Introduction to Digital Photography in Manual Mode

A course by Debbie Castro
Photographer, Artist, and Educator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2020
, Photographer, Artist, and Educator

Explore photography fundamentals and create stunning images by learning to control exposure, composition, and shutter speed

  • 98% positive reviews (106)
  • 3340 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore photography fundamentals and create stunning images by learning to control exposure, composition, and shutter speed



  • 98% positive reviews (106)
  • 3340 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 45m)
  • 18 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Having full creative control is essential to creating unique images and developing your own visual language. Discover manual mode photography and open your eyes to what’s possible with Debbie Castro, a UK-based artist, educator, and photographer.

From choosing a camera to setting up your composition, Debbie teaches her tricks for taking incredible images that tell original stories. Make the most of your camera by learning the fundamental concepts and skills you need to unlock your creativity as a photographer.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Camera
  • U3
    U3. Basics of Exposure
  • U4
    U4. What Manual Exposure Can Do for You
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Debbie Castro, a professional photographer and educator based in the UK. Learn about how she got her start, take a look at her work, and explore some of her references and influences.

Begin with a brief history of cameras, and learn the pros and cons of mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Debbie explains a range of lenses, from macro to telephoto, and shows how they are used to change the perspective of an image. Review how auto-focus works and discuss situations for different drive modes.

Dive into the exposure triangle and discuss the fundamental concepts of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Learn how they work together and see how a light meter can be used during a photo shoot. Debbie then explains metering modes, white balance, and manual exposure—three key elements to capturing crisp and realistic images.

Learn how to fine-tune your eye by understanding how light falls on subjects, how it affects a final image, and how to make it work for your own style. Wrap things up by organizing a shoot, capturing some images, and practicing key concepts like composition, perspective, and exposure.

What is this course's project?

Create a series of images using composition, exposure, and other photography fundamentals to tell a unique story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for photographers of all skill levels.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary. To take this course, you only need a camera with adjustable manual settings.


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Debbie Castro

A course by Debbie Castro

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Photographer, Artist, and Educator

Debbie Castro is a photographer and educator based in the UK. Born in Ireland, she has a degree in Psychology and Psychoanalysis and a master’s in photojournalism from the University of Westminster in London.

She specializes in conceptual documentary photography, and has exhibited her work in New York City, London, and photo festivals in her native Ireland. She has also published her own limited-edition photography book entitled “Who Gave You the Roses?” Currently, Debbie curates shows for the London Institute of Photography, coordinates photography classes, and mentors students from around the world.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Camera

    • The Camera
    • Lenses
    • Focus
    • Drive Modes
  • U3

    Basics of Exposure

    • The Exposure Triangle
    • Aperture
    • Shutter Speed
    • White Balance
    • Metering Modes
  • U4

    What Manual Exposure Can Do for You

    • Looking at Light
    • What Makes a Good Image: Looking at Composition
    • Knowledge in Action
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Digital Photography in Manual Mode

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Introduction to Digital Photography in Manual Mode

A course by Debbie Castro
Photographer, Artist, and Educator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined September 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (106)
  • 3340 students