Fundamentals of Photography [TTC Video]

Fundamentals of Photography [TTC Video]
Fundamentals of Photography [TTC Video] by Joel Sartore
Course No 7901 | M4V, AVC, 640x480 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 8.89GB

Photographs are more than just snapshots. When taken the right way, they become dramatic personal statements with the power to last forever. They can transport you to distant landscapes, capture fleeting emotions, recall cherished memories, reveal the beauty of daily life, and even change the world.

With recent developments in technology, we now take and share photographs almost instantaneously through online photo albums and social media-making this unique form of personal expression more central to our lives than ever before.

But when many of us take photographs, we simply point our cameras and click without being aware of what we're doing, what we're seeing, or how we can do it better. In reality, taking great photographs requires you to see as a professional photographer does; to train your eyes using the same fundamental techniques and principles the experts use to create unforgettable images from the grandest (and simplest) of subjects.

With Fundamentals of Photography, you'll learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience. Designed for people at all levels, these 24 lectures are an engaging guide to how photographs work and how to make them work better for you. National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore has crafted a course that will hone your photographer's eye so you can capture the greatest moments in nearly every situation and setting imaginable, from a field of flowers to a friend's birthday party to a grand mountain range. Taking you both inside the photographer's studio and out into the field, this course is a chance to learn, in a way anyone can grasp, the basic insights and hidden secrets of photography.

Learn How to See Just as a Professional Does

The first and most important lessons you learn in Fundamentals of Photography involve seeing and thinking just like the professionals who make taking perfect shots seem like second nature.

Mr. Sartore teaches you the three features any photographer needs to have in place before snapping a shot:

  • Great lighting
  • Solid visual composition
  • An interesting perspective on your subject

By paying attention to these aspects (with help from well over 1,000 dramatic photos from Mr. Sartore's award-winning portfolio), you'll be better able to take the kinds of photographs that surpass their original situation and actually mean something to you and others.

Peek inside the Photographer's Toolkit

In the first half of Fundamentals of Photography, you'll become better acquainted with the basic features of cameras and how each plays a role in creating great photographs. Using nontechnical language, Mr. Sartore explains essential tools such as shutter speed, aperture, and lenses.

In the second half of the course, you'll learn to apply the basics of photography to the kinds of photos that people commonly take-and how to take them better than ever.

With Mr. Sartore as your guide, you'll be learning from a master of the craft; a professional photographer whose work has appeared in prestigious publications. So start making your own photos more lasting and meaningful with Fundamentals of Photography.


  1. Making Great Pictures
  2. Camera Equipment—What You Need
  3. Lenses and Focal Length
  4. Shutter Speeds
  5. Aperture and Depth of Field
  6. Light I—Found or Ambient Light
  7. Light II—Color and Intensity
  8. Light III—Introduced Light
  9. Composition I—Seeing Well
  10. Composition II—Background and Perspective
  11. Composition III—Framing and Layering
  12. Let’s Go to Work—Landscapes
  13. Let’s Go to Work—Wildlife
  14. Let’s Go to Work—People and Relationships
  15. Let’s Go to Work—From Mundane to Extraordinary
  16. Let’s Go to Work—Special Occasions
  17. Let’s Go to Work—Family Vacations
  18. Advanced Topics—Research and Preparation
  19. Advanced Topics—Macro Photography
  20. Advanced Topics—Low Light
  21. Advanced Topics—Problem Solving
  22. After the Snap—Workflow and Organization
  23. Editing—Choosing the Right Image
  24. Telling a Story with Pictures—The Photo Essay