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
  • Includes Lifetime access
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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.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Nikon DSLR for Beginners

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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

John 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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    • Margo Nabors

    Awesome class!

    • James Morgason

    Good start

    Good start for beginner

    • Kathleen Udy

    good course

    I'd like to take more courses from this instructor. He explains everything well and was easy to understand. If there was a course by John that went further, I would be very interested

    • Matt Samardge

    Perfect for a beginner! Truly informative and teaches an improvised, guess and check technique that will get you on your feet quick. I feel like I can use my camera now. It's been sitting in its case since I bought it 6 months ago... :) Also pleasant and enjoyable to watch.

    • Jim Molinelli

    I'm still "processing" the class

    This was NOT the photography class I expected. But it did teach me all the basics of using and knowing the camera and the understanding of the ways to acheive proper exposures (for the intention I have). PErhaps the most illuminating moment was telling us that you use Apeture about 25%, and shutter speed about 25% of the time, but only when that is the primary way to acheive your goal. Otherwise, there are many ways to accomplish the balance of apeture/shutter speed - and proper exposure becomes more critical that either apeture/ss. In thinking about this - I believe that may hold great freedom for me, knowing the camera will balance those two facets, and it leaves me free to work composition and light/saturation instead.

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