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Beginner’s Photography: Basic Camera Use and Theory

A course by Giulia Candussi
Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker. Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Joined August 2020
, Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker

Learn how to use a digital camera and its settings to start taking high-quality photos

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  • 99% positive reviews (479)
  • 18588 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to use a digital camera and its settings to start taking high-quality photos

  • 99% positive reviews (479)
  • 18588 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 28m)
  • 37 additional resources (14 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

According to photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Giulia Candussi, there are two fundamental aspects to capturing a great shot; First, the passion you have for the story you want to tell; And a close second, mastering your equipment and its functions. With over a decade of experience in capturing photo reportages about human rights, international events, and cultural identity, Giulia will guide you through the ins and outs of your equipment and show you how to capture professional-looking images.

Discover how to take high-quality photos that convey your unique vision. Master your digital camera’s functions and see how to use each one effectively. Learn the fundamentals of photography and develop the essential skills you need to capture the perfect shot.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Photo Camera
  • U3
    U3. The Basics
  • U4
    U4. The Light
  • U5
    U5. Practical Scenarios
  • U6
    U6. Giving Your Work the Finishing Touches
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course with a warm welcome from Giulia and learn about her ongoing journey as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Discover her passion for telling compelling stories through a lens and see those she considers to be the great masters of photography.

Discover the different types of cameras and lenses available. Discover their pros and cons and learn about how they differ according to what you need in your photography. Then, learn about what’s inside your camera: the sensor and pixel count. Complete the unit by learning how to take care of your material.

Study the basic composition principles by analyzing Giulia’s photos, learn about aperture and shutter speed, then move onto ISO and the exposure triangle.

In the fourth unit, learn all about light. Start with white balance, look at how different shooting modes affect the light in your photos, and see how to work with exposure compensation and light metering.

In the fifth unit, grab your camera and put to work what you’ve learned with Guilia’s practical exercises. Then get ready to start shooting your final project.

In the final unit, learn how to edit your images. See the differences between the software available and learn how to import, organize, and retouch your images in Adobe Lightroom. Finally, discover the best way to export your images depending on their end-use and see how to share them with the world!

What is this course's project?

Create a photo reportage about a theme you deeply care about using the theories learned in the course to capture your story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for aspiring photographers who have a passion for photography and want to learn how to make the most of their digital camera, even a smartphone camera.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need lots of enthusiasm and any type of digital camera: a DSLR, a mirrorless, a bridge, a compact, or a smartphone (although your options will be limited with this tool).

For the post-production of your images, you will need a computer with Adobe Lightroom (you can download the free trial version on the Adobe website).


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Giulia Candussi

A course by Giulia Candussi

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Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker

Giulia Candussi is an Italian photojournalist based in Scotland with over a decade of experience in producing photo reportages about human rights, environmental issues, and cultural identity. It was during her studies in International Relations (Bologna University, Italy) where she discovered the field of photo-reportage and the impact it could have on the world. Passionate about expressing her vision, she went on to study a Master’s in Photojournalism in London.

Giulia has collaborated with local media and international news agencies such as Getty Images and her work was published on La Repubblica, L’Espresso, The Guardian, Huffington Post, US Weekly, and more. She has traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas, also working with non-governmental organizations. As a documentary filmmaker, she has produced “Upstream” and “Hogar”. Currently, she produces “Van Life”, a documentary series for BBC Scotland’s “The Social”. Her work has been exhibited in èStoria, international history festival (Gorizia, 2011) and Photomonth, international photography festival (London, 2010), Centro Culturale Candiani (Venice Mestre, 2015), at the art gallery Storie Contemporanee (Rome, Italy 2017), and more.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • What Will We Do on This Course
    • Inspiration
  • U2

    The Photo Camera

    • Types of Lenses
    • Sensors, Pixels and Resolution
    • Types of Photo Cameras
  • U3

    The Basics

    • ISO and the Exposure Triangle
    • Aperture, Shutter Speed
    • Composition
  • U4

    The Light

    • White Balance
    • Exposure Compensation and Light Metering
    • Shooting Modes
  • U5

    Practical Scenarios

    • Textures
    • Moving Subjects
    • Portrait - Focus: Subject and Sharp Background
  • U6

    Giving Your Work the Finishing Touches

    • Exporting Your Images
    • Selecting the Best Photos, Basic Retouching
    • Editing Software and Importing Your Photos
  • FP

    Final project

    • Beginner’s Photography: Basic Camera Use and Theory

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Beginner’s Photography: Basic Camera Use and Theory

A course by Giulia Candussi
Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker. Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Joined August 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (479)
  • 18588 students