I Have a DSLR Camera and I am not Afraid to Use It!

The title of this makes me laugh because I just got my camera a little over a month ago and am still learning. But thanks to an AWESOME ONLINE CLASS I am taking I am not afraid to use it. I love this class so much I had to share it with you! I don’t want to use my blog to “push things” on you but, when I find something that works and makes things better, I have to share it! The teachers are smart, funny and really talk to me in a “camera language” I understand. So without further adieu, meet Josh and Kevin!

HA! You didn’t think I had them at my house did you? LOL They are welcome but I doubt they will come over! Anyway, Josh and Kevin are the amazing photographers over at Shoot Fly Shoot. They are offering 2 classes right now and are working on more.

I signed up for Photography 101 (for beginners) and watched several videos that showed me step by step how to use my camera. It is amazing! I shoot in Manual and I understand ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Depth of Field like I never though I would. I knew some of this stuff before I joined this class (thanks to Tartelette and her book) but, Josh and Kevin made me feel comfortable and confident and now I shoot in Manual all the time. Their motto is, “Don’t fear the M!” Thanks to them, I don’t! They took the scary out of photography for me! THANKS GUYS!!

You might be saying you don’t have time for classes or you can’t afford it! Guess what! You can watch the 11 videos (YES 11 VIDEOS) whenever you want and as many times as you need until you are comfortable and confident! And guess what??? It is only $69!!! What a deal! This was a birthday present from my dad! It was the perfect gift and I will use it to take pictures of my family for years to come.

The 11 videos break down like this:

    1. Exposure
    2. ISO
    3. Aperture
    4. Shutter Speed
    5. Metering
    6. Lenses
    7. Equipment
    8. (Beginner) Interior Photography
    9. (Beginner) Portrait Photography
    10. (Beginner) Product Photography
    11. (Beginner) Landscape Photography
UPDATE: I took this picture today and had to add it to this post. It is my favorite picture I have taken so far!! This little hummingbird landed in my flower garden and she let me take several pictures of her before she flew away! I am going to hang this one in my cookie room:)
Look at this simple picture of a few strawberries I took. I know it is not a picture of Matthew McConaughey but, I am happy with it. The guys showed me how to achieve the Bokeh (blur created by using a shallow depth of field) I wanted for my pictures. I think the blur makes the strawberries pop!
You can go to their home page and watch a video that will explain things better than I can. Just click the picture below.


The other class I am taking is the Photo Shop Elements 10 and it is only $49. It will show you how to edit your photos once you take them. I have not finished that class yet but, so far so good. I finally understand most all of those buttons and that “Layer” thing that drove me crazy! I know by the time I finish, I will be able to edit my photos and be very proud of them. Now, I will still use PicMonkey because it makes me happy! I like the little monkey face and the way it tells me “Masterpiece Saved.” I think Photo Shop needs a mascot to cheer us on. Maybe a cute little bear! Just a thought!

Anyway, if you are just starting your photography journey or have a DSLR camera you don’t know how to use then, you need to check out Shoot Fly Shoot. It has totally changed the way I take pictures. This post is based upon my own experience from taking their classes. If you have any questions, please send me an email at lisa@thebearfootbaker.com. I can’t wait until they have more classes available but, I am having a blast practicing what they taught me so far.

Happy Creating,



  1. Awesome Lisa. I’ve bookmarked this to save for when I have some spare time in between cookie projects. I really need this tutorial! Thanks!!!

  2. Very cool! I’m about to finish a cookie job and will consider using my earnings for the Photo 101 class. I’ve taught myself some, but I’m such a visual learner. The videos would be a real help! Tx for sharing!

    • I am a visual learner also! They took the time to explain and show how to apply what you learned. If I didn’t understand something, I just watched that video over. I hope it helps you as much as it did me!

  3. Carrie Wheeler says:

    Love the photo of the strawberries and have a Canon EOS that I have been using in the auto mode for a year now. I have been working with learning to use the M mode. My question is are you using the lens that came with your camera or is it another lens and if so what lens?
    Thanks, Carrie

    • Hi Carrie,

      The strawberries were taken with the lens that came in the camera kit. The kit is linked in the post. I did buy 2 other lens. One of them was the 50mm that Josh and Kevin talked about in the video. The other is a zoom lens because I like taking pictures of bears so I needed a good lens for distance. I am uploading a picture of a hummingbird that I took today. It is my favorite picture I have taken so far!!

      Let me know if you have any other questions:)

  4. I’m ready to sign up…oh wait I think I need a new camera first! When I went in to upgrade my camera – the guy at Best Buy ended up sending me home with the camera I came in with and told me the camera I was looking at was “too much camera for me”. Does that tell you anything???

    • How RUDE!!! But I guess it is a good thing! At least you didn’t get a camera you don’t like! LOL Let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help you find the answers so you get the right camera!! :)

  5. Sweetsugarbelle says:

    You’ve sold me! Buying it tomorrow!

  6. I’m listening to you, Lisa. Now I just have to get the DSLR.

    • YES Gail!!! We need to get you a camera! LOL If I stumble across a large amount of money, I will get you any camera you want;)

  7. This post just made my day! I’m sooooo happy that you enjoyed the class! :)

  8. Oooh, oooh….me, me,…I wanna learn too! I will be checking into these. Thanks Lisa, your’e the best!!

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