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Learning the Canon EOS 60D

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Canon EOS 60DLearn how to get great images and the best performance from your Canon EOS 60D. Taught by professional photographer and author Charlotte Lowrie, this four-week online course is packed with in-depth lessons 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 15 photography books, including the Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide.
Key Features

  1. Setting Up and Mastering Focus and Color
  2. Controlling and Modifying Exposure
  3. Advanced Exposure, Drive modes, and Customizing the 60D
  4. Live View, Tethered, and Movie Mode Shooting

  • 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 60D and 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. This lesson also details Ambience options and Creative filters.
Sidebars: Should You Use the S2 and S3 JPEG Options?, Improving Autofocus Accuracy and Performance, Getting Accurate Color with RAW Images
Assignment: Shoot a portrait and nature/landscape image getting tack-sharp focus, accurate color, and using an appropriate Picture Style.

Lesson 2: Controlling and Modifying Exposure
Learn what makes an exposure great and how to use the 60D 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: Equivalent Exposures, Using the Quick Control Screen, Shutter Speed Tips, Using the Electronic Level, Differences in JPEG and RAW Exposure
Assignment: Use Av mode to show changes in Depth of Field, and use exposure modification to get true white and black in color images.

Lesson 3: Advanced Exposure, Drive Modes, and Customizing the 60D
Learn basic and advanced exposure techniques, learn about the most useful Custom Functions on the 60D, setup C shooting mode, and customize My Menu.
Sidebars: Dealing with High-Dynamic Range Scenes, Optional Filters, Maximizing Depth of Field
Assignment: Shoot a low-light image using Tv shooting mode and setting the appropriate Custom Functions, and make an action shot using Servo drive mode, or make an image using a slow shutter speed using mirror lock-up and the Self-timer mode.

Lesson 4: Using Live, Tethered Shooting, and Movie mode
Learn when and how to use Live View shooting and the focusing options, learn to use Live View with the camera connected to the computer (tethered shooting), and then explore the basics of shooting video with the 60D.
Assignment: Submit one image shot in Live View mode, and submit one image with the 60D tethered to the computer.

© Charlotte Lowrie 

© Charlotte Lowrie 



  • A Canon EOS 60D camera, and at least one lens.
  • A tripod.
  • A working knowledge of photographic exposure and composition.
  • A burning desire to get the best images from the 60D.



Do I have to have a Canon EOS 60D to take this course?
This course is geared for the 60D, 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 60D, one or more lenses, and a tripod.   

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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BetterPhoto Member Patricia E. Manning
Patricia E. Manning
member since: 10/3/2012
Charlotte, I loved this course. It exceeded my expectations on so many levels. The course materials were great, your critiques so thoughtful, detailed and many great tips and always motivating me to stretch a little more each time. I had no idea that such a short window of time could catapult me so far ahead in understanding not only how to use my new camera - all the features and functionality, but also learn so much about creating the best picture I can before shooting. THANK YOU!!!

- 10/27/2013 6:16:42 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Karen L. Casebeer
Karen L. Casebeer
member since: 11/27/2010
Charlotte presented excellent information and assignments in her weekly lessons. Her feedback was kind, positive, and helpful. I now feel much better acclimated to my 60D as a result of this course, especially with some of the more advanced camera features, which I'd not tried before. Thank you, Charlotte.

- 7/3/2013 4:52:51 PM

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Ed Prasek
member since: 4/29/2013
Great course. I learned everything I'd hoped to learn about my 60D and much more. This was my first BetterPhoto course and I'll definitely be taking more courses. Charlotte's a great instructor; she provides great lesson tutorials and equally great critiques on each submitted lesson assignment.

- 6/6/2013 6:44:01 PM

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Margaret Philpott
member since: 1/25/2005
Excellent course for anyone whose goal is to learn how to use the 60D well. Charlotte's lessons were clear and well designed and the assignments were fun and beneficial. Her critiques were also very helpful and appreciated.

- 6/6/2013 10:44:18 AM

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Michael J. Long
member since: 11/29/2012
Thank you Charlotte, I truly enjoyed your course. I have gone from using my 60D as a point and shoot to realizing all the features and potential of the camera. Your comments and critiques were very helpful, encouraging and humorous at times. I found myself looking forward to the next assignment not just for what I would learn but for your comments. Your course was worth every penny, thank you for sharing your expertise. I will continue to go back to the course notes (and your book,the 60D Field Guide) as I continue to try to improve my skills.

- 4/10/2013 8:38:28 AM

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“This course was awesome! It focused on the things that I needed to take better pictures without getting too in depth and confusing. Charlotte provided great critiques and gave very useful information to make my photos better the next time I used a particular technique. I would highly recommend this class!” -Janet  Georges, student in Learning the Canon EOS 50D 

“I found this course excellent in its scope and content for learning the 50D. I tried to do things that I wouldn't have tried without Charlotte's thorough class notes, explanations and helpful critiques. If you really want to get to know your camera and ALL its features, then this is the course for you!” -Mary Ann Deubel (Learning the Canon EOS 50D course) 

“I give this course 10 STARS!” –Jerry Rega (Learning the Canon EOS 7D) 

“This class is fantastic! The 7D has so much to offer and Charlotte's class helped me get off Auto mode and tap into that potential. Her lessons are clear and her critiques are detailed, informative, and timely. She is also available and responsive to questions. I would definitely recommend this class!” -Sue  A. Andrews (Learning the Canon EOS 7D) 

“This was my first online photography class and I feel like I made a great choice. … The best part of the course was the spot-on critiques from the instructor. Well worth the price of admission. Based on the returns I got from this class, I quickly signed up for another!” –Robert Brown (Learning the Canon Digital Rebel Camera) 

“I enjoyed the course by Charlotte Lowrie very much. I have had my Canon Rebel for 2 years and haven't used many of the great features because I didn't have the confidence to try. Charlotte's lessons were great to read and fun to complete. Her critique's were always constructive and encouraging. … I loved the course and I will definitly be taking more!” -Kolleen M. Lucariello (Learning the Canon Digital Rebel Camera) 

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