Moving to Manual Mode

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Moving to Manual Mode
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Moving to Manual Mode
with Ron Jewell at Anderson ln
and Kathy Adams Clark in The Woodlands

Automatic settings on cameras can be convenient but can also frustrate photographers. Manual control of a camera assures proper exposure and consistent results. An understanding of Aperture (f/stops), Shutter Speed, ISO, lenses, and light control all contribute to the success of each and every photograph you make. Your camera is a tool built to be controlled, not a gadget with a mind of its own. When you are ready to make the commitment to learn, this class is the key to open up all possibilities in your current and future photography.  

Please register early, within 5 days of the start date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation. 

Topics Covered

• Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO and how they integrate​ to create all photographs
• Lenses and how they affect the image
• Depth of focus and motion blur control
• An approach to different subjects: portraits, landscapes, macro, action and other areas of photography
• Strobes and Speedlights and the basics of how to use them to create useful lighting for indoor and outdoor photography 


This class is intended to teach photographers at any level. Students must possess a camera with Manual exposure control, typically any digital SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. 


Learn to consider your choices in photography both through presentations and homework. The objective is to provide not only knowledge but also training in the skills required to use a camera easily and author images intentionally. Taking this class will allow you to enhance further learning in any area of photography with any camera. This class is our recommended prerequisite for any advanced or specialized photography course. 

Schedule and Format

The class is taught in 5 hours. The pace of the class is slow to allow students to comprehend each concept before learning more. The class is comprised of lecture with a short hands-on examination of a student's camera gear as it relates to class content — we show you the pertinent buttons and dials. Time is allowed for questions. 

Required Equipment

• Camera (must have manual controls)
• A memory card with space on it
• A fully charged battery
• Note-taking Supplies

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Tier 1: Standard Classes

If you register for a tier 1 class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited. You can reschedule a class only if notice is given 24 hours before the start time of the class. Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund 48 hours before the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.