Welcome to the LetsBeWild.com Digital Photography for Beginners Course! DSLR photography can be a confusing subject to start learning, so we’ve broken down the basics into easy to understand sections for you to tackle at your own pace. Best of all, our photography course is totally free!
If you’re ready to venture beyond the basics of digital photography, be sure to check out our Digital Photography Tips & Tricks section. Our Photography Gear Recommendations section will give you our thoughts on what the best gear is for every budget. We’re constantly adding new lessons and tutorials so be sure to visit frequently!
The Basics of Photography
This short lesson will inspire you to start learning more about digital photography!
You’ll learn all about how digital cameras work in this lesson. Sensors, megapixels, and more!
A DSLR camera won’t be much good without a lens! In this lesson we’ll cover how lenses work and what focal length, 35mm equivalent focal length, and aperture means.
Exposure Made Easy
We’ll cover the basics of exposure in this lesson, explaining how the exposure triangle works and the three elements of exposure – Aperture, ISO Speed, and Shutter Speed.
We explain how aperture is the exposure variable that controls how much light enters your camera and how this effects your photos!
ISO is what controls how sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light, allowing you to take pictures in lower light conditions. Learn all about it in this tutorial!
Shutter speed controls how long light is allowed to pass through your lens to the camera’s sensor. It also freezes motion, affecting motion blur.
F-Stop regulates the aperture of the lens, controlling how much light enters your camera. You’ll learn how f-stops affect the depth of field — how much of your foreground and background are in focus!
Using the Settings and Features on your Digital Camera
This lesson will explain what a histogram is and how it’s more useful than your LCD screen for figuring out if your photos are properly exposed or not.
Metering is the process your digital camera uses to measure lighting conditions in order to determine shutter speed and aperture. There are a few choices of metering modes and in this lesson we’ll explain the differences and tell you which situations each one is best for.
Most DSLR cameras offer several exposure settings for you to use – PASM is an acronym for Program, Aperture Priority, Speed, and Manual. In this lesson we’ll go over what each exposure mode does and when you might want to use it!
There’s no shame in using a digital camera’s autofocus mode, but there are plenty of situations where using manual focus is the better choice. In this lesson, we’ll explain how manual focusing works and when you might want to use it!
You might have heard people ranting about how you should always shoot in RAW — in this lesson we’ll explain what RAW is and how it differs from shooting in Jpeg!
Beginning photographers are presented with what can be a very difficult decision to make: whether to purchase a zoom lens or a fixed focal length lens. In this lesson we explain how they differ and present the pros and cons of each.
Many DSLR cameras, especially entry level camera models, have what’s known as a crop sensor, which is smaller than a full frame sensor, affecting the angle of view that a lens offers. In this lesson, we explain this confusing topic in easy to understand terms to help it make sense.
Photographers refer to the aesthetic quality of the out of focus areas of their photos as bokeh. We’ll explain in this lesson why this matters and how bokeh can affect your photos.
Finding the Right Camera & Photography Gear
This lesson identifies some of the most important things to consider when buying a DSLR camera. Megapixels aren’t everything and we’ll tell you why!
Buying a digital camera and photography gear should be an easy process online, but there are some things you should be aware of when you start shopping like warranty coverage and how the common bait & switch scam works and how to make sure you don’t fall for it.
Kit lenses often come bundled with a DSLR camera, but in time many photographers feel that they’ve outgrown these lenses which offer limited performance. This lesson will explain how to navigate the daunting lens offerings and pick the ones that will give you the most bang for your buck!
We think the DSLR cameras in this guide are some of the best values on the market for 2013, capable of taking professional quality photos without breaking the bank. We’ve selected the best entry level DSLR cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Pentax and provided information about each.