Compact Camera Course - understand your camera in 30 minutes

Back to basics guide to digital photography with just a point-and-shoot or compact camera
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 42 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

  • Wanna make beautiful images, but you don't have a fancy DSLR?
  • Do you feel frustrated or disappointed with your photos... even guilty that you don't know what you're doing?
  • It's not your fault; you just need to spend some time learning what your camera can do,
    ...and some time practicing how to use this knowledge in the field.
  • 90% of camera courses are targeted toward DSLR owners, not the humble photography enthusiast just starting out on the journey.

This course is for: total novices, absolute beginners, and the technologically challenged. You must own a compact (point-and-shoot) camera, or a Micro 4/3rds, or a Bridge camera, so you can put this theory into practice.

Video lectures make up the bulk of this course, with 3 exercises and a quiz. The final exercise requires downloading some freeware, and installing this on a Windows-based computer.

Topics include: image resolution & size, JPEG vs RAW files, memory cards, focus, metering, program modes, aperture / shutter speed, plus how to get your photos off the camera and fix them on a computer.

Finally, the tutor does not own your particular camera - hang, there's hundreds of models out there, and the course would be many hours long if it was to cover every possibility.
So, you will be required to download and read your camera's manual, to fully understand exactly what dials to turn and buttons to press.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a compact camera

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Feel empowered to take more control of your photography
  • Better understand the functions of your camera
  • Choose the best camera settings for general use
  • Be able to transfer your photos from a camera to a computer
  • Perform the most common fixes on a simple image editing program

Who is the target audience?

  • Owners of compact (point-and-shoot), Bridge or Micro-Four-Thirds cameras
  • Absolute beginners, total novices & the technologically challenged

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Compact Cameras | An Introduction
Introduction | How to benefit from this course

Brief overview of the 5 main types of still cameras on the market today. Plus the disadvantages & advantages of using a compact camera.

Section 2: Basic Camera Settings | Before you shoot
  • Why you should select the biggest file size on your camera menu.
  • The pros & cons of shooting in JPEG versus RAW file format.

Overview of the 3 types of memory cards for digital cameras.

Section 3: Advanced Settings | During the shoot
  • Definition & demonstrations of aperture, shutter, & histograms
  • Metering modes: matrix, centre-weighted & spot metering.

A simple technique to add or subtract light to your scene.

  • Sports, Portrait, Sunset, Night, Party, etc.
  • Aperture Priority & depth of field
  • Shutter Priority & freezing action

When to select Automatic (AF), Continuous (Al Servo), Spot Focus & Manual.


Quick practice exercise at photographing an object that's not in the centre of the frame.

  • Brief rant about the flash on compact cameras
  • Self-Timers & selfies
Section 4: Post Processing | Image editing
  • File transfers - getting photos from your camera to your computer.
  • Computer programs - what software is the most suitable.

Screen-cast of how to fix a photograph using FastStone Image Viewer (freeware). Topics include:

  • Rotate & Straighten
  • Crop
  • Exposure correction
  • Sharpen
  • Re-size
  • Download a free program (FastStone Image Viewer) for Windows-based PCs.
  • This practice exercise should take you about 30 minutes.
  • You can use Ray's sample photo - download this from the Resources panel.
Section 5: Publishing Photos | Inspiration

Ideas for getting your images off the computer, and sharing your creativity with others.

12 questions

Test yourself with this quick quiz...

1) JPEG is an acronym for what?

Section 6: The Last Word

Ray wraps up.


Hot Pixels website, Facebook community, YouTube channel, and YOUR FREE Kindle eBOOK.

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Instructor Biography

Ray Salisbury, Tutor at Hot Pixels Photography

A keen landscape photographer for over 40 years, Ray has also inspired thousands of students as a qualified teacher. His bachelor degree in Graphic Design included two year's training in photography, and he now sells images to stock libraries and magazines.
Ray is passionate about sharing his success secrets with those of you who are not satisfied with your photos.

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