Camera Basics: Canon DSLRs, with Matt Kloskowski and Pete Collins

This class is designed to accelerate your entry into DSLR photography with a focus on the fundamental skills and concepts you need to take your photography to the next level.

This class is designed to accelerate your entry into DSLR photography with a focus on the fundamental skills and concepts you need to take your photography to the next level. While this class is not focused on any one Canon camera model, Matt and Pete have created this class specifically with the Canon user in mind. By customizing the language and terminology of photography basics around the Canon family of DSLRs you’ll be able to follow along more closely with your Canon camera in hand.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Getting Started (Duration 03:49)

There's no better way to get started with your DSLR than learning how to hold it correctly.

Lesson 2: Choosing a Shooting Mode (Duration 03:27)

Choosing the right shooting mode for the situation your are in has a big impact on your ability to capture the peak moment.

Lesson 3: Choosing the Focus Point (Duration 04:22)

Placing the focus point on the most important part of the scene is critical to getting great photos.

Lesson 4: Auto vs. Program Mode (Duration 05:16)

It is important to understand the differences between shooting in Auto and Program modes.

Lesson 5: Scene Modes (Duration 02:32)

There are a number of scene modes built-into the camera that are designed to choose the optimal settings for different scenes.

Lesson 6: Aperture Priority Mode (Duration 07:06)

The aperture setting has a big impact on the depth of field in your photo, which determines how much of the photo is sharply in focus.

Lesson 7: Using Exposure Compensation (Duration 05:46)

Sometimes the light meter in the camera can be fooled by extremely bright or dark areas in a scene, so it is important to know how to use the exposure compensation setting to correct the exposure.

Lesson 8: Understanding the ISO Setting (Duration 09:54)

The ISO setting controls how sensitive the sensor is to light. Understanding how this setting impacts your shutter speed is important for getting sharp photos in low light.

Lesson 9: The Impact of the Focus Point on Metering (Duration 03:27)

The camera uses the information under the focus point to determine the proper exposure for the scene.

Lesson 10: Choosing the Auto Focus Mode (Duration 02:43)

There are different auto focus modes that are designed to be used in specific situations.

Lesson 11: Adjusting the White Balance (Duration 02:37)

The white balance setting is important for telling the camera to correctly adjust for the color temperature of the light in the scene.

Lesson 12: Raw vs. JPG (Duration 03:01)

Learn the differences between shooting in raw versus JPG mode so that you can make the right choice for your needs.

Lesson 13: Using Live View (Duration 03:29)

Most DSLRs can display the view through the lens on the back of the LCD screen, which is called Live View mode.

Lesson 14: Getting to the Next Level (Duration 07:53)

After covering all of the basics Matt and Pete leave you with a few additional tips to take your photos to the next level.

Meet Your Instructor: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…

Meet Your Instructor: Pete Collins

Pete Collins is a "Photoshop Guy" with KelbyOne. He's a designer and photographer who has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great…


  1. Question....scene modes were mentioned.....which canon DSLR were they referring too. I have the Mark III and could not find that option. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance.... By the way, I have picked up so many helpful tips and I'm only half way through watching the video. As always, Kelby Training is where I turn for any help I need with my photography or with Photoshop. You are the best. Melissa Beauregard

  2. You guys are great.I Just watched your course on Camera Basics for Canon DSLRs. I have a Rebel EOS XSi, which is about two years old and love it. Not really that good in low light, but great outdoor shoots. Three weeks ago today I upgraded to the Canon EOS 5D Mark 111, WOW, what a camera! As a kit it came with the Canon EF 24-105mm Lens. That said, that's what brought me here to watch this course, and vary glad that I did. You saved me a lot of reading time,To learn what you showed in your video was a lot easier. You got right to the point about the Canon's setting's, how to hold it correctly, etc, etc. I know more about my new 5D Mark 111 in about forty five minutes then I have in three weeks. I would recommend any one, just starting with a digital camera, Canon, Nikon, or Sony, a hobbyist, semi-pro or a professional photographer to watch this course and others here at You can always learn something new and things you might of forgot about. Thanks again guys, You are great. Keep smiling, you never know when you could be on Canon Camera!

  3. Even after taking other courses within Kelby Training, I found this course to be extremely helpful and easy to follow. I learned something in every segment.

    • What's the difference exactly? The camera needs to be held the same way by everyone it's just looking through the viewfinder with the other eye. . . I'm left handed and shoot left eye dominant.

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