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Learning Your Canon Digital SLR

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning Your Canon Digital SLRThis course is especially designed for students who own a Canon digital SLR camera, but who have little or no knowledge of photography. Instructor and professional photographer Jim White will take the mystery out of the camera's controls, dials, menus, and other functions. By removing that intimidation factor, you will be on your way to being a better photographer. This four-week online photography class will help you proceed beyond the point-and-shoot, all-automatic stage, and will help in your future lens-buying decisions.
Key Features

  1. The Basics of Exposure: taking the mystery out of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
  2. Getting Good Color - including White Balance
  3. Lenses: How are they different and which one do I buy?
  4. Shooting Modes and File Formats: AV, TV, or Program? JPEG or Raw?

  • Beginner level class with no prerequisite or photographic experience  necessary.
  • Mastering the basics of your Canon digital SLR Camera  and getting beyond total "Auto" mode.
  • Taking the mystery out of buying lenses.
  • Your chance to ask all those questions you wanted to ask before buying.
  • Clear practical assignments to reinforce the basic concepts covered.
  • 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: Jim  M. White Jim M. White
    Jim White is a professional photographer and owner of The Digital Workflow, a company specializing in color management and printing solutions. Jim conducts workshops on digital photography, understanding and using digital SLR cameras, and color management and printing.

    He is widely published, and has written a four-part course, The Complete Digital Workflow, which he teaches every four weeks at Peace Camera in Raleigh, NC. He just completed a two-day, four workshop seminar for the Northern Virginia Photographic Society.

    Jimís interest in photography goes back to his college days in the mountains of NC, where there was no lack of subject matter. Nature Photography is still his number one interest, although he continues to do portrait and wedding work as well. In addition, Jim has had numerous photos published in various newspapers, magazines, and travel brochures. Currently, the State of North Carolina is using one of Jimís images at the State Welcome Center at the Tennessee border. It is a 3X5 foot poster captured with a Canon 20D. Jimís work is available online and in selected galleries.

    Recently Jim has combined his love of nature photography with his teaching of the digital workflow. He and Tony Sweet have recently combined forces and are offering a series of field workshops titled, Image Capture to the Final Print.

    A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

    © Jim  White 

    © Jim  White 

    Course Outline


    Lesson One: The Basics of Exposure
    Taking the mystery out of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
    Assignment: Set aperture and shutter speed for desired artistic effect.

    Lesson Two: Getting Good Color
    What is White Balance, why is it important and how to set it correctly for different situations.
    Assignment: Set a custom white balance for correct color.

    Lesson Three: Lenses
    How are they different and which one do I buy?
    Assignment: Research (online) a lens, plus an aftermarket alternative, and discuss your findings (but you don't have to actually buy the lens). Also, shoot the same scene with your current lens(es) - at different focal lengths.

    Lesson Four: Shooting Modes and File Formats
    AV, TV, or Program Mode? Do I shoot  JPEG or Raw, and whatís the difference?
    Assignment: Try the different shooting modes that your camera offers.

    © Jim  White 

    © Jim  White 



    • Any Canon Digital SLR camera, and a desire to learn how to use it.
    • No special lenses or software required.



    Can I take this class even if I don't own a Canon Digital SLR camera?
    Yes. Although the class and the assignments are geared toward current owners, anyone with an interest in the purchase of a Canon digital SLR camera is welcome. Many students audit the class as a guide toward later purchase. 

    I already own a Canon digital SLR and I am getting good results. Why should I take this course?
    If you are 100-percent happy with 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 the camera operation, then this course can help. 

    What about skill level? This is a high-end camera, and I don't want to be lost.
    Not a problem! This class is designed for the absolute beginner. 

    © Jim  White 

    © Jim  White 

    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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    Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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    BetterPhoto Member Maria 
    member since: 2/7/2013
    I had heard good reviews about BetterPhoto, but I guess it depends on the instructor. Reviews came halfway through the next lesson and seemed to be very general. I asked a question pertaining to an assignment (setting Custom White Balance) that did not get answered throughout the entire length of the course: am I setting Custom WB correctly? any tips? I actually asked this question twice - once with my Custom WB photo and again in the Q/A forum but never got a response. I don't think I was setting it correctly but never got any feedback on how to do it correctly. Nothing at all, which is what I thought I was paying for.

    For $200, this class was terrible. The benefit of taking a course vs reading a book is the instructor comments. However, my instructor gave very general comments and simply restated points from the lesson rather than actually giving assistance on how to improve or how to use the settings better. Usually just a couple of sentences. Nothing that was said actually helped me or served in any way to improve my photography skills. Hardly any constructive criticism at all, and the one question I asked - twice - was never addressed. And it was central to the lesson.

    - 2/27/2013 8:55:19 PM

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    BetterPhoto Member Celia Visscher
    Celia Visscher
    member since: 7/16/2012
    I have enjoyed this course very much. The little knowledge I had and what I have learned have made a huge difference in the way I take pictures now. I would recommend this course to anyone that has a Cannon camera and is just starting photography.

    - 10/10/2012 5:16:20 PM

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    sherri brown
    member since: 9/5/2012
    I really learned a lot. Now I dont think I will ever use the auto function on my camara.

    - 10/3/2012 10:33:33 AM

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    Birgit Adams
    member since: 11/6/2011
    The course really helped me to leave my Canon EOS 400d's auto mode and go into manually adjusting aperture, shutter, ISO, white balance etc. Jim is a great instructor and his comments and critiques were ever so helpful. A highly recommendable course for beginners and people shooting only in auto mode!!

    - 12/14/2011 5:27:52 AM

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    Shawn Lipinski
    member since: 6/7/2010
    It's not that this class is bad, you can learn some of the basic thing you need to know. For me it was not worth $200 when a $20 book could have tought you the same thing, since thats all you do is read a lesson anyways. There was nothing in this class that I did not already pick up in a basic begginers book that I had purchased.

    Your lessons will take almost any begginer 20-30 minutes per week.

    I think if could run this type of class for $50- $100 it might be worth it, but it defiantly was not worth $200.

    The instructor was good, and he gave clear feedback.

    - 7/8/2010 5:30:21 AM

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    More Delighted Customers:

    "Wonderful class! ... Jim really took a person like me to the next level. It took a lot of looking in the manual and learning some of the technical terms that were over my head, but it was well worth it. Jim is an inspiration and I am thrilled to have been taught so much." -Jana Eaton in Jim White's Canon 30D course 

    "The course has given me a knowledge that allows me to work totally in manual mode - which is a feeling of having much more control over the camera... I am a better photographer from taking this course!" -Allan Saunders in Jim White's Canon 30D course 

    "Your course has been a wonderful experience! The intimidation factor was gone by the first weekend, and ... I have the loved the experience. The information in the lessons was clearly stated, never overwhelming, and I find I go back and reread the lessons all the time ... Thank you for always being present for us - a question asked, an answer immediately forthcoming!" -Edie Clifford in Jim White's Canon EOS 20D course 

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