Camera Basics: Nikon DSLRs, with Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion

While this class is not focused on any one Nikon camera model, Scott and RC have created this class specifically with the Nikon user in mind.

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 Nikon camera model, Scott and RC have created this class specifically with the Nikon user in mind. By customizing the language and terminology of photography basics around the Nikon family of DSLRs you’ll be able to follow along more closely with your Nikon camera in hand.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Getting Started (Duration 03:37)

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 03:02)

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 05:33)

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 04:58)

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

Lesson 5: Scene Modes (Duration 01:37)

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 04:19)

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 05:18)

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 09:11)

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 03:03)

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 02:21)

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

Lesson 11: Adjusting the White Balance (Duration 04:00)

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 04:45)

Lean 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 03:04)

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 08:26)

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

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…

Meet Your Instructor: RC Concepcion

RC is an education and curriculum developer and a “Photoshop Guy” for KelbyOne. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has 10+ years in the I.T. and…


  1. I love your work Scott. Your books on Photoshop "Down and Dirty Tricks" inspired me to take your class on Nikon photography. Recently purchased a D90 and now I feel confident to move out of Auto mode as a result of your first class, Nikon Camera Basics.

  2. I found the course valuable because I am experiencing and loving my first full-frame Nikon DSLR. Being a convert from many years of shooting with another brand, all the way back to my first 35 mm SLR, Some things are just arranged differently. Some modes have camera-specific differences. But ... I'd rather view a basic course like this at home than travel to a day-long really basic class probably at a camera store.

  3. It was an awesome class. Perfect one even for an amateur enthusiast like me. Most of the things I already knew but the way it was presented gave more depth to what I already knew. Great class.

  4. I have to say, I initially skipped over this class thinking there wouldn't be much that I could learn. However, I did watch Kelby's Beginning Photography where Scott and his team talked about revamping their approach to training. I said why not watch it what would I lose. I'm glad I went back. Scott and RC reminded me of some things that I had completely forgotten about. I actually read the manual way back when but at the time it was information overload. Scott and RC did a great job at highlighting some aspects of my camera I completely forgot where there. Thanks guys great job!

  5. I thought I would check out the beginner course to see what it is all about. Well you know what - It is what you learn after you think you know it all that really counts!! All kidding aside I did learn quite a few tips that were really helpful. Scott and RC this is not just for beginners, it is great for review and learning a few more tips to improve your photography. I guess I am in and will be watching some more action. Great job and I look forward to the rest of the training.

  6. This was so incredibly helpful! Why did I wait so long to become a subscriber?? Thank you, thank you. For the longest time, my new Nikon DSLR just sat on my desk because after reading the manual and trying to figure it out on my own I became so frustrated I just put it away. I am beginning to feel empowered again... I love the way you simplify and bring it down to layman terms.

  7. I've read numerous books and taken several web-based training classes but can honestly say I learned more in the Camera Basics class than any of the others. Very nicely done in a clear and concise manner. This was money well spent to advance my photography skills.

  8. Great work as always! Thanks Guys. What are the chances of doing a short video on what color space to shoot in and if it would matter if you were shooting in RAW or jpeg.

  9. Thanks so much for this class. I wish I would have taken it a year ago! Looking forward to the more in-depth follow-up classes.

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