A Guide to Accessories for DSLRs

Learn what to use to make your DSLR experience the best it can be.
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A Guide to Accessories for DSLRs
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (732 ratings)
23,220 students
You will have a clear idea of what kind of accessories you need.
You will be able to know what the best kind of equipment is, and how to use, maintain, and enjoy it.

Requirements

  • The information presented in this course won't be as useful if you don't already own a DSLR.

Description

This course covers DSLR accessories that you may be interested in if you recently purchased a camera. This is a comprehensive course, and you don't need any more information than basic information about DSLRs. If you're feeling lost about what kind of accessories you should buy for your needs, this is the course for you!

Accessories are helpful (and often essential) for many types of shooting scenarios. Additionally, each kind of DSLR accessory is different and is used in different settings. We'll discuss what kinds of accessories there are and how each are used, especially with different kinds of situations and techniques.

This course is chock full of helpful resources within the lesson videos, including links to helpful third-party websites, diagrams, and hands-on examples.

Below is the full course index:

Section 1: Introduction – Learning from the Start

  • Introduction (1:20)
  • The Essentials (5:11)
  • Kit Lenses and Finding the Right Gear (7:26)
  • Memory Cards (6:53)
  • Worthwhile Investments (9:56)
  • Photographer’s Contract Maker (2:48)

Section 2: Gear Maintenance

  • Storage Solutions and Cleaning Your Gear (9:34)
  • Deep Cleaning Lenses (8:24)
  • Cleaning the Sensor (5:55)

Section 3: Support and Stabilization

  • Tripods (7:50)
  • More Types of Stabilization (7:20)
  • Straps (2:00)

Section 4: Lenses and Lens Accessories

  • Lens Crash Course (7:37)
  • Lens Accessories (9:34)
  • Filters (6:17)

Section 5: Light

  • External Flashes, Reflectors, and More (8:18)
  • Studio Lighting Gear (8:52)
  • Four-Way Studio Lighting (3:45)

Section 6: Conclusion

  • Miscellaneous Accessories (8:58)
  • Wrap Up and Conclusion (1:21)

At a comfortable pace, the course should take about half a week to complete, though it can certainly be done in less or greater time, depending on your learning style.

You should be familiar with some basic terminology regarding accessories, such as "lens," and "tripod," though these terms will be explained in the course.

Ultimately, it's our end goal to prepare you to have a clear idea of what kind of accessories you need, and for you to know what the best kind of equipment is, and how to use, maintain, and enjoy it. If you've been waiting to learn about the kinds of DSLR accessories you'll need in photography, we look forward to seeing you in this course.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for everyone who wants to learn about the various types of DSLR accessories.

Course content

6 sections • 21 lectures • 2h 29m total length
  • Introduction
    01:20
  • The Essentials
    05:11
  • Kit Lenses and Finding the Right Gear
    07:26
  • Memory Cards
    06:53
  • Worthwhile Investments
    09:36
  • Photographer's Contract Maker
    02:48

Instructor

Photography Instructor
Michael Andrew
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  • 1,537 Reviews
  • 27,549 Students
  • 31 Courses

Michael the Maven (Michael Andrew) is an American photographer and photography instructor and specializes in photography instruction for beginners. He has a Youtube Photography Channel under the name of Michael The Mentor which has over 180,000 subscribers and 16,000,000 views. His "Epic Shootout" videos compare competing cameras abilities, informing buyers which is best for them.

Michael has been a professional portrait and wedding photographer for over 11 years, with his work appearing on multiple occasions in Alabama Weddings Magazine, including the cover. He has also won many awards for his teaching on the university level, in the field of Biology. Michael combines his expertise of instruction with his knowledge of photography to simplify the learning process for beginning and intermediate photographers.

Michael has produced nearly 50 instructional DVDs on a range of photography topics, including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony cameras, as well as advanced topics including Lighting, Flash, Advanced Techniques, and Busness Courses.