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Manual 'n More class


Our little ones stay little for a very short period of time, and before we know it they are grown and gone, so 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!  If you are letting your big girl camera sit on auto mode but you want to learn to do more with it, then this is the class for you!

***Registration is now closed***  
The next class will likely be in the fall of 2014.  
Please leave me your email address to be put on the interest list.  

It's no secret that I love photography!  And I also adore sharing what I know about photography! Manual 'n More is a 8-week, online course for beginning photographers who want to move beyond auto mode and take back the control over their camera, learning to shoot in Manual mode so they can capture the memories around them.  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 more than if it were an fancy point-n-shoot camera.

What does Manual 'n More cover?
---Exposure-what it is and why it's critical to understand
---Apertures and depth of field
---Shutter speeds and ISO and how they affect your photos
---How to read your camera's light meter
---Putting all the pieces together and choosing the camera settings to get the photo you envision

---Different metering and focus modes--what they do and how know which one to use
---Techniques for getting sharp and crisp focus


How does the class work?
This beginning course is 8 weeks long and is chock-full of information, offering 2-3 lessons for the first 6 weeks.  We will learn about the basics and demystify terms like exposure triangle, aperture and ISO.  Then we will put all the pieces together and empower you to shoot in manual mode.  But there's more!  While you're practicing shooting in manual mode, we'll move on to metering, and learning some great techniques for getting sharp focus.  The last 2 weeks of the class will be devoted to practicing, letting it all sink in, and asking more questions I'll be available the whole time to answer questions and provide personalized feedback and guidance to help you through the process!  There will be a private forum just for our class where you can share your photos and questions {or not} any time of day.  You'll also be able to see and learn from what the other students in the class are doing and asking.  Yes, there will be homework, but unlike that chemistry class you took in high school all homework is totally optional and due whenever and if-ever you you want!  There is no need to be online at any particular time because you choose when to check in and work at your own pace.  You can participate during nap time, in the middle of the night, only on the weekends, or whenever you find an opportunity.  I'll likely 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 too!  

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?
Registration cost is $179.  Sound like something you'd like to participate in?  

***Registration is now closed***  
The next class will likely be in the fall of 2014.  
Please leave me your email address to be put on the interest list.   

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

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

Hope to see you there... holey yoga pants and all!

 

34 comments:

  1. OH!!! YOUR TEACHING IT!!!!!!!!! WELL THEN!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Man! I love your photos!!! so glad I found you.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to it too!

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  2. Signed up! Looking forward to it :)

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  6. I would love to take your class! Please let me know when you start and if my schedule (fall is our busiest time) I would love to enroll.

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    2. Jaymie--Certainly will do. but I don't have your email address or any way to contract you. Could you email me? Nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com

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  7. I would LOVE it! I have had my fancy-schmancy camera for several years now, and Manual has been my BFF. THANKS!
    landini at att dot net

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  8. I would love to use manual on my camera but I never get the right light ot whatever!!!!!

    Would love to be one of your student.

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  9. I have had my DSLR for over 5 years and I have never taken the time to figure out manual mode. Now, my son has and he has moved onto and even more expensive and complicated camera. He tries to help me but to no avail. Now, with my first grandchild running around I have a renewed desire to try this manual thing again! Keep me posted on your class.

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  10. Hi Lunacy Leader, Do you have an email I can use to keep you posted? It's coming up later this month.
    ~nancy

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  11. I am a realtor and need to learn how to shoot manual to adjust to various lighting situations. Will your class help me or are you just teaching how to shoot portraits? I just purchase a Canon Rebel T3i. and a 10-20mm wide angle lens. Thanks, Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, The class will cover the basics of photography and shooting in Manual mode. We talk about all those numbers and settings on your camera and lens and what they are and how to set them so that you can take pics in low lighting or of fast moving subjects or how to get a large depth of field and focusing techniques. What you decide to take pics of is entirely up to you. The class does not go into composition or subject matter. I have had many students that are not necessarily interested in portrait photography and have learned a great deal in the class. ---If you'd like to leave me with a email address I can put you on the interest list and keep you posted about when registration opens (which is coming pretty soon.) Thanks for the interest in the class and if I can answer any more questions, feel free to give me a holler. ~nancy

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    1. Carissa--I don't have your email address or any way to contract you. Could you email me and I'll be able to keep you informed? Nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com

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  13. Will sign in in 2014, let me know. Thank you

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    1. Annie--I need your email address to contact you. I don't have any way to let you know. Could you send it to me? nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com

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  14. Put me on your list! I definitely want to do the Manual and More class this coming spring 2014!

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  15. Can you use a point and shoot for this class?

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    1. Anonymous-A DSLR is recommended. There are point-n-shoot cameras that allow you to change the settings like shutter speed and aperture values. That type of camera will also work. Contact me if I can help you figure it out. I'd be happy to. ~nancy

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  16. I want to use my DSLR like I am supposed to. When will the next class be offered?
    Thanks, Carol
    P.S. I have a Canon rebel T2i and a 17-55mm f2.8 lens (not a clue what those numbers mean) because the nice man at the camera shop told me to get those. Will my equipment do? If not, I am willing to pay up to $3500 for whatever I may need. I am willing to switch to Nikon or Sony.

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    1. Carol- Registration for the next class will begin in February sometime right here on the blog. But I need your email address or a way to contact you to tell you when for sure. Can you email me? nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com
      And ps-your T2i is FINE! It's a great little camera and all that you need to learn! No need to spend money you don't need to spend. It's totally not required but I might recommend a new lens to makes the learning easier. We'll go over all this in the class.

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  18. Every consider doing an intermediate class?

    mindymandel at outlook dot com

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  19. It's in the works Mindy, but no timeline yet! I'd love too but it needs to be put altogether.
    Thx for the encouragement!

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  20. Nancy I would like to take your classes. Please let me know when you open registration up again. Thanks! Hope your family is doing well. Hoping we get to see you again on our next visit to Phoenix.

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  21. Hi Nancy! Amazing work you do! I as well am very interested in taking your classes! I would like to know when you are opening registration again.

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Madanys Miranda, Thank you! And thank you for your interest in the class. I'll need some your email address so I can contact you to get you more info. You could email me (nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com) or comment here and I'll get the comment with your email address, but not post your comment so it won't show up on the www.

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  22. Would my Canon Rebel xt suffice for this class?

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    1. Absolutely! Forward me your email address if you'd like me to keep you in touch with when the next class will be. Would love to have you!

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