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Online Photography Course
Learning the Canon Digital Rebel Camera

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Canon Digital Rebel CameraLearn to capture stunning images from your Canon EOS T4i (650D), T3i (600D), T3 (1100D), T2i (550D), T1i (500D), 450D, 1000D, 400D, 350D, or 300D camera. This course will be taught by Charlotte Lowrie, author of best-selling books on every Canon EOS Rebel camera including the Canon T3i/600D Field Guide. In addition to being an author, Charlotte is a professional editorial and stock photographer. The Rebel opens the door to limitless photography fun, practice, experimentation, and creative freedom. With helpful and real-life guidance, you can master the camera and get the images that you imagine.
Key Features

  1. Getting to Know Your EOS Rebel
  2. Creative Exposure Control and Composition
  3. More on Creative Control and Modifying Exposure
  4. Using the Flash, Exploring Lenses, and Using Live View

  • A hands-on, practical guide for getting the most from your Canon EOS Rebel--from the EOS T4i/650D to the original Rebel 300D.
  • Master the camera controls and operation so that you can confidently use your Rebel to get stunning images.
  • Get out of the automatic modes and learn the fun of taking creative control over the camera.
  • Learn the basics of using the flash, explore lens options, and learn how to use Live View shooting.

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: Introducing Exposure, Precise Focus, and Color Control
The first lesson walks you through the camera controls and setup. We'll look at what image format and quality settings you should use, how to get the best color via White Balance settings, and you'll learn about Autofocus modes and how to get tack-sharp focus in every image. This lesson also introduces the elements of exposure, and you get a chance to begin working with exposure elements using Program AE (P) mode on the camera.
Sidebar: Does Focus Lock and Recompose Work?
Assignment: Shoot two images at different f-stops to show how f-stop changes affect Depth of Field while getting sharp focus, accurate exposure, and great color. (It is good to have a tripod available for this and all lessons.)
Lesson 2: Creative Exposure Control and Composition
You likely bought the Rebel because you want to do a lot more than point and shoot. Indeed the Rebel offers modes that let you stretch your skill and knowledge as a photographer. In this lesson, we learn all the elements of photographic exposure, how the camera meters light, and we'll explore each of the creative modes and learn when to use them to get the effect that you want in your images. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how to use Depth of Field to your creative advantage.
Sidebar: Photographic composition
Assignment: Using Av shooting mode, make two images; one with extensive, and one with shallow depth of field while creating a pleasing composition.

Lesson 3: More on Creative Exposure Control and Modifying Exposure
In this lesson, you'll learn how and when to use Tv and M (Manual) shooting modes and how to use shutter speed changes creatively. Then you'll learn how to evaluate image exposure using the histogram, how to use the Rebel light metering modes, and how to modify exposure when you encounter challenging light.
Sidebar: Shutter Speed Tips
Assignment: Using Tv shooting mode, make two images; one image using a fast shutter speed to freeze subject motion, and one image using a slow shutter speed to show subject motion as a blur.
Lesson 4: Using the Flash, Exploring Lenses, and Using Live View
What about using the flash, and additional lenses and extenders? In this lesson, we'll explore the world of lenses and the options they offer for extending your creative eye in photography. Which lenses will benefit your photography most and what you can expect from each type of lens. We'll also cover the benefits of using the built-in flash and adding an accessory flash such as a Canon EX Speedlight. And for those with newer EOS Rebel cameras, we'll learn when and how to use Live View shooting.
Sidebar: Understanding the Focal-Length Multiplication Factor
Assignment: You'll make two "personal best" images featuring two thematic assignments that pull together all the concepts and skills we've learned in the previous weeks.

© Charlotte Lowrie 

© Charlotte Lowrie 



  • Own or borrow a Canon EOS Rebel.
  • Basic experience making pictures with a point-and-shoot digital camera or with the EOS Rebel.
  • A tripod.
  • Knowledge of off-loading images from the camera to the computer.
  • A desire to make better pictures with your EOS Digital Rebel SLR.



Does this course include the Rebel T4i (650D)?
Yes, the new T4i (650D) is included in the course, along with all earlier models of the Rebel. 

Do I need more than one lens to take this course?
No. All you need is the lens that came with the camera kit, or the lens that you currently own. You should also have a tripod.  

Will the course include instruction on editing images?
No. This course concentrates on learning to use the camera and on getting great images in the camera. But if you're interested in learning how to edit digital images, offers a variety of other courses that teach you image editing techniques.  

If I'm getting good pictures with my Digital Rebel, why should I take this course?
The course is designed to take you beyond automatic shooting and show you how to take creative control of your photos. The principles taught during the course will provide the foundation for you to get even better images from the camera than you're getting now. If you feel that you are currently "shooting in the dark" with your Rebel, or if you know that you're not taking advantage of all the options the camera offers, then you'll benefit from this course.  

Will the course include shooting tips and photography concepts?
Yes. Supplemental material will cover basic composition, the elements of exposure, and you will get additional information on white balance and choosing lenses for the cameras. 

How is this course different from the other course about the same EOS cameras?
Both courses cover the same primary concepts and camera operations but in a slightly different order. The instructors have compared notes to ensure that you will get full information regardless of the Digital Rebel course you take.  

Can I shoot in Raw mode for this class?
For this class, we will shoot JPEG images only. 

© 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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Thomas E. Evans
member since: 4/27/2014
I truly enjoyed taking this course and I felt I accomplished everything I wanted plus more. Charlotte was a great instructor and I felt a personal connection right from the first lesson. She was always willing to help and answer questions even if they were outside of the lesson. Her reviews were very detailed, specific, and always helpful. The most important accomplishment for me, a novice photographer, was the inspiration to shoot everyday and enjoy the art of photography. Many thanks to Charlotte and BetterPhoto for a great experience. I will be back!! Tom Evans, Middletown Rhode Island

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Jay Wruck
member since: 2/25/2014
This course exceeded my expectations. I have had my Cannon T4i for a year and can finally take great photos! Thank you again Charlotte for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to make suggestions on my technique.

- 4/7/2014 4:18:39 PM

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BetterPhoto Member April M. Frye
April M. Frye
member since: 12/1/2013
What a great class! I am now using parts of my camera that I couldn't use before. I am getting great color and clarity in my pictures. I feel like I am now getting more out of my camera.

- 12/31/2013 11:05:04 AM

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Jolene Hebert
member since: 11/18/2012
This was a great class. I really enjoyed getting to know my camera better. I love being able to take better pictures. Charlotte Lowrie was great. I loved her critiques and comments. They really helped me understand my photos better. I would definitely recommend this class to everyone. I hope to take another class with Mrs. Lowrie. I can't wait to take my next class with Betterphoto.

- 11/5/2013 9:30:21 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Heather Organ-Sheppard
Heather Organ-Sheppard
member since: 1/11/2013
It was a great course that offered a lot of information and good feedback. I'd recommend it to anyone struggling to understand their EOS digital camera.

- 3/7/2013 5:14:41 AM

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More Delighted Customers:

"Charlotte Lowrie is a wonderful instructor. She explains everything in simple terms so that it is easy to understand. She gives quick responses to any questions and goes out of her way to make sure you understand... I will definitely recommend this course to anyone need to learn how to use their camera." -Linda Pearson, former student 

"Thank you so much for your insightful critiques during this class! I looked forward to your comments each week and seeing my photos through your well-trained eyes. I learned A LOT and thoroughly enjoyed the class. I now feel much more comfortable using my new Rebel and am better able to capture the images I want." -Leslee Yoder 

"Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Charlotte. My Canon Rebel XT 350D used to intimidate me, even in the basic modes! Not only do I feel more comfortable with all aspects of my camera but she has also inspired and motivated me.

Charlotte’s lessons were packed full of information, she answered questions quickly and provided invaluable critiques. I would recommend and especially Charlotte Lowrie to anybody! It won’t be long before I sign up for another course and/or purchase many of Charlotte’s books." -Tanya Ray



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