Guided Tour of the DSLR

This is an introductory session and intended for those that are newer to using a DSLR or new to using some of its features.

In it, we'll exposure each of the buttons on the camera. We'll even touch on the "DOF Preview" button that often surprises some people that it's even there. ("Hmm, I never even noticed that before...") Some of the topics will include:

When and how to use the various focus modes (one-shot, servo, af-s, af-c)

Recognizing the limits of focus in various lenses (minimum focus distance, depth of field, hyper focus distance)

- When and how to use Live View (especially for helping with focus)

- What are the drive modes and when to use them (single, continuous, time delay)

- What is mirror lockup and when to use it

- What is bracketing and how to do it

- What can be done with bracketed shots (including HDR)

- What is back-button focus and should I use it?

Bring a DSLR camera, and your instruction manual (just in case!). A small, table-top tripod will be very helpful for things like DOF Preview and Bracketing with HDR, but not essential.

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  • Elva W.

    I definitely learned new things abouty camera. New hands on class helped.

    August 3, 2014

  • Elva W.

    I definitely learned new things abouty camera. New hands on class helped.

    August 3, 2014

  • Marilyn S.

    ..Helpful and fun too.................appreciate Dave spending time with us.......

    July 24, 2014

  • Rick K.

    Thanks everyone sorry I was so late but work pays the bills. I need to learn how to use this damn camera. It is to expensive for a paper weight.

    2 · July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great information... nice to meet everyone.

    July 24, 2014

  • Beth Ann D.

    It was good to put basic things together that I had somehow missed along the way! Good information in a very clear way. Thanks and when do we get the rest?!!

    July 24, 2014

  • Sandy V

    Great class. Thank you for the valuable information and tips.

    July 24, 2014

  • Debbi L.

    Another great class. Thanks, Dave. I am learning so much from you.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mitch

    Great class as usual. I like liked the new format as it seemed a touch more interactive.... But some of points raised would have been helped (a little) with a tethered projector... I guess in torn :-)

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Jody G.

    Thanks so much Dave for volunteering your time and sharing your expertise and passion. I'm a beginner so some of it went over my head but I took notes I can refer to later when I get caught up.

    July 23, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Thank you Dave for taking the time to share your experience and knowledge with us.

    July 23, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Learned several great tips, really appreciate the help.

    July 23, 2014

  • Gibson H.

    I'm not going to make it.

    July 23, 2014

  • Dave S.

    The meeting location has changed (just barely). We're now meeting in the "big" room, which is called the "Venue". It's still at the C21 library facility, so it's just a matter of turning right instead of left at some point.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Dave S.

    I'm working on moving to a larger room, which will open up the waiting list. Right now, we're in room "B6". The alternate room would be larger. Stay tuned... :)

    July 23, 2014

  • Dave S.

    I'm usually brand-neutral. However, this particular class gets pretty specific about how the camera works. The emphasis will be Canon (which I have) and will be Nikon-friendly (which I've used some). For anyone that has a different brand, you'll have to bring the instruction manual and some patience.

    1 · July 19, 2014

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