DSLR Essentials

$ 89.00

This beginning DSLR course covers all the different settings and controls on a DSLR . We explain what they mean, when to use them, and most importantly, how to use them to get the look you want!

Instructor Message

Do you have a DSLR that you bought, hoping to improve your photography, but you’ve never taken it off auto? Does the information in the camera manual make your eyes cross? Have you ever looked at a photograph and wondered how the photographer created it? Learning about the technical aspects of photography can be really overwhelming. We totally get that, so we will teach you all about your camera in a clear, simple, understandable way. We are going to take you from barely being able to turn on the camera to having knowledge of all its settings and an understanding of how to use them. We will cover apertures, shutter speeds, white balance, focusing, depth of field, and how to shoot completely in manual mode (including those tricky lighting situations). You'll become the boss of your camera!

The course is intended to be broken up into five weeks. Each week includes a main lesson (accompanied by video, PDF, and audio MP3) and several mini lessons. We've also thrown in a few bonuses "just for fun" to help you on your photographic journey.

Although much of the material is technical based, there are also a number of activities to help get your creative juices flowing. We believe photography should enhance your life as well as your photos.

This course is taught by Candice Stringham, a professional photographer and teacher. She is joined by two teacher's assistants, Nancy Riley and Kimber Hodson, both of whom have been teaching alongside her for over three years.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to control your exposure and settings, ultimately shooting in full manual mode.
  • Understand the key elements of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and focusing and how they can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot.
  • Learn how to make an educated decision when buying lenses.
  • Capture your memories, your way.

Suggested Materials

For this course, you'll need a computer and a DSLR.

It is not required, but we highly recommend either the 35 mm f/1.8 (if you use Nikon) or the 50 mm f/1.8 lens (for either Nikon or Canon).

Links for the lenses are included in the class outline.