Exposure Triangle for Beginners

This free Exposure Triangle for Beginners course will give you an understanding of the basic exposure principles that make up the foundations of photography. This is the first step in understanding how to make beautifully-exposed photos.


Course rating

(25 reviews)

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


What do you need?

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

That camera's manual (electronic or print) for reference and 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 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.

This course is included in the bundle...

Photography Creative Foundations

Start your photography journey here. This bundle of three courses will teach you about exposure, composition, light, and storytelling - the foundations of photography.

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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 Exercise: Get Out of AUTO

    2. Final Test

    3. Course Review & Feedback

About this course

  • Free
  • Time to complete: 2 hours
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Study guide included
I'm a complete photography noob, but John's Exposure Triangle course has really helped give me a solid understanding of the technical aspects of the art. I can't wait to delve into more of his courses.

Susie Williamson


I considered myself more than a beginner in this subject, but it turned out to be food for thought. each and every element of the course was explained to a high degree. I have been a little sceptical of online courses but if this free course is a prelude to the rest of the courses on offer then as a Fuji user I will be looking to expand my knowledge by taking further courses.

David Lomas


After watching this course I'm more confident in how to use the exposure triangle

Huzdup Alexandru


Zolu Gobah


Very well presented.

Steve Fisher


Really simple, step by step understanding of how the exposure triangle works. I had a basic understanding but this filled in a lot of blanks and the terms I hear Youtube photographers use. Thanks!

Ian McKinlay


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.

Louise Pelissier


A very clear detailed explanation of the exposure triangle. It was very helpful to have the review questions at the end. I thought I had taken it all in but when it came to answering the questions and applying the information I found I hadn't learned it as well as I thought. So it was good to go over the information again and really commit it to memory.

Susan Shanasy


Everything was understandable and interesting. Loved it! 5 stars.

Rebecca Mathias


Concepts very well explained. Good refresher too

Prakash Gurbaxani


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

basant kumar


I think it is excellent and covers all the basics

Richard Bolf


The errors I made was totally on my part. Take your time when reading the questions or you'll make the same mistakes I've made

Alexander Russell


Gave me a lot to think about but well presented. Just have to remember it all

Anthony Spina


Great explanations regarding the exposure triangle and the mental math required to make it work.

Kevin Lamport


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.

Nathan Kapner


If you are new to the Exposure Triangle and would like to have better clarity on this subject. Well, I can say , this course sets the perfect exposure for you. You will clearly understand what the Exposure Triangle is and how it works.

Ronny George


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

William Stinchcomb


this was a great review of the exposure triangle. Direct and simple explanations quickly confirm my knowledge of the exp. triangle.

patrick keeley


For someone who wants to know the 'why' on camera exposures, this is a great way of introducing the basics of camera settings.

Michael McBride


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!

Kelsey Jackson


This course has helped me with the exposure settings. The instructor explained the information well and I highly recommend this course for someone who wants to get away from using the automatic settings. I have also taken one of his courses specific to the Fujifilm X-T3 and I plan to take other courses.

Skip Case


Aileen Mangahas


This course makes you think and teaches you about the exposure triangle fundamentally.

Leslie Hankey


very well laid out

Nancy Butler


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.