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A Free and Helpful Primer in Photography, Courtesy of the US Navy



If you’ve been looking for a basic photography course online, here’s something to hold you over until you find the right one for you. This “Photography (Basic)” course was put together by the U.S. Navy in 1993. And thanks to Reddit user clutch70706, you now have access to the full thing in PDF format.

Seeing as it was created in 1993, the course obviously makes no mention of digital photography, but that doesn’t make it any less useful for the young’ins out there. It covers everything, from the basic science behind light and optics, to understanding lenses, to film choice, to developing and printing techniques.


It’s a great course for the beginner who is looking to get into film photography or just wants to learn more about photography as a whole. We’ve embedded the entire PDF courtesy of Scribd below, but if you want to download it (without paying a fee), check out both the Basic and Advanced course downloads over on EverySpec (thanks to user yopla for that find).

(via Reddit)