Basic Camera Course

By Karina Beck

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.


Business Course

For Any Level Photographer

(Beginner to Advanced)

What will you 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

Whats Included

    - 100 page, detailed downloadable PDF
    - Finding inspiration exercises on PDF
    - 1 hour video, intro to LR to become familiar with LR layout, familiarization of the library / develop module, and export settings
    - Welcome Video
    - Let's Talk Cameras Video
    - How did you do? Video

Kinsey Evans

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


Emma Emma

Oh my word. Annie was AMAZING! I went into this mentorship hoping to gain a bit more insight into editing and session flow but had no idea I was going to walk away with as much new knowledge as I was given. Thank you SO so much!

Brittany Grubbs

I was so excited to see my girl Annie teaching with BEC. I did an editing mentorship with Annie a year ago in 2021 and she has grown so much in her craft- that now I wanted to learn from her! I believe in education and that we all have something so magical to offer. Annie is the queen at in home newborn sessions. Although I feel pretty comfortable in my in home newborns-I wanted to soak in a little of her brain because every post I am ooooing and awing at her photos. My goal was to see how she processes her session workflow. I LOVED her mention of outdoor shots of the home. I think it's easy to get hung up on not moving around a space and she really shows how much variety a gallery can have with the amount of space and environment is available! Highly recommend this course for anyone who needs a little inspiration to get out and shoot a lifestyle newborn session!

Keisha Mingus

Oh my goodness! I am so glad I purchased this! It is going to be a game changer! If you're up in the air about purchasing anything from Nicole don't think about it just do it! I have no doubt this will help me grow on my photography journey! Thank you Nicole!


I am so thankful for this course. I really love how Nicole teaches, it's so easy to follow and her tips have been amazing! I 1000% would recommend this course to anyone! Oh and the presets and brushes are " chefs kiss " 💋

Tara James

Love love love this course! So excited I got it! This takes my photography to the next level! Thank you for doing this!

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