Mastering Manual Exposure
with Marissa Gifford, Meg Loeks or Rachel Nielsen
4 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS SEP 24 & OCT 29
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
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!
All students need a camera that has a manual mode and will allow you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
what you’ll get
4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) covering different techniques to make your compositions stronger
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
VIDEOS ON MANUAL EXPOSURE
This course includes several videos to clarify the fundamentals of metering, exposure, and evaluation covered in the materials
EXAMPLE IMAGES FROM SEVERAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
One of the benefits of the textbook course model is that the concepts are explained with examples from several different photographers (different genres)
MIDWEEK QUIZ AND ASSIGNMENT
A Wednesday quiz and assignment to ensure that all students are on the right track each week
understanding the exposure triangle
using your camera’s meter
evaluating the histogram
consistent results with one subject in several settings
metering with the zone system
understanding and using the concept of stops
using aperture effectively
mastering shutter speed
other factors affecting motion
choosing a shutter speed to incorporate or avoid motion
including motion vs. keeping your images free of motion
ISO and noise considerations
dynamic range and the importance of a good exposure
which adjustment to make
proper exposure at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions
as seen on instagram
about your instructor
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 (Marissa Gifford, Meg Loeks or Rachel Nielsen) although the course PDF and videos will draw upon examples from both (as well as several other instructors) to illustrate specific points.
how it works
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
study & ask questions
Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique each week.
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.