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Mastering the Nikon D300

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Mastering the Nikon D300 Learn how to use your incredibly awesome digital SLR camera - the Nikon D300. Taught by professional photographer and author Tony Sweet, this 4-week class will take the mystery out of the camera controls, dials, menus, functions, etc. One of BetterPhoto's most popular instructors, Tony is especially well-qualified to teach this course ... after all, Nikon has named him a Legend Behind the Lens!
Key Features

  1. Camera set-up, ISOs (noise? what noise?!!), and cool features
  2. Understanding and nailing White Balance (WB) once and for all!
  3. Shooting modes, repeating flash, cool stuff in the Retouch menu!
  4. Let's get creative: multiple exposures, Image Overlay, and "My Menu"

  • Upper Beginner through Intermediate.
  • How to get the most out of your D300 - Nikon's incredible digital SLR camera.
  • Specific technical tips and settings for operating the camera in the most efficient way, but also lots of creative techniques for getting great photos from your D300.

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: Tony  Sweet Tony Sweet
After 20 years as a professional jazz artist, Tony changed careers and directed his creative juices towards nature photography. The improvisational, spontaneous, and abstract nature of jazz are also integral elements of nature photography.

Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.

Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.

He has authored three books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography, Fine Art Flower Photography, and Fine Art Photography: Water, Rain, Fog. All are published by Stackpole Books.

He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.

Tony is on the instructor staff of, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!

To learn more about Tony, visit his Web site:

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Camera Set-up, ISOs (noise? What noise?!!), and Cool Features
Getting into the settings that most people find immediately useful to get you up and running and using the great D300! You’ll also learn about great new creative menu options. We’ll cover the new advanced higher ISOs and when to use them.
Assignment: Custom settings and ISO comparisons
Lesson 2:  Understanding and Nailing White Balance (WB) Once and For All!
Learning to set various white balances and when to use them. Setting the white balance in mixed light situations.
Assignment: Shooting and adjusting white balance in different lighting situations.
Lesson 3: Shooting modes, Repeating Flash, Cool Stuff in the Retouch Menu!
Learn the characteristics of the shooting modes and when to use them. Which mode is best for panning? Landscapes? Candid photography? Is there a good time to use Program mode? Is it ever best to let the camera do everything??
Assignment: Learn manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and program modes. Learn how to get prefect sharpness in appropriate situations using Hyperfocal focusing.
Lesson 4: Let’s Get Creative: Multiple Exposures, Image Overlay, and "My Menu"
You’ll learn the very cool joy of being able to create in camera multiple exposures and in camera image overlays. And you’ll learn how to customize and configure your "My Menu" custom menu to speed up your shooting workflow.
Assignment: Getting creative with the D300's great features!

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 



  • A Nikon D300 would be nice!!
  • A working knowledge of basic camera controls and some shooting experience.
  • You’ll need photo editing software that is current enough to process the D300 files. Make sure your editing software is up to date. Updates are available on the software’s Web site.



Can I take this class even if I don't own one of these cameras?
Yes. The lessons and assignments are geared toward current owners, but anyone with an interest in the Nikon D300 is welcome! 

Do I need any special imaging software to take this class?
You'll need an image editing software program that can process D300 files. Incidentally, Adobe Camera Raw updates - for Photoshop CS2 and CS3, and for later versions of Elements - support the D300. 

What about skill level. These are high-end cameras, and I don't want to be lost just because I'm not a pro.
Don't worry! For this course, all you need is a basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience. 

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

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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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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BetterPhoto Member Laura J. Smith
Laura J. Smith
member since: 7/1/2003
The material is not updated i.e. the intro talks about the newest Nikon camera -- it was new a long time ago. The whole approach is just too "canned." Words out of date, unclear short answers, just kind of something to be gotten through is the feeling, but bottomline, way too expensive.

- 7/16/2010 12:09:48 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Lydia Lee
Lydia Lee
member since: 2/28/2010
I did learn some new things about my D300, but I would not recommend this class.

Much of the information I got was from doing my own research on the Internet. Tony's instructions were often vague and on several ocassions not only misleading but incorrect. That was very frustrating for me because I took this class because I wanted to become more familiar with my D300. When I would e-mail him for clarification, (I was the only student in this class), I would get replies that were often oompletely unhelpful and sometimes rude. Other times, I got no responses at all to my questions.

I am now enrolled in another class here on BetterPhoto, and I am so very pleased about the lessons and feedback from the instructor!

- 6/30/2010 10:29:56 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Michael Williams
Michael Williams
member since: 6/29/2009
Great Course with specific lessons, assignments and critiques. It gives a well delinetade breakdown into the settings and options with this complicated piece of ewquipment.

- 2/26/2010 10:06:58 AM

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michael l. taylor
member since: 10/25/2009
No info on the D300, a book for store for $39.95 was more info. The outline was not even close, for over 150.00 no way, I thought it was a class in D300

I would rethink the price good buy a $40.00

- 12/4/2009 8:46:50 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Steve Cudmore
Steve Cudmore
member since: 7/29/2009
This was an excellent first course for me. The D300 is a very complex machine and Tony made it simple and fun to learn. I've already improved tremendously and have enrolled in another course. My hobby has started to become a passion. We'll see where it leads.

Thanks again,
Steve Cudmore

- 8/29/2009 5:22:57 AM

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More Delighted Customers:

"Great class for learning all of the features of the D200. I even learned a few new techniques! Tony was a great instructor. He commented on our images quickly and with enouragement... Thank you, Tony!" -Lynn D. Wiezycki in Tony's D200-D2X course 

"Tony is quick and percise and friendly always! He responds at all hours, it seems, to emails, etc., with just the things I need to get questions answered and carry me to the next project. Tony is indeed a gem!!! " -Kay Crick in D200-D2X course 

"Tony is a fine teacher and responds quickly with suggestions and helpful criticisms of your work. He was particularly helpful to me when I asked questions about specific techniques. I am equally impressed with the BetterPhoto program and organization... Fellow students provide a tremendous resourse, nor only in the images submitted and the questions asked, but also in allowing you to see how others approach assignments." -George H. Dalsheimer in D200/D2X course 

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