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Basic Camera Course

By Karina Beck


Lesson Title

What to expect

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.

What you will 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


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Thank you!

- 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
- Daily Photo Challenge Calendar (PSD FILE)
- Location Scouting PDF + Template
- Meet the Artist Live Session
- 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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