This course can be applied toward a program:

Online: Self-paced

In this hands-on course, you explore the essentials of photography in depth. You begin by learning what all the controls, buttons and menus on your camera are for and when to use them.

After gaining a thorough understanding of your camera and its capabilities, you examine key photographic concepts, including the fundamentals of digital image capture; aperture and shutter priority; exposure and depth of field; lens selection and more.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to evaluate any photographic situation and know instinctively which settings to use and which lens to go with to achieve the shot you want—even in manual mode. 

Average commitment per module: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 15+ hours.

ABOUT THE START DATE: You can register anytime within indicated date range (see below). You have 90 days from the date you register to complete the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of digital image capture (pixels, sensors, etc.)
  • Select the right lens for a shot
  • Achieve the correct exposure and manipulate it to achieve desired effects
  • Manipulate the speed of exposition to freeze motion or create the feeling of motion
  • Manipulate the aperture size to achieve the desired depth of field
  • Choose the aperture-priority, shutter speed priority, manual, and automatic mode appropriately for a situation


Module 1: Getting to Know Your Camera

Module 2: Exposure and Shutter Speed

Module 3: Aperture and Depth of Field

Module 4: Exposure Compensation & Shooting Modes

Module 5: Putting it All Together and Using it in New Settings

Evaluation Method


Required Materials

  • Learners must have access to a digital SLR camera.
  • A tripod is strongly recommended, but not required.
  • High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – Find out your internet connectivity speed



3 sittings of this course are listed below. Add a course to your cart to register.

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Course Reference Number (CRN) 91008

Instructor Mauricio Orozco


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93022

Instructor Mauricio Orozco

Course Reference Number (CRN) 92068

Instructor Mauricio Orozco


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North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V7L 0G5
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