Basic Camera Course

For the BOLD Photographer
with Karina Beck

Calling all aspiring photographers:

Whether you're looking to learn how to use your camera as a hobby or to one day have a business of your own, this course serves as a comprehensive starting point to learn the basics. Filter out the noise and focus on what matters when picking up your camera. Distinguish between different cameras, decode lenses and what their numbers mean, and decide how to approach natural light situations.


This course will inspire practice to confidently shoot in manual and gives you the authority to command your camera what to do and how to manipulate the light in front of you.

My hope is that this course brings clarity to a new hobby or business venture; that this course sparks joy in learning something new. We all need a creative outlet, I'm so excited you're considering photography as yours.



Curious what you can learn?


  • Distinguish between a point and shoot, DSLR, Crop sensor, full frame, and Mirrorless cameras

  • Identify benefits and limitations for DSLR crop sensor, DSLR full frame, and Mirrorless cameras

  • What camera should you grab for?

  • Why are lenses important?

  • Distinguish between types of lenses

  • Suggestions for first lenses

  • Decoding the lens numbers

  • Let’s play a game! Can you guess the camera? Just how important are camera types and brands?

  • Overview of camera settings and what settings I use 

  • What is a RAW image?

  • Why shoot in RAW and not Jpeg

  • Why and when to format a memory card

  • Distinguish focus modes

  • What is back button focus and why should you use it?

  • What are the release modes?

  • How to Wi-Fi connect your camera to your phone

  • Distinguish white balance modes and identify which to use, when

  • What is kelvin white balance and what settings do I use? 

  • What are the AF-area modes

  • What is the secondary slot function and how should I utilize it?

  • How is my camera manipulating light and how can I control that?

  • Identifying the elements of the exposure triangle

  • What is ISO? Identifying ISO settings and when to use them

  • What is Aperture? Identifying aperture settings and how to use them

  • What is Shutter? Identifying shutter settings and how to use them

  • Identifying caution areas for ISO, aperture, and shutter

  • How to prioritize what exposure triangle element is most important in a given situation and how to adjust the remaining settings accordingly

  • Practice exercises identifying exposure triangle elements

  • Identifying natural light sources and situations How to best utilize each natural light source Practice exercises for hands on learning 

  • My images with what settings I used

What's Included?


  • 100 page, detailed downloadable PDF 


  • Finding inspiration exercises on PDF

Editing Videos

  • 1 hour video, intro to LR to become familiar with LR layout, familiarization of the library / develop module, and export settings


  • Daily Photo Challenge Calendar (PSD FILE)

  • Location Scouting PDF + Template 


  • Daily Photo Challenge PDF 

  • Photo Per Hour Challenge PDF

BTS Video

  • Welcome Video

  • Let's Talk Cameras

  • How did you do?


  • Meet the Artist

  • Starting as a hobby vs starting as a business

  • Tools of the trade; what do you actually need to start? What is in my bag? 

  • Identifying obstacles to learning your camera and brainstorming how to overcome

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"Watch carefully the magic that occurs. When you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves."

What are Student's Saying?

Meet Your


 Hey! I'm Karina Beck, the gal behind Light and Armour Photography. Long ago, when I was in high school, I had heard a teacher say, "the biggest lie you can tell yourself is you'll remember." Little did I know that this notion, many years later, would spark a fierce passion to "Document your now." I had romanticized what I thought it meant to be a photographer and almost counted myself out before I ever really tried. I had day dreamed of what it would be like to be a photographer before I ever even bought a camera. These thoughts were the hallmark of a dreamer who yearned for creativity, but was stuck in a black and white brain with no creative outlets. This, of course, fueled the stubborn love of what would become a successful, self taught photographer, who was determined to learn her camera inside and out and teach her brain how to be creative, with what she had. I am fiercely passionate about this gift of photography and what it all essentially boils down too; making our memories tangible in a fleeting world.

What are Students Saying?

"Let me start by saying thank you to the leaders of BEC. Thank you for providing a safe space to us aspiring and beginner photographers. I purchased the Basic Camera course taught by Karina Beck. I was so nervous to start this photography journey and was looking for courses to take just so I could feel confident in my photography skills. The course is so clear, perfectly composed, and easy to follow. There’s an abundance of information but compressed into a more beginner friendly version. I learned so much from this course. I’ve also been inspired by Karina and started taking on her challenge of one pic a day. Thank you Karina for inspiring me and filling me with knowledge in this photography world."

Brenda Pilawski / BEC Student