What's Included?

When you purchase this course you'll get lifetime access to...

  • 10 videos

    Ten short, easy-to-digest videos will walk you through the building blocks of understanding light, composition, and color to create more compelling photographs.

  • 3 assignments & quizzes

    Each chapter includes an optional assignment that you can turn in to me for feedback on your understanding of the material. Quizzes will help you further assess your understanding.

  • Downloads

    Download reference material for each chapter. The end of the course offers another download with exercises to help you practice the concepts outlined in this course.

Course curriculum

  • 01


  • 02

    It's All About the Light

  • 03

    Elements of Composition

    • Philosophy Behind Composition

    • Using Geometry

    • Layering Photos

    • Test: Composition

    • Download: Composition

    • Assignment (Optional): Composition

  • 04

    Color (And No Color)

    • Creation in Color vs B&W

    • Elements of Color Photography

    • Elements of B&W Photography

    • Test: Color

    • Download: Color

    • Assignment (Optional): Color

  • 05

    Next Steps

    • Putting These to Use

    • Download: Practice List

    • End of Course Survey

Your Instructor

I have a unique background in education that started in the U.S. Air Force where I was an F-15E flight instructor for ten years and wrote F-15E training curricula. I continued to teach helicopter lessons after transitioning to civilian life.
But I soon discovered my passion was telling stories through photography. I'm now an accredited associate photographer with Photographers Without Borders and have worked on documentary projects around the world, and have also taught photography on three continents. I've been a professional photographer for nearly ten years, having been published in places like New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Tahoe Quarterly, and National Geographic Online. Photography is a joy that everyone should have access to, and I'd like to pass it on to you also!

John Peltier

Photography Instructor