Course objectives

What you'll learn by the end of this course

  • What aperture, shutter, and ISO do

  • What a "stop" is and how to use it to balance the Exposure Triangle

  • How to use shutter speed for creative photography

  • How changing aperture affects light and focus

  • When and how to use Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes

Prerequisites

What do you need?

  • Access to a camera with adjustable aperture, shutter, and ISO

  • Have that camera's manual available (electronic or print) for assignments

Features - Exposure Triangle For Beginners course

This isn't just a collection of videos!

  • 10 instructional videos

    Short videos take you through every aspect of the exposure triangle in a clear, concise manner. Each video is accompanied by text and photos.

  • 5 quizzes

    Four quizzes throughout the Exposure Triangle course are correctable to 100%. Then a final exam tests what you've learned!

  • 4 exercises

    You'll have four exercises throughout the Exposure Triangle course to reinforce learning.

Curriculum - Exposure Triangle For Beginners course

    1. Introduction to Exposure

    2. Student Survey

    3. Exposure Triangle Study Guide

    1. History of Camera Exposures

    2. The Sensor

    3. The Shutter

    4. The Aperture

    5. Quiz: The Basic Camera

    6. Exercise: Camera Familiarization

    1. Defining a Stop

    2. Stopping with ISO, Shutter, and Aperture

    3. Quiz: Stopping Light

    1. Aperture and Shutter Relationship

    2. Making it a Triangle by Adding ISO

    3. Quiz: The Exposure Triangle

    1. Introduction to Priority Modes

    2. ISO and Exposure Compensation

    3. Quiz: Your Exposure Triangle Calculator

    1. Final Test

    2. Course Review & Feedback

    3. Final Exercise: Get Out of AUTO

About this course

  • Free
  • Time to complete: 2 hours
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Study guide included

Student reviews

5 star rating

Excellent Course

Kelsey Jackson

This course helped me understand the basics of photography in such a short amount of time. Its so easy to understand John and the analogies he gives really h...

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This course helped me understand the basics of photography in such a short amount of time. Its so easy to understand John and the analogies he gives really helps everything stick. Amazing job highly recommend!

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5 star rating

Course content fits the title exactly

Louise Pelissier

Exposure Triangle for Beginners: for decades I've been trying to understand Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, and "stops", to name jus...

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Exposure Triangle for Beginners: for decades I've been trying to understand Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, and "stops", to name just a few things. Passively looking at videos on these topics didn't help, nor did people's explanations. Thanks to the structure and content of Mr. Peltier's course, I was actively engaged with quizzes and worksheets and that helped me start to learn these things. This course is a great foundation for me to continue learning and expressing myself through photography.

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5 star rating

Exposure Triangle Basics

basant kumar

This course is the best way to understand the whole basic concept of setting the Exposure. It really helped me.

This course is the best way to understand the whole basic concept of setting the Exposure. It really helped me.

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5 star rating

relevant to material

William Stinchcomb

sequential, progressive and devoid of extraneous information. No information overload.

sequential, progressive and devoid of extraneous information. No information overload.

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5 star rating

Very well said

Nathan Kapner

Easy to understand and very informative . Extremely well taught as to why it's. important to know the numbers associated with the triangle and how to manipu...

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Easy to understand and very informative . Extremely well taught as to why it's. important to know the numbers associated with the triangle and how to manipulate them to maintain. exposure and still get the results you want.

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REVIEW OF BASIC CAMERA COURSE

Richard Bolf

I think it is excellent and covers all the basics

I think it is excellent and covers all the basics

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It's time to get out of AUTO

Start taking those creative photos you've always wanted to!

Take that dial out of AUTO and start making long-exposure photos, blurred backgrounds, and proper exposures.
This basic photography exposure tutorial will walk you through everything you need to understand and reinforce your learning with quizzes and exercises throughout the course.