Suggestions:On-Line Tutorials for DSLR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by B.winkle, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. B.winkle, Nov 29, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010

    B.winkle macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    My wife bought me an early x-mas gift, a Nikon D3000. Yes it's an entry DSLR, but I want to learn how to use it. Can anyone suggest an on-line video tutorial series to learn the ins and outs of digital photography? Preferably free. Thanks for your input. I'm a beginner....:)
  2. B.winkle thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
  3. deep diver macrumors 65816

    deep diver

    Jan 17, 2008
    Solon, OH
    I personally prefer books and manuals because of the amount of information they offer. There are a couple of publishers that have camera specific books. After that there are dozens of books that cover basics of photography, composition, exposure, etc. If you shop at the local photo store they can help you find the best book for you. Otherwise, hit the library or bookstore and browse away.

    The biggest part of developing your skills is to get out and shoot pictures. Pay attention to pictures others have taken and see what you do and don't like, get good input from other photographers, experiment, and take chances. The very worst that can happen is that you delete something. There are a few very active MR fora and any of us will be happy to offer feedback.

    Have fun.
  4. B.winkle thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Thanks for the advice. Just got the camera today. Charging the battery as we type.
  5. TheMechanic macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    Check out

    It is always fun listening to the Fro. He also has an ongoing D3000 project were he teaches photography basics to beginners.
  6. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    Dont know if you can, but check out your area and see if you can enrol is some evening classes.

    A proper teacher will really help, in fact is probably the best thing you could do right know to improve your photography.
  7. TheXIIIth macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    To the O/P -
    It's great when you can get some stuff for free on line but you can find that you can get a nice return if you make a small investment in your photography.

    Would you be open to signing up for non-credited photography courses at your local community college(s)? On-line and free tutorials are great but nothing beats live interaction with an instructor and other like-minded individuals [provided your schedule allows for this].

    To TheMechanic -
    I'm about 80% positive I'll be going to Jared's [FroKnows] meet up at Allen's Camera & Video this coming Saturday. Are you in the area too?
  8. TheMechanic, Dec 10, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010

    TheMechanic macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2007
    I would really like to go but I'm not exactly in the area. I'm from Germany.;)
  9. B.winkle thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Thanks for the replies. Good info. I will look into a local class or workshop.
  10. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Thanks from myself as well. These will come in handy as I try to learn some basics.
  11. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Another good source is YouTube.

    Some good photogs put up a lot of informative videos.

    Also a book highly recommended ( I like books because you can alway go back to them any time ) is " Understanding Exposure, written by Bryan Peterson. ( he has vids on YouTube as well.

    This one talks about Creatively Correct Exposures ...

    I do agree though, instructor based training is a good thing.

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