Online Class

Get to Know Your Lenses

Portrait, Macro & More
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Learn how to choose and use the lens you need for the results you want! Unlock the creative possibilities and advantages of each lens.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a gear list
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

How do you take command of your composition and control the story? It starts by understanding how each of your lenses can help! Join professional photographer Layne Kennedy and learn techniques that will help you make the most of a variety of lenses: portrait, macro, telephoto, wide-angle and multi-purpose. During class, Layne will demonstrate these must-have techniques on a Nikon DSLR, but you can put your new learnings to use no matter your camera. Along the way, you'll see how lens factors such as focal length and depth of field will affect your creative options. And for impactful photos, Layne will show you how to create captivating effects such as soft backgrounds, depth exaggeration or compression of the scene. Plus, you'll learn about camera lenses that are versatile enough to use when you want to travel light.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Basics of Lenses
Meet photographer Layne Kennedy and learn what focal length is and how it affects your creative options. Next, look at major types of lenses and understand what features are most important. Finally, explore how lens speed and ISO can support you in photographing in extremely low lighting conditions.
2. Portrait Lenses
3. Working With Macro Lenses
4. Telephoto Zoom Lens
5. Wide-Angle Lenses
6. Go-To Lenses

Taught by

Layne Kennedy
Layne Kennedy
From traveling with polar Inuit hunters by dogsled to photographing pink dolphins in the Amazon River, Layne Kennedy has experienced no shortage of the world with camera in hand. A renowned professional photographer, his imagery creates a strong sense of place and can be found in magazines such as LIFE, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and many others. Layne also leads workshops for Mentor Series Photo Treks, Photo Zone Tours and Iceland Tours.

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