Accessories Basics: Lenses, with Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski

Join Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski as they devote an entire class to helping you understand everything you need to know about lenses for your DSLR.

If you’ve just got your first DSLR and are wondering about what lens to get next, then this is the class for you! Join Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski as they devote an entire class to helping you understand everything you need to know about lenses for your DSLR. Whether you plan to shoot portraits, weddings, sports, or just head out into the world with your camera at the ready, this class will help you choose the right lens for the task at hand.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Going Beyond the Kit Lens (Duration 04:36)

Scott and Matt introduce the concepts covered in this class and begin the discussion of why you should move beyond the lens that came with your camera.

Lesson 2: Understanding Focal Length (Duration 05:51)

The choice of lens focal length has a huge impact on how much of the scene you can include in your photo.

Lesson 3: Understanding the F/stop (Duration 07:43)

Each lens has a maximum aperture opening, which is expressed in f/stop. The lower the f/stop number the larger the size of the aperture. The larger the aperture the more light can pass through the lens to the sensor.

Lesson 4: Cropped Sensor vs. Full Frame Sensor (Duration 05:08)

The size of your sensor is a consideration in choosing your lenses.

Lesson 5: Favorite Lenses (Duration 11:41)

After building the foundation for understanding lenses Scott and Matt discuss some of their favorite lenses.

Lesson 6: Landscape Lenses (Duration 08:52)

Some lenses are better for capturing landscape scenes than others. Scott and Matt also discuss several accessories for shooting better landscape photos.

Lesson 7: Lenses for Travel Photography (Duration 08:12)

There are many considerations when traveling that will affect your choice of what lenses to bring.

Lesson 8: Hottest Lenses for Wedding Photography (Duration 05:28)

When shooting weddings you want a fast lens that allows for shooting in low light and can produce a shallow depth of field to blur out the background.

Lesson 9: Lenses for Sports Photography (Duration 15:19)

For most sports photography you will need lenses that can bring distant subjects up close and have large apertures to allow for using action stopping shutter speeds.

Lesson 10: Useful Lens Accessories (Duration 12:08)

There are a few accessories for your lenses that can help improve your shots.

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…

Meet Your Instructor: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…


  1. Where was this class when I was trying to figure out what lenses I should buy. Maybe you already said it and I missed it but I would have liked to know what overall general lenses someone should pick. I didn't have a speciality (can't say I do now either) so knowing what to start with would have been great. Just a broad spectrum of glass, a glass for every occasion :) You eluded to it like this is my go-to lens. Regardless awesome class. Thanks guys another great job!

  2. This course was absolutely phenomenal, from the structure, to the flow, to the topics covered. I really enjoyed how Scott and Matt were able to bounce off each other and add to the lessons. Before I started this course I had zero knowledge on lenses and was always left confused after reading an article or two. This course filled in the missing fundamentals that I do not possess or understand. Thank You Matt and Scott for this incredible, easy to understand, and enjoyable course. I'm confident in my ability to go out in the world to find a good piece of "glass."

  3. Love it! Information is easy to follow, encouraging, and practical. Thank you for providing a thorough collection of answers to a beginner's most asked questions. These videos can be viewed again and again for strengthened learning. Now on to exposure & accessories!

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