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Gain Control of Your Digital SLR System

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Gain Control of Your Digital SLR SystemLearn to open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities with your digital SLR camera. In this exciting 4-week online PhotoCourse, professional photographer Todd Morrison will show you how to: 1) Select the right lenses for your new camera and avoid buying mistakes. 2) Gain control of your ISO settings and fully understand the shooting modes that the pros use. 3) Fully understand exposure while learning to "think like the camera meter" and exploring all of the common D-SLR metering modes. 4) Learn about the "hidden tools" that pro shooters use every day. 5) Finally, gain control of your camera system and create images that complete your photographic vision.

Key Features

  1. Lens Selection and Focal Length Multiplers
  2. ISO Settings and the 3 Exposure Modes used by the Pros
  3. Gain Control of your Exposure and Metering
  4. Auto Bracketing, Histograms, White Balance and Raw Files

  • Unlock the mystery of which lenses you need, discover the benefits of the many lens types available for your camera system.
  • Discover the power of ISO settings and various metering modes.
  • Know when to use which mode and why. Exposure 101: Think like a camera meter. Gain control of your exposures once and for all.
  • Hidden power in your camera: Auto bracketing, histograms, White Balance options and Raw files.
  • Learn before you buy, find out which lenses you really need in your camera bag.
  • Discover the 3 most powerful shooting modes on your camera and when to use them.
  • Learn to control motion and Depth of Field.
  • When you discover the hidden power of Raw files, you will finally understand their value.
  • Designed for any type of photography.

$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: Todd  Morrison Todd Morrison
Todd Morrison has acquired more than 16 years of experience in the professional photographic industry. Todd's experience includes professional photo lab management, portrait studio management, oil painting, portrait photography, commercial photography, Interior photography, editorial photography and stock nature and wildlife photography. Todd also specializes in training and instruction for Photoshop, Painter, digital photography and lighting.

Todd brings real-world experience and advanced Photoshop techniques to digital photographers. Clients include Epson America and Adobe. Todd also serves as a contributing writer for Photoshop User, Digital Capture, Focus on Imaging, Create, Professional Photographer and Rangefinder magazines.

Contributing Author:
Photoshop World Dream Team Book

"Photoshop for Portrait Photographers and Creating Digital Art" - video training programs by Software Cinema

Trainer and public speaker for the following events:

  • Dpix Conference
  • Photoshop World
  • Epson Workshops
  • PPA Focus On Imaging
  • WPPI Convention
  • Software Cinema Live

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Lens Selection and Focal Length Multiplers
Zoom lenses, Wide-angle lenses, prime lenses, focal length multipliers, Image Stabilizing lenses, macro lenses and teleconverters. With all of these available options, how do you choose? How many lenses do you really need? In this lesson, we will learn all of the details so you can make an informed buying decision.
Assignment: Explore the range of focal lengths in your current camera system by capturing a variety of images.

Lesson 2: ISO Settings and Exposure Modes used by Pros
ISO Settings, Shutter Priority mode, Aperture Priority mode and Manual mode. These are the camera controls that will give you power over your images. In this lesson, we will also study capturing motion in our images and Depth of Field.
Assignment: Work with Shutter and Aperture priority modes, Depth of Field, and motion.

Lesson 3: Gain Control of your Exposure and Metering
In this lesson we will learn to Think Like a camera meter for proper exposure while using Exposure Compensation. We will then discover the 3 Primary Metering modes - Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Metering and Spot Metering.
Assignment: Capture several images using the various metering modes on your camera. Submit before-and-after images.

Lesson 4: Auto Bracketing, Histograms, White Balance and Raw Files
In this action-packed lesson, we will explore the tools of the trade. Auto Bracketing, what the Histogram is telling you about your exposure, and White Blance options. And we'll explore the "Why Shoot Raw Files?" question!
Assignment: Work with a scene for auto bracketing, a bright scene for the histogram, and an interior scene for White Balance.

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 



  • Digital SLR camera
  • Ability to upload digital files from your captured images.
  • The owner's manual for your camera
  • Sturdy tripod



Who is this course designed for?
This class is intended for everyone from the hobbyist to the "intermediate".   

I just have the basic "kit lens. Do I need other lenses to take this class?
Absolutely not! You can complete the entire course with a basic kit lens. You will learn important imformation about the features and benefits of additional lenses, so you will be informed when shopping for new lenses for your camera system.  

I do not understand the terms Histogram and Raw file. Will I be lost in this class?
Absolutely not! We are going to learn about Histograms and Raw files together - utilizing a very visual easy-to-understand method.  

I have some experience shooting in Manual mode and have a basic understanding of shutter speeds and apertures. Will I get anything out of this class, or will it be too basic?
Yes! We are going to break down many important tools that are available to you that pro photographers routinely use. This class is much deeper than just learning Manual mode. 

I always shoot in full Automatic or Program mode. Do I need to have previous experience shooting in Manual mode?
No. This class will take you, step by step, through understanding and controlling your camera in Manual mode. 

Do I need to have a digital SLR camera?
Yes. In order to take full benfit of this class, a digital SLR is needed. 

Do I need anything else?
Yes. A tripod. This is absolutely essential.  

Are you going to teach things you can do in Photoshop in this PhotoCourse?
No. This course is not about Photoshop or digital image-editing software.   

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 

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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