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Learning the Canon EOS 7D

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Canon EOS 7DLearn how to get stunning images and the best performance from your Canon EOS 7D. 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 13 photography books, including the Canon EOS 7D Digital Field Guide.

Key Features

  1. Setting Up and Mastering Focus and Color
  2. Controlling and Modifying Exposure
  3. Advanced Exposure and Working with Custom Functions
  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.

$198.00 USD

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

    Sample Photos by the Instructor

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    Course Outline


    Lesson 1: Setting Up the 7D 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.
    Sidebars: Using the Quick Control Screen, Set AF-point Orientation, Using Monochrome Filter and Toning Effects
    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 7D 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, Adding Copyright Information to Images
    Assignment: Use Av mode to show changes in Depth of Field and use exposure modification techniques to shoot a bright-light or low-light image with good exposure.

    Lesson 3: Advanced Exposure and Working with Custom Functions
    Learn the basic and advanced approaches to exposure including using a photographic gray card to meter exposures, and learn about some of the most useful Custom Functions on the 7D.
    Sidebars: Differences in JPEG and Raw Exposure, Dealing with High-Dynamic-Range Scenes, Maximizing Depth of Field, How to Register an AF Point
    Assignment: Shoot two images, one using both the basic and one using the advanced exposure techniques. Note that students must have a photographic gray card to complete the assignment.

    Lesson 4: Live View, Tethered, and Movie Mode Shooting
    Learn when and how to use Live View shooting. Experience the fun and advantages of cabling the 7D to your computer or laptop and shooting from the computer. Learn the basics of shooting videos with the 7D.
    Assignment: Submit an image shot tethered and in Live View mode.

    © Charlotte Lowrie 

    © Charlotte Lowrie 



    • A Canon EOS 7D camera, and at least one lens.
    • Photographic gray card.
    • Tripod.
    • A working knowledge of photographic exposure and composition.
    • Image editing software such as Canon's Digital Photo Professional, Adobe Photoshop CS4, or Photoshop Elements.
    • A burning desire to get the best images from the 7D.



    Do I have to have a Canon EOS 7D to take this course?
    This course is geared for the 7D, 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 7D, one or more lenses, a photographic gray card available at camera stores, 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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