Automatic to Manual Mode: The 3 Things You Need to Know

Indeana Underhill, Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. What to Expect

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. What is Exposure?

    • 4. Shutter Speed

    • 5. Aperture & The F Word

    • 6. ISO

    • 7. Shooting Order & Wrap Up

    • 8. Bonus Tips & Additional Kit


Project Description

Capturing Motion in Your Photos

The aim of the class is to explore the 3 things that will allow you to shoot in Manual Mode. These are ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. So, what better way to do that then apply these skills to the photos you are capturing? The class project will be taking a photo with a subject of your choosing such as a person, place or thing. However, the photo should somehow capture motion. This is meant to be an assignment where you can freely explore what you capture without many limitations.

In summary, the photo at the end of this course must:

  • Capture movement
  • Have a subject of your choosing
  • Think about the way you are exposing the photo (how bright, how dark- and why)

This could be a friend jumping in the air off a pier in bright light, a field of flowers blowing in the wind on an overcast day, a car moving at sundown, a city bustling with people at rush hour, people standing in line at an amusement park , the waves hitting the shore, a kid playing in the pool, anything as long as you know why you are capturing that movement. And that’s what I will help you understand- the why and the how behind the photos you are taking.

By the end of this course, you will have taken many of these photos so share them! Be proud of your creations because they are yours. You changed the settings, you understand why and now you have a piece of art to show for it. All because you shot in manual mode.

Some examples of photos that I have taken that meet the criteria for the project:


I took this above photo of a friend of mine in Martha's Vineyard. I chose a shallower depth of field to bring out her facial features and a faster shutter speed to freeze her hair in the wind to capture this moment in time.


For this photo above I had a different approach to portraiture. I chose a slower shutter speed to capture her hair blurring together with its texture while she stood still. 


I used a longer shutter speed for this photo to blur the water creating a peaceful reflection.

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