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12 Videos (1h 19m)
    • Introduction

    • Understanding Your DSLR

    • Balancing the Exposure Triangle

    • Preparing to Shoot

    • Studio Demonstration

    • Deep Dive: Shutter Speed

    • Deep Dive: Aperture

    • Deep Dive: ISO

    • Editing Tips & Tricks

    • Final Thoughts

    • Bonus: Buying Cameras & Lenses

    • Learn More from Justin


About This Class

New to DSLR cameras? Learn fundamentals for your best photos yet!

This introductory photography class is a smart, inspiring way to get up to speed quickly. Taught by photographer Justin Bridges, you'll learn how to manually balance shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to achieve perfect exposure, every time — and then hit the NYC streets to see it all in action.

Easy-to-follow lessons include how to:

  • Balance shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for perfect exposure (and conquer fear of "manual" mode)
  • Freeze and blur motion via shutter speed
  • Control background blur via aperture
  • Edit your photos in 5 minutes or less

Plus, you'll also learn Justin's go-to camera settings, must-have gear, and recommendations on a budget. By the end, you'll know how to master your settings, shoot in manual mode for total control, and create the pro-level photos you've always imagined.


This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate enthusiasts. Looking for more? Explore Justin's Skillshare classes for intermediate photographers: One-Light Setups and Shooting Portraits with Natural Light.

189 of 189 students recommendSee All

Really enjoyed the editing portion. I learned a few new tricks within Lightroom that I've never used before.
Great class! I recently bought a DSLR and was nervous I made the right decision because I knew nothing. Justin's class helped me gain confidence to know what I'm doing and enjoy it!





Skillshare Photography Fundamentals

Justin Bridges | Portrait and Fashion Photographer

Justin Bridges is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York City. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Justin began his pursuit of photography as a college student studying finance and economics. Although he opted for an early career as a finance professional at Goldman Sachs, he realized the need to align his career with his love of photography.

Justin's approach is to capture the untraveled moment and apply a feeling of art and thoughtfulness to each photograph.

Clients and publications include:

  • Media: GQ, Details, Esquire, High Snobiety & Selectism, Complex Media, Hypebeast Magazine
  • Fashion: Giorgio Armani, Public School NY, The Arrivals, Raleigh, En Noir, Ovadia & Sons, Alternative Apparel
  • Client: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Amazon, Carson Street Clothiers