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Monday, April 13, 2015

Registration OPEN NOW for Manual 'n More class

It has been a while since I offered my Manual 'n More class. My family needed me, and that's okay. But really I was missing teaching so very much, and finally now is that time to offer this class again! I'm so excited to again pass on all I know, so much so that there are 2 classes coming up! A small class starting in just a couple weeks, than another starting in August. Sometimes these classes fill up fast so don't wait if you're going to register for it.

Our little ones stay little for a very short period of time, and I know first hand that one day you wake up and they are grown and gone. If you are letting your camera make all the decisions for you in auto mode, then you are missing out on capturing the fleeting ordinary miracles that are all around you!  Please don't let your big-girl camera sit on auto mode!  Learn to do more with it with your camera and capture the photos you want!

Registration for 2 Manual 'n More classes is NOW OPEN. 
6/12-7/30/17 and again 8/21-10/8/17. 
Click HERE to register via Paypal for either class.
Class size will be limited and is first come first serve!
It's no secret that I love photography and am more than happy to share what I know! Manual 'n More is an 7-week, online course for beginning photographers who want to move beyond auto mode and take the photos they've always wanted! It'll teach you how  to shoot in Manual mode so you can capture those fleeting memories around you. I want to give you both the information you need to capture images like the ones you envision and a place to practice what you are learning where you can ask questions, get feedback, and learn from what others are doing and asking too! I'll keep it simple, use easy-to-understand language, and give step-by-step instructions that will help you learn how to really use your DSLR as more than a fancy point-n-shoot camera. There are even a couple weeks built in to the class for "catch up" just in case you have a vacation planned during those 7 weeks. I want you to do the class at your pace. 

What does Manual 'n More cover?
  • Exposure - what it is and why it's critical to understand and how to do it in Manual mode
  • Apertures and depth of field
  • Shutter speeds, ISO and how they affect your photos
  • How to read your camera's light meter
  • Putting all the pieces together to get the photo you envision
  • Different metering and focus modes - what they do and how to know which one to use
  • Studying and using the light correctly
  • Techniques for getting crisp focus
  • And lots more!

How does the class work?
In a private group just for our class, we work together, start with the basics and develop a firm foundation. I'll demystify terms like exposure triangle, aperture and ISO. Then we will put the pieces together and empower you to shoot in manual mode. But this is just the beginning! Then we'll move on to metering, learn some great techniques for getting sharp focus, and study light and how to best use it.

There is no need to be online at any particular time because you choose when to check in and work at your own pace. I will be available the whole time to answer questions and provide personalized feedback and guidance to help you! There will be a private forum via Facebook just for our class, where you can share your photos and questions {or not} any time of day. There will be homework, but unlike that chemistry class you took in high school all homework is optional and due whenever and if-ever you want! You can participate during nap time, in the middle of the night, only on the weekends, or whenever you find an opportunity and even skip class entirely during your vacation. I'll be there in my horribly-embarrassing holey yoga pants, so I invite you to pull up your laptop and make yourself comfortable any time of day or night!  

What do I need to take the class?
  • A DSLR camera
  • Access to the Internet and a Facebook account
  • Enthusiasm and time to learn and practice    

How much does it cost?
 $349. Payment is taken at registration via Paypal (which accepts all major credit cards)  

What do other students think of the class?
I took another class and decided I was too dumb to learn photography. You have given me hope that I CAN.  You make it all make sense and give awesome feedback along the way. THANK YOU!!! ~Jodi

I was following the Ordinary Miracles blog for quite some time before I found the time and guts to take the Manual'n'More class. I was a bit skeptical to taking an online class from my home in Scandinavia, with the teacher in Arizona!! That fear was so unnecessary! The time difference and foreign language did not matter at all!  You can tell Nancy is a teacher deep inside, because she would always find a new way to explain, check if you are following, and she is very patient!  Nancy is truly flexible, always there to give a reply, to answer questions, no questions are ever too silly. She manages to create such a learning environment, online!, that it feels okay to post pics that aren't really that good. She gives individual feedback, and it was just amazing how close she manages to follow up her class! She doesn't keep the good parts of photography to herself, you can tell that she really loves to pass on her knowledge! I can warmly and most definitively recommend taking her class!  ~Lill-Karin

Nancy, thank you for being such an amazing teacher!! I never knew I could have taken photos like the ones I've recently done until I started your class. Your encouragement and constant feedback, in language which a "newbie" like me could understand, gave me the push I needed to feel comfortable to move from auto to manual. Your detailed lessons and assignments set me up for success; each lesson built upon the prior lesson, giving me the foundation, tools and knowledge to realize shooting in manual was possible. I honestly thought shooting photos in manual was out of my reach until I found your class. In giving me the "how and why" throughout the course, you took away the fear and intimidation of shooting in manual. Thank you so much for sharing your gift of teaching and your passion for photography.  ~Amy

Thank you, Nancy! I owe it all to you that I am finally able to catch the beauty of my children in photos. I look at the photos I took before your class and think if only I had known what I know now. My only regret is I didn't take your class sooner! ~Kristen

I am truly blown away by how much I learned in your class. You put everything you had into making yourself and the material accessible to all of us, and what a difference it made. It was amazing to see the transformation in not only my own pictures, but everyone's in the class. I found that learning the appropriate  ways to focus and meter for varying situations was essential to capturing the images I wanted.  I think these essential pieces of instruction are often missing from other basic photography classes.  I also loved your tips and encouragement for finding our own style. But most of all I loved how you  made learning to use the camera in manual mode interactive and fun! I felt like I had a teacher, a mentor, and a friend walking beside me and helping me capture treasured moments and memories. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so responsive and so willing to share your talent and knowledge. ~Ashlee

Thanks for everything, Nancy. I had to tell you a funny story that happened. I had printed a few pictures off at Walgreens. When I picked them up the teenage clerk said that there was a slight problem and that a couple of the photos looked like a professional photographer had taken them and did I have permission to make prints? I actually had to sign a copyright waiver! It made me feel great that they thought my photos were stolen and I thanked the clerk for his compliment!  ~Cathy

Sound like something you'd like to participate in? Feel free to give me a holler if you have ANY questions. Hope to see you there... holey yoga pants and all!

Registration for 2 Manual 'n More classes is NOW OPEN. 
6/12-7/30/17 and again 8/21-10/8/17. 
Click HERE to register via Paypal for either class.
Class size will be limited and is first come first serve!

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