This Week’s Episode of D-Town TV: Tips for New DSLR Shooters

This is the latest episode of DTown TV, the free weekly show for dSLR users that helps them get the most from their cameras. In this episode, Scott and Matt share tips for people who’ve just gotten their first dSLR camera…

– Which lenses you’ll want to purchase and why
– Which lens filters will help improve photos (and keep your glass safer) in certain situations
– Larry Becker is back with a Cheap Shots tip on a cheap remote flash
– Matt shows the Lens Pen Pro Kit, which will help you keep your lenses clean
– You’ll also want a memory card holder to keep your cards safe and in order
– An UpStrap will help keep your camera from slipping off your shoulder
– You’ll need a camera bag to keep all this stuff in
– Lastly, you’ll want a decent tripod and ballhead
– Check out the work of fashion photographer Liz Von Hoene!

If you’re not a regular viewer, you can catch every single one of our episodes at and subscribe to automatically download each episode in iTunes.

And if you’re interested in getting better sports photos, you definitely won’t want to miss the next two (or three, or four… we’re not really sure yet) episodes where Scott and Matt cover all sorts of gear and share tips for shooting sports.

If you are a fan of the show, you’re familiar with Larry Becker’s Cheap Shots. Keep an eye on for even more tips on getting the most bang for your buck!

  1. Brad, I don’t use iTunes (sacrilege, I know!) so is there any other source I can use to download DTownTV episodes so I can watch on the move? I can download episodes of PSUTV direct from my browser but don’t seem to be able to with DTownTV. Is there a reason for the difference?

    Best wishes,

  2. I just discovered DTown TV and I love it! I am an aspiring designer about to end a career in public education, with a desire to work for myself after retirement. I now own an entry level Canon and am trying to learn all that I can. I have learned a lot on Layers as well as my subscription to the magazine. I am in awe as to the capabilites of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Powerful software with a lot to learn. I will be tuning in weekly.

  3. Circular polarizer does not mean that the filter is round or that the circular part moves around! A linear polarizer can look and spin exactly the same but works differently. The circular vs. linear is how the lenses filter light. None-the-less, you need a circular polarizer for digital so that the TTL metering and autofocus work correctly.

    You guys seem to do this every episode with some small but interesting or important detail! You need a fact checker on your team :)

  4. I’m so excited to stumble across your show. I bought my dslr a couple months ago but have been too scared to do much with it. I want to learn more and be more comfortable with my camera. This is great! I can’t wait for more episodes.

  5. I have been shooting for years, but it is still nice to review the basics now and then. I have friends I will send to this link who also will appreciate your insight.
    Whenever I have questions about photoshop or lightroom, I usually refer to one of your books first. I always enjoy reading your tips and tricks for the programs I use all the time.

  6. I think you show is great. This was very helpful information. This was my first time watching. I first heard you on Camera Dojo with Kelly. I drive a lot for work and listen to his podcasts on my iPhone. For some reason, your podcast won’t sync to my phone, which is probably a good thing. I would be watching and not driving.

    Thank you for sharing the wealth of knowledge you have with us.

  7. I heard of Scott Kelby from David Hobby[] and also from the wacom website and I am so glad that Mr.Kelby does does all this teaching an sharing. For a beginner like me with all the confusion of excess information out there, Mr.Kelby’s blog is the one point of reference for gear and techniques. Thanks Scott. Your good Karma will bless you…:)

  8. Great ideas. Where was this show when I started out in photography. I am looking at my different ball heads until I found the one I love at Really Right Stuff.

    Idea: Show how you pack to go on trip with camera gear, especially when using the airlines. Where do you pack tripod and lens hoods that don’t fit in camera bag. What size camera bag? Where do you pack laptop, and all cables?

  9. I heard Scott Kelby on a PhotoFocus podcast and thought, I should go and see his site. I’m glad that I did–I just experienced another must read/listen/watch photo reference site.

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