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Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

Get control of your digital SLR camera!  In this course, you'll break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

You'll start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, you'll learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  You'll find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot. Then we'll turn our attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode.  With these skills, you'll be able to take your photography to the next level.

By the end of this course, you'll truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you'll be able to use your camera to take the photos you've always dreamed of.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

Learning Method

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: slr

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the basic features of a DSLR camera
  • Gain hands-on experience using lenses effectively
  • Learn to use exposure, focus and metering controls
  • Learn to manage shutter speed and control ISO settings
  • Understand how to shoot photos in manual mode
  • Master difficult shooting situations, such as fast-action photography
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn to perfectly capture important memories
  • Take the photos you’ve always dreamed of taking
  • Gain confidence using your DSLR camera technology
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Week 1

Explore the basics of your DSLR camera and learn some general maintenance and housekeeping issues with memory cards, batteries, and cleaning. Then, find out how lenses work, some of the most common DSLR lenses, and in what shooting conditions those lenses can help you get the best photos.

Week 2

Learn about the three components of exposure—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Then, dive deeper into aperture as you learn how this aspect of exposure controls how much light enters the camera, and you'll discover how to control this light to affect the quality of your photos as well as certain focusing effects.

Week 3

Explore both fast and slow shutter speeds in this lesson, as well as the Shutter Priority mode. Then, learn all about ISO solutions, as well as potential ISO problems, and you'll see how to manage ISO on your DSLR.

Week 4

Learn how to get the best photos using your flash, and you'll learn the professionals' tricks as well! Then, you’ll learn all about editing photos and shooting movies on your DSLR.

Week 5

Discover how to master manual mode and use it in a variety of shooting situations. To be a great DSLR photographer, manual mode is a must! Then, explore how to get better exposure through composition, managing available light, and working with a few additional DSLR features: the histogram and exposure bracketing.

Week 6

Learn to shoot an HDR photo, where you combine all three exposures from the bracketed shots, creating a photo with a higher range of color and exposure than you could capture otherwise. Finally, explore the three kinds of photos that give DSLR photographers the most trouble: fast-action shots, macro shots, and low-light photography.

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Instructors & Support
Curt Simmons, M.Ed, MCSE, MCSA, CTT

Curt Simmons, M.Ed, MCSE, MCSA, CTT, is a best-selling author, technical trainer, and multi-media expert. Curt has written more than 50 computing and technology books on a variety of topics, including How To Do Everything with Windows Vista, How to Do Everything with Windows XP, Mac OS X Headaches, and iPhoto For Dummies. Curt's multi-media expertise provides a focus on digital photography and other Internet-related technologies. He is both a classroom and online instructor, and has developed custom courseware for major U.S. companies.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
  • Any digital SLR camera. Point and shoot digital cameras are not compatible with the course content.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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