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About This Course 

This course will cover a lot of material!  But we'll take our time and work through this together (if you choose to). Here's just some of the things we'll be covering:

-  Getting familiar with your cameras general operation and menu settings, removing the intimidation of changing some of the camera's default settings.  

-  The basics of the Exposure Triangle and how changing one setting within the triangle affects your whole photo.  

-  We'll delve into some of the mystery buttons on your camera that can prove truly beneficial to the outcome of your image.  

-  Explore the rules of shooting in manual and how those rules can work for you and when you can or should break those rules.  

-  Understanding focal length and lens choice.  Which lens best tells the story you want to convey. Prime vs Zoom Lenses

-  I'll briefly touch on flash - when to use fill-flash.  Mistakes many photographers make when using flash and how to avoid those mistakes.

-   Crop vs. Full-Frame cameras.  You'll understand the difference and how both have their benefits. 

-  Focus systems.  There's so many, you'll learn which one to use when.

-  Raw vs. Jpeg - which one should you shoot in?

-  White Balance  - what your camera presets are and how shooting in Kelvin can work for you.

Date of Course:  March 1st - March 29th (optional meet-up date TBD)

Location:  On-line  

Requirements:  A DSLR camera (any brand, any model), no prior photography knowledge needed, this is a beginner course. 

The Cost:   Early Bird Pricing (Jan 26th - Jan 30th) $135   Regular Pricing (after January 30th):  $165

DSLR {understanding your DSLR - a beginner photography course}

Are you tired of shooting in Auto?  Do you have a Digital Camera (DSLR) that you want to understand better but don’t know where to start?  It can be intimidating and daunting.   As parents, husbands, wives, college kids, high-school students, anyone who owns a camera, we just want to get a great photo that’s leaps and bounds better than using our iPhones, that’s why we bought a 'good camera', right?  But when you don’t know how to unlock your camera’s capabilities, it’s frustrating.  Let me help take that frustration away and teach you how to use your camera’s settings in a way that works for YOU. 

I’m offering a 4 week course that will clearly explain how to understanding and effectively use your camera's settings.  At the end of the course, there will be an optional meet up for those who live in the area that will allow hands-on learning and practice.   This is an on-line course so you can live anywhere and still have access to the course material, videos, and a private Facebook Group where we will share photos, delve into questions and get to know one another. 

What's included in this Course?

- An in-depth, easy to understand PDF e-book with the chapters we’ll be delving into each week.  This is a manual you’ll be referring to even after this course as you continue to work on various aspects of photography.

- A private Facebook Group to discuss challenges, answer questions, share photos (for those that want to) for feedback and suggest practice techniques.

- Private video  photo critiques to pin-point areas of focus and practice.

- Video tutorials to visually show you techniques and tips.

- An optional ‘meet-up’ at the end of the course to gain hands-on learning and practice.

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Frequently asked questions:

Q: I don't live in Arizona?  Can I still take the course.

A:  Of course.  This is an on-line course.  The only benefit of living locally is attending the option meet up  at the end of the course.  


Q: I have a busy schedule:  What if I don't have time to read the material at the same pace as the weekly chapter layout?

A:  You can work at your own pace.  Weekly chapter layout is the pace at which I'll be expanding on the lessons. 


Q: How much time each day do I need to dedicate to this course?  

A:  It's really up to you. I know some days you're not going to have time to review the material and practice - it's okay.  That's why I designed this course in a way that eliminates the pressure to be hands on every day.  3 days a week for 60-90 minutes each of those days is great.  Ideally spending 20 minutes a day or 2.5 to 3 hours a week is recommended so you can thouroughly read and apply what you've learned through practice.  The key to mastering the material is practice.  The more you practice, the better you'll get.


Q: Do I have to post photos to the private Facebook group?  

A:  No, not at all.  But I encourage posting so everyone can learn from any questions, examples or concerns you have about your photos.  Everyone in this course is new to photography and we can all benefit from your posts.  So I encourage you to share, but it's definitely not necessary. 


Q: My DSLR is over 10 years old.  Can I still benefit from this course?

A:  If you have a DSLR, it's doesn't matter the make, model, or year it was made.  All DSLR's allow you to control the output of your images.  This course will cover those things.  The difference will be in the pixels, menu settings, the number of focus points, and other minor details that won't hinder learning to use your camera during this course. 


Q: I have a point and shoot.  Can I still take this course?

A:  Point and shoots are great but they don't have the same capabilities as a DSLR.  DSLR's allow you to customize, control and change so much on your camera, the same things are not available on a point and shoot camera.  So in short, this course won't apply or help point and shoot users.  


Q:  I'm shy, what if I have questions that I don't want to ask on the Facebook Group page? 

A:  I totally understand.  You can e-mail, message or text me with questions.  I may present the questions to the group with the answer (without revealing who asked it) since most likely others will have similar questions.  I really encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions about the material or how to properly apply the material in this course.


Q:  What's your cancelation policy?

A:  All of my courses are non-refundable.  

Thank you for your interest in "DSLR - Understanding your Camera" course.  Please e-mail me at kara@karamayphotography.com with any questions you may have.