Photography: Become a Better Photographer - Part II

The ultimate guide to DSLR and Mirrorless cameras features and settings

Last updated 5/2023 English

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'These courses are among the best values around' - Don

'I guarantee that you will go over this course again and again as you progress and each time you do you'll get more and more out of it. Thank you Bernie.' - Stephen

'This is a fantastic course filled with so much useful information. I am a big fan of Bernie's and he sure came through with this course. You won't be disappointed.' - Diane

Today's DSLR and Mirrorless cameras are fantastic aren't they?  

The great thing is... they have an enormous number of features and settings
The problem is.........they have an enormous number of features and settings!!

And it is a problem, because although there are some real hidden gems amongst all those features, they can seem confusing or intimidating, and so a lot of photographers simply ignore or shy away from them (you know who you are!!)  

This course, aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers, covers DSLR and Mirrorless basic settings, but also explains your camera's more advanced features and settings. You probably already know about some of these settings but not entirely sure how and when to use them, and there may even be some that you're not even aware of!  

  1. Watch photos being taken and compared using different settings
  2. Real life examples filmed in the real world
  3. Clear, concise and effective photography training that works
  4. See immediate improvements in your photos
  5. Easy to follow and understand, with a fun teaching style
  6. All boring bits removed (well, most of them anyway!)

Important please note that for completeness, 6 of these 33 lectures are repeated from the Part I course, mainly the ones on 'Basic Settings'. This is so that students only taking this course still have access to those videos.

Here are just some of the topics covered in this course, new ones will be added over the next few months:-    

Basic settings:-

  1. Learn about the Exposure Triangle
  2. Understand the difference between exposure modes, Aperture / Shutter Speed priority etc..
  3. Learn when and how to use Exposure Compensation
  4. Tips for getting tack sharp images of stationary subjects
  5. Learn about White Balance and how to get better colours

More advanced settings:-  

  1. Understand depth-of-field and give your images that wow factor
  2. When and how to use the Evaluative, Spot and Center Weighted Metering, and which is best?
  3. How to take sharp images of moving subjects
  4. Understanding Histograms
  5. What's the difference between Full Auto and the 'P' mode?
  6. Understand the advantages of full Manual exposure mode
  7. Learn about Auto ISO and an exciting new exposure mode.
  8. RAW vs JPG, which is best, and which one should you be using?
  9. ... and more

Real World Settings:-  

  1. Best settings for photographing inside a church or cathedral
  2. Best settings for natural light portraiture

Landscape photography:-

  1. Introduction to Landscape Photography / Camera Settings / Neutral Density filters
  2. 2 Live Landscape photo sessions
  3. Best settings for landscape photography (walkthrough with advanced landscape photographer Colin Mill)

Flash Settings:-  

  1. Learn the best basic flash settings to use
  2. When and how to use fill flash?
  3. Understand your flash max sync speed with this great shutter animation.
  4. Flash 'High Speed Sync', learn how this incredible feature can help you.

Who this course is for

Although this course is aimed at both beginner and intermediate photographers, advanced photographers may well benefit by learning about some little known features.


  1. It confirms to be one of the best teacher of the courses I've been attending. He is so clear, and prepared. He has also a good English humor ~ R D'Angelo
  2. Great course with a lot of useful information explained in a very simple. Thanks! ~ Edite S
  3. Absolutely love this course. Although I've been using a DSLR for years, and I am pretty good at using manual and aperture priority, this has really been helpful. I've learned more about using light correctly, and seeing the different ways I could compose a scene. I love that the instructor isn't always 100% happy with his own results, and then explains why and how he could have improved a shot. This is someone who understands photography, and how to teach it in a way that's relatable and easy to follow no matter what your skill level is. I've already purchased Mr. Raffe's course on using an off-camera flash, and I see a couple of more that are on my wishlist ~ A Watman
  4. I absolutely love Bernie Rafa. He's cute and his tips make so much sense. Due to this course I have taken some of the best portraits of my family. Fantastic! More please ~ Pamela C
  5. Bernie gives clear unambiguous instructions and information on The content was comprehensive and informative, the production quality met my expectations and the delivery was interesting and engaging. I am pleased to give him 5 stars! ~ Dawn P
  6. Bernie brings us the information with ease and grace making us try harder to be as good as he is. With his instructions in parts 1 and 2 he gets us through the technicalities to the task of making better pictures for ourselves. The production is good and clean without distracting music and graphics. He always covers how to use the different equipment we each may have. He is fun ~ B Taylor
  7. I really like how the courses are broken into bite sized pieces and the way Bernie explains the concepts. Very smart course, while some of it was review, I still learned a lot. Will definitely be revisiting a number of the videos to review content to test out on my own camera ~ Monique
  8. An excellent course. Bernie has such a great teaching method. His personality and sense of humour make this course enjoyable, informative and easy to understand. I have learned a lot about photography and how to use my camera and I am sure I will be returning occasionally for a refresher ~ William G
  9. I like this course very much, because Bernie gives information with good and very helpful examples. He explains difficult things by very understandable simple way. His course helps me to understand many details I didn’t understand clearly before. Course doesn’t take a lot of time, but it contains all necessary information to start. Thank you, Bernie ~ Tatiana T
  10. The explanations are excellent, and he has examples showing what a picture would look at different settings. That makes understanding it mush easier ~ Inger E

What you'll learn

  1. This course will give you a greater understanding of your camera's features and settings.
  2. This greater understanding will allow you get more consistent exposures, better focussing and improved image quality.
  3. The real world examples provide best settings in typical scenarios, ensuring great results


  1. This course is specifically aimed at DSLR or Mirrorless cameras users ('Mirrorless' are sometimes known as Compact System Cameras - CSC).
  2. This course is not suitable for owners of compact or bridge type cameras, sorry!!

Course Content

11 Sections 38 Lectures 4h 24m total length

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