What Camera? What Lens? What Dial?

Are You Wondering:

  1. What camera to buy?
  2. What lens(es) to buy and use?
  3. What dials and buttons are useful and easy to use?
  4. When to use this lens or those settings vs another lens or settings?
  5. How to learn without relying on confusing charts and numbers?
  6. Does all this matter (only if you want to fully use cool features in digital cameras to have fun and create your own style)

If yes, you are in the right place!

You’ll save time and money with this overview of essential Photography insights and tips.

Hi, I’m Jenny Lens, mfa,  one of the world’s most published and exhibited punk rock photographers. 

Create the images you envision starting now.

“Jenny has a great knack to make you look around and capture the mood either through manipulating manual settings or making the best of what you have at hand. I would recommend checking out these courses to anyone who wants to dream big and get inspired. I would rate my course 10/10 for inspiration alone. Thank you Jenny!”

I actually sprayed that last flower with a spray bottle to get more interesting image like you did in one of the lessons in Photography for Branded Storytelling Images.Mark Heck, massage therapist

Adorama, THE most prestigious photo gear supplier and photo lab for decades, said I am one of the ten most influential rock photographers of all time.

Wow, don’t YOU WANT to get insider secrets from someone who gets THAT kind of press and recognition?

Jenny Lens was not just one of the few photographers chronicling the early punk scene in both North America and London, she was also one of the few women working in a very male-dominated field. Her life is pretty fascinating and made up of the three acts usually associated with characters in movies and novels.”

Jenny’s photo class has been a fun and easy way to introduce myself further into the world of photography and get some amazing insight from one of the real talents. From her amazing shots of punks greats, to real world aptitude, I felt honored to catch some insider tips to apply to my day to day photos and try to go further than I thought before. ~ Mark Heck

This differs from Photography for Branded Storytelling Images because it’s faster, more focused on the nuts and bolts of photography. Branded course goes into Studio tabletop photography and is more detailed.

This is more about everyday usage. More of a quick start overview, but in-depth about lenses and dials.

Items photographed with clear discussion include detailing what lens, dial settings and why those used in the photos you’ll see: Flowers, Jewelry and other products, Food, Sports (at park and beach), Children Playing outdoors, some Live Music (which you can take in outside to learn lighting and dial settings) and more.

4.5 inspiring, fun hours to master basic lenses, dials, and settings!

Sharing tips I use all the time. Really made a huge difference and improvement in my photography!

What Camera, Lens, Dial-1: Overview and Introduction to Lenses and Dials, 65 minutes

What Camera, Lens, Dial-2: Overview and Introduction to Lenses and Dials, 53 minutes

What Camera, Lens, Dial-3: Art History and Art of Photography, 42 minutes

What Camera, Lens, Dial-4: Focal Length, 33 minutes

What Camera, Lens, Dial-5: DOF Depth of Field and Perspective, Shutter Speed, 64 minutes

When I taught at UCLA and Santa Monica College, fees were more than 10 times higher! Still are!

  • Look at photos created specifically photographed just for YOU and your best learning experience
  • No need to understand charts or math, unlike so many confusing courses, manuals, books, videos and blog posts
  • Much better to see these images than look at charts or lots of text
  • You’ll see one subject photographed with varying lenses and settings (usually flowers, which you can easily test with your gear, but could use food or other objects)
  • You’ll clearly see how changing dial settings and/or lens radically changes what your photo looks like
  • You’ll see how light affects the image, the lens and settings
  • Tips on creating visually compelling images
  • Phones vs Cameras
  • Tips for photographing for varying social media sites and image proportions
  • Wide Angle, Telephoto, Macro and Zoom lenses
  • NO numbers, charts, diagrams to memorize!

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Please investigate Punk Pioneers by photographer Jenny Lens, who captured the scene so perfectly.” Henry Rollins, LA Weekly

“The infamous Jenny Lens, supreme master of the punk rock photo.” ~ San Francisco Bay Guardian [And straight up rock too!]

“The was a time when Punk Rock was dangerous, man — in a cerebral way. And Jenny Lens was there to record it all.” ~ Garage Magazine

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Take Photos. Get Famous.“ These are just a few of my many published, exhibited photos, also collected by celebrities and people all over the world. Not included in the “Watch. Create. Shine.” Bundle. You can also enroll “Take Photos. Get Famous.” Better yet, take Business Survival Kit with Take Photos. Get Famous. Get vital business, marketing and legal info!

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“Jenny’s online photo class has been a fun and easy way to introduce myself further into the world of photography and get some amazing insights from one of the real talents. I would rate my course 10/10 for inspiration alone.” ~ Mark Heck

Patti Smith called me “the girl with the camera eye.Shouted from LA’s Roxy stage, pointing to me, Nov 15, 1976. 

Patti told me “She still dares other photographers to take better photos than I.” The Roxy, August 2002. 

Iggy Pop told me my photos were as good as his photographer. He asked me where I’d been. I said, “Earning art degrees.” He smiled and nodded. I learned from artists. Now you can learn from me!  Start now and join the fun @ Take Photos. Get Famous.” Get ready for when live shows resume.

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Jenny Lens, Punk Pioneer, when Punk Was Fun

Artistic Alchemist, Creative Instigator, Transformation Teacher, Punk Photographer and all that jazz

My mission is to remove fear and doubt, be inspiring and share the magic of art and tech.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”


About your teacher, Jenny Lens, mfa

  • Watch. Create. Shine. by learning from the most published early west coast punk rock photographer. See and read about a few of my many classic rock photos: PunkPioneers.com.
  • My photos are in the Met, Smithsonian, Grammy Museum, Rock Hall of Fame, tons of documentaries, major books and  magazines, merch and more.
  • So many teaching online have never even taken one art or design course.
  • I earned BA in Art (CSUN), Master of Fine Art in Design (CalArts) and Cert in Computer Graphics (UCLA) [extensive 2 year course], ALL with Honors.
  • Taught at computer apps, computer graphics and more at MAJOR schools: UCLA, Santa Monica College, other colleges/universities and many vocational schools.
  • I study and USE what I share here! Learn from a pro, in everyday language.
  • Want to learn more? Explore more of my online Workshop Courses designed for YOU.

Let me guide and inspire You. You can do it if you are Dreaming Big!

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