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Take Control of Your DSLR Camera (Multi-Week Version)

In this DSLR fundamentals course, you will learn how to better achieve your photographic vision by understanding the technical features of your camera, including learning manual photography. Absolute beginners are welcome!
Mary Lynne Ashley
131 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 19 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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By the end of the course, you'll know how to confidently use your camera in manual mode as well as the various automatic and partially automatic modes.

Technically, that means you'll understand ISO, shutter speed, aperture, how to change each of them and why you would want to. You'll understand how to use manual focus and auto focus, how to choose the right lens for a given situation, and will have an understanding of most of the buttons and dials you see on the camera body.
I've been a professional photographer since 2001 and have a wide range of photography experience, including many years photographing babies and children. I've been teaching photography for over ten years to professional photographers, enthusiasts and teens through group workshops, private lessons and online classes. 

I'm recognized as a Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America and was also awarded the organization's Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of my work teaching other professional photographers. 
Each week I'll assign hands-on camera work to be completed before the next class. Homework can typically be completed in less than an hour, but learners who are enjoying the assignment and want to push themselves are encouraged to spend more time with it.
WHICH CAMERAS ARE RIGHT FOR THIS CLASS? This class is about DSLR cameras. Probably the easiest way to find out if yours is a DSLR is to do a Google search for "Is the [insert camera make and model here] a DSLR?" Please feel free to contact me prior to enrollment if you are not sure if your camera is right for this class. You can get in touch by using the Ask a Question button under my teacher profile. Please bring the following to each class: 1) Printed PDF that you will receive several days before class starts 2) DSLR camera 3) Any lenses you have for the camera 3) Make sure your battery is charged and that you have enough room on your memory card to take pictures.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Mary Lynne Ashley
Lives in the United States
Photography, Creativity & Life Skills
131 total reviews
159 completed classes

About Me

While most of my classes are photography-related, I also offer occasional classes on other topics that I think will benefit the community of students here on Outschool. 

I’ve been a professional photographer since 2001 and... 
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