Continuing the week of Udemy reviews theme I have going, today I want to introduce you to a course on Udemy called “Beginner’s DSLR Photography – Get Off Auto Mode“, by Emma Davies. (The course is a steal at $49, but CourseMania readers can receive a 50% off discount. See below!) Many of us (myself included) have purchased an impressive DSLR camera in the past few years, as prices have come down to approachable levels. The result, however, is that many people are stuck on “auto mode”. They allow the camera to control every aspect of the shot, which keeps the camera acting very similarly to the “point and shoot” type cameras. Just as a driver who can drive stick shift can out-perform an automatic car in a race, a photographer who understands their camera’s settings can take better pictures than the auto settings.
Emma shows us how easy it is to get the camera off of auto mode. She introduces the concepts of aperture, shutter speed and ISO (the exposure triangle). The key to exposure is letting in just the right amount of light into the camera lens. It’s a balance between the size of the lens opening (aperture) and the length of time you leave it open (shutter speed).
I love the graphics and diagrams throughout the course. You can tell that a lot of time (and perhaps money) was invested in creating the videos. The course is well done, and easy to get through. In the end, you will be more comfortable operating your DSLR camera in a custom setup. You will have done enough experiments to see the differences between the various settings, and hopefully will be able to a better job yourself than the auto mode itself would select.