Beginner Nikon Digital SLR (DSLR) Photography

Learn how to use your camera intuitively. Learn through doing rather than memorizing.
  • Lectures 7
  • Video 2 Hours
  • Skill level beginner level
  • Languages English
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Course Description

You'll learn how all those buttons and dials work on your Nikon DSLR. Including the exercises, this course will take you about 2.5 hours. Through the exercises you'll do and through the explanations of the concepts, JP is committed that you retain the information there is to retain without memorizing. There is about an hour of video lecture which covers exposure, aperture, shutter speed and the mode dial (Auto, P, S, A and M). Images will be shown as examples. The exercises will be explained fully. This course is perfect for anyone who considers themselves a beginner with their Nikon DSLR or for anyone who has some existing knowledge about how their camera works but hasn't quite put all the puzzle pieces together when it comes to how aperture and shutter speed work together. This class is for you if you don't know how all the modes (Auto, P, S, A and M) work on your camera and when you should be using each mode.

What are the requirements?

  • You should own (or have borrowed) a Nikon DSLR. This class applies to all Nikon cameras that have a model number that starts with "D," (some examples: D4, D610, D7100).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 7 lectures and 1 hour of content!
  • You will learn how to see your images in a more sophisticated way, like a professional photographer.
  • You will add exposure to your photographer's tool belt and learn how it impacts many visual elements of your images.
  • You will learn how to adjust your aperture and why you would choose one aperture over another.
  • You will learn how to adjust your shutter speed and why you would choose one shutter speed over another.
  • You will learn how all of the modes (Auto, P, S, A and M) work and when you should be using each mode.
  • You will learn to recognize the difference between depth-of-field blur and motion blur.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for absolute beginners and for people with some knowledge of how their cameras work but who haven't yet put all the puzzle pieces together of how aperture and shutter speed work together.

Curriculum

Section 1: Nikon DSLR for Beginners
03:38

JP talks about what you'll learn in the course and about his unique style of teaching that will have you learning how to use your camera intuitively.

15:21

You'll learn how to see your images in a more sophisticated way and you'll learn how exposure is the simplest but most powerful tool you can use to impact how your images turn out.

11:31

JP will describe what's actually happening inside your camera, laying the foundation for learning all about aperture and shutter speed.

04:35

You'll learn how aperture works by using aperture to create a beautiful image of your own with a shallow depth-of-field.

25:52

You'll learn how and when to use each of the modes (Auto, P, S, A and M) on the shooting mode dial.

04:00

You'll learn how shutter speed works by using your shutter speed to capture the motion of a car or bike.

05:51

In the wrap-up to the class, JP will explain how you can approach using your camera in an intuitive way so you can be present to all the beautiful moments around you rather than focusing on your camera.

Instructor Biography

JP Pullos , Chief Education Officer

JP has been a professional photographer for six years. In that time, his images have been published by The New York Times, GQ, New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Observer, The Village Voice and Time Out New York.

JP is the Chief Education Officer of JP Teaches Photo and has taught over 4,000 people how to use their cameras. His How Do I Use My Camera? class was chosen by NY Magazine as one of the top ten things to do over Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to being really knowledgeable about photography, JP can also teach classes on how to make a mango guacamole that will blow your socks off. When he's not teaching, you might find JP playing Shanghai rum with his grandmother and, despite what she'll tell you, he doesn't cheat.

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    • Darius Dickens

    Excellent course

    The instructions were simple, point blank, and absolutely superb. I'm a beginner and the instructors directed me to taking some pretty awesome pictures!

    • Shakira Eakins

    informative

    This course is fun, easy to understand and not condescending to beginners.

    • Csaba Illés

    Awesome course

    I've just bought a camera a few days ago, and this course was a great intro to using it and to photography in general. Practical, knowledgable instructor with good tips, and the lectures are high quality, too.

    • Shai Na

    Great teacher great content

    I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has recently purchased a Nikon DSLR and doesn't have the slightest clue about photography. JP makes the learning process incredibly easy and I literally went from zero to hero in just a few hours. Seriously, skip the manual - use this course.

    • Prashanth

    Best cource for Beginners

    I got my first DSLR, having no idea what all those Menus are meant for. I took other free courses on Udemy and watched bunch of Youtube videos. Finally Confused :) I decided to take this course because it says Nikon (Same as mine). JP explained basics lot better and explained in a practical way. After this I realized this course applies to any DSLR camera, no need to be Nikon. I enjoyed each lesson and am more comfortable to use my camera and will practice more. I will recommend to any DSLR beginner & and will look forward for advance classes. Thanks !!

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