104: Manual Exposure

Learn how to read the light and set expo­sures man­u­al­ly to achieve cre­ative results.

$1051$89.25 when pur­chased as part of the 4‑course bun­dle. • 3‑hour course • Lim­it­ed to 6 stu­dents • Pro instructor

Learn to interpret your camera’s exposure meter and combine it with your knowledge of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to take manually exposed photographs.

In this cul­mi­na­tion of the intro­duc­to­ry cours­es, you will learn how to apply the knowl­edge from the pre­vi­ous class­es towards mak­ing accu­rate man­u­al expo­sures and ensur­ing that your sub­ject is cor­rect­ly focused.

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Take control of your exposures.


What you’ll learn:

  • How to mea­sure light using your cam­er­a’s meter­ing modes (matrix/evaluative, aver­age, and spot)
  • How to main­tain expo­sure across sev­er­al photos
  • How to take pic­tures in tricky light­ing con­di­tions, such as back­lit subjects
  • Choos­ing the prop­er aut­o­fo­cus mode (sin­gle shot, ser­vo, etc.)
  • How to keep mov­ing sub­jects in focus


Con­trary to the pop­u­lar belief of many novice pho­tog­ra­phers, using man­u­al expo­sure is both straight­for­ward in its sim­plic­i­ty and works with the aut­o­fo­cus system.

This work­shop will unwrap the mys­tique sur­round­ing man­u­al expo­sure pho­tog­ra­phy. You’ll dis­cov­er how cam­eras mea­sure light to deter­mine expo­sure and how to use that infor­ma­tion to cre­ate con­sis­tent man­u­al­ly exposed pho­tos. This work­shop will instruct you on the sig­nif­i­cance of mid­dle grey tones to meter­ing light and how this ties into your camera’s meter­ing modes. Last­ly, you’ll be taught how to accu­rate­ly read and under­stand the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed by the expo­sure lev­el indi­ca­tor. The sec­ond half of our pho­tog­ra­phy les­son will show you how to use your camera’s built-in aut­o­fo­cus fea­tures cor­rect­ly, select aut­o­fo­cus points, increase your camera’s focus accu­ra­cy, and keep mov­ing sub­jects in con­stant focus. 

Dur­ing the work­ing por­tion of the work­shop, we’ll explore how you can apply the con­cepts learned in the for­mer half of the les­son to real-world pho­tog­ra­phy by prac­tic­ing man­u­al expo­sure and engag­ing in sev­er­al aut­o­fo­cus exercises.

Important Details

This is the last of our four-part series of pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es for begin­ners. You’re wel­come to take one, some, or all of the class­es at your leisure; how­ev­er, we rec­om­mend tak­ing mul­ti­ple cours­es in their cor­rect order.

Enrol in 104: Man­u­al Expo­sure as part of our begin­ner pho­tog­ra­phy 4‑course pack­age and save.

Course 104 is also avail­able as a pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy course for 1–2 people.

Meeting Locations:

One of two loca­tions depend­ing on the time of year and weather.

April – Novem­ber: In front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music:

Decem­ber – March: The Allen Lam­bert Gal­le­ria inside Brook­field Place, just by the RBC Domin­ion Secu­ri­ties facade:

Accepted cameras:

  • We accept all cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode.
  • We accept all brands of dig­i­tal cameras.
  • Con­tact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for this course.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)2If you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in more than one work­shop, please bring your bat­tery charg­er or a sec­ond bat­tery to ensure you can oper­ate your cam­era through­out the day. 
  • Mem­o­ry card (emp­tied)
  • Cam­era manual
  • Notepad and pen
  • Ques­tions and a thirst for knowledge!

Recommended prerequisites

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Work­shop 104: Meter­ing Light & Focus

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What to wear

Our pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops occur out­doors through­out the year. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold or wet days.3Please note that the lithi­um bat­ter­ies pow­er­ing your cam­era may exhib­it dimin­ished pow­er out­put in cold con­di­tions. When sub­ze­ro air tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast for the day of your work­shop, we rec­om­mend bring­ing two or more cam­era batteries.

Meeting point and workshop location

Our class­room-free work­shops take place out­doors, involve walk­ing and fea­ture loca­tions that may not be ful­ly acces­si­ble. Cur­rent­ly, we meet in front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toron­to, ON M5S 1W2).

We reserve the right to change the meet­ing loca­tion and will noti­fy you at least 48 hours in advance of such changes. A mod­i­fied meet­ing loca­tion will always be with­in 750m of a TTC sub­way station.

Cancellation and refunds 

Satisfaction guarantee

We want to ensure that you ful­ly under­stand the mate­ri­als cov­ered in our pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es. If you aren’t com­plete­ly sat­is­fied with your learn­ing expe­ri­ence, please let your instruc­tor know imme­di­ate­ly after your work­shop con­cludes. We’re more than hap­py to address any points of con­fu­sion on the spot or to offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to repeat the same work­shop on a future date (pend­ing availability).


Our full can­cel­la­tion and refund pol­i­cy is found in the Terms of Sale. The fol­low­ing sum­ma­ry is for your convenience:

  • We accept can­cel­la­tions for a full refund up to four (4) weeks in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.
  • We accept sched­ule mod­i­fi­ca­tions up to sev­en (7) days in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.