Jennifer received a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson as a gift from her husband upon getting a Nikon D40 DSLR. I can think of no better gift to give a new DSLR owner than a 2-hour lesson that will jump start her/his practical photography knowledge! That is just what I started teaching Jennifer, how to go about in a very practical manner making a well exposed and sharp photograph with her DSLR. It is not that difficult of a process to learn, but it is one that needs to be learned as you cannot just simply pick up a DSLR and use it in auto-mode. Well you can, but there is not much point in that as a DSLR likes to be told what to do, i.e. used in manual exposure mode.
Jennifer, like many people that take their first photography lesson with me, claimed to know "nothing" when we met in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida for our photography lesson. Of course that was not entirely true as she knew what shutter speed was to a degree, and aperture too, plus other things. What most people do not know is the very exact five steps you can take for getting a good shot with a DSLR every single time. Once you know those five things, you can then really focus on the creative aspects of photography and not think about the tech stuff so much.
For supposedly not knowing anything, Jennifer caught on well to the five step process for shooting in manual exposure mode and I am confident she will be able to use it on her own after just a single 2-hour lesson.