Discover Your DSLR | say goodbye to auto for good
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Fast-track your photography with practical exercises & printable worksheets
4.4 (15 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
99 students enrolled
Created by Ray Salisbury
Last updated 11/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $95 Discount: 89% off
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Feel empowered to take control of your camera
  • Make stunning photos that impress your friends & family
  • Become a confident photographer & realise your potential!
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Requirements
  • You need either a DSLR camera (e.g. Canon or Nikon) or a mirror-less model (e.g. Sony A6000).
Description

Quickly get to grips with your camera, be it a DSLR or mirror-less model.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How your camera works, plus fundamentals such as how to hold and carry a DSLR.
  • Photography basics, such as the Exposure Triangle, Depth of Field & Exposure Reprocity.
  • When to use your Viewfinder, LCD Display, or Live View
  • How to customize your camera settings

Warning: this course isn't just a Talking Head monologue - YOU are required to apply what you've learned in 6 practical exercises.

Good News: the videos are illustrated with sample photos, digital animations of key concepts, and closeups of a range of DSLRs. [Canon, Nikon & Sony models are shown.]

These practice shoots will teach you:

  • How to use Exposure Compensation, as well as the Metering Modes
  • What Aperture range is available on your lenses
  • How to use a narrow Depth of Field to blur the background of your shots
  • How to freeze and blur movement using Shutter Priority
  • How to use Auto-Focus Points to determine what's in focus
  • How to find the Sweet Spot on your lens

Plus... you get BONUS PDFs to download for reference:

  • 12 X Cheat Sheets for each Exercise - designed so you can print out instructions.
  • 6 X Professionally-designed PDF guides on each topic.
  • 7 X Quizzes to test your new-found knowledge

Note: This is a serious course for serious-minded enthusiasts. It requires some dedication and practical application on your behalf, if you wish to succeed, and say goodbye to Auto - for good.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning photographers, or those new to using DSLRs.
  • Those who are serious about improving their photography
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
01:25:39
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INTRODUCTION | how to get the best out of this course
1 Lecture 03:56
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FUNCTIONS & FEATURES | Discovering Your DSLR
6 Lectures 35:10

The first couple of lectures are brief overviews of key DSLR functions. You must download and work through the accompanying Worksheet.

  1. Print out the PDF page
  2. Tick off each camera function once you understand how it works, where it is, etc.
  3. Refer to your camera's manual for specific instructions
  4. Once you have checked off this list, you are ready for the meaty stuff in Module 2!
FEATURES | Canon DSLRs
05:15

The first couple of lectures are brief overviews of key DSLR functions. You must download and work through the accompanying Worksheet.

  1. Print out the PDF page
  2. Tick off each camera function once you understand how it works, where it is, etc.
  3. Refer to your camera's manual for specific instructions
  4. Once you have checked off this list, you are ready for the meaty stuff in Module 2!
FEATURES | Nikon DSLRs
04:54

FEATURES | Sony mirror-less models
04:49

CAMERA SET-UP | Canon DSLRs
07:05

CAMERA SET-UP | Nikon DSLRs
07:04

CAMERA SET-UP | Sony mirror-less models
06:03

Test your memory retention - how much can you remember?

QUIZ 1 | Setting up your Camera
6 questions
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LIMITING LIGHT | How to control your exposures
9 Lectures 27:12

Download the full-colour PDF guide on Histograms - it's your free bonus, & there's a tonne more coming!

Preview 01:44

Here's your second quiz to test your memory recall.

QUIZ 2 | Exposure
3 questions

EXERCISE ONE: METERING

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 20+ minutes to complete this practical exercise
  • Work through the steps, in order. If you get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor.
  • Part 1 deals gets you usng the 3 main metering modes.
  • Part 2 gets you using the humble Exposure Compensation feature.
Preview 02:58

EXERCISE TWO: APERTURES

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 5+ minutes to complete
  • This quick exercise is to familiarize you with your camera
  • You will discover the aperture range on your specific lens / lenses.
  • Work through the steps, in order. If you get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor.
Preview 04:01

Now we are into the meaty module. Did you understand this topic?

QUIZ 3 | Aperture
7 questions

EXERCISE THREE: DEPTH OF FIELD

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 30+ minutes to complete
  • This exercise is to help you understand how changing the lens opening affects what’s in focus
  • Download the bigger PDF on the Depth of Field for reference.
  • Work through the steps methodically. If you do get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor.
DEPTH OF FIELD | How to get blurry backgrounds
03:57

Hopefully, you understood this bit of theory? We will see!

QUIZ 4 | Depth of Field
5 questions

EXERCISE FOUR: SHUTTER SPEEDS

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 20+ minutes to complete this practical exercise
  • In this exercise you will experiment using Shutter Priority
  • If you cannot find a suitable moving object (e.g. wind-up toy) shoot moving traffic.
  • Work through the steps, in order. If you get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor
  • Download & read through the complimentary PDF guide for reference
SHUTTER SPEEDS | How to blur & freeze movement
03:58


Download the free PDF guide on the Exposure Triangle - so you have something to keep for reference.

EXPOSURE TRIANGLE | How aperture, shutter speed & I.S.O. all work together
05:15

Now you're mid-way through this course. Don't give up now! You can do this.

QUIZ 5 | Exposure Triangle
4 questions

MANUAL & BULB MODES | Taking full control
01:21

WHITE BALANCE | Definition & best settings
02:04
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SHOOTING SHARPER | How to focus your DSLR
4 Lectures 12:20
FOCUS MODES | Al Servo, Spot Focus & Manual
01:32

EXERCISE FIVE: AUTO FOCUS POINTS

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 20+ minutes to complete this practical exercise
  • This exercise should help you choose an Auto Focus point, so you can control what’s in focus.
  • Arrange for someone to pose for you - remember to focus on the leading (closest) eye
  • If you cannot find a real human being, any solid, inanimate object will suffice.
  • Work through the steps, in order. If you get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor

NOTE: You may need to refer to your camera's manual for specific instructions.
The Auto Focus systems on recent-model DSLRs are extremely complex!


AUTO FOCUS POINTS | How to control what's in focus
02:30

EXERCISE SIX: SWEET SPOTS

This optional exercise will help you choose the best apertures so your shots are sharp.
While the exercise is almost the same as Exercise 2, this time we are testing the sharpness of our
lenses, looking for the optimum ‘sweet spots’ that are free from lens diffraction.

  • Download the PDF Worksheet
  • Allow 30+ minutes to complete this practical exercise
  • Work through the steps, in order. If you get stuck, rewind the video, or ask the tutor
NOTE:

This is an optional exercise, but will assist you in getting sharper shots. It may save you years of wondering why your photos looked a bit 'soft'.

LENSES | Sweet spots, focal lengths & the Reciprocal Rule
06:12

Nearly there! Keep up the great work...

QUIZ 6 | Lenses
10 questions

CROP FACTORS | The difference between APS-C & Full-frame DSLR cameras
02:06
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STAYING STILL | How to stabilise your shots
3 Lectures 07:01

Here's the last of the freebies to download - so you don't forget what you've learned. Enjoy!

CAMERA SUPPORT | How to hold, stabilise & carry your DSLR
04:07

TRIPODS | Brief look at tripods
01:22

Last one! You are an absolute legend!

QUIZ 7 | Camera Support
4 questions

CONCLUSION | Ray wraps up
01:32
About the Instructor
Ray Salisbury
4.3 Average rating
990 Reviews
15,526 Students
5 Courses
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.