I was once in the same shoes you are. I purchased my first DLSR about 10 years ago. I pulled it out of the box and thought “Now what do I do with it”. I quickly set it up, put it on Auto and started taking pictures, excited to see some great photos. Well, that was a big let down as I quickly realized that the photos were not any better than my point and shoot or phone camera photos. I then went scouring the internet looking for tutorials and courses for help. I found courses, but none less than $200, which I was not prepared to pay. So I went the tutorial route and slowly (and I do mean slowly) learned how to use my camera. 10 years later, I am now a portrait and travel photographer. I developed these exercises to help you progress faster through the learning curve.