David Johnston

Beginners Guide to Manual Mode

David Johnston
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What is the shutter and what speed should I shoot with? How will it impact the lighting in my image? Are there specific situations for specific shutter speeds? These are all questions we will tackle in this session. The aperture you use can have huge impacts on the way your outdoor scene looks. You can adjust the aperture to achieve proper range of focus and light. This session will explain how you can do just that.
Your ISO is a third way that you can use to balance light in your camera. However, your ISO needs to be thought of differently than your aperture and shutter. In this session, you’ll learn how to use your ISO effectively.
In this session, you’ll learn different ways you can balance your shutter, aperture, and ISO to create great photos. You’ll also learn about the importance of workflows for your settings and how to decide which setting to use first.
When projects call for adjustable shelves a hand-held drill, self-centering bit and boring jig provide a great solution, if the jig is useHow do you know if your light is balanced properly? This session will teach you how to use metering to know just that. You’ll also learn an easy solution to shoot large landscape scenes and why you should even care to use manual mode.d correctly. You’ll see how to consistently register the jig on your case parts. Cabinets glued together out of square will forever be out of square. You’ll see George’s secret for letting the clamps do the squaring work for you, which greatly simplifies assembly.
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Photography is an art form that uses light to produce images. Your camera’s automatic settings are usually pretty good at collecting the light to make a good image, but they might not satisfy your creative vision.

In this video class, you’ll learn how to take control of your camera settings in manual mode in order to balance light in difficult lighting situations. In the Beginners Guide to Manual Mode, you’ll learn about:

  • • How to collect light
  • • How to use shutter, aperture, and ISO together
  • • Metering
  • • An easy way to use manual mode for large scenes
  • • A manual mode workflow
  • • A creative way to think about your ISO
  • • Reducing image noise


Storm chasers put themselves in situations where they’ll encounter great storms. Photographers chase light just as storm chasers chase after a storm. However, when you encounter great light you need to have the knowledge of your camera’s tools to collect the light and produce an amazing photograph. In this class, you’ll learn the steps you need to take to use manual mode all the time.


You can achieve good photographs using aperture priority and shutter priority modes, but using manual mode gives you the ability to be in full control of your camera so you can take GREAT photographs. This class will help you do just that!

In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this class provides you with a downloadable class guide, so you can take notes as we examine your camera’s settings.

David Johnston

David Johnston is a professional outdoor photographer located in Tennessee. He loves photographing the older mountain landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains and he ventures to other locations around the world to capture amazing outdoor scenes. Originally a fan of print photography, he switched to digital photography after college and began his business photographing the outdoors as well as teaching people how to improve their skills in outdoor photography.

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