Duration: 4 weeks


Photo 101 is for beginners with little or no experience in photography. Many semi-professionals have taken this class as a refresher course and have really enjoyed it.

In class, you will learn how to work your DSLR camera using manual settings. A large portion of the class will focus on exposure and composition. Shooting with natural light will be encouraged and instructed.


The Nicole’s Classes application is a downloadable program you install on your computer. (The link to download will be provided the day the class starts.) Learning is divided into 4 weeks and within those weeks you can learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. There are no set class times, though homework is due every Sunday night for instructor feedback. Students also have unlimited email access to the instructor for the duration of their course, to ask questions or get help when they’re stuck. Our classes are flexible, fit into most any schedule and we happily welcome international students!


Photo 101 has no prerequisite courses. You will get the most out of the course materials if you are shooting with a DSLR (Nikon, Canon, etc.). But any camera that allows you to change the shutter speed and aperture will work.


Nicole Hill Gerulat graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Commercial/Advertising Photography and has been working for over 10 years in the industry. Her clients include Real Simple, HGTV, Weldon Owen, Parents Magazine and more. Examples of her work can be found on her site as well as her blog A Little Sussy. Nicole started teaching photography classes in September 2007 and teaches from her own curriculum. She also taught the Art Direction & Commercial Photography course at Brigham Young University where she was an adjunct professor. Feel free to drop her a line if you have any questions about taking this course!


“Attending Nicole’s class was empowering! I loved learning how to have complete control over my camera!” —Chelsea Fuss of Frolic!, Photo 101 student

“Nicole’s class gave me practical tips to take my photos to the next level.” —Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Photo 101 student

“I liked the fact that the course is only four weeks long and through my weekly homework assignments I was able to get feedback from Nicole on ways to improve. Nicole really emphasizes shooting clean and not to rely on Photoshop to improve your image. I still have a lot to learn but I think it finally “clicked” that photography is no different than any other creative field, the more you practice, the better you get. And I have to say the class has helped increase the number of good shots I am getting straight out of the camera, without any Photoshop tweaks… Even though the class is over I want to continue to shoot on a regular basis so I can improve my skills and continue documenting life.” —Sally Shim, Photo 101 student

“The class structure is great because there is a video for each week’s lesson, but you can also read the information instead of just watching it… If you’re looking for a course to start shooting in manual, or just to improve your photography skills in general (composition is covered as well), I’d definitely recommend Nicole’s Photo 101 class.” —Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely, Photo 101 student

“Thank you so much for this class! Thanks for your amazing feedback: starting with the positive, and when necessary, ending with tactful, honest, awesome advice. My camera returned and I can’t wait to get out shooting today. You have inspired us all.” —Judy, Photo 101 student


If necessary, we do provide refunds up to 1 week before the class start date. Please check our FAQ and Policies pages for more information.

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