DSLR Cameras Made Simple: Take Pictures With Confidence
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DSLR Cameras Made Simple: Take Pictures With Confidence

Learn how to really understand and control your DSLR camera. Put your knowledge into practice to take great pictures.
4.0 (115 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.
8,812 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Hind
Last updated 3/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: $20
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • An understanding of how the camera works from the inside out.
  • The ability to take control of the camera and understand the basic functions.
  • The opportunity to use your new knowledge to take creative and artistic photographs
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  • You will need a DSLR camera. It doesn't really matter what make it is as they all work in a very similar way.

If you have a DSLR you probably also have a large, fat and often confusing manual to go with it! You're probably full of creative ideas but frustrated at how complicated it all seems to take a picture on your DSLR and overwhelmed by menu choices and buttons.

This course will show you how simple the basics of your DSLR really are and teach you how your camera really works. We'll learn about basic settings and use your new technical understanding to take creative and artistic photographs. By the end of the course you will be able to control the camera rather than the camera controlling you!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginner photographers who want to take control of their cameras, understand how they work and take creative pictures.
Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Back to Basics
6 Lectures 20:13

Hello! Welcome to the course, a little about me, what we are going to be doing together and what to expect!

Preview 06:00

If you can understand how a simple pinhole camera works you're well on your way to understanding how any modern camera works as well. Learn how only two basic controls are the foundations of photography and understanding your camera.

Preview 04:51

Learn exactly what goes on inside the camera to make the image and why this is so important to understanding how to take great pictures.

Inside the Black Box

Have a look inside a camera and learn how the shutter is controlled, what it does and why it's so important to improving your photography.

Inside Your Camera: What's the shutter and what does it do?

Learn about how to use the camera's aperture and how it's used to control the quantity of light that enters the camera.

Inside Your Camera: What's the aperture and what does it do?

Find out how the light actually travels inside your camera, how can you see an image through the viewfinder and what happens when you press the shutter.

Shutterspeed and Aperture Recap
Putting it Into Practice
8 Lectures 32:14

Find out why your pictures might be coming out too light or too dark. Get to grips with how shutterspeed and aperture combine to make the correct exposure.

Exposure - how shutterspeed and aperture combine

Which mode should you use, what's the difference between them? It's really not as complicated as it may seem once you understand how the camera works.

Modes on Your DSLR

A simple guide to setting up your DSLR so that it can help you out with the less important bits whilst you experiment, learn and have fun with the bits that really matter!

Set up Your DSLR for Success!

Learn about how changing the shutterspeed can dramatically change the look of your images and allow you to get really creative.

Get Creative with Shutterspeed

Professional hints, tips and techniques for making sure that your shutterspeed photographs are perfect every time.

Shutterspeed Practice Activity, Hints Tips and Techniques

A handy reference sheet with lots of ideas for great shutterspeed photographs and a list of mini projects that will really help with your shutterspeed photography skills.

Shutterspeed Ideas and Helpsheet
2 pages

Get a professional look to your images and start to create a much more artistic look to your work by understanding how to use aperture.

Get Creative with Aperture

Lots of practical ideas and mini projects to really help you to understand how to use the aperture to make your photographs look professional and artistic.

Aperture Practice Activities and Helpsheet
2 pages
Putting it all Together
2 Lectures 06:09

Learn how to understand 80-90% of how your camera works by combining aperture and shutterspeed. Discover the key that even many experienced photographers don't really understand.

Putting it all Together

A summing up of everything that you have learned in the course and some ideas on how you could develop your knowledge further.

Final thoughts
Bonus lectures
2 Lectures 10:10
Understanding Metering Modes

Understanding White Balance
About the Instructor
Andrew Hind
4.1 Average rating
253 Reviews
18,948 Students
4 Courses
Professional Photographer and Teacher

I have been a photographer since I was 16 starting with film cameras, processing and printing my own films as a teenager and then becoming a professional photographer in 2003. I have wide experience of shooting weddings, portraits and commercial photography at a professional level both using film and digital equipment and I enjoy shooting street photography on my Iphone in my spare time as well!

I also have a professional teaching qualification from Cambridge University and I have taught photography alongside my other work in schools to a wide age range of children as well as at A level to more mature students.