Camera Basics: Sony DSLRs By Matt Kloskowski

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

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There's no better way to get started with your DSLR than learning how to hold it correctly and choosing the right shooting mode.
It is important to understand the differences between shooting in Auto and Program modes.
There are a number of scene modes built-into the camera that are designed to choose the optimal settings for different scenes.
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.
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.
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.
Placing the focus point on the most important part of the scene is critical to getting great photos.
The white balance setting is important for telling the camera to correctly adjust for the color temperature of the light in the scene.
Lean the differences between shooting in raw versus JPG mode so that you can make the right choice for your needs.
Most DSLRs can display the view through the lens on the back of the LCD screen, which is called Live View mode.
After covering all of the basics Matt and RC leave you with a few additional tips to take your photos to the next level.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of Wayne Wayne

    It was nice that a course was done on Sony Camera’s. Nothing happened to be mentioned about Sony’s in camera HDR which is very useful in getting photos that look similar to what you actually saw.

  2. Profile photo of alexander alexander

    Great video. cleared up things I had missed on my Sony a55, and taught me some other photo info that has improved my skills. You guys are excellent teachers as usual.

  3. Profile photo of longshore.anthony longshore.anthony

    Refresher course done well. Very pleased with all. Thank you.

  4. Profile photo of kenshi2008 kenshi2008

    Good refresher course using any camera. Thanks.

  5. Profile photo of KeithProvost KeithProvost

    Came back after a year away and watching some videos over. Matt, you state that if you format your card, the photo’s are lost. This is not actually what happens most of the time when you format. The pictures are still there, you just need a program to find them. I keep that program handy on my desktop at all times :-)

  6. Profile photo of ipatsy ipatsy

    Loved this course because it helped me make sense of my camera! Thanks for speaking in terms that a beginner can understand! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Peg Peg

    Great Class!!! I would like to suggest that maybe mention the model of Sony camera used in the video. RC mention the button to change the change the power of the flash and said was on side of camera. My Sony is an a330 and doesnt have one. So maybe a reference that not all models have the button. I have taken classes and have come away confused with what I learned. This is a great class and is presented very well. JOB WELL DONE !!!

  8. Profile photo of Cabotf Cabotf

    Good refresher course that everybody needs. If you have been shooting for a while, you can sometimes forget the tools available to you in camera to speed your workflow. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of revoh713 revoh713

    This was a great overview of the Sony cameras. I’ve had my a77 for about a year and still don’t know what all the buttons do and now I have a new a99 that I’m looking forward to using as well. I can’t wait to dive into more lessons on both cameras. Your videos are straightforward and easy to follow! Thanks!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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