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How Do I Shoot Manual and Control my DSLR and Get Out of Auto. Beginner Photography Webinar Class:

For those that don't know, I broadcasted on Facebook LIVE about four different topics in January. The second night, I did "How to choose a camera and camera basics." Over 700 people were reached!

The goals of my broadcast were to give as much knowledge as possible in a short time but be as basic as possible.

I really wanted to appeal to moms and dads and grandpas that were looking to step up their auto focus game and get a little bit more advanced!

You can watch my broadcast here:



I talked about first,

Setting up your camera for success. Like making sure your file size is big enough for your needs!


Then I talked about how there are THREE elements that you control in your camera: The aperture (opening of the lens), the shutter speed (how fast your camera takes a picture) and the ISO (how well your camera "sees" in the dark.)

First of all, The Aperture: It is measured with an "F" number. The small the f number, the bigger the opening of your lens.


The second thing you control is your shutter speed. This is measured in a fraction of a second, like 1/100. The smaller the fraction, the quicker your camera takes a picture, the less light enters.


The third way that your photo can be manipulated is with ISO, it's like the way that your camera can "see" in a dark room.

All three elements of the exposure triangle: the shutter, the ISO and the aperture all are "spinning" plates. When one is too high, the other "plates" will suffer. That's why when you change something, you need to compensate somewhere else.


Fortunately with AUTO functions, our camera does ALL the work for us. But we want to be smarter than our camera. Therefore, when You are first starting our, use the picture presets on the top of the dial. For Example, when you want to take a picture of a landscape- turn the dial to the picture and the camera will do the rest.

If you want to step it up even more, then using the "A or AV" function to control only the aperture. Would probably be the best for portraits.

If you like fast moving subjects, try using the "S or the TV" function on the dial.

If you are really feeling good, you can use the "M" function and control everything!


I know this is a LOT of numbers, but these are my "recipes" that I used to take these pictures. It's just a visual to show you how each pieces works together to create a great image.

Just know that if you want more like, open up the camera by allowing more light to come in (lower the Shutter speed, open the aperture and up the ISO)

If you want LESS light, then do the opposite!


So that's controlling your camera in a nutshell!

Hope you enjoyed the second session of my webinar!



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