COMBO Camera Mechanics AND Rules of Composition

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  • Want to gain a better understanding of your digital single reflex camera (DSLR), or your digital mirrorless camera.
  • Want to take your camera off of automatic or program control to gain more flexibility and creativity with your picture taking options.



Learn to take control of your camera instead of the camera controlling you! Learn the difference between aperture and shutter priority, and when to use manual mode instead. There are ways to compensate for harsh light, low light, natural light and ambient light. Perhaps you want to take a close up portrait and focus on the eyes, letting the rest of the face fade away. What about the split second to catch your kid at bat connecting with the ball for a home run? Or the velvety smooth essence of a waterfall. The better you understand your camera, the quicker your reactions are which is necessary when photographing life.

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Some recent feedback from our students:

I want to thank you again for getting me taken care of with this course. I actually loved it so much, I purchased the other one as well. I’ve now taken both the Rules of Composition AND Mechanics of a DSLR. Both courses were wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone – and will! – Angie E.

Content was well organized and flowed nicely. Video instruction was excellent – clear instructions supplemented with relevant and useful examples. The best online course I’ve taken, and I’ve taken a lot. – Lillian K.

It was very helpful … the teaching format was clear and easy to follow … I found examples of techniques to be be beneficial.  Adrianne R.

It was really worth the price to help me take better pictures – Angela G. 

” I am enjoying the online class very much and learning a lot of information about how to use my camera!” – Brian Przybylowski 

Course Features

  • Lectures 19
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 253 minutes
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 463
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Yes

David H Wells

David H. Wells is a freelance photographer/video maker using whatever technology he can to create visual narratives. He is based in Providence, Rhode Island, affiliated with Aurora Photos and is also a photo-educator. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Over the years he has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, Time, etc. He also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A., a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation. His work has been in over fifty exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”



  1. jcompton21
    June 21, 2018

    How do I launch the course???

    • Matt Clifton
      August 20, 2018

      Once you’ve purchased the course and you’re logged in, go to My Account – Course Orders, and you should see the course listed on your profile page. Click it to launch the course!

  2. Robert Kobiella
    December 18, 2018

    The information in this coarse is laid out in an easy to understand and follow method. I truly learned so much with this coarse that I could not even contemplate before I started.

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