Photography 1 : Camera & Composition


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It’s never been easier to start a career in photography and with Yoobee’s flexible online courses, it’s never been easier to learn. If you want to make full use of your camera this is the course for you. You’ll learn all the key skills you need to start creating great looking photographs.

These days it’s possible to create excellent images using average camera equipment – with the right training and guided practice. In this course, you’ll focus on the fundamentals of exposure and composition, while learning to get the most out of your camera.

If you’ve been wanting to get started with photography or learn more about how great photos are made, this is the course for you.

What you'll learn

We start off with a look at different types of cameras and lenses, then take some time to learn the basic functions of your camera. You'll be able to move out of Auto mode and get full control of your camera's potential. 

Once you have control of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, you'll be able to focus on learning some composition and lighting techniques to make your photographs even more polished. Along the way, you'll learn to analyse your own work and the work of other photographers, to identify the elements of photography that go into creating excellent images.

This course is practical and hands-on – you’ll be out shooting and practising with your camera from the first lesson.

Course content is the same as the first module of the Yoobee Online Certificate in Photography. Completing this course counts as credit towards the online Certificate if you choose to continue your study.

Yoobee Online course material can be viewed on desktop, laptop, tablet and phone using a web browser.

A Yoobee Online course is more than just video tutorials. You’ll have access to experienced online tutors who will answer your questions and provide constructive feedback and guidance as you develop your skills.

You’ll also be a part of a community of learners who share the same passion for photography. You’ll learn together, providing additional support and encouragement throughout the course.

With Yoobee Online, you get the benefit of Yoobee’s 20+ years of knowledge and experience helping creatives develop their skills and establish their careers.

Your tutor
Kevin Sharp is a photographer, 3D graphics artist, and educator with over 20 years’ experience introducing people to the creative world of digital images. As a Photographer, Kevin is known for his macro and astrophotography work. Prints of his stunning macro-photographs are cherished in private collections across New Zealand.

Kevin’s knowledge of photography and experience as a tutor help make this course perfect for anyone starting out in Photography.

What you should know


A web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome. No special photography software is required for this course.


A camera with full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, focus and ISO. Most cameras have these functions, but please check your camera manual. Phone cameras are generally not adequate for this course. A DSLR, bridge or mirrorless camera system is recommended. If you aren’t sure if your camera is suitable, give us a call on 0800 624 024 and we’ll check it out for you.

A desktop or laptop computer capable of downloading photos from your camera and internet access to upload your work.


NZD $199

Course Highlights

Yoobee Online’s Introduction to Photography gives you the creative and technical skills to start your career in photography. With just three hours of learning per week, you’ll cover all the important fundamentals required to capture great images in just 2 months.
Skills learned can be applied to many types of photography: portrait, product, landscape, action, architecture and more.
Throughout the course, you’ll start to build your own portfolio of work – to showcase your skills or apply for entry into further study at a higher level. And we’ll give you access to all course learning materials for a year, letting you set your own pace for learning.

This course consists of approximately 24 hours of learning and practice, comprised of video tutorials, shooting assignments and review.

Once you've completed this course you might be interested in furthering your learning with our Certificate in Photography
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You’ll get all the essentials of digital photography, from lighting and setting up a shoot all the way to post-production of your images.