Shoot in Manual!

Behind the Lens, Learning

For the last year I’ve been having the best time hanging out with some of the most incredible friends in my Shoot in Manual Course! This class was created because you all begged me to offer it! And I was shocked!

Why? Because there is SO MUCH FREE PHOTOGRAPHY EDUCATION out there! Between newsletters, YouTube and your great Uncle Joe + a million other people who “know stuff about photography”, it seems like you could figure out everything out on your own.

But what I heard over and over and over again was that you weren’t getting it.
Your cameras were getting left at home instead of taken on vacation.
Your client work wasn’t getting more consistent.
You still couldn’t capture a clear photo of your sweet kiddo.
And at the end of the day, you were ready to sell your SLR + lenses and just stick with your iPhone.

So why this course?

All of this? It just reminded me of when I first started with the original Canon Rebel back in 2008. And I had no clue what I was doing. And reading all the things did not help. In fact, I can remember a friend telling me during the summer of 2009 that I “needed to shoot in Manual”. I was on vacation in Colorado, switched that wheel to “M” and HATED every images! Promptly called her back and declared that I “didn’t need to learn to shoot in Manual… that I would stick with auto and launch my business”! Wow.

I’m so thankful that life brought in-person mentors across my path to switch this thinking but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t until I had someone actually teaching me about my camera that things clicked for me. And so, when I heard what you all had to say about how you’ve been trying to learn but how it’s not working I knew I had to do something. And to be honest, the response has been amazing! For a year now you all have joined me on Google Hangout every month for a 1.5-2 hour class. You’ve brought your old cameras, new cameras, Sony/Nikon/Canon cameras. Some of you knew a decent amount about the exposure triangle, others new nothing! And yet, and the end of our time together, everyone had learned, everyone had a worksheet to refer to moving forward, everyone had practiced, and everyone had the tools to master this as long as they would practice for the next few days following the course! WINNING!

So, that’s the backstory. And here’s what I want you to know if you’re here because you’re interested in jumping in yourself!

FAQ

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR
Anyone who wants to be able to completely shoot in Manual mode. Yes, I mean ANYONE! I have had 13 year olds take this course, reitrees wanting to shoot better on vacation, photographers who know manual mode but aren’t rocking it confidently/quickly. And my guys out there– I know my website/the images even in this post are very feminine, but I want you in the class! This is a non-discriminatory space, if you want to learn, I want you there!

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED
As long as the camera has a Manual/M mode, I can work with it! Basically, I need you to be able to manipulate the aperture, shutter speed and ISO functions. If you’re not sure whether or not your camera allows this, check the manual or do a google search! I welcome all brands, makes and models. Removable lenses are not required, but, I do walk students through critical understanding of how lenses work, what their information (focal length, aperture etc.) means and how to know what to shoot with when!

WHAT IF I LITERALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS FAQ SECTION SO FAR
The reason I love this course is because I know the “foreign language” of photography, and you guys– you can learn it in 2 hour time the course takes! YOU CAN! So don’t feel bad, or like you’re not good enough.

WHAT IF I ACTUALLY KIND OF DO KNOW THIS STUFF. WILL I STILL LEARN SOMETHING?
I have had many photographers/pseudo photographers take this class because there is still a piece missing from their Shoot in Manual process and I think they are so wise to seek education! I shoot on average 1,000 images a week so this course is all about taking what I do on the daily and making sure you can do it anytime, in any setting (dark? No problem. Blinding beach mid day? I got you!) and FAST!

HOW IS THE CLASS RUN?
We meet for 2 hours online & there are usually 2-4 students in the class + me! I provide you with a worksheet guide I created and that is what we walk through during the class. We also take apart your equipment to make sure you know how everything works, I google things for ya if I have to (related to your specific camera & body!), and I have you go around shooting, right where you are!! Everyone gets to know each other, ask questions– it’s the best.

WHAT IF I STILL NEED HELP AFTER THE CLASS?
I’m here for you! I leave my inbox open to Shoot in Manual students to email with basic shooting questions any time. Some will even send me photos so I can see their progress or answer specific questions about what is happening in-camera, and I love it!
If you’re looking to further your shooting/photo process education after the class, I also offering the following:

– 1:1 mentoring, virtual/in person
– My online, self-paced course, The One Hour Workflow. All about editing/delivering images in an hour!
– A mini course for Shoot in Manual students that want to know how to do basic edits/photo organization, but aren’t interested in doing photography professionally or having an involved workflow!  (coming soon!)

I’M READY TO GO! HOW DO I RESERVE MY SPOT?
YAY! I cannot wait to have you be a part of this! We are currently working behind the scenes on fall dates/times, BUT, will be launching September dates FIRST to an email list of excited new students! Want to join? Email laura@laurafoote.com!

I am so thrilled to continue teaching this course while offering MORE freebies, class openings, and follow-up opportunities for you to keep learning! Can’t wait!

READY TO GRAB YOUR SEAT?
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER DATES ARE NOW OPEN! YOU CAN RESERVE A SPOT HERE.

xo,
Laura

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