104: Manual Exposure

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

$1201$108 when pur­chased as part of the 5‑course bun­dle. • 3‑hour course • Small class­es • Pro instruc­tor

Learn to interpret your camera’s exposure meter and combine it with your knowledge of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for perfect shots.

In this ses­sion, you’ll apply knowl­edge from pre­vi­ous lessons to achieve accu­rate man­u­al expo­sures and ensure cor­rect focus.

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Take control of your exposures.


What you’ll learn:

  • Dif­fer­ent meter­ing modes and how they mea­sure light
  • Main­tain­ing con­sis­tent expo­sure across mul­ti­ple pho­tos
  • Tak­ing pic­tures in tricky light­ing con­di­tions, like back­lit sub­jects
  • The three com­mon aut­o­fo­cus modes (AF‑S, AF‑C, AF‑A) and when to use them2Advanced mir­ror­less cam­eras may have sophis­ti­cat­ed aut­o­fo­cus sys­tems with face and eye recog­ni­tion, sub­ject track­ing, and more. I won’t cov­er these func­tions in this work­shop to make sure all par­tic­i­pants can fol­low along. If you’re inter­est­ed in learn­ing about your cam­er­a’s aut­o­fo­cus capa­bil­i­ties, I’m hap­py to offer pri­vate instruc­tion.
  • Keep­ing mov­ing sub­jects in focus


This work­shop will demys­ti­fy man­u­al expo­sure pho­tog­ra­phy. You’ll learn how cam­eras mea­sure light and use this infor­ma­tion to cre­ate con­sis­tent man­u­al expo­sures. I’ll explain the impor­tance of mid­dle grey tones in meter­ing and how to read and under­stand your camera’s expo­sure lev­el indi­ca­tor. You’ll also learn to use aut­o­fo­cus cor­rect­ly, select aut­o­fo­cus points to improve focus accu­ra­cy, and keep mov­ing sub­jects in focus.

We’ll apply these con­cepts to real-world pho­tog­ra­phy through prac­ti­cal exer­cis­es on man­u­al expo­sure and aut­o­fo­cus.

Accepted cameras:

  • All cam­eras with man­u­al mode.
  • All brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras.
  • Unsure? Con­tact me to check your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)3or charger/extra bat­tery for mul­ti­ple work­shops
  • Emp­tied mem­o­ry card
  • Cam­era man­u­al
  • Note­book and pen

Recommended prerequisites

Enrol in 104: Man­u­al Expo­sure as part of my begin­ner pho­tog­ra­phy 5‑course pack­age and save.

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Important Details

Course 104 is also avail­able as a pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy course for indi­vid­u­als.

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:

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What to Wear

This out­door pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop requires weath­er-appro­pri­ate cloth­ing to stay com­fort­able and pro­tect your gear, espe­cial­ly on wet days.4Bring two or more ful­ly charged bat­ter­ies for your cam­era.

Meet­ing Point and Loca­tion

Work­shops are held out­doors and involve walk­ing. Some loca­tions may not be ful­ly acces­si­ble. In case of bad weath­er, I’ll noti­fy you of any changes to the meet­ing loca­tion.

Cancellation and refunds

Cancellations, refunds, and rescheduling

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

  • All sales are final, and no refunds are giv­en if you can­cel.
  • If unex­pect­ed issues occur, you can resched­ule up to 24 hours before your group pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop is sched­uled to start.