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Getting Off Auto, 4 key steps for taking control of your camera

£25 (Members price £20)
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Duration & Dates

1.5 Hours

Dates coming soon

Location & Guide

On line via zoom

Guide for the course David Southard


1.5 hour 'live' video call

Content cover 4 key topics to help get your camera off full auto mode

Delegated will achieve greater creativity through improved camera control

Small group size for individual attention

Call recording available



Members price £20


Group Size

8 people

Not included

Camera equipment




One of the questions we are most often asked is ‘how do I start to get my camera off its fully Auto mode?’ Of course, this can be much more complicated to answer than it might sound, as different makes and styles of camera will all have varied options and controls. However, in this introductory 1.5-hour live video call, we will take everyone through 4 simple steps to start to allow them control of not only how our cameras works, but also how the pictures turn out. 


Initially we will cover the main camera mode, moving from its full auto setting on to the 3 common options of Program (P), Aperture priority (A/AV) and Shutter priority (S/TV). In combination with 1 other feature, exposure compensation, this will allow us several options for controlling basic lightness or darkness in the picture – the exposure. 

We will then look at controlling the cameras automatic focus system. This should allow us more control in terms of what ends up being in focus in our resulting photos. Finally, we will cover another 2 controls that usually dictate the colours and style of picture the camera produces, to allow us to create images that are more uniquely ours.


The format of a live call means that unlike listening to a recording, your tutor can tailor the conversation for everyone, make sure everyone is understanding and allow the opportunity for delegates to ask any specific questions as we move through the sessions content.


This course is principally aimed at either D-SLR or interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, but would also be applicable for compact, bridge and compact system cameras that have multiple modes and controls. If you have any doubt about the suitability of your camera, just get in touch and we can let you know!

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Sign on to Zoom and meet your tutor 

Key Topics:

  • Using a different exposure modes -  P,A and S

  • Overriding exposure with compensation

  • Controlling focus

  • Setting colour and creative styles in your pictures




Summary and close


Who should attend

Whilst this course has no content unsuitable for young people, it is primarily aimed at adult learning

Anyone who wishes to take the first steps to getting their camera off full ‘Auto’ mode! 

Learning outcomes

This short session introduces 4 basic ideas for getting cameras away from their fully automatic mode. We will learn: 

  • How to set ‘P’, ‘A’, and ‘S’ modes and what this allows us to control

  • Using the exposure compensation or override feature

  • How to get more control of the cameras focus operation

  • How to set preferences for different colours and styles in our photos


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