Digital Photography: Shooting in Manual

Learn the skills, settings, and build confidence to shoot your DSLR in manual mode for better and more creative photos.
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

If you're interested in photography and taking beautiful or creative photographs it's essential to know your equipment, and how it works. Learn how to take better photographs by taking control of your camera's exposure in this 1-hour online course. In this course we'll cover the following through over an hour of video lectures, downloadable outlines, and assignments that reinforce:

  • Exposure (shutter, aperture, and ISO)
  • Metering, and metering modes
  • Shooting checklist to know what to do and when

Students will best learn when they take as little as a week to go through the lectures, outlines, and assignments. We recommend taking anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to complete this course.

Students benefit from taking this course by engaging with the material, and putting it in to practice with their DSLR or digital rangefinder cameras. In doing so they will learn to how the camera "sees light," how to communicate their creative goals, and dial in the appropriate settings to reach these creative goals, which all leads to better exposed and more creative photographs. Students also benefit from engaging in their learning with peers, and are encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer learning by introducing themselves and starting discussions in the question area.

Christine, the instructor, gives over an hour of video lectures, based on her nearly 10 years in the professional wedding photography and portrait industry. She is available by the contact form for any questions students may have and responds to questions on a weekly basis.

What are the requirements?

  • Interest in learning the fundamentals of photography
  • Computer with internet (for course downloads and viewing)
  • DSLR or rangefinder digital camera, with battery, lens, and memory card
  • Prerequisite knowledge would include experience photographing with their current DSLR or digital rangefinder camera, and some familiarity with the menus and feature locations on their cameras

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to shoot in manual mode
  • Learn how to get more/less depth-of-field
  • Learn how to get more/less movement
  • Learn how to talk to your camera, and how it talks to you

Who is the target audience?

  • People with their first DSLR, or rangefinder digital camera
  • People who are frustrated at not getting the images they want out of program or auto modes
  • People who want to take their photography to the next level

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: The 3 Essential Settings
In the introduction we'll cover:

  • How the course will flow
  • How the Exposure Triangle guides us in shooting manually
  • Overview each of the components of the triangle

In this lecture we cover:

   •   What ISO is
   •   How ISO helps set us up for setting good exposure
In Lecture 3, we cover:

   •   How aperture affects light
   •   The creative aspects of aperture
   •   How to set aperture for your desired result, whether it's a blooming flower or a wide open landscape
In our shutter lecture we go over:

   •   How shutter affects light
   •   The creative abilities of shutter
   •   How to set shutter speeds for your desired result, whether it's racing cars or a beautiful waterfall
Section 2: Turning the Dial to "M" Mode
In the metering lecture we:

  • Bring the exposure triangle together
  • Cover how our camera talks to us
  • Decode the linear meter inside our camera
  • Learn how to correct our exposure when the meter tells us something is wrong

In this lecture we walk step by step through setting our exposure manually, from evaluating the light in our environment to clicking the shutter.
In this bonus lecture we cover:

  • How to get even more precision in your exposure through the camera's meter
  • How to choose an appropriate meter mode

In this final lecture we wrap up by reviewing:

  • The exposure triangle
  • What each element of the exposure triangle brings to the table
  • How to meter for a good exposure
  • What to do every time you shoot
  • Plus, I show you what it looks like to walk through the shooting checklist with my camera in hand

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Instructor Biography

Christine Smith, Professional Photographer & Instructor

Trained in journalism at the undergraduate level, Christine has worked in the photography industry for over ten years. In 2006, she and her husband opened their own wedding and portrait business. They have been serving wedding, portrait, and corporate clients ever since.

Christine began teaching photography in 2007, and specializes in communicating complex or technical information in relatable terms for the non-professional to individuals or groups.

Christine's photography clients describe her style as: emotional, intimate, and classic.

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