Free Photography Lessons, Part 1: Introduction

I gladly offer this basic, 5-part series of photography lessons FOR FREE! Our world has become increasingly visual in the way we communicate. We not only take more pictures, we show them, send them and display them to more eyes than ever before. Wouldn’t it be nice to capture and show better pictures?

In this series, I get us thinking about…

1. How to tell a story with our photographs by understanding the 4 dimensions associated with the art.

2. The basic elements of “composing” our photographic story. How do we put things in our viewfinders so people get the essence of that moment that inspired us.

3. Understanding exposure, light and color and how they combine to say what we want.

4. How lens choice and operation effects focus and how focus effects what we show in our photos

5. The people in our photographs and the people we are showing them to.

Please enjoy these lessons. They’re not meant to be comprehensive and their not meant to be exhaustive or advanced. That doesn’t mean I don’t encourage any questions you might want to post for either me to try to answer or anyone else who comes along.

Please, be kind, helpful and enjoy.
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. Art with heart
    April 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Sweet!…Thanks a lot!! :-)

  2. Jasmine Robinson
    April 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    This is very helpful, I take photography at school, and my teacher
    seriously makes no sense and this here makes a lot more sene to me, Thanks!

  3. smileykat
    April 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    te magyar vagy? :O Dejó 🙂 csinálhatnál magyarul is fotózós videókat 😉

  4. starlightaoril19
    April 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    hey please check out my video *photography* that i made im not a
    professional but i want people to see what i can do and what they think!

  5. tabytha tru
    April 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    i got my new camera, and i take pictures of EVERYTHING!

  6. Prvoslav Vojinovic
    April 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

    Thank you man!

  7. slikazn
    April 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    this feels i am going to uni on the holidays. exactly what it is! I am here
    to learn 😉

  8. leviterande
    April 28, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    cant wait to watch these man, thank you. BTW I am looking for this but for
    the film side of art .. cant find any info at all. I know photography and
    Film is the “same” but what i want to learn more about is how to deal with
    comosition in Film where a shot is cut to an another shot and then into
    another and so on..

  9. Mirdi khola
    April 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Your videos are really healpful and have become my guide. I would like show
    some of my pictures to you to get some hints if you do not mind. But how do
    I send them to you ?!

  10. sindarapos
    April 28, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    time nor gravity are dimensions …

  11. MegaDamages
    April 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    i own a nikon D90 i’ll used this tips thanks.

  12. rockgirl236
    April 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    I’m from Albania. I’m so glad you like the country.only that people are
    distroying it. thank you for uploading this. take care

  13. John Craft
    April 28, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    Thx, great tips, also checkout 99PhotoTricks.

  14. Jimbacsi
    April 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    HAAA!!! Good point! I didn’t catch that! I was just so eager to tell the
    illustration I forgot what I was sharpening! (mild embarrassment) No, axes
    don’t have teeth. But if they did, you could sharpen them. And saws don’t
    have blades either, but if they did, you could sharpen them too. I can’t
    put anything past you, man! :))

  15. Marianne McIntosh
    April 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    I’m buying that camera too… I did alot of research on Canon’s DSLR’s and
    found that the T3i was one of the best grabs around… Even Consumer
    Reports places it as one of the best buys available… I say Go For It!

  16. Michael Cooper
    April 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    I think Albainia is probably the best place for this so-called tutor. Where
    are the shots and pics? is he having a Girraffe???

  17. Jimbacsi
    April 28, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    If you’d like, send me a personal message and include a link. I’d be happy
    to take a look. 🙂

  18. ExNihiloJimmy
    April 29, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks. I will after I get some great shots worthy sharing with you folks.

  19. Kranje66
    April 29, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    You went to Albania?? I’m Albanian! However, I am from the border of
    Macedonia, and the pictures I am most proud of are from there! thank you
    for the video! 🙂

  20. Jimbacsi
    April 29, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    It was my pleasure! Use it for good! 🙂

  21. burtonollie1
    April 29, 2015 at 2:01 am #


  22. monkeyflowers
    April 29, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    Your focus on stopping to observe what is actually going on around you
    spurred an idea in my mind. I imagine being out in the city where there are
    lots of people. I take a picture where at least 10 people are in my shot.
    They are each looking at something different. After taking that photo, I
    ask them if I can take a picture of what they were looking at when I took
    the picture.

  23. Joshua Lorenzo
    April 29, 2015 at 3:21 am #

    Love this kind of American accent

  24. Ronnie Soldano
    April 29, 2015 at 3:59 am #

    Thank you Jim, for your tips and inspiration.

  25. mcgarey302
    April 29, 2015 at 4:19 am #

    i just got myself a canon rebel G and i love it! thanks for these tips, i
    cant wait to apply them in my photography 🙂