Mastering Manual Exposure

with Marissa Gifford, Meg Loeks or Rachel Nielsen


$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

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4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing) covering different techniques to make your compositions stronger

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


This course includes several videos to clarify the fundamentals of metering, exposure, and evaluation covered in the materials

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One of the benefits of the textbook course model is that the concepts are explained with examples from several different photographers (different genres)

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A Wednesday quiz and assignment to ensure that all students are on the right track each week


Lesson One


understanding the exposure triangle

using your camera’s meter

evaluating the histogram


consistent results with one subject in several settings

Lesson Two


mastering aperture

metering with the zone system

understanding and using the concept of stops


using aperture effectively

Lesson Three


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

Lesson Four


ISO and noise considerations

dynamic range and the importance of a good exposure

which adjustment to make

“correct” exposure

white balance


proper exposure at different times of the day and under different lighting conditions

as seen on instagram


"You cannot put a price on what you can learn in this course. It is invaluable!"

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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.

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chat online

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.

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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.

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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.



  1. Sofya G November 12, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I took the MME course with Meg Loeks and let me just say…WOW! Taking this course was by far the best decision I have made for my photography journey. There was so much information to learn about the exposure triangle (that I thought I already knew… boy was I wrong) but it was presented in the least intimidating way possible, and Meg’s help and critiques really made things click for me! Its been a month and I have had 2 successful photoshoots so far due to everything that I’ve implemented from class. I couldn’t be happier with my experience. If you’re thinking about signing up, do yourself a favor and take the full participation course – you won’t regret it!

  2. Kelly Gwathney October 23, 2018 at 1:15 am - Reply

    I just finished up the full participation course with Meg Loeks. It was fantastic! I’m going to leave a longish review because I know I really read these things when I’m trying to decide whether to commit to something like this or not, so maybe my experience will help you decide. But I’ll say this up front — if you are waffling, I’d say (1) take the course and (2) do the full participation.

    I started with one photography course 25 years ago, in the film days, and I have tried to learn more/get better on my own in fits and spurts ever since — strictly as a hobby. I came to a point recently where I was tired of sort of getting a halfway decent shot in camera and then spending forever fixing it in Photoshop. And still not happy with the results — and not really understanding why it didn’t turn out like I envisioned. I had never taken any CM courses before, or anything participatory at all since college. Like most of you reading this, I’ve got kids and work and all the other demands of life and I was really nervous about the time commitment.

    If this kinda sounds like you, then I really encourage you to jump in. It’s a lot to learn, but doable. And it’s so rewarding when it starts to gel. I learned SO much in the last month (and probably unlearned even more bad habits/misunderstandings) — committing to do it and then seeing such tangible improvement has been a big deal for me. I can’t believe how much more comfortable I’m feeling already with something that seemed very overwhelming a few weeks ago.

    One other thing I wanted to note in case this clicks for anyone else — beyond the technical things I learned, I loved that this has been such a positive, energizing experience for me. Meg was awesome with quick, specific, honest and supportive feedback — patiently finding 18 different ways to explain a tough concept so all of us would understand and feel great about learning it. And participating with a really cool, talented, just NICE group of ladies has been so refreshing. I’ve worked in a very male-dominated area that’s sort of the polar opposite of this environment for so long . . . this class has felt like heaven!

    Finally — about Meg — I actually decided on this particular workshop because after I saw Meg’s ProFoto flash video series, I was so motivated to jump in and take something she taught. And I was right! I love Meg’s work and her calm approach, and she is a fantastic teacher as well. Can’t wait to take another one with her!

  3. Amanda Maria August 27, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Best investment I could have made to up my game. I was so confused and frustrated whenever I tried to shoot in Manual so I would just give up and shoot in aperture priority. Now I feel confident shooting in manual and really see the value of getting out of Aperture Priority mode! The full participation feedback was thorough and helpful. Marissa Gifford was always happy to answer even the most basic questions and explained things in a way I could understand. My only problem is that the course had to end!! I will definitely be taking more classes through ClickinMoms

    • Marissa Gifford August 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Amanda! I loved having you in class and I’m so happy to hear that you’re feeling so confident shooting in manual mode now! <3

  4. Melodie Meigs June 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    I debated signing up for MME until I read the reviews here–and multiple reviews said that their only regret was not taking the course sooner. I agree! I’ve been dabbling in photography in and out for almost 10 years. I love documenting, but the overhead of editing and missing shots inevitably frustrated me and I’d put photography on the backburner. I’m so glad I took MME for the foundation and am ready for more courses! Rachel was a wonderful instructor, always available, supportive, and knowledgeable. The Clickin Moms courses and breakouts are great, but I think the supportive community of instructors and students makes everything amazing. Thanks!

    • Rachel Nielsen September 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Melodie! I loved having you in class!

  5. Ali Douglas June 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I learned SO much in 4 weeks, the instructors clearly know what they are doing the pdfs are well written and the feedback is timely. I found the full time participation very time consuming and quick paced: submitting photos on Saturday, new lessons on Sunday, review feedback from previous week’s assignment Monday or Tuesday, midweek photo and quiz due Wednesday and repeat. I think offering an 8 week option might be something click photo school should consider for people who are working full time, or I suppose study-along might be more manageable. Regardless, I loved it and highly recommend it!

    • Rachel Nielsen September 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Ali! I agree – it is super fast paced and there is so much to learn in 4 weeks!

  6. Carol Hamilton June 24, 2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I was hesitant to spend the $300 to fully participate in this class, but I am so glad that I did! In a weeks time I had learned more than I had in the 12 years prior that I had just been playing with my camera. Rachel was super sweet & helpful. Can’t wait to take my next class!!

    • Rachel Nielsen September 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Carol! I so appreciated your participation and I loved watching you grow so much in just 4 weeks!

  7. Tami Heroff June 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I highly recommend this workshop and this instructor! Marissa’s knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine care, along with (great) class materials, truly helped me to better understand my camera in manual mode.

    • Marissa Gifford June 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tami! I loved having you as a student and so appreciated all your active participation! I can’t wait to see where you go from here! <3

  8. Amy Kattula May 31, 2018 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    When I first picked up my camera, I fell in love with photography. However, over time I grew frustrated. While I knew the basics of the exposure triangle, my work lacked consistency. I struggled to achieve consistent exposure, white balance and focus. I knew I needed detailed feedback on my images to help me grow. Reading books and practicing on my own was not leading to the kind of growth I desired.

    This class delivered on all my expectations. My work is growing more consistent and I am more able to identify the issue when an image falls short of my intentions. I can now distinguish camera shake from motion blur. I now know how to handle a scene that challenges my camera’s dynamic range. But to me the most important reason to take this class is to learn what you do not know that you do not know – your blind spot. For me, it was depth of field. I thought I understood the concept, but for the first time it became clear in a whole new way. So I would encourage you to take this class to find your own blind spot – and to have your own ah ha moments – so you can fall in love with photography all over again.

    • Marissa Gifford June 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Amy! I loved having you in class and watching your growth over the 4 weeks together! <3

  9. Emily Beggs May 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    This class was extremely helpful and eye opening for me. Meg was a fantastic teacher and so patient with all of the questions I’d asked during the 4 week class. She went above and beyond to provide a level of detail that helped me grasp the concepts where I may have struggled otherwise. I am so happy that I chose full participation, it was absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend this as one of the first classes to take (this was my first class) if you’ve never taken one before. Thanks Meg!!

  10. Minna Rufener May 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    This was my first photography workshop and I’m so happy I decided to join. I learned so much every week and feel that my current pictures are by far better than they were prior to me taking this class. I took this class as a study along and feel like it worked better for my current schedule with 3 little kids. I loved watching Meg’s CC videos for the full participation students and I felt like I was able to learn tons from them. If you are new to photography or just wanting to brush up your skills this is the workshop to take. thanks Meg, I really enjoyed it!!

  11. Denise April 30, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I took this course with Meg and it was so informative. It was my first CM course, and I was really unsure about taking the full participation due to cost, but I’m SO GLAD I did!
    I self taught myself in manual and shot this way for just over a year before taking the course, and I assumed I knew what I was doing, although I wasn’t happy with most of the photos I was taking. In the first week of class I quickly realized that there was still A LOT of the basics that I didn’t understand! I now know much more about the exposure triangle, and how/when to use certain settings. I’m confident that I know how to adjust my camera settings in various environments to capture better pictures, and although it will take a lot more practice for it to come naturally, I now have a solid understanding of the basics that I can expand from.
    I highly recommend the full participation simply for the instructor feedback. Hearing Meg talk through her reviews of my photos provided so much insight into what she was looking for, and it’s definitely helped me critique my photos in a more constructive manner. I also loved the Q&A that was available throughout the course. Meg was quick to provide answers, and all of her responses were easy to understand/apply. I’m so glad I took this course in full participation!

  12. Lorrie April 24, 2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

    This was the greatest class! I learned SO much about shooting in manual, and even just about my camera. I liked the way it was presented, and Meg was a great instructor.

  13. Viviana April 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    This class was amazing and I’m sad it’s over! I learned so much and Meg’s feedback was so helpful. She is very thorough and informative, I’m so glad I had her as my instructor. I had considered taking this class for quite some time but didn’t know if it was worth the money. Now I know it was worth every penny! I’m usually self taught, so before this, I had read many articles and tutorials about shooting in manual and I thought I knew everything about the exposure triangle. Boy, was I wrong! I learned so much more in in this workshop and my photos are now more consistent. I highly suggest taking this class, especially as a full participant. Having that critique and feedback on your photos helps tremendously. Thank you Meg for being such an amazing instructor!!

  14. Lisa Dunham April 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    This class was beyond awesome! It was my first Click course so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I would get my money’s worth, I think I got more than my money’s worth. I had so many AHA moments. The material is presented so well and it really ingrains the information into you. The feedback from the instructor is so valuable. I took the class with Rachel Nielsen and she was great, so helpful and very responsive.

  15. Denita April 5, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Thank you Rachel, you were a fantastic mentor and resource and very generous with your time. You have helped me re-ignite my passion, feel comfortable with my camera, understand skin tone & white balance and tricks to look for to get it right! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  16. Diana Kozlowski March 27, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I just completed Mastering Manual Exposure. I’ve written drafts upon drafts of reviews for this course but none seem to underscore how amazing this class was. There were so many AHA! moments. This class gave me so much confidence in using my camera by utilizing video lectures, online forums, homework assignments for accountability. Rachel was a wonderful instructor that was always available when I felt stuck. If you are reading this review wondering if you should invest in this class the answer is YES.

  17. Heather Formby March 25, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    I just completed my first workshop through CM and it was definitely beyond what I expected to get out of the class. I was a little skeptical if it was worth spending the money for the full participation option but it was WORTH EVERY PENNY! Rachel Nielson set the bar high as being such a thorough and well knowledgeable instructor. She answered so many great questions from her students and gave us a wealth of information to save and take with us in our photography journey. I looked forward every week to getting to watch her critique my personal photos and give me great feedback to improve. I feel so much more confident in my everyday shooting with still images and more importantly my rambunctious kiddos! My husband has confirmed that my skills have greatly improved and agrees that the class was well worth the money! I look forward to taking another class with CM and will especially look for classes taught by the talented Rachel Nielson!

  18. Dawn Switzer March 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I am so glad I took this course!! It was my first Clickin Moms course and it was just fantastic! The materials were easy to understand and clearly written, the videos were all so helpful. I did the full participation and highly recommend going that route. Getting feedback from Marissa Gifford was the best!!! She is knowledgeable, personable, and very responsive to questions, etc. For me, the ability to get feedback from the instructor and to have the ability to ask questions made it. I know I’ve improved my photography by leaps and bounds – beyond what I could have done by just reading tutorials or books.

    • Marissa Gifford March 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      You’re too kind, Dawn! Thank you for your words here and for all your active participation in the workshop. I loved having you and am so happy I could play a small role in your photography journey. <3

  19. Michelle Halbert March 3, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I have taken several formal photography classes in the past but I wanted to brush up on my skills. I felt I must be doing something wrong in camera to spend so much time editing my sessions. I learned something new the first week that really helped me to improve my work in camera. Marissa was an excellent instructor and very helpful in her answering of questions and in giving feedback. This would be an excellent class for both beginners and people that are pretty familiar with their camera and photography.

    • Marissa Gifford March 7, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Michelle! I loved having you in class and I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! <3

  20. Mary Ann Florence January 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    This course is worth it! I recommend to take this course if you want to improve your technical skill. I really enjoyed taking this course, each lesson i took made my confidence gotten stronger each day. Meg thank you so much for taking the time to communicate our lesson, the workshop was amazing and easy to follow. The information and guidance was valuable compared to the other courses that i’ve taken outside of Clicking Mom.

  21. Tania Fragoso December 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad I chose to do this workshop at FP, the feedback that you get on your assignments is so valuable to progress, and the fact that you have a mid week and then a final, really helps in learning from your mistakes and understanding what went wrong and try to work on that. Meg is so supportive when providing feedback and answering all your questions that I never felt that I couldn’t ask anything. I had been shooting in Manual for some time but always spent too much time guessing rather then understanding why I needed to choose certain settings, this workshop has removed the guessing and now it’s just a matter of solidifying the knowledge.

  22. Maria Lord December 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Amazing class! Meg is so sincere and honest in all of her CC. I loved learning from her and the clear direction she gives to achieve proper exposure. I also love how she always reminded us this was not a composition class, which really helped me focus on the technical part of my photographs. I can’t wait to practice more and expose correctly more and more often! <3

  23. Kristin December 18, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I was so so sad how quickly this course was over! I really felt immediately “at home” in Marissa’s class. She has a gift for making people feel welcome, capable and confident – features everyone should have in their teachers. The class material in itself was well put together and well explained. Despite already shooting in manual for a few years, I still learned a lot of the basics that were missing from my knowledge and my photography has improved ten fold. I now am getting consistent results instead of hoping for the best. I decided to do the full participation as I need the accountability of having an assignment due each week to make sure I do the material!

    • Marissa Gifford January 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kristin! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed having you in class and I love following along on your family’s adventures on IG. <3

  24. Kate McDermott November 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    This class was exactly what I was looking for and more… There is so much information given in a very organized and encouraging way. I highly recommend it!! 5 stars! Thank you Marissa!

    • Marissa Gifford November 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Kate! It was such a pleasure having you in class! <3

  25. Laura Brown October 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I am completely thrilled that I fully participated in Mastering Manual Exposure! Prior to this class I had never shot in manual, much less know how the exposure triangle works. The weekly PDFs are incredibly helpful and so easy to follow along. Any questions I had about the material were answered thoroughly by Meg Loeks. I also loved the videos to aid in my learning. This course is definitely challenging and pushes you to practice and learn every day. I definitely put a lot into this course and I feel that my pictures have been taken to the next level. I am completely hooked on shooting manual and feel confident to continue pursuing my learning. This is the first class I have taken through Clickin Moms and I can not wait to take more. This is an excellent class to begin with! Meg is a fantastic instructor and her feedback was genuine and encouraging. I loved every aspect of this course!

  26. Christine Dannhausen-Brun September 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Whether you are just starting to use manual mode or have been using it for a couple of years, this class is for anyone who truly wants to master exposure. I took the class as full participation which allowed me to submit assignments and received constructive feedback. It also allowed me to post addditional photos and ask questions in the Q&A forum in between assignments. This was very helpful in really trying to understand what we were learning and how to apply it. Before this class, I always thought my photos were pretty good, but I knew that there was something that was missing. I was frustrated as I thought I was doing everything right within the exposure triangle. I would sometimes have one good photo and then one completely blown or one really dark. I truly thought there was something wrong with my camera. As soon as I started the course, I said that I truly thought this class would raise the level of my photos and it has! There are situations that I now know how to handle to get a properly exposed shot and I now know my there is nothing wrong with my camera! I can now capture shots in situations where I would have put on the flash just to be able to get something. I now know how to expose for the light and my subject and don’t need to resort to the flash. Meg was a great instructor and really tried to help us all by asking the right questions to help figure out what was happening in each of our situations, so that she could guide us to a better result. I need to practice a lot more for things to become more automatic, but I’m excited about the photos I will take in the future.

  27. Janine September 28, 2017 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I have been considering this course for years, but despite reading so many glowing reviews I kept putting it off. I really wanted this to be the key to finally making manual mode click for me and I think I hesitated because if it didn’t work, I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. I thought I had a good understanding of manual mode, but just wasn’t getting the results I wanted. Now I know I really had no idea.

    This course included so much helpful information, explained in a way that makes sense and the videos discussing sample images were incredibly helpful. I’ve watched so many other tutorials on my mission to master manual mode, but I’m kind of baffled by all of the important points that just aren’t covered in them. This course has been such an eye opener.

    More than anything, Meg Loeks feedback and encouragement made the biggest difference to me. To get feedback on my own images and see how she reads a scene has really changed the way I think. She gave us the space to ask any (and every!) question we had and answered them so patiently and clearly. I’m so glad I chose full-participation for this reason.

    I had decided not to switch to manual mode for client sessions until I’d spent much more time practising on my family, but yesterday I had to change to manual after just 15 minutes. I knew what I wanted my camera to do for me and this felt so much more natural in manual mode. The results were so much more consistent and I couldn’t be more excited. I still have a long way to go and lots of practise to do, but I know there’s no turning back now.

  28. Shay September 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I was unsure about taking the course as I have been doing photography as more then a hobby for some time… So I decided not to do the Full Participation but the Study Along. It was great, I tried to keep up with the weekly materials but always fell behind but there was a FB group created and we were able to chat about things together there! I took this course because I am self taught and I always struggled in a few areas. This course has brought light to the unknown for me and I’m so very thankful I took it! Although as a SA i was not able to talk directly to the teacher (Meg) most of my questions were asked in some form on the Q&A forum. Meg was thorough with her answers and she knows her stuff! Now I have so much more confidence in my shooting where before I shot until it looked the way i thought it should! Now the guessing has become knowledge!!!!

  29. Melanie Crawford September 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I just finished the Mastering Manual Exposure workshop and it was absolutely amazing! I have always wanted to learn more about photography, and prior to this course I had been attempting to shoot in manual for a few months, but with only a very basic understanding of what each component of the exposure triangle (ISO, aperture, shutter speed) meant. I had no clue how to put these components together to create a properly exposed photo straight out of the camera. This workshop has taught me that, covering in depth each of these components and beyond — it also covers metering, achieving proper white balance, how to achieve sharp focus, etc. I now feel confident with my camera set to manual and have the knowledge and tools I need to get a properly exposed image in a variety of settings. I took this course as full participation and I’m so happy I did because the instructor Meg’s very detailed, individualized feedback on my submissions was invaluable. I also loved that we had 2 assignments per week because that ensured that I practiced regularly to get the images I needed for each assignment. This course has also left me very inspired to keep shooting, practicing and continuing to learn more about composition, lighting, and processing.

  30. drpats August 27, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    If you are a novice at photography and want to learn how your camera “thinks” you should take this course. Refreshingly Excellent!

    • Rachel Nielsen September 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Patricia! It was a pleasure having you in class and I loved seeing your hard work pay off! <3

  31. Rhiannon August 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Wondering how to actually use that expensive camera you have? Wishing you could capture photos that actually look like what you see? Want to take photos in low light? Capture a fast moving child? Take this course! It was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I’ve grown closer to being the photographer I want to be. Rachel Nielsen was a fantastic instructor and created a comfortable environment to ask questions and share work.

    • Rachel Nielsen September 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      I loved having you in class Rhiannon! Thank you for joining me and I loved seeing you improve so much in just 4 weeks! <3

  32. Eva Barrial August 26, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Love this class! It’s my third class here at CM and again—a WINNER. I was shooting manual mode for YEARS before this class, but I would shoot, shoot, shoot until it looked right and if I couldn’t figure it out–it was due to the circumstances, not me. Hahah! So wrong. After four weeks I can set my camera settings before I shoot and make an educated decision of what I want in the picture. Low light? No problem. Fast moving kids? No problem. Stop motion? Slow motion? Have correct White Balance? No problem, no problem, no problem. I know now the triangle and what makes a fantastic, sharp picture. My only complaint? I wish it was longer!!! I am going to miss my daily “Ahah moments!”

    • Rachel Nielsen September 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      It was such a pleasure having you in class Eva! I loved watching all of your ah-ha moments and seeing your hard work pay off! <3

  33. Nisha August 19, 2017 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Great class!! Meg was so thorough in her review of our images. She gave me great things to work on and I felt more confident each week. I love that I finally feel comfortable shooting in Manual Mode and that I’m taking full advantage of my fancy camera :)

  34. Desi August 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I took this class back in May. I really hesitated signing up for this class because I have been photographing for 6 years. My first instructor (college), really left out important information that has always left me missing something to make my exposure consistent with every click. Within my first week, Marissa was able to give me that piece I was missing for so many years. If you have never picked up a camera or if you are like me and have been photographing for many years but are not happy with your work then TAKE THIS CLASS. Marissa was awesome! She really takes the time to make sure you are understanding how to get the perfect exposure. I can’t wait to take more classes from CM

    • Marissa Gifford September 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Desi! I loved having you in class and being a small part of your photography journey! <3

  35. Julianne Farrey July 22, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I am SO glad I took this class! I love that i can “get it right in camera” and not always think “Oh i’ll fix that in photoshop” The instructors share valuable information on shooting in manual mode and give CC as needed in a very gentle but truthful way. Taking this class has made me a more confident photographer!

    • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the workshop so much, Julianne! It was truly a pleasure having you in class these past 4 weeks. I’ll miss seeing your gorgeous boys each week! <3

  36. Beth Billstrom July 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Taking Mastering Manual Exposure was a great decision. The PDFs and videos, along with Marissa Gifford’s comments and critiques, have cleared up a lot of the confusion I was encoutering about shooting in manual mode.It was 4 weeks very well spent. Also, I’m glad that I took it as a full participant. Receiving personalized feedback on my images each week helped me to better understand the concepts. It also showed me exactly where I was making the same mistakes over and over in my shooting. I’m very happy that I took this class.

    • AMY CAROLLO July 24, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

      I am so glad I took Mastering Manual Exposure as my first workshop. I think this is an awesome starting point for someone looking to learn about photography. Marissa Gifford’s critiques were very helpful. She answered questions thoroughly and in a timely fashion. I took the class at Full participation which allowed me to have this feedback. I would not trade this experience for the world!

      • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

        It was a pleasure having you in class, Amy! Your hard work really paid off and I can’t wait to see where you go from here! <3

    • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Beth! I’m so happy that it was so helpful for you – but you put in the hard work and rocked it! I can’t wait to follow along on your photography journey! <3

  37. tina michailidis July 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    This class was amazing!
    so eye opening… so many AHA moments… I am absolutely grateful to Marissa and all of her knowledge, her charisma and her availability!!
    Ive owned a camera for years. I was totally intimidated by manual mode. I thought to the take class many times and am so happy i did it!!
    it was hard to decide between full study and study along but boy am i glad i did full study. i loved the material and videos but gotta tell u theres something nice in getting feedback and questions answered !!! do not hesitate to take the class!!! its so rewarding when it just clicks!!! and u get the shot!! thank you marissa!!

    • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      I’m going to miss having you in class, Tina! I really appreciated your enthusiasm and thoughtful questions. And now you’re totally rocking manual mode! Yessss! <3

  38. Sarah Staggs July 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Such an awesome course even for those that have been shooting in manual for a while. It teaches you how to get it right in camera to save time in the editing chair! Meg was wonderful and answered all of our questions. My only regret was taking this course while trying to move. You really need to devote several hours a week to reading and practicing the material that is taught.

  39. Vanessa Grausam July 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    I am SO grateful I just so happened to stumble upon a Facebook ad for this particular class. I never heard of CM before and this was a blessing to discover. I thought that Mastering Manual Exposure sounded like exactly what I needed to learn to move forward with photography. The materials are so easy to follow and are very thorough. The instructor was helpful, answered all questions, and gave honest critiques.

    I have owned my camera for 2.5 years and up until the point I took this class I would just guess at what my settings should be, or try shooting in one of the cameras automatic modes and I would look at my pictures and be so disappointed that they were all unfocused, grainy, underexposed, overexposed, etc… I was frustrated with my camera pretty much every time I picked it up. Now, in my final week of class I’ll go out and shoot hundreds of pictures in a day and come home and look through my pictures and they are pretty much ALL perfectly exposed. I can finally once and for all say “I know what I’m doing with my camera!” I couldn’t be happier with my progress.

    Thank you so much Marissa!

    • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      It was wonderful to have you in class, Vanessa! You did an amazing job and you should be so proud of yourself! Your hard work is definitely showing and I can’t wait to see where you go from here! <3

  40. Shawna McFetridge July 21, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    I am SO glad I took this course. I began with a basic understanding of the exposure triangle and was a little afraid that I wasn’t going to learn anything new, but after reading the reviews I signed up. I cannot overstate how much this helped. Despite understanding the basic ideas of manual, I never felt confident enough to take my camera off of aperture priority. The class was full of tips and information that really made everything click and I don’t plan on taking my camera off of manual again. Marissa Gifford was great and was so thorough in her explanations that she really helped me to stop overthinking everything. I took the class as a study along and wish I had taken full participation, but I still walked away feeling so much more confident and knowledgeable.

    • Marissa Gifford July 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Shawna! I am so happy to hear that you got so much out of the workshop and that you’re feeling so confident shooting in manual mode now. <3

  41. Jess Maher July 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Like many, I developed an interest in photography and bought my DSLR after my first son was born. I’m totally self-taught and six years later, I was still fumbling along with a very basic understanding of how my camera works. This was the first photography class I’ve taken and I can’t say enough good things about it! The course design, content, materials and instruction was so well thought out and delivered. My main goal in taking this class was to increase my proficiency in the technical side of things. It was worth every penny! I strengthened my understanding of the things I knew but also learned so much more than I was expecting to learn! I highly recommend full participation. The feedback I received was invaluable in accelerating my learning curve. Meg was knowledgeable, kind, patient and always available. You’ll be so thankful you took this course!

  42. Valerie Eidson June 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    This course is absolutely amazing! If you are on the fence you need to hop on over. I taught myself manual mode and had been taking photos for about a year before I took the course. I’m so glad I did it. I learned so much more than I thought I would and I am now understanding why my images were a little off before. Meg was an awesome instructor. She was online all the time and gave such thoughtful feedback and answers to each question.

  43. Hannah Grimmett June 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    This class really patched up many holes in my photography education, as I am completely self taught. I shot in Manual mode for years, but wasn’t ever consistent with my outcome. Instead of doing things haphazardly, now I have a guide and reason to doing the things I do. My photos have improved a lot in just 4 weeks. Meg was my teacher and absolutely incredible! She was very reassuring and kind in all of her answers and always gave such helpful and positive feedback on every single question. I loved taking this course and just wish it were longer! I’ll definitely be taking courses from Meg again!

  44. Kelley O. June 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    The Mastering Manual Exposure course was what I needed! Even though I knew a lot about my camera, this course brought it all together in the basics. I recommend spending the extra money for the on-line review as the feedback is individual and provides encouragement as well as instruction which helps to guide how to improve your shots. Also, the more I participated in the ‘homework’, the better the information sunk in.

  45. Ewien van Bergeijk - Kwant June 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Absolutely loved taking this course and I wish I had taken it earlier :) The way Marissa and others made us/me look at Exposure really rocked my world, in a good way. I will treasure all the materials – both PDF’s and video (feedback) given to us during the one month course and go over these many more times. It was a real fun and challenging experience – with assignments during the week to put into practice the materials being taught. It was my first course with CM and I will definitely come back for more, after getting a taste of it.

    • Marissa Gifford June 12, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

      It was such a treat to have you in class, Ewien! Your hard work paid off and I hope you’re proud of all your growth! I can’t wait to follow your journey and see where you go from here. <3

  46. Michele June 2, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I took this class 2 weeks after purchasing my first DSLR camera as I wanted to learn manual right from the beginning. I was amazed at what I learned in 4 weeks and was so appreciative of Marissa’s patience with my beginner photography questions. I took the class full study and gained so much knowledge through the bi-weekly homework assignments and the feedback from Marissa and the other students. This was by far one of the best investments I have made in my photography journey!

    • Marissa Gifford June 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I loved having you in class, Michele! Your hard work over those 4 short weeks really paid off! <3

  47. Monica Macpherson May 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    This is a class for everyone, I promise you will get something great out of it even if you have been shooting in manual for for several years.
    The material presented in the first week alone pays for itself. Marissa is an extraordinary teacher, she loves what she is doing and has a great way of conveying that.
    I highly recommend this class

    • Marissa Gifford June 6, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      I absolutely loved having you in class again, Monica! I miss our daily interactions already! Thank you for joining me in both MME and Photoshop for Beginners! <3

  48. Katie Hunnes May 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    After being a member of the Clickinmoms forums for years, I finally had the opportunity to take Mastering Manual Exposure. The order in which the lessons and concepts are presented set you up for success. I am still amazed that I was shooting in manual mode after the first week. Marissa was very attentive, accessible and knowledgable. Her encouraging and educational weekly critiques enhanced the experience and helped me hone in on the areas I needed to improve. I regret not taking this course earlier, and I can’t wait to practice and apply the skills I obtained. This course is an excellent investment in your photography journey!

    • Marissa Gifford June 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      It was a pleasure having you in class, Katie! You worked hard and it absolutely shows! I love keeping up with your journey via social media. <3

  49. Danielle McNeely April 25, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    If you are considering taking this course, do it! Hands down, this is the best investment I’ve made. I took it as a full participation and learned an incredible amount of information. I’m new to working in manual (just a few months) and even though I had read a few books and done as much online research as I could, it’s no comparison to what I got out of this class. I took the course with Rachel and the feedback was invaluable! She was absolutely wonderful and always quick to answer all my questions. The course materials are great – both PDFs and videos. They are detailed but not overwhelming to read/watch and understand. Again, if you’re thinking about taking this course, I can’t recommend it enough. Thank you again Rachel! It was great being in class for the 4 weeks – it absolutely flew by!

    • Rachel Nielsen May 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Danielle! I absolutely loved having you in class and watching you grow and improve so much! ❤️

  50. Sarah March 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    This workshop is absolutely amazing. Completely worth the time and investment!!! I came into the workshop already being very familiar with the exposure triangle and what aperture, shutter speed and ISO do and how they work together. I was honestly a little leery about taking this course, at first, because I was very comfortable changing my settings already, and didn’t want to “waste” money. Boy, was I glad I went through with this class!! Everything I had learned previously was piecing together my own research and learning on my own. This course took the puzzle pieces that I had and put them together, along with adding the ones that I was missing so I can see the whole picture clearly. It was amazing content. I also can’t say enough about our teacher, Lacey Meyers. She was so enthusiastic when we learned a concept and was so patient and willing to help and answer questions. She was very clear and made everything understandable. She was so helpful and kind and amazing. I cannot recommend this workshop enough. Definitely take it Full Participation. These workshops are so much better being Full Participation. Friendly help from other students just can’t make up for a teacher answering questions and providing direct feedback. Another really nice feature of this class is that it kind of introduces a newbie to the forums in a gentle and kind manner instead of just throwing them into something really intense….. It is an awesome, awesome workshop, and I can truly say I learned A LOT from it, despite having used manual on my dSLR exclusively since I got it a few years ago. Of course, I still used my point and shoots most of the time, but I can say that is a thing of the past now!!! Take this workshop. It is completely worth it!!!

  51. Gina March 1, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I can’t say enough good things about this class! It was an amazing experience – I learned so much and enjoyed every single day of it! If you really want to learn how to shoot completely in manual, there is no better way to do it than in this class. The approach, content, instruction and camaraderie all combine to make it a fantastic learning environment! Rachel was so knowledgable, patient, and kind. She spent so much time making sure that we all understood and grew throughout the class. I took this very early in my photography journey, and I am so glad I did. While I was pretty new to my camera, I loved learning to do things correctly from the start. I now have the best possible foundation to build on, and I am grateful for that. I will also say that not only did I learn a lot from the materials and Rachel, but the interaction with other participants was fantastic and I gained so much from their questions and assignments. Do not hesitate to take this class – I would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you to all!

    • Rachel Nielsen March 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Aww thank you so much Gina! It was such a pleasure having you in class and I loved watching all of your hard work pay off!

  52. Jaimie February 27, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I wish I had taken this class sooner. It was such an eye opener for me and Rachel went above and beyond! If you are questioning whether or not this workshop is for you, please do not hesitate! It’s a game changer for sure.

    • Rachel Nielsen March 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      That really means a lot Jaimie – thank you!! I loved watching you improve and grow so much as a photographer during class!

  53. Candace Kieluk February 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    For four years I tried to “get it right in camera,” searching the internet, referring to tutorials of all kinds, over and over again. Even bought three new cameras, blaming the camera each and every time. I concluded I was only a camera owner, kept questioning how does everyone get such amazing images? On the verge of giving up, searching CM forums for more answers, I found the reviews on this class, and decided to invest myself. This class has totally exceded my expectations and Rachel is an amazing instructor!! I finally found the “how to” and now have the skills and knowledge to put the vision before me in camera. A whole new world has opened before me and I found a creative side of myself that I never knew existed! Thank you so much Rachel & CM!!

    • Rachel Nielsen March 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Candace! I absolutely loved having you in class and seeing it all click and come together for you!! <3

  54. Rebecca February 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    My only regret is that I did not take this class the day I bought my first DSLR. WOW! I cannot tell you how much I learned in the last 4 weeks. $300 is a significant amount of money in our budget as I am currently a SAHM. It was worth EVERY penny. Rachel Nielsen was so responsive, supportive, knowledgeable, and patient. She is a real working pro in the field, and has such great insight. My only bit of advice would be to take it ASAP, and plan on spending much more than 4 hours a week on the class. The more you put into the class, the more you will get out of it! (I found myself staying up late every night to practice:) I wish I could go back in time and have taken this class before my babies were born!

    • Rachel Nielsen March 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Rebecca! I loved having you in class and watching you improve so much during class! You worked so hard and it definitely paid off!

  55. Christie Kretsinger February 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    The biggest mistake I’ve made as a photographer was not taking this class sooner.

    • Rachel Nielsen March 8, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      It was so much fun having you in class Christie and I loved watching those ah-ha moments click for you! <3

  56. Grace January 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Marissa is absolutely AMAZING!!! I was blown away by how much I learned in just week 1 and then continued to learn as the weeks went on. Marissa was available at every step of the way to answer my many questions and was always so supportive when I was struggling. I have taken manual courses in person before and didn’t learn nearly as much as I did through this class. It was eye opening and lit a spark for me to continue learning more. If anyone is thinking about taking this course, I highly recommend you do. I had my camera for over 5 years and this course finally got me to take it out of auto mode and I don’t ever plan on going back!

    • Marissa Gifford January 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Oh, you’re too kind Grace! Thank you for your sweet words. <3 I'm so glad you loved the class so much! You worked so hard and it was my pleasure to help you along the way.

  57. Kimberly Milliken January 5, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    This class was absolutely amazing! It was my first Click Photoschool Workshop and now I am hooked! Marissa Gifford was wonderful! She was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, kind, and a wonderful teacher. I could not recommend this course enough. I knew absolutely nothing about shooting manual prior to this course, I was amazed at how much I learned in a 4 week period. If you are on the fence as to whether or not to take this workshop, take it!! You will not regret it!

    • Marissa Gifford January 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kimberly! It was a pleasure having you in class. I loved watching you grow from week to week – your hard work is paying off! <3

  58. Silvia January 5, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    This has been by far the best photography class I have had, EVER!!. Before the class I thought I had quite some understanding of basic photography and was always using my camera in manual mode, little did i know there was so much more I could learn and most importantly, I could finally use the full potential of my camera! :) I loved this method of teaching, quite interactive and the PDFs and videos are great and very easy to understand. But most importantly, the teacher, which in our case was Marissa Gifford, was exceptional. She has a great understanding of photography and had LOTS of patience, answering sometimes the same questions and always being there for us with all our questions and doubts.She was always very positive and encouraging, which made us more enthusiastic about the assignments. I can not recommend this course long enough. I cant wait to go on to the next class…which is hard to decide since there are sooo many that look so nice! :S Thanks Marissa!

    • Marissa Gifford January 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Silvia! It was fantastic having you in class and I am glad you’re feeling so much more confident using your gear to its potential!

  59. Anne Larson December 28, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Can not recommend this class enough! I didn’t think my low end gear was capable of beautiful pictures – I was wrong. Just within the first week I learned so much and was able to take images I was so happy with – with my old basic entry level gear. After the first week I was so happy, the class could have ended then and I would have been content! The feedback was contrustive and encouraging. After listening to a critique it made me want to go out and take more pictures. I was a super beginner and this class was a perfect fit for me.

    • Marissa Gifford January 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      You’re totally rocking that D40 and kit lens, Anne! You should be so proud of all your hard work because it’s totally paying off! I loved having you in class and watching your improvement from week to week. <3

  60. Megan Coe December 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Loved this class! This class helps you feel in control of your camera and of your photos. I have learned more about my camera in the past four weeks than I have in the four years that I have owned it. Marissa Gifford was a great instructor and provided prompt and specific feedback to help improve your photography each week. I would DEFINITELY recommend this class!!!

    • Marissa Gifford January 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for posting such a great review, Megan! It was so great to have you in class – I already miss seeing your cute kiddos for our weekly assignments.

  61. Tara Louise December 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Excellent class for beginners! There was a lot to learn in four weeks but I was never frustrated because the concepts were broken down simply and thoroughly. It was so much fun and Melissa was so positive and enthusiastic. I loved the entire month and am so sad for it to be over. I hope the next CM class is just as good!

    • Tara Louise December 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Oops, Marissa! I meant Marissa! Christmas fog in my head! Thank you Marissa!

    • Marissa Gifford December 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      It was a pleasure having you in class, Tara! I loved seeing your work improve each week and you should be so proud of your hard work! <3

  62. Aimee Hamilton December 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    AMAAAZING! I honestly can’t believe how much I learned in this class! I literally bought my camera about 4 days before class started. In just 4 weeks, I feel so much better about taking the leap into the DSLR world! I’m getting gorgeous images of my little one all thanks to what I’ve learned! Thank you, thank you! I’m looking forward to more!

    • Marissa Gifford December 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      This is music to my ears, Aimee! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the workshop so much and that you’re feeling so confident going forward in your journey. It was wonderful having you in class and I hope to see you lots on the forum so I can follow your journey. <3

  63. Lu Ann Roherr October 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    This has been an amazing course with great information, honest but gentle critique and tons of positive encouragement. I am looking forward to taking more classes!

    • Rachel Nielsen October 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Lu Ann! I loved seeing your work improve so much over the last month and you have such a great eye for photography! <3 Thank you for joining us!!

  64. Michele Morstadt October 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Amazing class! I took a class at a local college for a month before starting this class and hardly learned a thing. In four weeks on line with Rachel I have learned SO MUCH MORE. Wishing I never spent money on the college class! Great material, videos, Q & A threads/information. I already signed up for my next class with Clink in moms :)

    • Rachel Nielsen October 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      It was such a pleasure having you in class Michele! <3 I loved seeing your images each week and watching your growth as a photographer! I am so glad you joined us!! :)

  65. Lorena Cora September 27, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

    If you are serious about photography and you want to master your DSLR, you must take this class with @marissa_gifford. From beginning to end she guides you on how to master the manual mode in your camera. Her knowledge and constant feedback is priceless and makes MME one of the best classes I have ever taken.

    • Marissa Gifford October 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lorena! I loved having you in class and watching you grow over the course of the workshop! I’m so glad you decided to join us and enjoyed MME so much! <3

  66. Mel September 24, 2016 at 7:49 am - Reply

    I have tried for years to make sense of manual exposure on my own, without any success. I had come to believe that it was just too hard, and not worth the effort. So when I first saw this class, it took me a while to sign up, but I am so glad that I did. In 4 short weeks, I not only have come to understand all the elements that make a perfectly exposed photo, but I could actually explain it to someone else if necessary! And I highly recommend doing the full participation option. It was another big decision for me, especially since with the currency conversion it was going to cost me over $400 AUD, but again, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Marissa was brilliant with her feedback and answered all our questions quickly, thoroughly and patiently (even if we kept asking the same ones over and over). If you are sitting on the fence about this course, sign up today! It is well worth every cent and then some.

    • Marissa Gifford October 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      It was wonderful to have you in class, Mel! You should be so proud of your hard work, you really improved so much from beginning to end. It was great to watch you have so many aha moments! It was a complete pleasure to help you along on your photography journey. <3

  67. Laura July 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I considered taking this course for a long time but wasn’t sure if I’d be wasting money since I learned to how shoot in manual a few years ago. I realized immediately in the first week of the course that I didn’t know how to shoot in manual nearly as well as I thought I did, I can’t believe how much I didn’t know. This course was invaluable and I know I will be referencing the materials and discussions often in the future. The PDFs and videos are excellent resources, the assignments were really helpful to learn the topics each week, and Rachel was a great instructor! I’m so glad I took this course and would definitely recommend it!

    • Rachel Nielsen July 29, 2016 at 3:05 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Laura! I absolutely loved having you in class and seeing your images each week! Your hard work definitely paid off!

  68. Tracy Varga July 25, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Mastering Manual Exposure was my first class with Click Photo School. The experience was excellent and I can’t wait to sign up for my next class. Rachel was a great teacher and the materials were extremely helpful. I can’t believe how much I learned! Well worth the time and money. I am so glad that I took the full participation as the feedback was very valuable. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in enhancing their photography skills.

    • Rachel Nielsen July 29, 2016 at 2:57 am - Reply

      I am so glad you joined us Tracy and I loved seeing your beautiful work each week! It was such a pleasure having you!

  69. Annette Southworth July 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    The amount of ah ha moments during this class confirmed I made the right choice in taking this class. The way I use my camera to its full ability and the leaps my photos have taken in 4 short weeks is crazy. I recommend anyone and everyone to take this class. Best decision I have made for myself and for my clients.

    • Rachel Nielsen July 29, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

      Your hard work really paid off Annette and I loved watching you improve each week! It was a pleasure having you in class!

  70. Angie June 28, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Prior to taking this class, I had only used my DSLR in auto mode. As a beginner, I had always wanted to take photography lessons but never had the time to go to a physical class due to my erratic work schedule. Clickin Moms MME was the perfect solution – I could work at my own pace and on my own time while still having a teacher critique my work. I can’t believe how much I learned in such a short period of time. Marissa & Lacey were fantastic – their explanations were clear and easy to follow. I also had the benefit of learning from everybody else’s assignments and critiques. I highly recommend this class for beginners (and probably for non-beginners too!) interested in learning how to shoot manually. I am SO glad I took this class!

    • Marissa Gifford June 30, 2016 at 2:11 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you were able to join us in class, Angie! I know your schedule is crazy and I’m so happy you were able to fit it in when it worked for you. It was a pleasure having you! <3

  71. Brianne June 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to have gone through this course! After just picking up my camera a month ago and knowing I wanted to shoot in manual I started looking into courses to teach me because I wasn’t grasping it on my own reading tons of articles and was just getting bogged down with information. Enter, MME. I was pretty sure this was exactly what I needed and reading the previous reviews of the course convinced me it was time to sign up! In just four short weeks Marissa and her TAs were able to provide just the right amount of information and tons of examples and helpful videos that helped me really comprehend the lessons being taught. I LOVED this course so much that when it came to week four, I started dreading each day that went by because it meant that the class was almost over. I am so addicted to taking courses with Clickinmoms now– I cannot wait to start my next one!

    • Marissa Gifford June 30, 2016 at 2:09 am - Reply

      It was so wonderful having you in class, Bri! You should be so proud of all your hard work – it’s definitely paying off! <3

  72. Susannah Dillender May 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    If you’re considering taking this class, do it. I’ve been wanting to better understand how to use my camera on manual mode for the past two years, and I only wish I had found the Clickin Moms forum and the Mastering Manual Exposure class a couple years ago. While I had a basic knowledge of the exposure triad, this class helped me effectively understand how to meter correctly. I initially signed up for Study Along, but I was able to switch to full participation at the last moment after reading the introductory material. I recommend the FP if you can swing it as the feedback on the assignments is REALLY helpful. My first experience of CM courses has been nothing but positive, and I’m excited to take many more.

    • Rachel Nielsen May 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      I am so glad you joined us as a full participation student Susannah! I loved having you in class and seeing your beautiful work each week! <3

  73. September Forbes May 25, 2016 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I can’t tell you how much more confident I feel in using my camera!! I’ve never understood manual mode until now and NOW I feel like I can start pursuing my dream of becoming a professional photographer being confident in the photos I’ll be taking. I am so thankful and grateful for all the wonderful knowledge I’ve gained from this class.

    • Rachel Nielsen May 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      It was a joy having you in class September! You did so well and came so far in just 4 weeks! <3

  74. Hannah May 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I’ve been shooting in manual for a couple years now. I was always pretty happy with my photos, but I wanted to make sure I actually knew the technicalities before I jumped in to other classes. I thought that JUST MAYBE it would be a waste of time and money….boy was I wrong! I think that anyone (no matter your skill level) can learn something from this course. It was sooo much more than just aperture, ISO, and shutter speed for me. It taught me so much more and my photography had soared in just one month! This class is amazing. Spend the $300…seriously. It’s worth so much more than that. Knowing what I know now, I’d pay more for this class. Do it! Take this class! You won’t be disappointed! Rachel was amazing and all the other instructors were great! Only positivity in this group! Don’t be afraid! They’ll hold your hand and help you along the way! Do it!

    • Rachel Nielsen May 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Hannah! It was such a joy to have you in class and I loved seeing the growth in your work over the past 4 weeks! <3

  75. Stacie May 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I just finished this course and am so sad it’s over! I can’t believe how much I learned in just 4 weeks and how much I enjoyed it. I have been using my camera for 2 years without actually knowing what I was doing – and now feel so much more comfortable and in control. Rachel, Monica and Marissa were amazing – so supportive, so responsive – and so good at making things easy to understand. Taking this class was a great decision and it made me so excited to build on this new incredible foundation.

    • Rachel Nielsen May 24, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Stacie, you did such a fantastic job and I loved seeing your work improve so much in just 4 weeks! Thank you for joining us! <3

  76. Larissa May 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    This course is a must for photographers hoping to really change how their shoots turn out. I shot in manual mode before taking this, but not well. Now I have definitely saved myself post-processing time, and I’m thrilled. Metering for exposure has made been a game changer, and setting white balance by card or kelvin has really made a difference in how much I need to tweak my photos. And most of all, I have gotten to know my camera (and its manual) really well, and who knows how long that would have taken me, otherwise. Rachel, Monica, and Marissa were terrific. They answered questions, gave really useful CC and tips. Take the class – and if you can, take the full participation! It’s awesome.

    • Rachel Nielsen May 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Larissa! It was a pleasure having you in class! <3

  77. Dana Young May 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    This workshop was worth every penny! I had been reading and trying to teach myself how to shot in manual mode for months prior to taking this workshop with Monica Wilkinson. I wish I had signed up and taken it sooner. I cannot say enough about how much I learned from the material and the personal critiques! I did not want this class to end. If you are considering this class, you should definitely take it! Your images will improve by leaps and bounds!

  78. Courtney May 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I just finished up this course and LOVED it! I had been shooting in manual for over a year but not getting consistent results SOOC. Over the past 4 weeks I saw a huge improvement in my work. . . and learned so much. Lacey was my instructor and she was incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond in answering our questions and providing assignment feedback. I asked a lot of questions and she was so patient and kind and just the best teacher ever! And the TA’s – Marissa & Rachel – were incredibly thorough in their feedback and so so nice too:) I had such a great experience with this class, I’m so sad it’s over!

    • Lacey Meyers May 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Courtney! It was so great to have you in class and I really miss your photos of your girls already! :)

  79. Catina Leonard April 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I was reluctant to pay the $300 for full participation but I am SO GLAD I DID!!! It makes a world of difference to have that feedback from the instructors and TA. This class is full of information for beginners to advanced. The downside….I can see where all my “good” photos before this class could be so much better, but the upside…NOW I can really great pictures consistently. I am so pleased with this class and am already signed up for another.

  80. Deb Mehlhaff March 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    I highly recommend this class as a full-participation!!! Monica and the TA’s are absolutely amazing and incredibly helpful with ANY questions. My photography skills have gone from ‘what is metering’ to my friends asking ME for advice!! I am actually sad it is over but am very much looking forward to my next class. TAKE THIS CLASS!!!

  81. Stephanie Faucheur March 28, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This is exactly the workshop I needed to put my photography skills to the next level and start enjoying my pictures and not being disappointed every time by the technical part. Now, it has to become an automatism and it is only practice.
    Thanks Monica and TAs, you helped a lot and had always the great and clear answer!

    • Monica Wilkinson March 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Stephanie!! I am so happy to hear you liked the class and are now enjoying your pictures! <3

  82. Beth Smith December 21, 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    This class was everything I hoped for and more! Whether you are brand new to photography, or have a bit more of an understanding, you will definitely benefit from this class. The class went beyond what I learned in a basic DSLR class, but was introductory enough for me not to get lost. The instructors were great and the feedback was thorough (so opt for the full participation if you can!). I highly recommend Mastering Manual Exposure and have already signed up for my next CM class!

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Beth! I loved having you in class and seeing your growth as a photographer! :)

  83. Maureen Zacharias December 21, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

    This was a great workshop to take as a follow up to the First Steps workshop. First Steps motivated me to read my camera handbook so I could change the settings on my camera. And Mastering Manual Mode
    taught me what I needed to do with those settings to capture properly exposed images. Now I enjoy my camera and look forward to using it and learning more. Like a lot of things in life you will only get out of it what you put into it. I think that is why full participation worked for me. Having to post assignments for review forced me to study and actually use my camera. My only problem now is I want to spend more money on everything photography:)

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Ha ha Maureen, I have the same problem! ;) It was a pleasure to have you in class and I loved seeing you improve so much in just 4 weeks! <3

  84. Kimberlie Pekez December 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I just became a member of Clickin Mom and this was my first class and what an amazing class it is. I have been shooting manual for years and didn’t know how much I didn’t know. I learned so much and my pictures in just 4 short weeks have improved dramatically. The instructors were so attentive and prompt. Not one question left unanswered. I am looking forward to taking another class soon

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Kimberlie! It was a pleasure having you in class! <3

  85. Karin Histon December 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I have had a camera to my face as long as I remember. My first Canon Snappy I bought with change…and counted the pennies with the sales person when I was 7 years old. I ‘thought’ I knew something about a camera…until I took this course! I hummed and hawed about which course to take and for me this was the perfect place to start. Rachel and the TAs Monica and Marissa were amazing. The feedback was incredible. The amount of time they spent in answering our questions was phenomenal (not to mention it was also during the busy xmas season!). Not only was what I learned JUST WHAT I NEEDED to take my photography skills to the next level, I feel that the environment was one that was so incredibly welcoming and friendly. You honestly feel as though you start to get to know your classmates – even if it is through your computer – and there truly is no question that is a silly one.
    This is a great course for someone who knows a lot or a little regarding their camera. The foundations of properly exposing pictures and taking control of the camera and shooting in manual mode allows for a whole world of photography to start to open up. Thank you CM – and specifically Rachel, Monica and Marissa – for a great experience. To anyone who is wondering or sitting on the fence about an experience like this…stop wondering and go for it!

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Aww thank you so much Karin! <3 It was an absolute joy to have you in class and I loved seeing your growth each week!

  86. Jenni Sateren December 20, 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I just finished taking the Mastering Manual Mode course and am so sad it is over! This class has taught me so much in the past 4 weeks. I’ve read articles about metering, white balance, exposure triangle, etc., but none of it really “clicked” until I took this course. The instructor’s feedback was invaluable. I was debating on whether or not to take the full participation or just the study along, and I am so glad I chose the full participation. I learned so much by having my photos critiqued, asking questions and having other participants share their input. I can’t wait to take another course through Clickin’ Mom’s!

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Jenni! I loved having you in class and watching everything come together for you! <3

  87. Suzanne Steimel December 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I just finished the workshop Mastering Manual Exposure. I found out about Clickinmoms through Click magazine. WOW! The workshop surpassed my expectations. I was apprehensive about spending $300.00 for the full participation. I made the right decision. I had all my questions answered, and now have a firm foundation in shooting in manual mode. I tried for three years other internet sources learn the dynamics of manual exposure but their explanations were incomplete or screwy. I have already signed up for my next full participation class and am eyeing my third one. Rachel Nielsen, instructor for this class was excellent!

    • Rachel Nielsen December 22, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Suzanne! <3 It was such a pleasure to have you in class!

  88. Christine November 30, 2015 at 2:08 am - Reply

    I just finished the last run of MME course with Lacey Meyers. I cannot say enough good things about this course!! First of all, I am self taught and started my photography business this year. I had been very lucky sort of feeling my way through photography however, I wasn’t producing consistent results in camera. I finally decided to get some help! Taking this class full participation was the best decision I could have made for my business and on a personal level as well. I learned that I was actually underexposing ALL of my images, because I had actually misread an online tutorial on manual exposure!! That is the beauty of this workshop…feedback! Lacey and the TA’s are all amazing and getting to learn from these inspiring artists was a joy in and of itself. This course filled in all the gaps I had, and now I have true confidence on my shoots. I really understand my camera now…no more dice rolling…just consistent properly exposed images every single time. TAKE THIS COURSE! You will thank yourself again and again. Signing up for my next one as soon as registration opens!

  89. Sonja November 26, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I just finished Mastering Manual Exposure, and learned so much. Time flies by when you’re having fun! I can’t believe the 4 weeks is already over. Lacey Meyers (and the TAs) answered all questions in a timely manner, and in depth. I knew a little (self-taught) about manual use prior to this course, but I learned something new every week. The little tricks you learn to remember the information are great. I enjoyed (and learned from) seeing everyone’s photos and critiques. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants a great foundation for using your camera in manual mode. This was my first CM workshop, and have since signed up for another one (as well as purchased a few breakouts!) I signed up for full participation, and it was worth every penny!

  90. Lauren Elban September 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    What is included in the “study-along” for this course? I’ve only done one full-participation course and am curious about what you receive for a study- along? Do you get access to all of the materials (PDF, videos) and view the photos and comments of instructors? Thanks in advance!

    • Rachel Nielsen October 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Lauren! 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. We would love to have you join us either way! <3

  91. Mandy S. August 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I just wrapped up four weeks of Mastering Manual Exposure with Rachel Neilsen and learned more in the four weeks than in the previous eight years on my own trying to understand and master manual. The feedback on my own images, as well as the feedback given to my peers, was invaluable. I have a long way to go, but I am confident in my ability to ‘get’ the shot and nail the exposure. I loved the class so much, that I signed up for my next CM course before this one had ended. So happy to say I have come a long way in a short time thanks to Rachel and TA’s Monica and Marissa. Thank you all, ladies!

    • Rachel Nielsen August 27, 2015 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Mandy! I absolutely loved having you in class and watching you grow as a photographer! <3

  92. Rachel Sine August 1, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    What a fun 4 weeks! I just finished the workshop, taught by Lacey Meyers this run, and I can’t say enough about it. Wonderful! I had been shooting in manual mode for a short time before the course, and was worried that I would already know much of what was being taught. I was so wrong. This class is very detailed. The materials go really in depth. Then, the critiques and question/answer forums added even more layers of learning. I learned a ton! I’ve seen a big difference in my straight out of camera shots. I realized that I had been dabbling in manual exposure before, now I am truly mastering manual exposure! Highly recommend this workshop!

  93. Donna Miller July 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I found the Mastering Manual Exposure workshop was just what I needed. It made me get the camera out every day and shoot in manual!! The material and videos were easy to understand, so happy to have them to review. Lacey and her assistants were awesome! Her comments and CC were helpful and encouraged me to keep on trying! Thank you Lacey!

  94. Sheri Johns July 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I just finished the MME class and have nothing but good to say about it! My class was taught by Lacey Meyers, with Marissa Gifford and Rachel Nielsen as TA’s. I have never taken a Full Participation class on CM previously as I was rather intimidated to put my pictures out there and was not confident in my skills. In contrast to the review previous to mine, I thought the class was worth every penny! My head is still swimming from all of the information that was so generously shared via the PDF’s, videos, and the instructor feedback/critique. Excellent class! I highly recommend.

  95. Loren July 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I was a little disappointed in the amount of information for the price. I learned a lot, the lessons are fabulous, and the feedback was thorough but I feel like the course could have covered a lot more for $300—that’s a lot of money! I expected to be struggling to get through all the materials and get the assignments submitted; I thought, “for $300, I’m going to be busy!” Instead, I was reading through the PDF each week in one sitting. Then watch a video or two and I’m done! I was already shooting in manual and understood but didn’t completely grasp almost all of the concepts so this course was invaluable for me in solidifying what was a completely self-taught process (with lots of holes in my understanding) so I don’t regret taking it, and I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t take it unless you are brand new to manual because they really do a great job with the topics they cover. I guess I just want to make a suggestion to CMU to bring the price down or add more content. Since what’s included now covers the basics of mastering manual, around $175-$200 is a much more reasonable price for what you get. Or, add lessons about understanding basic lighting situations, use of flash, etc. but since those topics are covered in other workshops, bringing the price down seems like a better bet. I sort of felt like I was paying for the three “big name” teachers — I would have preferred to pay $100. less and had only one teacher. Honestly, I read through a lot of other people’s finals, and most of the time, the second teacher would say “I agree” with the first teacher’s assessment and then go on to restate what had been said. Overall though, I highly recommend this workshop!

  96. Aimee June 16, 2015 at 1:43 am - Reply

    A phenomenal class for those just learning to master their camera. I had only been shooting manual for a couple of months prior to enrolling. This class helped me to refine my composition (something not specific to the class but leant along the way), become more comfortable with the exposure triangle and learn to think about my “clicks” when trying to set my camera on the fly. I am certain that I learnt months worth of tips and techniques in just a few short weeks and would highly recommend to anyone trying to make the leap to manual.

  97. Tristian June 12, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I was sadly disappointed in this class. There are several comments about how much people learned even though they already shoot in manual so I decided to take this class in hopes that I would learn more. I didn’t. This class would be amazing for someone new to manual or hoping to start learning manual. The information is easy to understand and well explained. If you already shoot in manual and are fairly comfortable I suggest taking a different class. I am really sad I chose this class over one of the other classes where I could have actually learned something new :(

  98. Callie Pannier March 27, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

    This course had ‘ah-ha’ moments each week. The mysteries of manual exposure were unlocked and, by the end of week four, I was comfortable and confident shooting on M. Just like learning to drive a manual shift car, composing photographs SOOC on is possible thanks to this course. I cannot praise the CM Pros enough. Lacey Meyers was the lead teacher of my session. Her responses and shooting tips were thorough and further supported by firsthand examples from her portfolio. I suggest full participation to get the most out of this course. I promise, you will be amazed by your growth.

  99. Amy Smith March 22, 2015 at 4:53 am - Reply

    If you are debating whether or not to sign up for this course, I have your answer! — Do it! Each week focuses on a different critical element of the exposure triangle. Discoveries will be made and A-HA moments will be had! From the PDF materials and videos, to the thoughtful individualized CC and encouragement received from the AMAZINGLY knowledgeable, talented, kind and instructors, this course is invaluable and worth every penny you spend on it. This course will give you the tools, resources and knowledge-base to form an extremely strong foundation upon which to build and achieve your goals in photography! I loved EVERY minute of this class!

  100. Jeni March 14, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    This class is hands down amazing. I have taken a photography class at an art college, a community center, and another online course and NONE of them taught we as much as CMU MME. The class is laid out in a super organized way and really builds up to understanding everything you need to know to shoot in manual. Even if you think you know manual, take it anyway. I guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before!

  101. Lisa Samaras October 17, 2014 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I’ve just completed the October MME workshop and it was SO, SO, SO, fabulous! I FINALLY have the right foundations to build upon. So many gaps were filled in and those things were so fundamental that I can now see why my images before were so hit and miss. Do I still require practice? Absolutely! But practice with knowledge is intentional and a whole lot more rewarding. Many, many thanks to the wonderfully talented Stacey (our instructor), Monica and Melissa (our TAs). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this workshop!!!

  102. Sharon McCurnin August 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I just signed up for the September session….I CANNOT wait to get started!

  103. Casey McCauley February 26, 2014 at 3:41 am - Reply

    You cannot put a price on what you can learn in this course. It is invaluable! Whether you are just taking the plunge into shooting with Manual, or you’ve been missing something and need to move beyond what you “think” you’ve learned, this course is can do it all for you. Not only did the ever so talented and inspiring Lacey Meyers (and of course the team of incredible T.A.’s) give detailed feedback, the positivity and encouragement given to all makes all the difference. I knew after the first day, after I read through the materials, read my classmates introductions, and got started on shooting for my first assignment, that I was hooked. I read so often from other photographers, how there are so many moments they will look back on as pivotal moments in their photography journeys. Signing up for this course will be one of those moments for me. So glad it was my first, and certainly won’t be my last.

  104. Andrea Kennedy February 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Working with Lacey and Melissa in this course was an amazingly supportive and developmental experience. They helped so much to *click* (ha!) and made the education a fun and friendly experience. Their thoughtful feedback helped me grow as a photographer and made me want to join more of their courses! Highly recommended!

  105. Tammy February 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I recently finished the Mastering Manual Exposure class and could not be happier! I’m amazed at the amount of information passed along and the skills that I’ve learned from this class. Lacey Meyers (the lead teacher for my session) is encouraging, inspiring, easy to understand, thorough and ever patient!! I received so many valuable critiques from Lacey, the TAs Stacy and Melissa, Alumni Assistants and other students that I made a document just to reference back to the info.

    If you are hoping to gain more consistency, more confidence and become more comfortable with your camera and shooting in manual mode I recommend that you take this class sooner rather than later. You will not be disappointed!

  106. Kim February 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    I’m self-taught, as most of us are in this field. So, even though I’d been shooting in manual for well over a year, there were certain things that still weren’t clicking for me. This class is so thorough. It’s perfect for someone new to manual as well as someone who has been shooting in manual for awhile but needs to fill in those gaps of understanding. The concepts are clearly presented in the PDFs and videos, and then driven home in the weekly quizzes and quiz review videos. I’ve taken CM courses as SA and as full participation and I would definitely recommend the full participation. Being able to interact with your peers and the CM pros and instructors is invaluable in itself. You will learn so much more than just mastering manual and you may end up finding some great photographer friends along the way who you can continue to turn to for support. Lacey, Melissa, and the teaching assistants offered feedback that both challenged and encouraged you. Fantastic course!

  107. Hali February 13, 2014 at 3:01 am - Reply

    This class answered so many questions I never knew I had! I’d been working in Manual for so long, but there is so much more to it than simply using the basics of setting your camera to manual and rolling the dials. This class brought me to that next step in my journey to becoming a professional! They talk in-depth about everything needed to creating the perfect photo—and consistently. Which I think all us newbies struggle with. Lacey & Melissa were so great and always answered all of our questions—no matter how many ways or times they had to say it! ;-) Looking forward to learning more with all these great Pros and continuing on to the next classes! Thanks so much everyone!

  108. Dana February 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I just finished up my first workshop through CM University and it was such a wonderful experience! I have been shooting in manual for awhile but knew there were gaps in my understanding. Mastering Manual Exposure filled in those gaps for me. It is such a thorough presentation of concepts ranging from metering, reading histograms, white balance, and the exposure triangle. I signed up as full participation and I am so glad I did! I loved being able to interact with my classmates, turn in assignments for critiques, and have access to the instructors that are so knowledgable. Lacey and Melissa were awesome! They were able to explain things in a way I could understand them, and were always very encouraging. Whether you have shot in manual one time, or 100 times, if you are not getting consistent results, and you want to take your photography to the next level, this is the workshop for you! I can now pick up my camera and confidently shoot in manual without breaking out in a cold sweat! :) Thank you Lacey and Melissa for helping me take this next step in my photography journey!

  109. Kara Spillman February 9, 2014 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Shooting 102: Mastering Manual Exposure has changed my (photography) life. I know I will look back to this time of taking this course as a pivotal change in my photography journey. I had purchased my DSLR just shortly after the birth of my first son so that my husband and I could “take really fast shots” in order to capture a moment before our son looked/crawled/ran away. A couple of years later I realized that I wanted to learn how to use my camera to its full potential. What came next was a year and a half of pouring over books, blogs, google searches, etc. I had acquired a fair amount of knowledge during that time. I could explain in some detail what the exposure triangle was and how it worked. I also could provide a great explanation for each component of the exposure triangle. I had moved from AUTO to shooting in Manual mode 90% of the time. The problem was that my shots were all over the place. I was never consistent and I had no clue why. I had a pro-photographer friend tell me that I needed to practice, practice, practice. So, that’s what I did. Result? Same annoying inconsistency that led to utter frustration.

    Then came the first day of this course. (Cue light coming down from the heavens with angels singing). Within minutes of reading the first week’s material I had “lightbulb moments” going off left and right and this continued throughout the duration of the course. After all of my reading in the year and a half prior one would think that I would know ALL there was to know about aperture, shutter speed and ISO – I didn’t think there was possibly any more I could learn about them – oh, was I wrong. Oh the details into which this course goes regarding metering, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance! My shots are looking amazing now – and the consistency is blowing me away! I can now be confident in getting accurate exposure and white balance in camera (yay, less processing time!). I know ALL of the factors that create bokeh (hint, it’s not JUST the aperture). I could go on and on. Besides the invaluable information you will be learning, there is also the amazing CM instructors – they are so helpful, ready to answer any questions and so positive and encouraging! I wish that I would have taken this course sooner. You will not be disappointed.

    Equipped with all of the knowledge from this course I feel I can truly get out there and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE as my friend told me to do – only now I won’t be getting inconsistent shots by doing the same old incorrect habits. For the first time I will be able to practice with a purpose as I implement the techniques/information gleaned from this course. I’m well on my way to creating professional quality shots!

  110. Jennifer Gilliland February 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    You should RUN, not walk to this course! I am in the final week of MME and I am already starting withdrawal!!! WAHHHHH!!! If you have been shooting in manual for awhile, but are not getting consistent results, this is the class for you! Do you want to nail your exposures with consistency straight out of the camera? Do you want to learn why spot metering can be your best friend? Do you want to learn how your histogram can give you feedback on how you are doing? Do you want to learn when NOT to trust your meter? Do you want the support and encouragement of some AMAZING teachers, who will meet you where you are at and be with you every step of the way in your growth? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Mastering Manual Exposure is the class for you! This class has completely changed my photography for the better, and I can’t wait to continue practicing all the concepts I have learned in this course! :) The course content is absolutely wonderful, and you will learn one piece of the exposure triangle in depth each week. In this format, you slowly build your skills until you put all the pieces of the puzzle together in the final week. The materials and videos are SO WELL ORGANIZED and SUPER CLEAR. And whatever is not clear to you, is explained and reexplained in the the Q & A as many times as you need it! This is the first full participation course I have taken, and it will certainly not be the last. Getting the feedback on my own photos was priceless, as it’s really hard to judge your own work. I was terrified to do it, but I am SO GLAD I TOOK THE PLUNGE! I promise you will not regret it! Thank you to the entire MME team, and especially to Lacey Meyers (the main teacher this run), for making this course so invaluable! I am so grateful to you – you are responsible for a huge step in my photography journey!

  111. Terri (bluevortexbug) December 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I so enjoyed taking this class and even though I took it as a “study along” I feel like I am truly on my way to “mastering manual exposure.”

    I have taken many CM workshops this past year and feel that this class was the most thoroughly thought out and presented of all. Each week’s lesson taught a complete concept supported by tutorial videos and followed up with a mid week exam to ensure that we were on task with the material. I still have much to learn but I now have a good foundation on which to build on.

    Thank you Michelle for a great workshop!

    • Penny Way June 7, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

      just wondering how much this is for the next time its running?

      • Lacey Meyers June 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm - Reply

        Hi Penny! This course is $300 for a full-participation spot and $150 for a study-along. :) I hope you’ll be joining us!

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