Digital Photography for Beginners

A self-paced, interactive online education model

Do you find yourself snapping phone photos and think, "I wish I could really capture this moment better"?

I'm here to help you transform this hobby of yours into a creative art form. Digital Photography is a fun, versatile skill that you can use throughout your lifetime. Whether you want to build a legit photography business, or just improve your photos of family and travels, these courses will take you from zero knowledge to competent photographer in under 4 weeks.

My classes are accessible and broken down into easy steps that make the learning process fun and well paced. It will most definitely take a lot of time and effort to build your skills, but this class will give you the tools to start making stunning images, and the confidence to keep learning on your own.

* I have a 14-day guarantee, so if you watch all of the content and find that the course is simply not what you were looking for, I will send you a refund, no questions asked.


  • What equipment do I need to succeed in this course?

    You'll want a basic DSLR or Mirrorless Camera. Anything that allows for manual exposure and interchangeable lenses. * You WILL need to get acquainted with the particulars of your own camera gear. Each camera make and model will have different dials for the settings I talk about in the course.

  • What if I've never used a camera before? I'm a little intimidated by learning online.

    This course is truly a fundamentals course! I will take you from beginner to intermediate photographer in 4 weeks. I'll walk you through each step with simple instructions. Most of my students start with zero knowledge and walk away feeling confident with their cameras.

  • How much time should I expect to spend on the materials?

    This is entirely up to you. However, to get the most out of the 4 week pace, plan to allot at least 2-3 hours for shooting and 2 hours for editing each week.

Artist, Photographer, Teacher

I've been photographing people and places for 15 years, meanwhile pursuing multiple art degrees including an Associates in Photography, a BFA in Sculpture, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. I am currently based in the Eastern Sierras where spend much of my free time exploring in the form of rock climbing, road tripping, and backpacking. So far I've taught digital photography to over 100 students, while teaching all kinds of art media at a variety of community colleges both in person and online. I love working with students and would be excited for you to join me on this creative journey!


Digital Photography Fundamentals

by Abi Bruntlett

Taking Mandy’s course was a pleasure from start to finish. I knew very little about photography when I signed up and after completing the class, I felt like I had a comfortable understanding of how to get a nice exposure, compose a nice photo, and how to figure out where to place my subject in order to use the natural light. I found the slides useful and informative and I downloaded them so that I can reference them from to time. I also really liked the personal time Mandy spent giving me feedback on my photos! She made me feel like photography is something I can do and was encouraging while offering critique!

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff

Mandy is very experienced and knowledgeable in breaking down the fundamentals of digital photography for the beginner. For years I have tried learning how to use my DSLR camera on my own, from friends and from online resources without success. Mandy's thorough curriculum addresses how to use the camera settings, photography fundamentals, composition, lighting and portraiture in a very accessible way. Each learning module reveals the technical aspects in a step by step easy to learn lesson, followed by simple assignments that motivated me to get out and apply my learning. I loved the sessions where students received technical and artistic feedback on their images. We could see our learning evolve through our improved photos as well as problem solve challenges. After creating blurry and poorly lit photographs before this class, I now feel confident in using my camera settings to achieve beautiful results and have the tools I need to take on more advanced photography techniques.

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Matt Wygal

I had a great time in the photography class, and it has taken me from complete beginner to having enough skill to offer photography as a service. Mandy offers multiple teaching styles, from slide presentations and online resources to hands-on direction of photo editing. This helps to form a comprehensive understanding of camera technology, techniques, composition, and editing. The course assignments were varied in such a way that I was able to explore different subjects that I may not otherwise had thought to try, and really helped me to find my own style and interests. I’m looking forward to taking the next level of the course!

Digital Photography


Mandy Keathley's digital photo course gave me a great first step into the world of digital photography. I learned more about the practical applications of photography and editing in her class than I did in four previous photography classes. She also does a great job of making the assignments fun and challenging, and gives proper, thorough feedback on your work every week. Her enthusiasm for photography is infectious.