Photography offers several courses on photography. These were identified as having useful information on the basics of photography. To access these videos, you will need to log-in to through your university (All Virginia Sea Grant partner institutions have a subscription available to students and staff in their libraries. Contact your library for more instruction.) Once you log-in, you will be able to access these videos.

The Elements of Effective Photographs by Natalie Fobes (1h 36m): The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer’s eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field.

Foundations of Photography: Composition by Ben Long (5h 29m): The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Ben also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques.

What is a photo essay by Photojournalist Paul Taggart (1h): The course outlines the fundamentals of shooting a photo essay, from how to think about telling a story photographically to how to present your final photo story.