Digital Photography


Canon Camera Course: Getting Started with Canon Photography

Improve your photography by learning how to confidently use your Canon DSLR camera - perfect for beginner photographers!

4.62 (1034 reviews)


3.5 hours


Jan 2021

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What you will learn

You will learn how to use your Canon DSLR camera comfortably and confidently

You will know how to use both automatic and manual settings to take great photos

You will know how get proper exposure with settings like aperture, shutter speed and ISO

You will know how to navigate the camera menu to get to the settings you want

You will be able to pick up your camera in any situation and take beautiful photos

You will learn all of the camera basics like focus, white balance, flash, creative filters, burst mode, and more


This is the only online Canon camera course you need to learn how to use your camera to take amazing photos!

Get comfortable using all of the buttons and features of your Canon DSLR.

Be confident taking great photos and understanding basic photography settings.

Quickly navigate your camera's menu to change any setting you want.

By the end of this course, you should be able to pick up your camera in any situation, and use it to take beautiful photos. We want photography to be fun for you, and by knowing the ins and outs of your camera, it will help you to not only become a better photographer but also have a great time shooting photos.

In this course, we basically try to cover every button, dial, menu option and feature of a typically Canon DSLR.

What do we cover in this Canon DSLR course?

  • Quickstart guide to automatically taking great photos

  • Overview of the camera body, buttons, dials and ports

  • Taking a photo

  • Reviewing a photo

  • Exposing your photos properly

  • Automatic shooting modes

  • Burst and other drive modes

  • Focus modes and points

  • Metering modes

  • Exposure compensation

  • White balance

  • Color profiles

  • The Canon menu system

  • Formatting a memory card

  • Using the internal flash

  • Using an external flash

  • Reading the histogram

  • Wifi connection and Canon smartphone app

  • The viewfinder and diopter

  • Canon video modes

  • Recording audio

  • Using an external microphone

  • Choosing a lens

  • SD card options

  • ND filters

  • and so much more!

Who is this course for and what cameras is it good for?

This course is perfect if you are brand new to using a Canon DSLR. This course is great if you have zero experience with photography or if you already know a lot about photography, but are new to Canon DSLR cameras. Please note that this course will teach you how to use your Canon DSLR camera. It is not a complete photography course that will teach you the artistic and creative side of photography. This course is a more tech-specific course.

We taught this course using one of the latest Canon DSLRs in the Rebel series (the most popular camera for beginner photographers).  Even if you are not using a Canon Rebel camera, this course should be beneficial to you. Most Canon DSLR cameras are very similar and have similar options, buttons and features. Specifically our demonstrations use the T7i (also known as the 800D in some countries).

If you have a Canon 80D, 70D, 60D, T7i, T6i, T6s, T5i, T4i, T3i, T7, T6, T5, SL2, SL, 7D, 6D, 5D, 800D, 760D, 750D, 700D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 500D, or any other model of Canon camera, this course should help you.

100% Money-back Guarantee

If you are unsatisfied with the course, or if it just isn't for you, we have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Our goal is to make sure you love this course! We are always listening to students and improving our courses to make them even better. If you ever have a suggestion on how to make this course better, just let us know!

What are you waiting for?

If you want to learn how to take amazing photos with your Canon DSLR, enroll now!

See you in class!


Canon Camera Course: Getting Started with Canon Photography
Canon Camera Course: Getting Started with Canon Photography
Canon Camera Course: Getting Started with Canon Photography
Canon Camera Course: Getting Started with Canon Photography



Welcome to the Course

DOWNLOAD: Camera Button Cheat Sheets

Links to Canon Camera Manuals

Start Taking Great Photos Right Away

Camera Overview

Taking Photos & Exposure Settings

Introduction to Exposure

How to Read & Adjust Exposure with Your Camera

Adjusting the Aperture

Adjusting the ISO

The Exposure Triangle


Aperture Priority Mode

Shutter Priority Mode

Program Mode and Exposure Compensation

Additional Scene and Shooting Modes

Bulb Modes

Focusing Modes

Autofocus Points

Picture Styles

Drive Settings

White Balance

Metering Modes

Photo Formats: RAW vs JPEG

The Canon DSLR Menu

Navigating the Menu

The Shooting Menu

The Play Menu

The Setup Menu

Creating a Custom Menu

More Canon DSLR Camera Basics

Introduction to this Section

Wifi Settings

The Diopter

Using the Camera Flash

Reading Exposure with the Histogram

Shooting Video with a Canon DSLR

Camera Video Modes

Audio Levels

External Microphone

Canon DSLR Lenses and Accessories

Lens Choices

External Flash

ND Filters

Memory Cards (SD Cards)


Thank You


Nehemiah8 October 2020

It is everything I needed to know explain perfectly, this is what takes your skills to a whole new level without any questions or confusion about what these types of amazing things you can do with any DSLR with simple easy to understand steps an absolute MUST HAVE

Youssef7 September 2020

for someone who has no background knowledge of how to use a canon DSLR , this course is super and I feel more confident using my camera now.Also,I'll enroll for the photography masterclass offered by the instructor

Thomas29 August 2020

Thank you so much for this course. It has help me understand my canon camera a lot better. Keep up the great work and look forward to other courses. Thank you!

Floriana7 August 2020

It's not my first course with Phil, who is just a fantastic teacher from the basics to the advanced aspects of Photography

Kevin6 August 2020

I already knew most of the basics from my experience using the camera. This course is allowing me to forget anything I may think I already know and learn the ins and outs of my camera. Most of the other modes on the dial of my 80d were alien to me. This really helped me learn the exposure triangle.

Sue23 February 2020

Yes, I have used the auto settings for the camera, bu that is about it. Anxious for the next lesson :)

Maura18 February 2020

I am learning so much about my camera and it's capabilities! This definitely helped me understand the "ins" and "outs" of my T6i to improve my game!

Macario13 February 2020

I knew a little about what was taught. But now I'm sure of what I was doing. After these other lessons so much detail so much to memorize and remember

Jon13 February 2020

The class was a great highlight for many needed topics for those with new cameras or those trying to learn the basics.

Kim5 February 2020

This class is exceptional! I just purchased my first DSLR camera and had no idea where to start. After finishing this course, I feel I have a very good grasp of all the features and capabilities of my camera and am looking forward to taking the masterclass!!!

Malcolm30 January 2020

Finding this course extremely helpful and interesting. Operating my Canon camera alongside the instructions, brilliant.

Eric25 January 2020

De cursus is speciaal voor mijn aangekochte model... en dat is niet alleen gemakkelijk maar ook een manier om snel aan de gang te gaan.

Ayleen9 January 2020

I love this class. It gave me more confidence as a beginning photographer, that I know what my camera is capable of & what option I have for its use artistically. I've always liked Phil's teaching style, he goes in depth but always have been very visual, which is how I learn. THANKS PHIL!

Kailyn5 January 2020

A fairly thorough intro to Canon DSLR cameras. Even though my old, out-dated T3 is missing many of the features of the sample T7i used, I still learned things about my camera that I never knew! I've seen a few reviews bothered by the dark background of the video, but I understand why Phil did it. The darker background removes the distractions and focuses the students' attention on the instructor. I'm looking forward to the MasterClass!

Juan31 December 2019

Quite good indeed. I have just purchased a Canon EOS 250D and I am learning quite a lot of "tricks" from these videos!


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