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School of Photography Understanding Your Camera - Part One

Product Code: SOP-UYDSLR-1


Course Information
Course Name: Understanding Your Digital SLR - Part 1
Course Location: Park Cameras School of Photography - Burgess Hill
Course Dates

This course usually runs once a month - for course dates, and to book a course click here

Course Overview

This course aims to explain how to use a Digital SLR Camera by taking you through the various modes and operations including the three key components to exposure - shutter speed, aperture, and ISO/film speeds - and how these can be used to capture specific results, such as portraits, landscapes, macro photography, sports etc. 

Understanding Your Digital SLR - Part 1 is suitable for anyone who has recently purchased a DSLR or upgraded from a previous camera and is looking to get to know their camera better. 

Topics Covered

This course aims to cover the following topics:

  • Basics of DSLR mechanics 
  • Importance of Sensor Sizes and Crop Factors 
  • Focusing - manual focus point selection vs. auto selection 
  • Resolution settings - the advantages and disadvantages of JPEG vs. RAW file formats 
  • Understanding Exposure - introducing the three core elements - shutter speed, aperture and ISO/film speeds and how these can be influenced by different photographic scenarios 
  • Exposure Modes - Picture Modes fully explained - e.g. Portrait, Landscape, Sport 
  • Exposure - Program, Aperture, and Shutter Priority - why to use these modes over Picture Modes
  • Metering Modes - how your camera meters light and the various options available 
  • ISO - Film speeds - Auto vs. Manual Selection 
  • Histograms - what are histograms? How are histograms used? 
  • Exposure Compensation - How and why exposure compensation should be employed 
  • Formatting storage cards - why this is essential. 
  • White Balance - Understanding white balance and how this can affect the colouring of your images 
  • Using Flash - Internal (built in) and external flash use 
  • Workflow - Understanding your photography workflow 
  • Manipulating images - why this is necessary and an explanation of software choices 
  • Image backup - why this is essential
  • Lenses and associated accessories
Required Equipment

This is a practical course so please bring along your own DSLR camera with a fully charged battery and memory card.

Required Skill Level

This course is for novices or beginners and so there are no expectations of prior knowledge or skills - you will learn everything on the day.

What is included with this course?

As well as covering the course content, you will also receive the following on the course:

  • Lunch 
  • Refreshments - Tea/Coffee/Other hot or cold drinks are available throughout the day 
  • Course Handouts
  • PowerPoint presentation from the day & additional notes via download 
Minimum number of participants

Some of our courses require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate.
We reserve the right to cancel/ postpone a course and will notify you of any ammendments no later than 7 days before your course is due to take place. 

Park Cameras offer a range of photography courses in London and West Sussex for a range of cameras and photographic styles, please see our School of Photography page or call us on 01444 23 70 70 for more information on any of our photography classes.

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