Photography Basics

NMCA Online Course

The NMC Academy is proud to offer online courses for training in educational technology areas. Designed for busy learning professionals, these courses take between 1-12 hours to complete. Plus, earn badges to show for the new skills you will learn. Account Required

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Everyone knows how to shoot a photo, but the really great images always stand out…why? We’ll teach you some basic rules of photography that will make your images go from good…to GREAT!



Overview:  Learn the basics of good photography whether you have a conventional digital camera or mobile device. Learn about the shutter lag, sports shooting, rule of thirds, leading lines, and foreground interest. We’ll provide guidelines for hands-on digital photography practice. Watch a webinar which explains the elements of good photography and then select from any of 20 different shooting assignments that best fit your needs. After the course, you’ll be able to teach it to students as part of your photography program or after-school club. Every attendee gets an 80-slide presentation to support your photography or yearbook club!

Course Materials

There are 2 activities:
1. Watch a webinar and learn the principles of photography basics.
2. Select your shooting assignments to practice the photography skills that are most relevant to you.

1. To learn the basic rules of photography composition and shooting.
2. To practice and apply the basic rules of photography through shooting assignments.
3. (optional) To be able to teach and share the basic rules of photography composition and shooting with students.

Course participants will be able to apply the basic rules of photography in their daily shooting tasks to take better pictures.

(Optional) Participants will be equipped to teach basic photography skills to students.