Learn to Shoot Manually


New Camera – Learn to Shoot Manually || Tuition

3 hour tuition, in your own home, on how to transition to using your DSLR camera in fully manual mode, controlling all settings and enabling you to take the photos you want, not what the camera wants.



Many people buy a DSLR camera, or receive one as a gift, only to find it takes poor photos in comparison to their iPhone. When you take a photo in automatic mode on your DSLR it will do its best to light the photo correctly, but that is all. Your smartphone is packed with software to enable it to better guess the photo you wanted to take. In order to enable you to take amazing photos with your DSLR camera you need to take it out of automatic, control the settings yourself and capture the image the way want it and far better than your smartphone ever will.

Our tuition session is an introduction to this process. We will explain, in simple terms, how each of the main settings work and how you, as the photographer, will balance these out to produce great photographs. Over three hours we will slowly go through each setting you will need (and briefly touch on many of the ones you probably won’t) to leave you confident you can now use your new camera the way it was made to be used.

Topics will include:

  • Controlling shutter speed for light and movement
  • Controlling the aperture for light and depth of field / bokah
  • Setting ISO and contemplating auto-ISO
  • Focusing including focus points and back-button focus (where available)
  • Composition
  • Lens choice and focal length

Available in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and across the New Forest. You will need your own DSLR camera for this session with at least one lens. Any questions please contact us and we can help you find out what you have / need.


Looking for the full package, how to use your new camera to take amazing photos and then get the best out of them by professionally editing them in Adobe Lightroom? Check out this bundle:

Shoot Manually and Process Images – Two sessions, each 3 hours long, in your own home, on how to use your camera in fully manual mode and then process images professionally using Adobe Lightroom. more…


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