Learn to use the best-selling DSLR cameras in the world: the Canon EOS Digital Rebel series, from the original model (EOS 300D) right up to the latest models: the upscale EOS Digital Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) and the smallest/lightest EOS Digital Rebel to date, the EOS SL1 (EOS 100D). Taught by professional photographer Peter K. Burian, this course will take the mystery out of the camera controls, dials, menus, custom functions, etc., for any of the many Canon EOS Digital Rebel cameras. Naturally, trying to fight your way through the owner's manual can be very frustrating. That's why we offer this course, by a pro who has owned Canon EOS cameras for 19 years (digital for 8 years).
Introduction to the Cameras
Image Formats, White Balance and Flash
The Best Features, Techniques and Accessories
Beginner to Serious Hobbyist.
A hands-on, practical guide to the cameras, from the original Canon Digital Rebel (300D) to the latest Digital Rebel EOS T4i (EOS 650D).
Master camera controls, operations and techniques to confidently use your Digital Rebel to get stunning images.
Learn the pros and cons about the automatic Basic modes, and when to use them and when not to use them.
Develop your photographic potential by learning to use the Creative Zone modes for pro-caliber images.
Peter K. Burian Peter K. Burian, Photo Journal Syndicate (www.peterkburian.com), is a freelance photographer based in Toronto, Canada. His outdoor, travel, nature and active lifestyle photographs are available as stock for editorial and advertising use. He markets his work direct to photo buyers via www.peterkburian.com and is also represented by three stock agencies: Corbis, Alamy and The Stock Connection.
Peter Burian also writes illustrated books about photography and camera equipment, including:
Co-author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide.
Author of 15 Magic Lantern Guides to SLR camera systems.
Author of Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging (Sybex), covering the technology, equipment and techniques, with 270 pages of practical advice
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Cameras An overview of shooting modes and primary controls with recommendations on setting up your EOS camera for taking great digital photos without complexity. You'll learn which operating modes to use, or to avoid... when, where and why. Then, we'll begin to consider the two most important aspects of SLR photography: how and why to control aperture (f/stop) and shutter speed. Using the semi-automatic modes, you'll find it easy to make images with just the right range of sharpness and the right depiction of motion: as "frozen" (sharp) or blurred for creative effects. Throughout the lesson you'll find a great deal of practical advice as well as problem-solving tips. Assignment: First, you'll shoot the same scene with several operating modes to fully appreciate the difference they produce in background control (depth of field.) Then, you'll try shooting a moving subject with two different Program modes: one that might be acceptable and the other that should be just perfect.
Lesson 2: Controlling Exposure Here we will explore the most valuable functions for taking over control of image brightness. We'll discuss the three light metering options, the most intuitive way to make a brighter or darker photo as well as the more advanced overrides. Then we'll consider the value of ISO control for technical and creative purposes. This lesson takes a problem-solving approach, providing tips as well as practical solutions for making better exposures in difficult shooting conditions. Assignment: First you'll use exposure compensation for taking beautiful photos with just the right brightness for the subject. Then, you'll try night photography, learning to appreciate the pros and cons of ISO 100, ISO 800 and ISO 1600.
Lesson 3: Image Formats, White Balance and Flash The cameras provide many JPEG size/quality combinations, as well as RAW capture and we'll discuss the pro's and con's of the available options. Then we'll move to another important digital topic, white balance. You'll learn how to make images without a strange color cast under various types of lighting. And finally, you'll find a wealth of advice about flash photography in the various camera operating modes with practical tips for getting the best results. You'll also benefit from problem-solving techniques that can make flash photography more effective and predictable. Assignment: You'll shoot the same scene with a variety of white balance options to develop an appreciation for the value of the overrides in making images with pleasing color balance. Then you'll try flash photography in low light, using basic techniques for making visually pleasing people pictures.
Lesson 4: The Best Features, Techniques and Accessories In this lesson, we'll build on the basics discussed earlier for greater technical and creative control using the semi-automatic modes. You'll develop a deeper appreciation for techniques that allow for controlling depth of field (the range of acceptable sharpness) as well as motion in a still image. The right techniques and camera controls will allow you to make images that are technically and visually excellent. Then, we'll move on to Autofocus, with a problem-solving approach, using specific modes and overrides to achieve just the right focus for a still subject or an action subject.
Digital SLR camera owners always want advice on the most useful accessories including the various types of zoom lenses from Canon and other manufacturers. We'll also consider optional flash units and essential Canon accessories such as power and remote control options. As a bonus, you'll find a lot of practical advice about the one filter that every EOS camera owner needs. The lesson will take a problem-solving approach to the effects that a certain type of lens or accessory can produce, with tips on how to use it for the best possible results in your own type of photography. In addition to recommended techniques, you'll find specific suggestions as to several models (and brands) of accessories that would suit your needs and budget.
Consider the following issues and make better decisions regarding what lens, flash and accessory will give you the most bang for the buck:
The Canon EF and EF-S series lenses vs. the after-market brands.
How the "focal length magnification" factor will affect your choice of lenses.
"Digitally optimized" lenses and "Image Stabilizer" lenses; benefits of the advanced technologies.
Your next lens: recommended options in macro (close-focusing) lenses as well as ultra wide angle and telephoto zooms.
The optional EX series Speedlites and aftermarket brands of flash units; pro's and con's of each.
Assignment: You'll start with advanced motion control for creative effects and move on to problem solving with a wide angle lens, making images with pleasing (not "distorted") perspective.
Own one of the pertinent EOS Digital cameras or be able to borrow one. Course lessons cover the entire Rebel series, from the original model (EOS 300D) right up to the latest models: the upscale EOS Digital Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) and the smallest/lightest EOS Digital Rebel to date, the EOS SL1 (EOS 100D).
A basic working knowledge of camera controls and some digital shooting experience.
Can I take this class even if I don't own one of the Canon Digital Rebels?
No, because the course is so heavily oriented to these cameras, their specific features, their specific controls and their specific tendencies. If you do not yet own one of these cameras, perhaps you can borrow one.
Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
No. This class will focus on the camera, the controls, dials, settings, custom functions, lenses, flash units, etc., rather than any software used to edit finished images.
I already own one of these cameras, and I am getting good results. Why should I take this course?
If you are 100-percent happy with your ability to control the camera - and the images you are getting - then you may not need this course. If, however, you really like your camera, but you still have lingering questions or have specific problems with some aspects of its operation, then this course can help.
What about skill level?
Because these are not professional cameras, we assume that you want a course that explains controls in a logical, practical manner. A basic working knowledge of getting the camera to work is all you need.
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.