Go from HOW to WOW with our beginner course:

4 Weeks to Better Photography

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Are you ready to start taking better photographs?

  • Do you have a fancy camera but you’re not sure how to use it?
  • Confused because the scene looks great but your pictures fall flat?
  • Are you fed up with blurry shots?
  • Want to take better pictures without getting hung up on a bunch of technical stuff? 

If you answered YES to any of the above, this course is for you.

Click the button if you already know this is exactly what you're looking for, or read on to learn more.

4 Weeks to Better Photography is a no-nonsense practical photography course for beginners. 

Easy to follow lessons and practical challenges. It was created by a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting and seven years teaching.

Simple and easy to use

Use the camera you have

Learn to use the camera and equipment you have now. No need to purchase any new gear.

Learn the terminology

Learn your ISO from your HDR. We will go through all the terminology and break it down and simplify it for you.

Learn at your own pace

Over six hours of instruction, lessons, and weekly challenges designed to get you out and practicing your new skills.  

Downloadable files

Download all files, notes, and exercises for viewing offline or on any device. 

Feedback and support

Post the photos from your exercises to our private Facebook group. Discuss techniques and get tips from others just like you in the growing community.

Become more confident

After four weeks of lessons and practical exercises, you'll be more familiar with your camera and become more confident in your photography skills.

"New Photographers all seem to have the same questions" 

Hi, I’m Darlene, the face behind Digital Photo Mentor.

I have taught hundreds of aspiring photographers just like you.

For some, photography was a career change, while others just wanted to learn for fun and take better photographs on vacation, and photos of their family and friends.

But what I noticed was that they all ran into the same problems, had the same questions, and many shared the same fears.  

Can you relate to any or all of the following?

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  • Fumbling with camera settings and missing a shot.
  • Photos which lack interest or don't capture the scene as you envisioned.
  • Blurry images and sharpness issues.
  • How to compose images with more impact and depth.
  • How to see light and use it effectively and appropriately.
  • Not knowing which lens to use in a situation and why.

Get instant access to 4 Weeks to Better Photography now!

Available immediately as either online streaming or digital download so you can watch on your tablet or mobile device.

A Step-by-Step Photography Course

I began to get requests to run workshops and classes from people who read my articles on Digital Photo Mentor. They loved my articles but wanted something with a clear progression that they could work through in a step-by-step manner.


That’s when 4 Weeks to Better Photography was born, to help beginner photographers get to the WOW!

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Get Better Shots With Daily Lessons and Practice

This isn’t a course that you can watch and magically become a better photographer. There is no magic pill. You are going to have to get off your butt and put in the work.


Yes, you need to watch the videos and read the PDFs. But, you also need to do the challenges and post your images in our private Facebook group for feedback. It is through this feedback and accountability that your photography will progress.


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Facebook Group for Feedback

The photos you post in our private Facebook group will be viewed and respond to with feedback from others on the course. I will try to personally answer your questions and help solve your problems in the Facebook group.


I want you to become a better photographer.  I want to help you get to the WOW!

What makes this course different is the same thing that makes Digital Photo Mentor different, me!

I feel your pain. I understand your frustration and I see it in the classroom with each student I help. 

This course is designed to help you:

After more than 6 hours of lessons and even more hours of practical application of the principles, by the end of this photography course you'll be able to:

  • Use the camera and equipment you already have to take better photos.
  • Understand confusing terminology as we break it down for you in simple terms.
  • Understand more about the elements of composition and how to use them in your photography to make more dynamic images.
  • Have a clear understanding of the role light plays in photography and know the best times of day to photography.
  • Learn how to capture motion in photography - You will learn how to freeze a moment in time, create a blur, use panning and zooming to create special effects.
  • Finally be able to take photographs in Manual Mode, and know when to use it verses the other settings.
  • Feel more confident behind the camera.

Once you complete the weekly challenges you will also have a varied and interesting portfolio of photographs you'll be proud to share.

What you will get:

Both the streaming option and the downloadable version of this course include:

  • 4 Pre-recorded lessons - Each lesson is at least one hour long covering several different topics. You can watch the videos in your own time, at your own pace.
  • 4 Downloadable PDF Workbooks - To accompany each lesson, you will receive a downloadable PDF workbook with notes from each class and your weekly challenges.
  • Weekly challenges to complete - Each week I will talk through the challenges in the class and they are also explained in detail in your PDF workbook.
  • Feedback on your images and interaction with other participants - We have created a private Facebook group where you can post your images for this course. Be prepared to receive feedback from other participants and offer yours in return.

Is this the right course for you?

This course IS for you if...

  • You are ready to finally learn how to use your camera.
  • You want to learn to take better pictures, but don't want to get too hung up on a bunch of technical stuff.
  • You are a beginner to advanced beginner photographer.
  • You have been taking photos for a while and are ready to go to the next level.
  • You feel like you have got the technical stuff down but still aren't happy with your photos.  They just don't stand out.
  • You are willing to put in the time and effort to get off your butt and PRACTICE.

Who this course is NOT for ...

  • Intermediate to advanced photographers.
  • Professional photographers.
  • People who just want to learn more about camera settings.
  • Those who want a lot of technical information.
  • Photographers who shoot with their mobile phone or a point-and-shoot camera.
  • People wanting image processing instruction or tips.

What our customers are saying:

I have learned so much over these past four weeks.

Darlene has a way of cutting right through all of the noise and explaining things in a way you actually understand.

I have been photographing for several years now but I kept hitting the same walls and never really progressing. I have learned so much over these past 4-weeks. And I have FINALLY started to use my camera in Manual and Semi-Automatic Modes.

Claire Summers  //  Writer

Darlene is clear and concise, easy to understand.

She offers great tips without overwhelming the viewer with too much technical information. She is very encouraging and insightful and uses helpful visual illustrations as examples. The exercises are a great idea to inspire me to get creative again!

Molly R  //  Course student

Darlene is not only a photographer, she is a teacher.

Darlene knows what she's talking about and helped me with concepts I'd heard about but not really grasped before.

Olivia P.  //  Australia

What you can expect from the course:

  • In-depth weekly lessons.
  • Fun and interesting weekly challenges.
  • A private Facebook group to share your images with other participants and get feedback.
  • Instruction from a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience.
  • Terminology explained using simple words.

What you will learn

  • All about light.
  • Tips for capturing motion.
  • How to get better sunset photos.
  • Night photography tips and tricks.
  • How to use your camera to its full potential.
  • How to choose the right lens for the image you want.
  • Composition rules and techniques to create more interesting photos.

Darlene Hildebrandt  //  Your Instructor

I began my photographic journey back in the days of darkrooms and black and white photography. After finishing a 2-year photography degree I fell straight into working as a commercial photographer. 

Since then, I've photographed over 250 weddings, sold my work as fine art in galleries, and started sharing my knowledge by teaching in 2011.

Fast forward to today and I have taught workshops all around the world, and led sold-out photo tours in some of the most magical countries. But most  importantly I have helped hundreds of people just like you both in-person and online to achieve their goals.

Join Over 450 Happy Customers

The pace and simple steps are exactly what I needed.

The more I get out and work on these assignments, the more I learn, and the more I realize how great this course is. The pace and simple steps are exactly what I needed to slow myself down and get an understanding of the basics.

Ann Gallagher  //  Course student

A very big THANK YOU ...

I just wanted to say how wonderful your enthusiasm and advice have been to me!

What a darling girl you are to give out so much of yourself to people like me who have to try and make sense of a whole new vast and bewildering technology!  

Deborah Atkinson  //  South Africa

The Best Time to Start Getting Better Shots is Now!

If you are serious about improving your photography then you need to take action now, today. Enroll in this course, watch the lessons, learn how to use your camera, do the challenges, and start making people say WOW.

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Choose from Streaming or Downloadable


Online course content


  • 4 Pre-recorded lessons
  • 4 Downloadable PDF workbooks
  • Streaming online videos
  • Weekly challenges
  • Private Facebook group


Save videos to your computer

$49 USD

Include video file downloads

  • 4 Pre-recorded lessons
  • 4 Downloadable PDF workbooks
  • Downloadable videos
  • Weekly challenges
  • Private Facebook group 

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't start to get better photos and improve your photography in 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

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