Whether you're a hobbyist, enthusiast, or an aspiring pro, discover the tools and best practices you need to take professional, high-quality photographs. This learning path teaches the basics of photography, including composition, lighting, and exposure.
Learn the foundations of photography, from exposure to lenses.
A tour of the core concepts of photography and the courses that will help you learn them.
39m 48s • COURSE
Introduction to Photography with Ben Long
Get a solid grounding in the skills and tools you'll need to explore the world of digital photography.
1h 52m • COURSE
The Elements of Effective Photographs with Natalie Fobes
Pulitzer-nominated photographer Natalie Fobes takes viewers into the studio and on location to explore the elements that combine to make an effective photo.
1h 36m • COURSE
Photography 101 with Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke
Understand what's going in your camera—one setting at a time. Learn how to control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and improve your photography skills in Photography 101.
2h 10m • COURSE
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010) with Ben Long
Understand how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings relate to one another, and how these settings expand your artistic options with any photograph.
3h 24m • COURSE
Photography Foundations: Lenses with Ben Long
Shows how to understand, choose, and properly use lenses.
2h 32m • COURSE
Photography: Exploring Composition with Taz Tally
An illustrated guide to improving the composition of your photos and making them more powerful.
2h 38m • COURSE
Learning Lighting: Natural Light with Erin Manning
Learn the essential qualities of natural light that will deliver more attractive and flattering photos.
40m 58s • COURSE
Learning Studio Lights and Flash Lighting with Erin Manning
Learn the essential techniques of flash and studio lighting that will deliver more pleasing, more flattering photos.
51m 53s • COURSE
Introduction to Photography: Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop with Ben Long
Take your first steps in photo editing. Get post-processing tips for Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop, and the Adobe mobile apps.
1h 31m • COURSE
You'll learn photography with these experts.
Jim Heid is the content manager for photography at Lynda.com. He's a 35+ technology training veteran.
Jim Heid is the content manager for photography courses at Lynda.com, responsible for planning courses and working with authors and our production teams to make them a reality. A 35-year veteran of technology training, he's the author of more than a dozen books and is a former columnist for Macworld magazine and the Los Angeles Times.
Jim built his first darkroom at age 14 and has loved photography ever since. His photo gear includes a couple of Nikon and Canon digital SLRs, a pinhole camera, several Polaroid cameras, a vintage Mamiya medium-format film camera—and an iPhone, which he uses for his Instagram gallery.
Ben Long is an award-winning photographer and senior editor at Macworld magazine. He lectures around the world.
Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, and a senior editor at CreativePro.com. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming, and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.
A Pulitzer finalist, Natalie Fobes shoots assignments for National Geographic and other publications.
Natalie Fobes is a multi-talented and diverse photographer and writer. The Pulitzer prize finalist has shot assignments for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and other major magazines. Her images of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are iconographic and she is known as the "salmon lady" due to her 10-year project photographing and writing about the salmon and the cultures of the salmon around the Pacific Rim. Her work is included in many public, private and corporate collections. Natalie's fine art portraiture and her wedding photography have won national recognition.The author of three coffee-table books has received many grants and commissions to pursue compelling documentary stories. She has camped out in the winter in Siberia with the Chukchi reindeer herders and perched in a blind in the cloud forest of Guatemala. Natalie's current documentary is on the impact of China's one-child policy in that country and the United States. She teaches in the acclaimed photography program at Seattle Central Community College and co-founded the Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to helping photographers shoot documentary stories about the environment, endangered cultures, and social issues. Her web site is www.fobesphoto.com.
Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke is a photographic storyteller, educator, and the PhotoApps.Expert. He's been shooting since the age of seven and teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years. In 2010, he launched what quickly became the number one Apple Aperture resource, which has now evolved into PhotoApps.Expert.
Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer, and photographer for the Professional Applications division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photography. Today, you can find Joseph shooting for corporate and celebrity clients, leading workshops, speaking to schools on integrating photography into the classroom, and teaching photography courses in person and online.
Joseph has multiple online identities. For his photography, visit PhotoJoseph.com and follow @photojoseph on Twitter and Instagram. For PhotoApps.Expert, follow @PhotoAppsExpert. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph's projects and identities at Joseph.info.
Taz Tally tours the country teaching seminars on photography and photo editing.
Dr. Taz Tally is president of Taz Tally Seminars, a computer publishing, consulting and training company. He has produced numerous instructional videos and CDs and is the author of several books, including Avoiding the Scanning Blues, a featured selection of the Doubleday Book Club. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Taz is known for his entertaining, content-rich seminars and ability to present complex materials in an easy-to-understand fashion. When he's not touring the country presenting seminars, Taz can be found mountain biking in Alaska, skiing the powder in Utah or diving with the whales in Hawaii.
Erin Manning is a photographer, teacher, and television personality featured on HGTV and the DIY Network.
Erin Manning is a photographer, teacher, and television personality living in Los Angeles, California. Television viewers know Erin best as the digital photography expert and host of HGTV and DIY Network's Telly-award-winning TV series The Whole Picture. She has also appeared as the techno-lifestyle guru on Enable Your Home and is author of Portrait and Candid Photography, published by Wiley. She helps people understand photography and technology by translating technical mumbo-jumbo into everyday words and by facilitating their learning with a clear, friendly teaching style.
Erin first fell in love with photography at age seven when she discovered a book entitled The Family of Man. That early encounter with images of people from all over the world shaped the direction she was to take with her photography—capturing moments with and between people.
Whether in front of the camera or behind it, photography has always been a part of Erin's life and synthesizes her experience and education in art, technology, and entertainment. She specializes in lifestyle imagery for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, Disney, various lifestyle magazines, healthcare organizations and individuals. Erin spent several years honing her craft by working as a commercial, portrait, and stock photographer, as well as working for Getty Images, and completing a degree in Studio Art/Graphic Design from Loyola Marymount University.
She is a member of the Advertising Photographers of America, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Women in Photography International, and the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group, whose purpose is dedicated to advancing the art and science of digital imaging.