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Photography 201: Introduction to Manual Mode

Photography 201: Introduction to Manual Mode: Move Out of Auto Mode and Into a New World of DSLR Photography

Taught by Elisha Snow

Capture the people you love in the best possible light, as you learn to use your DSLR camera* in full manual mode!

Ever felt a twinge of guilt for owning a fancy camera that you don't know how to use? Here's your chance to step away from auto mode and finally discover what you and your camera are capable of.

In this 6-week guided workshop, professional family photographer Elisha Snow will help you make sense of ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and more. Get ready to see an amazing difference in the quality of your photographs—starting the very first week of class!

Through an inspiring series of videos, handouts, and classroom interaction, Elisha will help you:

  • Take your camera out of auto mode and never go back
  • Learn how ISO, shutter speed, and aperture work together to create a proper exposure
  • Capture great photos in a variety of lighting situations
  • Develop your innate talent as a photographer

An expert at making complicated principles sound simple, Elisha has been teaching online photography classes since 2009. She'll be available throughout class to answer your questions on the class message board and offer feedback on the photos you post to our private classroom gallery.

A whole new world of photography awaits you in Photography 201: Introduction to Manual Mode.

Note: There are no prerequisites to taking Photography 201—anyone with a DSLR is welcome.

Registration closes on 8/21/2014 10:00:00 PM

  • Instant access
  • Private online classroom
  • Video
  • PDF handouts
  • Downloads
  • Student gallery

Learn More

Elisha's prior eCourse, Photography 101: The Basics and Beyond, is now available as a self-paced workshop for those students who would like to brush up on the basics of composition, light, and camera settings for any camera (including smartphones). And watch for another NEW class from Elisha, Photography 301: Advanced Manual Mode, coming in January of 2015!

  • Pre-classroom available immediately upon registration
  • Photo Challenge Checklist available in the pre-classroom
  • Daily photo emails
  • Downloadable PDF handouts with photography lessons and gorgeous photo examples
  • Weekly PDF bonus handouts to supplement the main lessons
  • Inspiring weekly videos
  • A class blog where Elisha will post additional photography tips and tricks
  • An opportunity for Elisha to critique your best photo in the class gallery
  • Welcome notes from Elisha in the classroom
  • Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
  • Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates and ask Elisha questions
  • Email access to Elisha

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  • Instant access
  • Private online classroom
  • Video
  • PDF handouts
  • Downloads
  • Student gallery

Required: A DSLR (digital SLR) camera that allows you to swap out lenses

Optional Supplies: These supplies are NOT required, but may be helpful as we discuss different elements of photography and post-processing.

  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (Note that a free 30-day trial can be downloaded HERE)
  • An external flash and additional lenses for your DSLR camera