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DSLR Basics

This is a self paced class.


Class taught by:

Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy

In DSLR Basics you will learn the ins and outs of setting your camera like a pro photographer as well as how to document your life creatively and beautifully! This course is taught by Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman and Janae Hardy. You will learn all about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering, histograms and so much more! The course also contains twelve sessions to push you creatively, to find your own photography style and capture life all around you. This course is meant to take away any fear you may have about how to set a DSLR camera so you can focus on taking beautiful photos.

It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera or that they are planning to purchase a camera soon. One of the first sessions will walk students through some basic gear and lenses so they can understand what to buy if they don't already own everything they want or need. This course is not as applicable to point and shoot, smart phones or toy cameras. We believe great photos can be taken with all sorts of devices, but this course focuses on DSLR photography.

  • What will I learn? +

    How to:

    • common photography terms with explanations
    • basic gear and explanations of common lenses
    • when to use auto mode
    • achieving great focus
    • rules of composition (and when to break them!)
    • understanding shutter speed
    • understanding aperture and F-stops
    • understanding ISO
    • metering light and using histograms
    • how to white balance
    • how to use reflectors like a pro
    • five techniques to add mystery and drama to your photos
    • how to photograph with backlighting and lens flare
    • how to develop your personal photography style
    • how to photograph interiors & room tours
    • how to photograph new borns and babies
    • the basics of portrait photography
    • tips for great food photography & styling
    • five ways to get creative with self portraits
    • how to photograph landscapes and nature
    • how to take great photos while you travel
    • how to photograph children
    • how to photograph still life or product photography
    • BONUS: How to set your camera cheat sheet
  • What do I get with my purchase? +
    • immediate access through your account
    • 24 lessons and a bonus session
    • 5 videos to supplement the course materials
    • set your camera cheat sheet that you can take anyway!
    • PDF of the entire course
    • access to a private Q&A board to ask the instructors questions and read the archives of other students’ questions 
  • What supplies do I need for class? +
    • access to a computer to read and watch the course
    • a DSLR camera you can use for the homework throughout the course
    • printable notebook to use during the course