There's no better way to get started with your DSLR than learning how to hold it correctly and choosing the right shooting mode.
It is important to understand the differences between shooting in Auto and Program modes.
There are a number of scene modes built-into the camera that are designed to choose the optimal settings for different scenes.
The aperture setting has a big impact on the depth of field in your photo, which determines how much of the photo is sharply in focus.
Sometimes the light meter in the camera can be fooled by extremely bright or dark areas in a scene, so it is important to know how to use the exposure compensation setting to correct the exposure.
The ISO setting controls how sensitive the sensor is to light. Understanding how this setting impacts your shutter speed is important for getting sharp photos in low light.
Placing the focus point on the most important part of the scene is critical to getting great photos.
The white balance setting is important for telling the camera to correctly adjust for the color temperature of the light in the scene.
Lean the differences between shooting in raw versus JPG mode so that you can make the right choice for your needs.
Most DSLRs can display the view through the lens on the back of the LCD screen, which is called Live View mode.
After covering all of the basics Matt and RC leave you with a few additional tips to take your photos to the next level.