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Learning the Canon EOS 50D

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Canon EOS 50DLearn how to get stunning images and the best performance from your Canon EOS 50D. Taught by professional photographer and author, Charlotte Lowrie, this four-week course is packed with in-depth lesson on getting great exposures with stunning color and customizing the camera to suit your shooting style. Charlotte is a popular BetterPhoto instructor, and she is the author of 10 photography books including the Canon EOS 50D Digital Field Guide.
Key Features

  1. Setting Up the 50D & Mastering Focus and Color
  2. Mastering and Modifying Exposure
  3. Shooting Nature, Action, and Portraits
  4. Shooting Live View and Tethered, and Using a Flash

  • Great for Advanced Beginner through Intermediate photographers.
  • Content-rich lessons with sidebars on helpful and hot photography topics.
  • Professional tips and techniques for making great exposures.

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: Charlotte K. Lowrie Charlotte K. Lowrie
Charlotte K. Lowrie is an award-winning nature, portrait, and food photographer and writer. Her photography and writing have appeared in newsstand magazines including Popular Photography & Imaging, and in newspapers. Her photography and writing have also been featured on the Canon Digital Learning Center, on MSN, and in Microsoft products and advertisements. You can see her images on her Web site at

Charlotte is the author of 18 books including:

Charlotte's images have won awards in the International Aperture Awards and the International Aperture competitions, and in the Women in Photography Portrait competition.

Charlotte teaches four BetterPhoto PhotoCourses:

  • Learning the Canon EOS 60D
  • Learning the Canon Digital Rebel
  • Learning the Canon EOS 7D

    A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Setting Up the 50D & Mastering Focus and Color
Learn setup options that make shooting faster and easier, choosing the file quality and format that's best for your workflow, master tack-sharp focus, and get stunning image color using both the White Balance options and choosing and modifying Picture Styles.
Sidebars: Why Bit-Depth Is Important, Improve Autofocus Accuracy and Speed, How Light Temperature Is Determined
Assignment: Shoot a portrait and nature/landscape image getting tack-sharp focus, accurate color, and using a Picture Style.

Lesson 2: Controlling and Modifying Exposure
Review the elements that make an exposure great, and then learn how to use the 50D shooting and metering modes to get the best possible exposure for the scene or subject. For challenging scenes, learn how to use in-camera exposure modification techniques. And finally, learn to evaluate exposure while you're in the field.
Sidebars: Shutter Speed Tips, A Quick Look at the Fundamentals of Exposure,
Assignment: Shoot an indoor and an outdoor image for best exposure and to show changes in Depth of Field.

Lesson 3: Advanced Exposure and Shooting Specific Subjects
Learn to use Drive modes, explore an advanced exposure technique, and learn how to setup the 50D and capture nature and landscape scenes, sports and action subjects, and portraits.
Sidebars: Working with Filters, Maximizing Depth of Field,
Assignment: Choose from among four assignments including capturing action and slow-shutter-speed images using Tv mode, a night or low-light shot using Tv or Manual mode, and/or a nature scene using advanced exposure techniques.

Lesson 4: Shooting Live View and Tethered, and Using a Flash
Learn when and how to use Live View shooting. Experience the fun and advantages of cabling the 50D to your computer or laptop and shooting from the computer! Then explore using the built-in or an accessory Canon Speedlite flash.
Assignment: Submit an image shot tethered or in Live View mode, and a fill-flash portrait or still life image.

© Charlotte Lowrie 

© Charlotte Lowrie 



  • A Canon EOS 50D camera and at least one lens, a tripod, and a burning desire to get the best images from the 50D.
  • A working knowledge of photographic exposure and composition.
  • Image editing software such as Canon's Digital Photo Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS4, or Photoshop Elements.



Do I have to have a Canon EOS 50D to take this course?
This course is geared for the 50D, so you'll get more from the course if you have the camera. But given the similarity among Canon EOS Digital SLRs, you could take the course and benefit. 

Do I need any special gear to take this course?
All that you need is an EOS 50D and one or more lenses, along with a tripod. If you have an accessory Canon Speedlite that is compatible with the 50D, you'll be able to use it particularly in Assignment 4. But the built-in flash is adequate for that assignment as well.  

What photography skill level is required?
Having previous experience using a film or digital SLR will give you a head start in this course, but it's not required for signing up. It's also good to have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of photographic exposure.  

© Charlotte Lowrie 

© Charlotte Lowrie 

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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Debi Bowen
member since: 2/20/2013
This was my first class. I find that I have greatly improved and am not as frustratead with my camera. I sincerely appreciate the patience and suggestions provided by Charlotte. I will be signing up for other classes. Thanks for an enlightening experience.

- 4/2/2013 1:27:26 PM

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Glenn Seaton
member since: 10/16/2012
This was my first course with betterphoto and it was a great experience. Ms. Lowrie provides lessons that are practical but technical as well. My photos improved plus my knowledge of my d50 too. Her comments about the photos were very helpful. You will feel like you are getting private lessons.

- 12/2/2012 3:28:21 PM

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BetterPhoto Member andrew mcdonald
andrew mcdonald
member since: 6/29/2012
This was my first photo course and I have immediately enrolled for another -the course was well structured and easy to follow, showing me features of my camera I had ignored for years. The quality of my photos has improved amazingly .Charlotte's critiques were concise but detailed, positive but always with a suggestion to improve things. I loved it!

- 8/8/2012 10:50:37 PM

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Jacci Barnes
member since: 6/12/2012
I have had my Canon 50D for a couple of years and I also have Charlotte's Digital Field Guide for this camera, which looked through a few times to answer specific questions. I still didn't know very much about all the things this camera could to. The class was wonderful for me, to take each step and explain it and do the assignments.
Loved it.

- 8/8/2012 8:15:25 PM

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Judy A. Brydon
member since: 4/24/2012
The course on the Canon EOS 50D was exactly what I needed. I have been shooting 'auto' ever since the advent of digital cameras and wanted to get back to having more control, but with the newer more sophisticated cameras, I needed the step by step training that Charlotte provides. I learned more about my EOS 50D in the first lesson that I had learned in four years of using the camera.

- 6/5/2012 11:17:00 AM

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"Charlotte is a great instructor, very accessible and helpful. Her critiques are meaningful and full of advice, praise and helpful hints. If you want to learn how to use your camera with the best instructor, this is the course to take. It sets the foundation for all your future photographic work." -Jacky Stevens, student in Charlotte's Digital Rebel course 

"I learned 100 times more in this course about my camera than in the 6 months previous to that reading the manual. Thank you!" -Wendy McGinnis, student in Charlotte's Digital Rebel course 

"I had read the manual and several highly recommended books. But Charlotte Lowrie helped bring everything together for me. She's a great instructor… A great class!" -Linda Schirmbeck, student in Charlotte's Rebel course 

"This course was fantastic! I learned more from this course than I could have by merely reading and shooting. What I have gained from this course is a solid foundation to grow as a photographer. Charlotte is a great instructor and an amazing photographer and her critiques are invaluable." -Jim Chancellor, student in Charlotte's Canon Rebel course

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