The guide you hoped would come in the box

The guide you hoped
would come in the box

Bring the Class Home

Bring the Class Home

The Companion to Beginner Photography ONE
The Companion to
Beginner Photography ONE

Bring the study home with CAMERA | MANUAL, the no-nonsense guide to learning photography. Distilled from over a decade of hands-on instruction at Shutterbug Training, this book is more than just another photography how-to rehash—it’s your passport to mastering the method of using a digital camera for more impressive pictures.

This comprehensive guide is the source and companion to the ever-popular Beginner Photography ONE class. From the start, it provides crystal-clear explanations of complex topics paired with impactful assignments and a gallery of over 160 vivid color and monochrome photographs. Every page and lesson conveys an unwavering commitment to transforming beginners into skilled photographers, whatever their creative vision.

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186 pages of awesomeness!
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Cost: $40
Instantly download 186 pages of awesomeness!
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A Practical Photography Guide

A Practical Photography Guide

Distilled from Over a Decade of Hands-On Instruction

Distilled from Over a
Decade of Hands-On Instruction

There are numerous “complete” resources and guides for learning photography, but such references tend to be a mile wide and only an inch deep, as the saying goes. Although comprehensive, they summarize features and functions without providing a practical understanding of how a camera works, which is paramount to capturing compelling photographs.

This book dives straight into camera operation and gets you on the road to capturing beautiful images in Manual and Priority exposure modes. The website’s Resources section provides many fundamental topics that congest most beginner photography books and classes—for free—leaving room for more detailed explanations and example photos to illustrate the topics.

A lot of people are initially intimidated by cameras. But with time, practice, and patience, anyone can learn how to use that mysterious gadget, regardless of how far out of reach you think it is. Learning photography isn’t easy, but it isn’t difficult either—or shouldn’t be. Believe in yourself, and let this ebook guide you in correctly understanding how to use your camera.

Book Outline

As mentioned, this guide is the source and companion to the in-person Beginner Photography ONE class. The book is divided into four sections that successively explore in-depth the core functions and features you need to know to be proficient with a camera.

Following the location of basic camera settings, your quest for better photos begins with exploring Auto and Manual FOCUS. Unlike other aspects of a picture, a missed focus is forever and can’t be fixed. Discover the various AF modes and how to get sharp images for any subject, including landscapes and nature, people and portraits, and sports.

Session topics covered:

  • Understanding Focal Length
  • Prime and Zoom Lenses
  • Maximum Aperture
  • Focus Area
  • Manual and Autofocus
  • Focus Issues
  • Session Summary
  • Assignments

Every photo involves three light-based elements: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. EXPOSE reveals how each feature relates to light and contributes to the appearance of your image. Learn to capture a summersault in midair, render a silky smooth waterfall, and envelop subjects with beautifully blurred backgrounds or bokeh.

Session topics covered:

  • Exposure Elements
  • Demystifying the ISO
  • Understanding Shutter Speed
  • Managing Time and Motion
  • Minimum Shutter Speeds
  • Understanding Aperture
  • Working with Depth of Field
  • Depth of Field Variables
  • Session Summary

Bringing shape to your ideas, CONTROL teaches you how to work with the light elements of exposure using Manual, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority. Each mode can produce the same picture; the one you use is more of a preference.

Session topics covered:

  • Light and Exposure
  • Reading the Light Meter
  • Understanding Manual Mode
  • Using Manual Mode
  • Understanding Priority Modes
  • Using Aperture Priority
  • Using Shutter Priority
  • Session Summary
  • Assignments

The great thing about creativity is that it is personal and expressed differently by everyone. No two people experience the same scene in the same way, but cameras do. EXPRESS reveals how the camera responds to light and allows you to make more creative exposure decisions with your photos in nearly any lighting condition.

Session topics covered:

  • Dynamic Range
  • Demystifying Metering Modes
  • Understanding Exposure Compensation
  • Using EV Comp in Manual
  • Using EV Comp in Aperture Priority
  • Using EV Comp in Shutter Priority
  • Session Summary
  • Assignments

Try It Out for 30 Days

Try It Out
for 30 Days

Zero Risk and 100% Reward

Although the material is written in plain English and tries to avoid as much technical jargon as possible, sometimes the information might not align with your expectations. The material is sound and has helped thousands of students. But if you are not fully satisfied with your purchase within the first 30 days, you may request a refund. All I ask is that you give it an honest effort.

Get Full Credit Toward Class

Get Full Credit
Toward Class

If it’s everything you hoped for, and you would like to take the in-person Beginner Photography ONE class to drive the material home, you’ll receive full credit toward the course cost for the ebook. Students get a complete copy for class reference and homestudy, and you shouldn’t have you pay twice for a PDF.

Now, there’s no reason to delay your photography adventures any longer. Instantly download the manual you hoped would come in the box and begin the journey toward taking better photos with your camera. Invest in yourself and learn a skill you can use and enjoy for the rest of your life.


Cost: $40

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