Beginner Digital Photography Workshop: Beyond Auto Mode

Learn to use the dial on top of your camera to take control and create stunning photos. Shutter Aperture ISO Creativity
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Master the Dial on top of your camera and use Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority modes for amazing photography techniques that will be easy to do after taking this workshop. This is the perfect course if you own a digital SLR (DSLR), Mirrorless camera, or any digital camera with with a control dial on top. Learn not only why there are 2 Auto modes on almost all digital cameras, but why, when, and how to go beyond Auto mode.

You will also learn

  • how to "see" light
  • how to make great compositions
  • how to control focus
  • how to take creative pictures of people and landscapes
  • how to stop - or blur - action and movement
  • how to lighten up shadows
  • how, and when, to control ISO
  • and lots more

Whether you own a Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Sony, Panasonic, or other brand camera, if you have manual controls you will be able to use these lessons to master your camera's controls. Adults learn by doing - so put down that thick manual, grab your camera, and in an hour you will understand the dials and controls that are key to taking great photographs.

What some of my workshop students have said about my Beginner Photography Workshops:

"I enjoyed Steve's style, and he presented the information in a way that is easy to understand."

"Steve explained how the camera works, why I was doing what I was doing, how to change the modes, f-stops, etc. And what the result of the picture would be. When I left the workshop I was EXCITED to use my camera! I tried all of my newly learned techniques at home. I learned so much that day, and I was hungry for more!!!!!" 

"Steve explained things at a level I understood, using terminology I understood. And even more important, I was able to practice what was taught and see the results. If the results were not what I expected, Steve was available to explain what changes should be made to get the better shot."

"Steve is very knowledgeable about the subject matter and easily imparts that knowledge to students. He spends time explaining even the most basic concepts (like how do I pop the flash!). I had just gotten my camera and had no idea how to use it. I took some pretty great pictures after the workshop!"

What are the requirements?

  • You have a Digital SLR with interchangeable lenses or a fixed zoom lens. Perfect for Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Sony, or other digital cameras with a dial on top that lets you control different camera modes.
  • If you have a Point-and-Shoot camera that only has Auto mode, and you are unable to set the Shutter or Aperture yourself, this course may not be for you.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use your Digital SLR, or high-end Digital Camera, to take amazing photographs.
  • Learn all about the Dial on top of your camera.
  • Understand what the Aperture is and how to use it.
  • Understand what the Shutter is and how to use it.
  • Change your Shutter Speed, your Aperture, or your ISO.
  • Use Shutter Priority Mode to stop action.
  • Use Aperture techniques for dramatic portraits or nature shots.
  • Learn why and how to adjust ISO.
  • Understand -both- Auto modes.
  • How to hold your camera steady.
  • Understand the difference between Wide Angle and Telephoto lenses.
  • "See" light, and use light to your advantage.
  • Compose better pictures and understand basic composition tricks.
  • Use flash or reflectors to fill shadows.

Who is the target audience?

  • This is a beginner course that builds your knowledge from the ground up. You don't need any prior knowledge of Shutter and Aperture - I explain and demonstrate both thoroughly.
  • Perfect for the new Digital SLR owner, and those who's camera is sitting on a shelf because you don't know how to get off of Auto mode.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

About your instructor, and an overview of what you will learn in this workshop.

Workshop Introduction
Section 2: Auto Modes
Auto mode.
The other Auto mode.
Section 3: Shutter
Shutter Priority Mode I
Shutter Priority Mode II
Shutter Priority Mode III
Shutter Priority Mode IV
Section 4: Aperture
Aperture Priority Mode
Shutter Priority vs. Aperture Priority
Section 5: ISO
How and why to adjust ISO
Section 6: Digital SLR Basics

Learn about the Scene settings icons on your camera's dial, or the "Scene" or "Scn" on the dial.

All that's left of importance after that is "Manual" mode (the M on your dial) which isn't covered in the Beginner workshop and is only used if you are in a fixed studio lighting setting or using an external light meter.


Learn how to hold your camera properly for the steadiest pictures. Learn easy ways to steady your camera without a tripod.

Wide Angle vs. Telephoto
Section 7: Composition and Light
Composition I
Composition II
Composition III
People and Landscapes
Section 8: Time to get going
Simple Shutter and Aperture exercises

Congratulations! You have completed the 1 Hour Beginner Photography Workshop, and learned everything you need to know about your new digital camera in order to go out and take great photographs. Now, get started taking great pictures!

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Instructor Biography

Steve Weinrebe, Photographer, Author, Certified Instructor and Trainer

Steve Weinrebe - Photographer, Videographer, Author, and Instructor - has been teaching classes and workshops at corporations, Government institutions (including for the US Military), and at art schools around the country for over two decades. Steve has written two books on Adobe Photoshop and photography, both published by Cengage Learning. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and Certified Technical Trainer (CompTIA CTT+), and is on the part time faculty of the Maine Media Workshops and Kean University. Steve has developed curriculum for hands-on live courses and workshops as well as for video courses, and has won a Videographer Award for video training on Adobe Photoshop. Steve created the Photographic Toning presets that are part of Adobe Photoshop, and also produces the Art Series of color looks for photography and video.

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