Brit Hammer

DSLR Photography for Beginners

Taught in language artists understand


Banish your fear of the Big Bad Camera

Afraid of your DSLR (or bridge) camera?
Do you take all your photos on auto-everything?
Unsure how aperture, ISO and shutter speed work together to create a "look"?

Aperture is what controls the "look" of an image, so if you don't know how to control it, take this tutorial.

In this online tutorial you'll learn how to use your DSLR (or bridge) camera — and in language you can understand!

Learn all the stuff you need to know so your camera is the Magic Wizard instead of the Big Bad Camera!




What artists are saying

"My photography skills were very limited before discovering Brit Hammer's classes: for jury shots, I was dependent on the 7 am light coming in the front door, gradient paper and my DSLR camera on automatic. With no post-processing skills, scratches on the gradient paper would mean starting a new sheet, very expensive... After taking Brit Hammer’s DSLR Photography for Beginners tutorial and her 4-week Photographing Fine Art & Craft guided study class, not only am I now in complete and total manual control of my camera at any time of the day or night, but I have a new-found excitement about photography’s ability to add levels of depth, meaning, emotion and mystery to my art that I never dreamed possible. I loved Brit's combination of social media technology, extensive and well-organized photographic design principles, an intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing --the results were unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth!"
— Kim Nogueira, goldsmith and jeweler

"Brit has provided an invaluable resource for artists like me. I struggled through the tough-to-read manual that came with my DSLR camera. Often by trial and error I would end up with adequate images, but I couldn't understand why I would get what I got. Then I was lucky enough to get my hands on Brit's DLSR Photography for Beginners tutorial. A light bulb (several of them!) went off as all the technical jargon was translated into common language. It all suddenly made a lot of sense and it helped that I had my camera in my hand while I read it. I have gone through the tutorial a few times and each time I find more clarity and more ease and comfort with my camera. I will keep Brit's text handy and nearby for reference as I make my way toward taking WOW photos of my art. This will now be my go-to bible in the photography studio. Thank you Brit! I'm psyched, because now, my camera is not quite such a foreign object!"
— Alix Railton, jeweler

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Get past these excuses myths to discover your own talent as a photographer

Myth #1 “An expensive camera is required to take beautiful photos.”

There are no bad cameras on the market nowadays thanks to evolving technology, so even a low-end DSLR camera will do the trick. Plus DSLR cameras offer you more options than a point & shoot camera (and your phone), so if you're serious about your art or about teaching art online you owe it to yourself to discover your hidden talent for photography.

Myth #2 “Learning photography is hard.”

I thought the same about algebra until my dad explained it to me in a way I could understand by using metaphors about dogs and cats. So expect to hear about The Three Bears when I explain about ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Just sayin. If I could grasp the tech stuff and get through the learning curve, so can you. By the end of the tutorial you'll wonder why you were ever intimidated by the Big Bad Camera!

Myth #3 “Beginners can't take great shots.”

Have a look at some student work from the Photographing Fine Art & Craft online course. Most of my students were brand new to DSLR photography — and I mean brand new! If they could learn how to use a DSLR camera, so can you.


What you will need


DSLR camera
Fruit (yes, we practice shooting fruit)
High speed Internet connection
Dose of humor




This isn't a boring photography tutorial

I won't be talking tech-speak non-stop at you. Remember, I'm an artist just like you. And I remember how confused I was when learning about stuff like f-stops, ISO and aperture. So I'll explain what those are PLUS all the things you need to know so you feel confident about using your DSLR camera. And I'll explain it in language you can understand. (I'm an artist, remember? My brain works like yours.)

I'll show you all the features you'll need to use so you won't have to refer to that boring manual more than once or twice. I mean, who writes those things anyway?

Have a look through some of the pages in the eBook. I wasn't kidding when I said I'd explain the tech stuff using The Three Bears! (Life is too short to be so serious!)

The 33 minute video demonstrating everything is linked within the 102 page eBook.



This educational and fun tutorial includes

  • Ebook 102 pages
  • 33 minute video


Regular price: US$ 125

Daily Art Muse fans pay just US$ 120

When using promo code DAMHAPPY at checkout

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After checkout on PayPal - How it works

After checkout on PayPal (via eJunkie) you'll be automatically emailed a link from which to download the eBook (PDF, 5.4 MB). The video is linked within the eBook.

Assignments are given to help get you started. You can then work at your own pace.



Your extra gift just for signing up

You'll also receive a 20% discount on ALL my eBooks after registration.


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Brit Hammer (1969) is an internationally celebrated artist and award-winning photographer whose work is privately collected, both in Europe and the US. Brit's work has been featured in dozens of international lifestyle magazines and design blogs.

In addition to her role as artist and teacher, Brit is the author and publisher of the bestselling books Breakout! Your Pathway to Success, Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice, and other titles.

Prior to launching her career as a professional artist in 2002, Brit spent 11 years in the fashion industry, most notably as a member of the team that started up the hugely successful Tommy Hilfiger Denim division in New York City and in upper management at Tommy Hilfiger Europe.