The First Steps are the perfect place to begin your journey. It is where you learn the fundamentals to build a strong foundation.  Go through each of the steps one by one and work through the lessons.  Follow up with the assessment tools and when you have successfully mastered the material, claim that badge.

Module 1 Camera Controls
Lesson 1 Dials, Settings and Menus  
Lesson 2 F-Stops  
Lesson 3 Shutter Speeds  
Lesson 4 Depth of Field  
Lesson 5 Controlling Motion  
Lesson 6 Sensor Size  
Module 2 Light Controls
Lesson 1 A Look at Light Sources  
Lesson 2 Controlling Natural Light  
Lesson 3 Lighting Modifiers  
Lesson 4 Additive Lighting Concepts  
Lesson 5 Subtractive Lighting Concepts  
Module 3 Lighting Sciences
Lesson 1 The Quality of Light  
Lesson 2 The Color of Light  
Lesson 3 Size Matters  
Lesson 4 Position Matters  
Lesson 5 Placement Matters  
Module 4 Composition Concepts
Lesson 1 What Makes a Great Background?  
Module 5 Posing Concepts
Lesson 1 Getting Started With Posing  
Lesson 2 Body Posing  
Lesson 3 Posing Groups  
Module 6 Flash Control
Lesson 1 Getting Started With Flash  
Lesson 2 Fundamentals of Flash Photography  
Module 7 Digital Finishing Concepts
Lesson 1 Getting Started with Photoshop  
Lesson 2 How to Get Started with Photoshop CS6  
Module 8 Exposure Mastery
Lesson 1 Controlling Exposure  
Lesson 2 The Sunny 16 Rule  
Lesson 3 Light Meter Basics  
Lesson 4 Light Meters 101  
Module 9 CPP Pathway
Lesson 1 What is CPP?  
Lesson 2 TPPA Wants To Help You Get Certified  
Module 10 Join a Local Guild
Lesson 1 What is a "Guild"?  
Module 11 Image Competition Pathway
Lesson 1 Why Enter Image Competition?  
Module 12 Business & Marketing
Lesson 1 So, You're Thinking About Turning Pro?  
Module 13 PPA Membership
Lesson 1 What is PPA?