Photography Beginners: DSLR Photography Camera Settings
4.6 (1,143 ratings)
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Photography Beginners: DSLR Photography Camera Settings

Photography settings - learn how to get the most from your DSLR camera and improve your photography!
4.6 (1,143 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
5,441 students enrolled
Created by Rosie Parsons
Last updated 11/2017
Current price: $119.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 40% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Finally feel super confident with your camera and what photography settings you need
  • Know your photography settings for beautiful photos when it's bright and sunny
  • Have confidence choosing the right photography settings for low light situations
  • Know how to adjust your photography settings to make the background blurred for lovely portraits
  • Be aware what photography setting to change when you want to photograph more than one person
  • Enjoy creating photography effects like the motion of water while photographing waterfalls
  • Know how to use a flashgun for indoor photography at night
  • You should have a DSLR camera where you can change the lenses - bridge cameras will also work with all the lessons apart from the week on lenses.
  • Have a love and passion for photography!
  • You should have no or very little understanding of camera settings like aperture, ISO and shutter speed

Photography for Beginners - DSLR Photography Camera Settings is the key to finally getting to grips with your DSLR!

"I love, love, love Rosie's courses! She is a fantastic instructor and engaging (I am a teacher by profession and can say she is a really great teacher). I have taken a bunch of other beginning DSLR classes and was overwhelmed. I was totally frustrated by my camera. THIS course was the first one I have taken and able to apply all that I learned right away.

This course is short, sweet, to the point. The difference in my photos has been amazing! She uncomplicates camera settings for you! I can go out and now know exactly where to start in manual mode and how and what to adjust. Her modules give just enough information without too much. It is enough to get you started taking beautiful photographs right away.

Her case studies at the end are particularly helpful as well. Start with this class and then add on her Creative Fundamentals class after. I love Rosie as a teacher and would definitely enroll for any of her other classes she creates in the future. Rosie - I'd love a beginning Lightroom class from you :-) .

Highly recommend this class for the beginning photographer and useful whether you have a Nikon or Canon camera".

- Nichole Churchill (five stars)


Do you enjoy photography and have a gorgeous fancy camera but always find yourself using it only on auto mode?

Or perhaps you briefly tried out the different settings but ended up feeing completely confused and overwhelmed by photography?!

It's really exciting when you buy a new camera - you have all these hopes and visions for beautiful photography, but the reality of loads of confusing knobs and dials when you get it out of the box can be frustrating!

If you've felt disappointed with the photography you've been shooting on your DSLR (a camera where you can change the lenses) or bridge camera then this is the perfect photography course for you!


"I have just completed this photography settings course and I
could have never imagined when I started out that I would be able to
demystify all of the confusing settings and buttons on my camera! Now
that I am done I feel perfectly confident that I can take great pictures
in any environment." (five stars)


I'm Rosie Parsons, owner of Rosie Parsons Photography - an award winning professional photographer with 12 years photography experience. My photography has been featured on the cover of Professional Photographer and in OK! Magazine among others. 

I would love to come alongside you, to be your guide and help you discover the easy, step by step path to understanding your camera and improving your photography.


"Rosie's photography course is amazing! I have learnt so much in
the past few weeks. So much detailed information which allows me to
understand what photography is. Understanding how the aperture, shutter
speed & ISO works, I can now take photos using the Manual Mode with
confidence. I am so glad to get a chance to enrol in Rosie's photography
course and looking forward to increasing my knowledge and make
photography as a career. Thanks Rosie" (five stars)


In my Photography Beginners: DSLR Photography Camera Settings Course we take things at a really easy pace, thoroughly explaining all the key photography settings you need to know, how to adjust them and how to choose the correct photography settings in any given situation from dark rooms to bright sunny days. You'll get to watch me in action as I photograph events like a christening and how I adjust my photography settings inside the dark church, and what settings I choose outside in the bright sunshine to capture great family photos and candid photography.


"I found Rosie's photography course insightful, fun and inspiring. Her informal manner made the lessons feel like I had invited a friend round to teach me the basics of photography, and as a result, I  think I digested the bite size tips more quickly. I feel like I've learnt a lot about photography in a very short space of time thanks to her clear communication and obvious talent. The fact that I can dip in and out of the videos at my leisure made the whole experience easy and

- Nicola Moyne, Marie Claire Magazine


"I love this course ! Rosie is great at breaking it down for you . Her lessons are well thought out and organized. I love the quizzes at the end of the chapter. Im getting the answers right so I know I'm learning! I took my camera out for the first time yesterday. I was able to easily apply what I learned. Each chapter builds on the next. I dont have a Cannon or a Nikkon camera. Familiarizing myself with my camera setting prior to taking a lesson was extremely helpful. Although I have a Sony A7RII I was able to follow along after I learned to navigate my camera's settings. Her lessons apply to any camera. I love her smile and and assuring attitude. I will take another course from Rosie."

- Jessica Cortez


Take this photography course with its easy to follow, bite sized lessons and photography challenges (plus our exclusive Facebook community only for students of this course) and enjoy a huge improvement in your photography skills!

You've made your biggest investment by buying your fantastic camera, now let's make the most of what it can do!

Enrol now in my Photography Beginners: DSLR Photography Camera Settings course and let's get you started on your fast track to amazing photography!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who is confused by the settings on their camera and wants to improve their photography, making the most of their camera
  • Beginners who love photography but find the settings difficult
  • Amateur photographers who want to polish their skills
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 01:31:12
+ Week 1 - Intro to settings, different types of lenses and my recommendations
4 lectures 16:57
What do I use for my photography? My own camera and lenses plus recommendations

Test out your photography knowledge so far with our first quiz!

Week One Photography Quiz
6 questions
Week One Photography Challenge
+ Week 2 - Must know settings to instantly improve your photography
4 lectures 10:07
What is manual mode and why will it help me take the best photos?
The easy way to know you have your photography settings right - metering
Burst Mode / Rapid shooting
Week Two Photography Quiz
5 questions
Week Two Photography Challenge
+ Week 3 - How to make sure your photos are always in focus
5 lectures 12:58
Photography in focus - adjusting the viewfinder
Setting up your focal point
What do AI Servo etc mean and how to adjust them
Photography Image File Types - RAW vs Jpeg
Week Three Photography Quiz
8 questions
Week Three Photography Challenge
+ Week 4 - Adjusting your ISO to take great photos in dark rooms or hot sunny days
3 lectures 07:24
What is your photography ISO and how to adjust it for better photos
Real life photography case study - ISO (indoors and outdoors)
Photography ISO Quiz
6 questions
Week 4 Photography Challenge
+ Week 5 - Photography aperture : How to get beautiful blurred backgrounds
3 lectures 11:13
What is aperture and how to adjust it to gain control over depth of field
Real life case study - aperture (portrait photography and group shots)
Photography Aperture Quiz
9 questions
Week Five Photography Challenge
+ Week 6 - Photography shutter speed : Avoid this one huge mistake!
2 lectures 04:12
What is shutter speed and when to adjust it
Photography Shutter Speed Quiz
7 questions
Shutter Speed Photography Challenge
+ Week Seven - White Balance : Getting the colour right in your photography
3 lectures 07:39
White Balance
Photography cheat sheet for working out your settings (print out and keep)
Recap on photography settings
Photography Settings Quiz
5 questions
+ Week Eight - Photography case study - photographing a christening
1 lecture 05:38
Photography Case Study - Christening at a Church
Photography - Christening Recap Quiz
6 questions
+ Week Nine - Photography case study - photographing a newborn
1 lecture 04:24
Photography Case Study: Newborn at Home
Photography - Newborn Recap Quiz
5 questions
+ Week Ten - Photography Case Study - Photographing waterfalls
1 lecture 03:22
Photography Case Study: Photographing Waterfalls
Photography - Waterfalls Recap Quiz
4 questions