mastering manual exposure
January 30, February 27, March 27
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Take your photography to the next level with this four week course designed to help you master shooting in manual mode. You will learn how to meter in-camera and control your exposure and white balance while making informed decisions about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture in order to achieve your vision in-camera.
We’ll spend time examining common exposure pitfalls and learning how to correct them in camera. We’ll also engage in a variety of creative assignments which will give you the confidence you need to capture consistent and beautiful images in any kind of situation!
It is invaluable!”
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
All students need a camera that has a manual mode and will allow you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
This textbook-model course offers students a dynamic learning environment due to the collaborative nature of the materials. Each run will consist of one instructor (Rachel Nielsen, Marissa Gifford, or Lacey Meyers) although the course PDF and videos will draw upon examples from all three (as well as several other instructors) to illustrate specific points.
• 4 Weekly Printable Lesson Downloads with Assignments (outlined in syllabus)
• Several videos
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Midweek quiz and assignment
• Personal Written Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: understanding the exposure triangle; using your camera’s meter; evaluating the histogram
Assignment: consistent results with one subject in several settings
Reading: mastering aperture; metering with the zone system; understanding and using the concept of stops
Assignment: using aperture effectively
Reading: choosing a shutter speed to incorporate or avoid motion; other factors affecting motion
Assignment: including motion vs. keeping your images free of motion
Reading: ISO and noise considerations; dynamic range and the importance of a good exposure; which adjustment to make; “correct” exposure; white balance
Assignment: proper exposure at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.