The Essential Guide for Better Photos with Your DSLR
Digital cameras put the power of
photography in your hands, but great images aren't as simple as point
and shoot. I'm Sante Fe Photographic Workshop instructor Rick Allred,
and I'm going to help you move beyond the snapshot with a step-by-step
guide to using your DSLR. Join my online Craftsy class Basics of Digital Photography, and discover how to get better photos every time you pick up your camera!
From adjusting camera settings to creating a compelling composition,
you'll learn everything you need to know to start taking great photos.
Understanding your camera is the first step to becoming a better
photographer, and we'll start with an introduction to essential DSLR
features, regardless of brand. Find out how to set your focus for
sharper images, and adjust your camera to capture a bigger range of
join me in the field and learn how to assess light like a pro. Discover
the difference between hard and soft light, and which to use for a
flattering, diffused glow or a gritty, high-contrast image. We'll
experiment with shooting in bright sunlight and in shadow, and you'll
learn how to harness light from any angle to emphasize color, texture
If you're not satisfied with your photos, often incorrect exposure
is to blame. I'll show you how to adjust three key components to solve
this problem, starting with shutter speed. We'll use this setting to
freeze fast-moving subjects in their tracks or add artistic blur, so you
never miss a spontaneous moment or high-energy action shot again!
the difference that depth of field makes in your images, whether you
want a soft-focus background or a tack-sharp subject. We'll also explore
ISO--your camera's sensitivity to light--as a great tool for capturing
quality images even in low light.
Once you've mastered exposure, you're ready to get off auto and
explore the creative control of manual shooting modes. Learn how to
choose the right shooting mode for every situation, and ensure you're
always ready to capture your subject at the perfect moment.
Lens choice plays an important role in the quality of your images,
and I'll share my tips on selecting and shooting with prime, zoom, wide
angle and telephoto lenses. I'll also show you how to use a polarizer to
make bright colors pop and remove reflections from windows and water.
Finally, learn to make
your shots instead of just taking them with a lesson on composition.
Get my tips for finding the best light, eliminating distracting
background elements and using the rule of thirds to make your subject
stand out. Train your eye to look for pattern, texture, color and
detail, and discover the inspiration that awaits around every corner.
Join Basics of Digital Photography today, and jumpstart your photography journey with tips for finding creative, compelling images wherever you are!
I've been involved with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops since 1996,
when I helped launch their digital photography program. Now in my
eleventh year of teaching, I'm still as inspired as ever by the
limitless possibilities of photography. I'm excited to partner with
Craftsy for this online class, and to help you get the shots you've
always wanted to take.
Get the essential guide to DSLR, and start taking amazing photos anywhere, anytime!