What you’ll learn:

By the end of this course, you will be confidently photographing on Manual Mode and understanding how to take an accurate meter reading. You will have learned ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and how they interrelate as well as how to get creative shots by adjusting them in various ways. You’ll have a clear understanding of composition, natural light for portraits, how to capture great landscape photographs and how to take your photos to the next level with Adobe Lightroom.

You will also complete an assignment and be ready to have your first Guerilla Exhibition (this is super fun, just wait til you get started to find out more)!

Who is your teacher?

Michelle Dunn has been working full time since 2007 as a commercial and creative photographer and film maker with her business MDP Photography and Video across Australia. She’s worked with some of the biggest organisations in Australia, creating photography and video content as well has some high profile creative folk. Check out her website to see more of her work, you are in good hands!  Michelle is also a passionate and engaging photography teacher and has also been teaching in-person courses since 2007 before having launched her online courses through With Camera In Hand in 2016.



Level this course is suitable for:

Beginner or intermediate DSLR users who either don’t currently shoot on manual mode, or do, but don’t understand how to take a proper meter reading.

You may have just bought your camera; you may have had it for years and never switched it off auto; you may have experimented with AV or M mode but not really sure what or why you are adjusting those dials; or you may have learned photography back in your school days and need a refresher. Either way, this course is for you.



Course Outline:

1 – Introduction to the course and develop your idea for your assignment

2 – ISO

3 – Aperture

4 – Shutter speed

5 – Manual Mode

6 – Composition

7 – Natural Light

8 – Portrait

9 – Landscape

10 – Post Production

11 – Become a Guerilla Exhibitor! – Congratulations, you’re now shooting on manual mode!



This course is taught via:

Video lessons

PDF downloadable notes

Quizzes to check you are absorbing all that information

Inspiration and technical tips

Each lesson includes practical tasks to add to your final assignment.



When does the course begin and end?

This course is available to you with full access to all modules for as long as you are an “All In” member. Membership is annual, so as long as you renew your membership each year, you’ll have access to this course.  There is no time limits on how long it takes you to complete the course and it’s entirely self paced – you just need to complete it within the year if you choose not to renew your membership.

Can I do the course more than once?

Hell yes! You have ongoing access to the course throughout your membership, so you can do it once, or as many times as you need to do each lesson to get it to sink in.

Also, the way we’ve structured the course with the Guerilla Exhibitor element means we hope you return to it time and again, when you need motivation to pick up your camera and create another series of images!What if I don’t have a DSLR camera?

This course is specifically designed for DSLR camera users – so you won’t get the most out of it if you have a point and shoot, compact camera or phone camera. But how do you know if you have a DSLR? That can sometimes be a bit confusing these days, especially with all the hybrid, bridge, and compact cameras that LOOK like DSLRs. If you’re unsure, just drop us an email at learn@withcamerainhand.com.au with the Make and Model of your camera and we’ll let you know if it’s suitable.

Will I REALLY get off auto mode by doing this course?

If you watch all the video tutorials AND do the experiments and shoots we explain to you in them, then absolutely, you will be off auto by the end. If you don’t do the experiments and shoots? Then you’ll understand how to be off auto in your head, but the reality of actually shooting will still evade you. Photography is practical and we REALLY want you to be using your camera to it’s full potential. So if you really want to learn, dive on in and we’ll get you there.

What if the course doesn’t meet my expectations?

We are always open to constructive feedback, so if you have ideas to improve the course, please let us know.

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