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The Canon 30D and 20D

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: The Canon 30D and 20DLearn how to use your awesome 30D or 20D - Canon's highly popular digital SLR cameras. Owning one of these models is a pleasure in itself, but trying to get the information you need from the manual, or trying to figure things out on your own, sometimes seems a hopeless cause. This course, taught by professional photographer Jim White, takes the mystery out of the controls, the dials, the menus, custom functions, etc.

Key Features

  1. Basic Functions
  2. Lenses and Flashes for the 30D/20D  
  3. Accessories and Options for the 30D/20D 
  4. In The Field: Image Capture With The Canon 30D/20D

  • Beginner to Intermediate.
  • What you need to know to master your Canon 30D or 20D.
  • How to get the most out of your Canon 30D/20D: controls, dials, settings, custom functions, lenses, speedlights, etc.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Jim  M. White Jim M. White
Jim White is a professional photographer and owner of The Digital Workflow, a company specializing in color management and printing solutions. Jim conducts workshops on digital photography, understanding and using digital SLR cameras, and color management and printing.

He is widely published, and has written a four-part course, The Complete Digital Workflow, which he teaches every four weeks at Peace Camera in Raleigh, NC. He just completed a two-day, four workshop seminar for the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.

Jimís interest in photography goes back to his college days in the mountains of NC, where there was no lack of subject matter. Nature Photography is still his number one interest, although he continues to do portrait and wedding work as well. In addition, Jim has had numerous photos published in various newspapers, magazines, and travel brochures. Currently, the State of North Carolina is using one of Jimís images at the State Welcome Center at the Tennessee border. It is a 3X5 foot poster captured with a Canon 20D. Jimís work is available online and in selected galleries.

Recently Jim has combined his love of nature photography with his teaching of the digital workflow. He and Tony Sweet have recently combined forces and are offering a series of field workshops titled, Image Capture to the Final Print.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Jim  White 

© Jim  White 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Basic Functions
An introduction to the 30D/20D controls and the menus. You will learn about setting ISO, White Balance, File Formats, and choices of memory cards. You will learn about the valuable Custom Functions Menu, what settings to use and why. Also you will cover basic maintenance including sensor cleaning.
Assignment: Take three shots of the same image in a mixed lighting situation (indoors or outdoors) and use different White Balance settings. Also take three additional images while using different ISO settings.

Lesson 2: Lenses and Flashes for the 30D/20D 

  • The Canon L lenses vs. the after-market lenses.
  • Zoom lenses and prime lenses advantages and trade-offs.
  • Image Stabilization (IS): what it is and who needs it. And is it worth the cost?
  • F2.8 and f4.5: Are the faster lenses worth the extra cost?
  • What lens to use for specific jobs.
  • The EX430, EX550, and the EX580 flash: Compare the differences and select the right one for your use.
  • ETTL and manual flash, plus what shooting modes works best with flash photography.

You will explore these issues and make better decisions regarding what lens and flash will give you the most bang for the buck.
Assignment: Either try out or research online a lens you are in the market for plus an aftermarket alternative and/or a less expensive Canon alternative. Make a purchase decision (you do not have to actually buy the lens) based on price and performance. In class, discuss how and why you arrived at your choice. Also, photograph a person or product indoors using Program Mode and E-TTL Flash setting; photograph the same scene using E-TTL Mode and a Manual camera mode setting of 1/80 @ f/8. If you do not own a speedlite, use the on-camera flash with settings of 1/60 @ f/8. Make a note of the effects of Program Mode versus manual, and note how the aperture choice affected Depth of Field.

Lesson 3: Accessories and Options for the 30D/20D
Here we will explore the world of options and accessories for the Canon 30D. We will learn about batteries, battery grips, remote releases, focusing screens, memory cards, flash accessories, tripods, ball heads, and the like.
Assignment: Experiment with different settings while hand-holding versus using a tripod (or other support) with the mirror lockup. Label your images describing ISO, Shooting Mode, Lens, Aperture, etc: and whether or not you used a tripod. Your thoughts and comments are welcome as well. Good luck!

Lesson 4: In The Field: Image Capture With The Canon 30D/20D
AV, TV, P, or M + Basic Zones. You will learn the different shooting modes and what will work best for you in a given situation. Why your camera has a green rectangle on the dial and why you never want to use it. How to use the histogram on your camera to consistently capture accurate exposures.
Assignment: Using what you have learned in this class, shoot and upload up to three images of your choice. You choose the subject matter and the camera settings including ISO, aperture settings, white balance, etc: Flash or no flash, you decide. Specify the settings used and why you decided on them. If you decide to upload all three try to mix it up and show us your stuff!

© Jim  White 

© Jim  White 



  • A Canon 30D or 20D, or any digital SLR and a desire to learn more about the 30D or 20D (and own one).
  • A basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience.
  • No special image-editing software required.



Can I take this class even if I don't own a Canon 30D or 20D SLR camera?
Yes. Although the class and the assignments are geared toward current owners, anyone with an interest in the 30D or 20D is welcome to sign up.  

Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
No. This class will focus on the camera, the controls, dials, settings, custom functions, lenses, speedlights, etc: rather than any software used to edit finished images.  

I already own a 30D (or 20D) and I am getting good results. Why should I take this course?
If you are 100-percent happy with the camera and the images you are getting, then you may not need this course. If, however, you really like your camera, but you still have lingering questions or have specific problems with some aspects of the camera operation, then this course can help.  

What about skill level. This is a high-end camera, and I don't want to be lost.
Not a problem. A basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience are all you need.  

© Jim  White 

© Jim  White 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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