Good-Bye Auto. Hello Manual.
The Manual Expert Course with Melissa Ortendahl
Did you say Manual MODE?! It’s, okay, we all start our photography journey somewhere. So why not become a photography Manual Expert from the start?! If you’ve been asking yourself the following questions, then it is time to take creative CONTROL of your camera!
- Do you want to have more creative control over your images?
Do you want to be able to understand the technical foundation of exposure and how to make sure your image is properly lit every time?
Do you want to know how to shoot in all different kinds of lighting, and create sun flares, silhouettes, and motion blur?
Do you want to nail focus every single time?
If you answered yes to even one of those questions, then it’s time to become an Manual EXPERT!
Join Hello Mentor and CFO, Melissa Ortendahl, as she deep dives into the foundations of exposure (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed). Melissa will discuss in depth each subject and their functionality to your creative photography desires. Melissa will share the when, when, why, and how to shoot everything in MANUAL MODE.
How to meter in-camera, the different metering modes, and how to use them to help you adjust your settings properly.
How to read a histogram and why it’s a crucial tool to ensuring your image is properly exposed.
White balance and demonstrate how different lighting situations will affect the color of your image, as well as how to get your photos correct in-camera. She’ll discuss the focal plane and why it (along with aperture) are the most important aspects to nailing the focus of your subjects.
Different types of lighting (backlight, direct light, open shade and artificial light) and how to shoot in each of them to achieve the type of image you want.
This course requires a DSLR and preferably a prime lens (with a low end aperture of 2.0 or lower).
A desire to learn and a willingness to practice. You will not learn how to shoot in manual without practicing. Learning the information is one half of this course, but consistent practice is crucial to becoming comfortable and proficient in adjusting your settings on-the-go.
Melissa encourages her students to commit to shoot in manual at least 20 minutes a day, every day, for three weeks.
Melissa will not be covering in-depth editing in this course, however she will cover a few post processing edits in Lightroom, so you can learn how to fix any issues in post. (Lightroom is recommended, but not required).
At the end of this course, (and with consistent, continued practice), you will be able to leave auto behind and have FULL creative control over your images and a solid foundational understanding of the elements of manual exposure!
This course includes a 45 page e-book and 13 videos. The videos provide not only a behind-the-scenes view of how to shoot, but also go in depth into each of the topic areas for those that are more visual, hands-on learners.
During the mentor live run, you will have access to an exclusive Forum for the full week, led by Melissa, where you will be able to ask questions, see live instruction, as well as submit an assignment and receive instructor feedback.