Understanding my DSLR Camera

Understanding My DSLR Camera

Don’t let that DSLR sit in your closet gathering dust. Learn how to make the most of its powerful technology to create memorable and inspiring photographs.

Understanding your DSLR and how its unique properties produce images can go a long way in getting your photos just right. This short series of video tutorials will teach you everything you need to know to put you on the fast track to handling your DSLR like a pro. Our videos introduce you to everything from basic concepts in photography to all you need to know about lenses and automatic camera modes. Go ahead, take advantage of this video series and make your DSLR the most powerful tool in your photography arsenal.

Getting Started With DSLR Photography

This video quickly introduces you to the basic concepts found in the courses in the Photography section. They are: Camera Settings, Exposure and Focus, Composition, Color and Light.

Using Automatic Camera Modes

Understanding your camera’s automatic settings is helpful; it saves you work, and allows you to make the most of your hardware. In this tutorial you will learn about the most common automatic camera modes of digital cameras.

What is a DSLR?

So, what is a DSLR? It’s a camera, that much is apparent, but why is it different? What makes a DSLR so important and useful? In this video, photographer Robert Patterson will answer these questions and more by explaining the different parts of the camera and how they work together to produce photographs.

Drive Settings

To capture this rapidly moving puffin, you need to use a fast drive setting. Drive settings determine what happens when you press the shutter button on your DSLR camera.

How Do Camera Lenses Work?

This tutorial is a survey of all of the basic information you need to know about lenses. You will learn how lenses work, and how the lens of a DSLR Camera is structured. This simple information has important implications for how you take photographs.


RAW and JPEG are two file formats that digital cameras can store images in. There are lots of situations where shooting in RAW is better – but also many situations where you should choose JPEG.

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