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DSLR Photography: Go from auto to manual

£75 / Or 3 monthly payments of £25

Learn how to go from auto to manual with your DSLR camera

Many DSLR camera owners use very little of the potential of their cameras. Moving from auto to manual can feel daunting, which is why this course is specially designed to help you take creative control of your DSLR photography and start taking the photos you want to take. 

We begin with basic photography principles to give you the essential knowledge you need to get into more creative modes and start taking better photos.

What you'll learn

  • How to choose the right camera, lens and equipment
  • Understand the essential DSLR camera settings & what they mean
  • How to adaptively use your manual DSLR camera settings
  • How to perfectly compose your images
  • How to professionally edit photos
DSLR Photography Course - Go from auto to manual
£75.00

DSLR Photography: Go from auto to manual

3 Month Payment PlanSplit the cost with 3 monthly payments of £25
Join course

Home Course Library DSLR Photography Online Course

DSLR Photography: Go from auto to manual

£75 / Or 3 monthly payments of £25

Learn how to go from auto to manual with your DSLR camera

Many DSLR camera owners use very little of the potential of their cameras. Moving from auto to manual can feel daunting, which is why this course is specially designed to help you take creative control of your DSLR photography and start taking the photos you want to take. 

We begin with basic photography principles to give you the essential knowledge you need to get into more creative modes and start taking better photos.

DSLR Photography Course - Go from auto to manual
£75.00

DSLR Photography: Go from auto to manual

3 Month Payment PlanSplit the cost with 3 monthly payments of £25
Join course

What you'll learn

  • How to choose the right camera, lens and equipment
  • Understand the essential DSLR camera settings & what they mean
  • How to adaptively use your manual DSLR camera settings
  • How to perfectly compose your images
  • How to professionally edit photos

Course details

3 Part classes, 7 structured lessons. Complete with videos, PDF photography resources & cheat sheets, and interactive practical challenges.

Class 1: How to use a DSLR camera

1. Which camera & Which lens?

Which DSLR camera is right for you?

  • Camera shooting styles for different situations
  • Full frame vs. cropped frame sensors
  • Budget DSLR cameras vs. high end DSLR cameras
  • Image stabilisation – what to look for
  • Camera brands & models & price ranges

Which DSLR lens should I use?

  • Interchangeable lenses
  • The difference between super wide, wide, normal, tele and super tele lenses.
  • Focal lengths – aperture and f-numbers
  • Fast lenses and prime lenses
  • The best camera lenses for different photography types, e.g. product photography, landscape photography, still life photography
  • What lenses are in my kit bag?

2. Understanding key camera terms

ISO

  • What does ISO do?
  • Understand ISO speed
  • How to control light sensitivity in photography
  • How to adjust light exposure

Shutter Speed

  • What is a camera shutter?
  • Understand the right shutter speeds for different types of photography
  • How to control blur from moving subjects
  • Make motion sharp or blurry
  • Getting creative with light control

Aperture

  • What is aperture?
  • How to control light flow and adapt to dark conditions
  • Understand f/numbers
  • How to blur the background of your photo
  • How to control depth of field & focus your subject

Focusing Point

  • Defining your subject

Other Camera Settings

3. Using your settings - Go from auto to manual

Depth of field

  • Understanding one of the most important photography concepts
  • What is depth of field?
  • How to focus or defocus objects
  • Shallow vs deep depth of field
  • How to make creative blur and defocusing effects with depth of field
  • Control depth of field with aperture
  • Aperture – what you need to know about f/numbers

How to change a camera lens

  • Change your camera lens hood
  • Safely handling your camera to avoid damage

How to use shutter speed creatively (fast, slow & long shutter speeds)

  • How to freeze motion
  • How to create motion flow
  • How to completely blur motion
  • Know which conditions each shutter speed is best suited for
  • Understand shutter speed timings
  • When to use a tripod
  • Light trail photography

How to control noise

  • How to identify noise
  • How to take better quality images
  • Understand when noise will occur
  • How to reduce noise
  • Noise reduction filters in Lightroom & Photoshop

Histograms

  • What the histogram diagram means
  • How to see where your photo is too dark or light
  • How to control tones

White balance

  • Adapting your white balance to the weather conditions
  • Create cool tones
  • Create warm tones
  • How to take realistic colour photos

Class 2: How to compose your image (unlocks as you progress)

4. Photographing people + natural light

Framing & Composition 

  • Introduction to framing

Photographing people + natural light

  • Lenses & perspective – High mm lens vs. low mm lens
  • Understand the rule of thirds
  • How to use negative space
  • Turning people into the frame
  • Where to place people in the light
  • Background choice

5. Still life photography

Still life photography 

  • Focal point- how to use for sharp subject
  • Aperture consideration for DOF
  • Background choice
  • Shutter speed – Blur & freeze light & motion
  • Choosing your lens for optimum focal length

Class 3: How to edit photos (unlocks as you progress)

6. How to set up a photography workflow

Transfer images – Wifi or card

  • Organising your files
  • Importing & Opening in Lightroom & Photoshop

7. How to edit your photos

White balance

  • How to warm/cool a photo
  • Create mood

Brightness, Exposure & Contrast

  • Create a matte look
  • Adding drama
  • Control shadows
  • How to use curves

Clarity & Cropping

  • How to crop an image
  • Cropping for social media, websites and other platforms

Saturation & Toning

  • Make a black & white photo
  • How to colour balance

Meet your teacher

Collette Evans

Premium Photographer & Founder

British Photography Award Shortlisted 2020/2021 & Professional Photographer since 2002.

Collette has been working as a professional photographer since 2002 and has many years of photography experience across corporate, product, fitness, and events sectors to name a few.

Collette enjoys working on conceptual creative projects with advanced lighting. She has worked as a premium photographer across the UK for well-known brands & internationally, completing a high fashion shoot in New York.

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DSLR Photography Course - Go from auto to manual