What is a DSLR, anyway? The term DSLR stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex”… it’s a camera that is made up of a body and lenses that are interchangeable. Some popular DSLRs are: the Canon Rebel, EOS Rebel, and EOS series, the Nikon D-series, the Sony A-series, and the Pentax K-series.
How do I know if I should skip Level I and start with Level II? The Level I class is absolutely packed with information about your DSLR and is the best starting place for almost all new or inexperienced DSLR owners. However, if you’re thinking about starting with Level II, here are some things to consider… You’ll be comfortable in the Level II class if you’re already familiar with the following concepts: camera modes, aperture (and its effect on your image’s depth-of-field), focus modes, changing focus points, shutter-relase modes, flash usage, and ISO.
What should I bring to the class? Bring your camera, of course! Additionally, it’s a great idea to bring a notebook and pen, your camera’s user manual, and any extra lenses, flashes, or accessories that you have.
Do I need any equipment other than a DSLR to come to the classes? No – just bring along what you already have… you will receive tips and suggestions for additional lenses and accessories at the class.
I'm planning to buy a DSLR camera before the class, what do you recommend? There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to cameras. Things to consider when purchasing your first DSLR is budget and what you will be using your camera to capture primarily. To view a comprehensive list of camera bodies and lenses for photographers of all skill levels and experience, visit the Sweet Shots Buying Guide.