’s a shame it’s come to this, but we know we’re not the only educators to have had to implement this protocol. Please be a good human!
If you pass the above terms then 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 over on our dedicated Course platform, courses.thattogspot.com.
You can take a look at our other online courses here.
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. For lifetime access to enrolled courses, check out the Memberships.
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.
For any photographer that is looking for a complete and clear overview to understand your camera in Manual mode, I highly recommend this course! Jess explains very clear how each setting has its own influence, with some very handy tips and tricks, to get you very well started in the world of photography. – Cynthia