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Shooting in Manual Mode

Classroom and Photowalk: Learning and mastering your camera’s exposure system to shoot in the manual mode.

Foundations 103: Shoot in Manual. If you keep finding yourself frustrated by the photos you're getting in auto, it's time to upgrade. This class is dedicated to learning how to use your DSLR in the Manual Shooting Mode! Learn how to gain more control of your images by leaving the AUTO mode behind!  The first hour is in the classroom, the second hour is out exploring the unique downtown Santa Ana district.


If you’re tired of only getting decent photos in auto or scene modes, and you’ve taken our TV and AV mode courses, and you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, this is the course for you. If you’ve tried to learn manual exposure before and just felt lost or overwhelmed, our instructor will break it down in easy to understand terms. And she’ll be there to help you every step of the way during this 2-hour course.


Learn to shoot your camera in manual exposure mode by learning these elements in our 2-hour class:

1st Hour (in classroom)

  • Why we shoot in manual
  • Exposure Triangle: ISO, Shutter, Aperture
  • Metering in camera

2nd Hour (out photographing on our walk)



Attendee should be familiar with the basic functions and menus of their camera. Please bring your camera, and notepad. Make sure your battery is fully charged and you have an empty memory card ready to take pictures.

  • Camera with manual exposure modes and your favorite lens (DSLR recommended)
  • Extra battery and memory card
  • Camera manual
  • Sun protection and your walking shoes, water bottle




Christine Lee Smith