Pinner: "I always direct anyone asking me about my camera (and how to use it) to this site. Its all explained so simply, and taught me how to start using my DSLR. My sister printed it out and keeps it as a reference in her camera bag.
Flash pointed up and back. Place camera in manual. Set ISO to Shutter speed to 250 on Nikon on Canon). No metering. Use EV button on the external flash, to brighten or darken. Now, trial and error on your part :)
I think I'd like to take a photography class online. How I finally learned how to use my DSLR camera after years of using it as a glorified point-and-shoot. Learning was easy with an online photography class.