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Learning the Nikon D60

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Nikon D60Discover how to successfully use the Nikon D60, one of the most versatile and advanced DSLRs available today. Instructor Ibarionex Perello takes you beyond the instruction manual to provide a context for when and why you will want to use the camera’s many outstanding features. You will understand not only how to produce better quality images, but also discover how the D60 will help you express your creativity. You’ll learn this from a professional photographer who has been shooting for over 25 years and has a comprehensive understanding of how to get the most from a DSLR.
Key Features

  1. Exposure Modes
  2. Metering and Focus
  3. Raw, JPEG, and White Balance
  4. Flash and Camera Maintenance

  • Basic introduction to the camera.
  • Discover how metering, focusing, flash and exposure
  • modes influence the look of your images.
  • Understand the automatic features of the camera, and learn when you want to take control and how.
  • Understanding of JPEG and RAW, and White Balance.
    Features for maximum creativity.

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: Ibarionex R. Perello Ibarionex R. Perello
Ibarionex R. Perello is a writer and photographer who has over 15 years worth of experience in the photographic industry. For six years, he was the associate editor for Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, and Digital Photo Pro magazines. He was a technical engineer for Nikon Inc. for 8 years where he provided technical support and training on both film and digital technologies.

Ibarionex also hosts and produces “The Candid Frame”, an audio podcast where he interviews the best professional and emerging photographers in the world. The bi-weekly podcast is available by visiting

His personal photographic projects include a 5-year documentary project that focused on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently producing a series of portraits on established and emerging writers of Southern California.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Exposure Modes
This lesson provides a comprehensive understanding of your camera’s exposure modes. You will learn the benefits of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes, as well as the power of the Nikon D60’s Scene Modes. You will see how each impacts the look of your photograph and when and why to choose between them.
Assignment #1: Create and submit 2 images using two different exposure modes:  Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual or Scenic modes. Choose subjects and settings that you believe are perfectly suited for that particular exposure mode.

Lesson 2: Metering and Focus
This lesson explains how the D60 evaluates and measures light using its 4 metering modes. You will understand which metering system will handle 90 percent of your shooting situations and when you might want to use the other three alternatives. You’ll also understand how to control the camera’s autofocus to ensure that your subject is rendered tack sharp.
Assignment #2: Take a portrait with a very limited depth of field (shot at f/4.5 or wider) and use a specific sensor to detect and lock focus Take an “action” shot where a subject is moving and the camera is set for Continuous AF and Continuous Drive modes.

Lesson 3: Raw, JPEG and White Balance
You will learn the difference and benefits of saving your digital images as JPEG or Raw files. Discover how the camera’s enhances the look of your images when the files are saved as JPEGs. Understand the flexibility and quality potential of Raw. You’ll also learn how white balance affects the color accuracy of your image.

Assignment #3: Take an image in overcast light or open shade. You will shoot images using Auto, a Preset and Custom WB setting. Shoot these in the highest JPEG mode of your Nikon D60.

Lesson 4: Flash and Camera Maintenance
This lesson will explain how easy it is to use flash both indoors and outdoors. Understand the principle of TTL flash metering and how flash can be used to reduce contrast and brighten colors. Also, learn how to clean and maintain your equipment for years.
Assignment #4: Submit two images using flash both indoors and outdoors.

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 



  • Own the Nikon D60 and the camera’s user manual.
  • A basic working knowledge of camera controls and some digital shooting experience.
  • No special image-editing software is required.



Can I take this class if I don't own the Nikon D60?
No, because this course emphasizes a specific camera and assumes that you have the instruction manual as a reference. 

Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
No. The instructions will mostly emphasize the functions of the camera. The software that comes with the camera will allow you to address all the issues addressed by the course.  

I have owned other DSLRs. Why would I want to take this course?
This course provides specific instruction on how to make the most of the D60. It offers a detailed understanding of the camera’s various features and controls and when and why you would use them.   

What about Skill Level?  Is this course meant for users new to using a DSLR or who want a deeper understanding of the D60’s features?
A basic working knowledge of getting the camera to work is all you need.  

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

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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Brian J. Hammer
member since: 12/1/2009
I learned a lot about my camera and how to use it's features. Ibarionex was great with the critques explaining everything and making recommendations. Enjoyed the class, looked forward to the weekly assignements.

- 12/30/2009 1:54:35 PM

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Robert B. Eaton
member since: 6/26/2009
I felt there was too much theory and not enough "nuts and bolts" of how to use the camera's features. Instructor is obviously very knowledgeable and when I progress I will sign up for more of HIS courses.

- 7/22/2009 10:19:50 AM

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"This was a fantastic course. Ibarionex gives great critiques. He's able to combine constructive criticism with lots of support. I can wait for his next class. I'll definitely be signing up for it." -Mary Reagan in Ibarionex's Available Light Portraiture course 

"This was a great course! Ibarionex provides constructive and excellent feedback. ... I have been pleasantly surprised with my improvement ... I highly recommend Ibarionex for his sensitive and respectful approach!" -Michael J. Keppell in Ibarionex's Posing and Portraiture Techniques class 

"Ibarionex is one of the best teachers at BetterPhoto! His handouts are extremely clear, precise, timely, and loaded with information. He gives honest critiques that he has spent some time thinking about on how the student can improve. Thank you for a great course, BetterPhoto and Ibarionex!" -Carol DuBois in Ibarionex’s Learning the Canon EOS 40D course 

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