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getting off "auto"

Designed to help you find, understand and use:

Aperture, Shutter Speed,

ISO and Focus Area Points

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For Building Muscle Memory - Unit 2 - Video 9


Before taking any photos you will need to locate 4 functions on your camera.

Please watch this video first, before starting the tutorials.


Before We Start - Please make sure you can tick off all these items:

Locate and know how to change APERTURE (A or AV)

Locate and know how to change SHUTTER SPEED (S or TV)

Locate and know how to change ISO

Locate and know how to change your Auto-Focus Area Mode

using apertures

The first thing you will learn is how to change your aperture. Follow along with your own camera to see what apertures do...

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For Using Apertures - Unit 1 - Video 2



Understanding how apertures work is vital if you want to improve your photography. Watch this video and I'll explain what apertures are and how they work...


For Apertures Explained - Unit 1 - Video 3

moving your

A-F Point

Did you know that you can dramatically change the look and feel of your photograph just by moving the Auto - Focus Area Point? Follow along with your camera to see how this works...

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For Moving Your Auto-Focus Area Point - Unit 1 - Video 4


For Moving Your Auto-Focus Area Point - Unit 1 - Video 4

using shutter speeds

Let's have a go using Shutter Speeds before I explain how they work.

Please follow along with your own camera...

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For Using Shutter Speeds - Unit 1 - Video 5

shutter speeds


Shutter Speeds can dramatically affect our image. Watch this video as I explain how they work...


For Shutter Speed Explained - Unit 1 - Video 6

using iso

ISO is one of those very important things that a lot of people don't really understand. To start with let's have a go at changing it and seeing what it does. Please follow along using your own camera...

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For Using ISO - Unit 1 - Video 7



Now you have seen first hand what ISO can do to affect your image please watch this video as I explain how it works...

Don't worry if you have to watch it a few times before it makes sense. And don't forget, it will make more sense, the more you practice!


For ISO Explained - Unit 1 - Video 8

It is not necessary to learn the ISO numbers at this stage but here is a list of common ISOs. Notice how this chart illustrates that the higher the ISO number, the faster the shutter speed that could be used. This will become more apparent in future units so don't worry if that doesn't quite sink in just yet!

building muscle memory

It's really important to make the process of taking photographs quicker. Watch this video and learn how to programme buttons into your brain...

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For Building Muscle Memory - Unit 2 - Video 9

using exposure compenstaion

When shooting in Aperture Priority or Shutter Speed Priority you may want to changeyour exposure quickly. Watch this video to learn how to do that...

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For using Exposure Compensation - Unit 2 - Video 10

focus modes & Areas

It's relly important to use the right Focus Mode and Focus Area. In this video I'll explain why...

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For Focus Modes & Areas - Unit 2 - Video 11

bonus videos!

photographing moving animals

In this video I'll share with you some of the techniques I use when photographing moving animals!

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For Photographing Moving Animals - Unit 2 - Video 12

unerstanding focal lengths

It can be very confusing when trying to understand different focal lengths. In this vieo I'll show you some examples so you can see what difference they make...

well done!

You are well on your way to improving your photography!

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