Beginners Photography Courses

If there are problems with access to "live" classes, many of the program developers have made their courses available online as well.

With the technology of the 21st century beginners can learn about:

  • digital, single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras

  • wedding photography

  • taking photos to sell and so on

All of this is available on videos and easy-to-read tutorials.

Some Great Examples

Keep in mind that we aren't making recommendations for any of these courses. We're just trying to give you some great examples of what's out there for the beginner.

Nick Stubbs has been a professional for many years and now offers courses through a program called All Things Photography - Photo Courses for Beginners. His basic course concentrates on digital photography for those who are absolutely new to the idea of taking pictures for their own enjoyment.

A one-day course is designed to

"help you understand the power locked into your DSLR."

A common mistake

Many beginners use their new cameras only in Auto mode. Believe me, with manual settings you will enter a whole new photography level!


Courses such as this, and the many others available, help the beginner make use of all the functions of the camera. This information opens up many more possibilities and allows the photographer to be much more creative.

The list of subjects covered in this one-day course includes:

  • Modes – aperture, shutter, landscape, sports etc.

  • What to look for when taking a photo

  • Understanding lenses

  • Lighting and use of flash

  • Composition

  • Basics of editing on a computer


Location, Location, Location

Most beginning photographers see their lack of knowledge as a problem, an obstacle they want to get past so they can enjoy a new hobby or just take better pictures for family members and friends. One of the keys to getting past this roadblock is understanding how we see (and what we don't see).

For example, most novices don't realize they have taken a photo in "bad light" until they see the finished product.

Our eyes may adjust to light but the settings we use don't allow the camera to make the same adjustment. What we get in the end is a photo that is almost good enough.

That's one of the important subjects covered in beginners photography courses such as those offered by Skip Heine or in the Barrington series.

The great thing about going to this type of course in person is the atmosphere. Many photography courses are held in beautiful locations - mountain scenery, rural settings, on the seacoast etc. This makes learning digital photography much more enjoyable and produces some excellent souvenir photos as well!

Once a beginner learns the basics (usually in a lovely setting) there are opportunities for more advanced learning - wildlife photography, underwater photography etc.

How Much?

Costs vary widely for beginners photography courses, depending on location, length of time and so on. For example, the Barrington series is offered through the Internet, with experienced professionals leading the classes. These courses usually last six weeks, with fees starting at $99.

Beginners photography courses from Nick Stubbs (a fantastic photographer and fellow website owner) have a tuition of £125. Classes are limited to eight people so that each person gets plenty of individual attention. Accommodations in a classic bed-and-breakfast setting are available for a reasonable fee.

One-on-one instruction is available

  • for 2 hrs - £125


  • 3 hrs - £175


  • 4 hrs - £225


  • full day (up to 10 hours and includes lunch and snacks) - £450


  • two full days with one night in bed-and-breakfast and lunches for both days - £795.

Beverly Schulz offers beginning courses in digital photography for $99, a Secrets of Better Photography course for $99 and a travel photography course for $99. All of these take into account that the students are not professionals but the instructor does offer some of the tips and tricks that might take years to learn on your own.

Beginners photography courses are offered around the globe, in locations that are enticing as travel destinations and in studios where some of the world's best photographers work every day.

If you don't have the knowledge you want, check out one of these programs and get started!