Camera Basics: Sony DSLRs, with Matt Kloskowski and RC Concepcion

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 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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Getting Started (Duration 07:54)

There's no better way to get started with your DSLR than learning how to hold it correctly and choosing the right shooting mode.

Lesson 2: Auto vs. Program Mode (Duration 03:25)

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

Lesson 3: Scene Modes (Duration 01:44)

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

Lesson 4: Aperture Priority Mode (Duration 03:45)

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 5: Using Exposure Compensation (Duration 04:13)

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 6: Understanding the ISO Setting (Duration 05:20)

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 7: Setting the Focus Point (Duration 04:12)

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

Lesson 8: Adjusting the White Balance (Duration 03:04)

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

Lesson 9: Raw vs. JPG (Duration 03:03)

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

Lesson 10: Using Live View (Duration 02:28)

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

Lesson 11: Getting to the Next Level (Duration 05:08)

After covering all of the basics Matt and RC 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: 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. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 !!!

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