Camera Basics for the New Photographer

with Jan Tyler


$75 Full Participation | $39 Study Along

Do you have a camera but don’t know where to start? You aren’t alone!

Join us in this one week workshop for beginners– you’ll learn how to use your camera, avoid the ten common mistakes that every beginner makes, and use 20 tips and tricks you need to know to get better images NOW! This is a Click Photo School textbook course, and you’ll see beautiful examples from a number of photographers to help you understand the concepts covered. We’ll cover everything from understanding file size and camera settings to choosing an exposure and focusing mode. No prior experience is necessary– the simple exercises and tips will get you up and running with your camera in no time!


Students need a camera and internet access.

what you’ll get

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An 84 page PDF to get you started!

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

Custom audios/videos based on student Q&A

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Full Participation students receive extensive critiques of assignment submission.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


Thirteen videos on the topics covered in the eBook

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Basic color preset and basic black/ white preset (Lightroom)

Video of uploading, culling, and organizing images in Adobe Bridge

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20 pro tips and tricks to get better images now

10 mistakes to avoid


Welcome & Preassignment


File Sizes, Raw vs. jpeg

Choosing an Exposure Modes

Taking Control with Exposure Compensation

Focusing Modes

ISO (and the basics of the exposure triangle)

Lenses and Perspective


Tips and Tricks

Exercises to get started


What to do with your images (downloading, storing– very basic)

Lesson One


Understanding file sizes; raw vs. jpeg; understanding and choosing exposure modes; exposure compensation; understanding and choosing focusing modes; ISO and auto ISO; lenses; troubleshooting; accessories; exercises to get you started

as seen on instagram


about your instructor

Jan Tyler of One Boy Photography is a natural light photographer living outside of Charleston, SC with her husband, son, and dog. Her son is the main subject of her work and the inspiration for her love of light. Jan creates a strong connection between the subject and the viewer by combining a minimalistic photography style with storytelling details. She often uses the Lensbaby Composer Pro Optic Swap System on her Nikon d750 to help isolate and draw the viewer’s attention to her subject, and also enjoys using the editing process to help her tell her stories.
Her portfolio is available here.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive critique each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.


  • Peggy says:

    This was such wonderful class! The pdf and the videos alone were worth the price of admission, but I loved reading Jan’s thoughtful answers to all of the questions posed in the class. If you want to get the most out of the class, set aside some time to use your camera. I made time every day of the workshop week to photograph my grandkids and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it help me digest the materials, but now I have some images of them that I just cherish. Reading through the discussion was so great, too. It’s amazing how much I’m leaving this course with. I feel like I started the class scared of my camera. I know I still have a long way to go, but now I’m having so much fun with it! Thanks, Jan!

    • Jan Tyler says:

      Peggy, thank you so much for your sweet words! I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the class…and that you now have a treasured collection of images of your grandchildren. It makes me so happy to know that you are no longer afraid of that camera, and that you will continue to use it to capture those special pieces of your heart.

  • Nicki Burnettq says:

    I would like to sign up for the camera basics study along and it keeps taking me back to the register now page but wont allow me to register. Is it to late? Thank you for your help. I see where the course is a week long.

    • Jan Tyler says:

      Hello Nicki! It’s not too late at all…and I see that you have already registered. I’m so excited to have you in class in just a few weeks!

  • Aleyda Cardenas says:

    Some points that I’d like to highlight about my experience:…..1. When I first signed up for the workshop I liked how everything looked on the actual website. It was clean and what I thought was easy to follow. I felt that the website might reflect what the workshops or classes are like. Unfortunately, upon starting class I learned that the site was not very easy to navigate or easy to follow. I almost never use the actual “back” button while I search the internet, but found that I had to rely on the “back” button a lot to get to where I was last because it was easier to find the last spot I was on and was far more time efficient. 2. Once you start the course, the strands are hard to follow and the font are hard to read. It is all very overwhelming and doesn’t follow a natural flow to the reader or the eye. 3. The materials I downloaded from the course were useful, but I felt like I really just paid to have the materials. The course was offered during a holiday and I would not recommend the course to anyone over the holidays. For me, I was on holiday with my family which I traveled to see because I live overseas and felt that I had A LOT of material to cover and read;including others posts online. I felt this took time away from my family and decided I was not spending my time with family how it is meant to be during the holidays. So unfortunately, I chose to not participate because I was spending a great deal of time time “learning” the material (which is great and I did sign up for this in the first place), but I felt it was very much structured like a “self-lead and self-taught” course. Sorry! . One day I spent 2-3 hours doing over material and taking notes ….I felt I could not do that for a whole week because I felt I was doing a lot of the work to learn the material. Again, I may have felt this way because I was on holiday with my family and did not feel I could devote 2-3 hrs a day while I was traveling out to see my family. 4. The instructors do a great job adding a positive and encouraging learning environment. :)

    • Jan Tyler says:

      Aleyda! I do wish you had reached out to me about your concerns! I would have been more than happy to help you navigate the forum and work through the materials. I am so glad that you found the materials useful and that you felt that you were a part of a positive and encouraging learning environment. I certainly strive to create a wonderful learning experience for my students. Our workshops do contain a lot of valuable materials, so it would be best to register when you have time to commit to a class. All materials are yours to keep, so I do hope you continue to work through them and that you continue to learn as it is convenient for you. Please, always feel free to reach out with questions and concerns, Aleyda. That is exactly what your instructors are here for!

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