Practice Guide to Learn to Use your Digital Camera from Scratch

A course by Antonio Garci
Photographer. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/31/2016
, Photographer

Master the basic parameters of any digital camera and improve your creativity through photography

  • 96% Positive reviews (133)
  • 3606 students
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
Practice Guide to Learn to Use your Digital Camera from Scratch

Master the basic parameters of any digital camera and improve your creativity through photography

  • 96% Positive reviews (133)
  • 3606 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (1h 42m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

The first step to becoming a great photographer is to fully understand how your camera works. Having the skills to be able to escape from the automatic mode, can give you freedom to make your imagination fly and get your best photos.

In this course, you will learn to squeeze all the functions of your digital camera from the hand of Antonio Garci - photographer and teacher established in Spain - who will help you lay the foundations of a career or a photographic hobby. It does not matter if you have a SLR camera, a compact one or even your mobile phone.

This course is aimed at beginners of photography and can function as an introduction to the other two courses of Antonio Garci in Domestika: Introduction to photographic lighting with flash hand and Studio photography: Lighting as a creative resource .

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Knowing our camera
  • U3
    U3. Let's take pictures!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing Antonio, who will tell you about his experience as a photographer and teacher. It will also show you some of the artists that inspire you and encourage you to continue taking photographs.

You will study in a summarized and didactic way the most important parts of a camera: sensor, lens, diaphragm, trigger and shutter. Antonio will introduce you to the concept of the exhibition.

You will make a tour of the different types of cameras on the market, showing the differences between each of them. Then you will learn about the shooting modes: automatic, scene modes, semi-automatic and manual mode.

You will continue browsing the menu of your camera, studying the different shooting modes, size and format, white balance, etc.

You will study about the types of approaches you can apply to your photos and how you can control the exposure.

Then, it will be time to take pictures. You will start by taking a group photo with a series of figures in a row, which will help you understand the concepts of depth of field, focus and exposure.

You will learn how to make timed shots by making yourself a self-portrait, which Antonio will use to help you better understand the focus, the black and white settings and the high and low keys of your photographs.

You will use the macro mode of your camera with an action figure to illustrate the concept of macro shooting. In addition, you will see how you can achieve satisfactory results with a compact camera.

Antonio will incorporate warm tones and moving dolls in his photos, to explain about freezing, bursts and personalized white balance.

Finally, you will see the different objectives of a camera through a scene with action figures facing each other, which will help you understand how an angular lens works, a telephoto lens, its perspectives and depths of field.

What is this course's project?

You will make a series of photographs that tell a story using the resources learned.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Beginners with an interest in photography and who want to express themselves through the image.

What you need

You will only need a digital camera. It does not matter if it's old, cheap, compact, or professional. Even with your mobile you will be able to follow the course.


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Antonio Garci

A course by Antonio Garci


Professional photographer established in Madrid, specialized in studio photography, fashion and nude. With specialized studies in photography at the EFTI school, and a work spanning more than six years, his main dedication is studio photography: books and personal sessions, catalogs and editorials of fashion and promotional photography, always taking care of lighting in a fundamental way to offer a personal, original and different vision.

He has seen his work published in various digital and print media, although what he is passionate about is personal photography. His purpose in each job he does is always to obtain a unique photograph, using the tools at his disposal and providing his portrayed with his own personality. As a result of his dedication and passion for photography, he currently combines his work as a photographer with teaching.

He is an expert in lighting, has created his own YouTube channel where he offers advice on photography and lighting, has the vision, technique and ability to master the light and transmit it to the students and therefore works as a teacher, conducting workshops and workshops and as part of the Too Many Flash photography school template.


  • U1


    • Lesson 1: Presentation
    • Lesson 2: Speak through our photos
  • U2

    Knowing our camera

    • Lesson 1: Where does the light go?
    • Lesson 2: Different ways of taking pictures
    • Lesson 3: From the automatic to the manual
    • Lesson 4: Navigating the menu
    • Lesson 5: Focus and exposure
  • U3

    Let's take pictures!

    • Lesson 1: Group photo
    • Lesson 2: Kinetic effect
    • Lesson 3: Self-portrait
    • Lesson 4: Macro photography
    • Lesson 5: Summer photos
    • Lesson 6: The battlefield
  • FP

    Final project

    • Practical guide to learn how to manage your digital camera from scratch

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Practice Guide to Learn to Use your Digital Camera from Scratch. A Photography, and Video course by Antonio Garci

Practice Guide to Learn to Use your Digital Camera from Scratch

A course by Antonio Garci
Photographer. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/31/2016
  • 96% Positive reviews (133)
  • 3606 students