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Learn to Shoot in Manual!

Four years ago, I bought my first DSLR. It was triple the price it is now and I had no idea how to use it. No clue! Often times, I loved the photos I took but other times, I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t look the way I wanted them to. It was incredibly frustrating. I took a photography course in college, and while I learned a little bit, I found myself utterly confused every time I walked out of the class. My professor used too many technical terms and numbers that I didn’t understand. It wasn’t until much, much later that I finally made the switch to shooting in the manual setting. Switching from auto to manual was the best thing I’ve ever done! It took a lot of trial and error and practicing on my own, but I’ve never gone back. Now I’m in control of how my photos and settings. It’s made all the difference!
I know that there are a lot of people out there who felt the same way I did with my big, fancy camera. It’s frustrating to spend so much money and not know how to use it the way you want it to. Well, say goodbye to all that frustration! I want to teach you everything I know!
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In this class we will go over the basics of shooting in manual, in the least confusing way possible. You’ll learn about aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, and how to use them together to take the perfect picture. I’ll teach you exactly what I do when setting up my camera. I also have a mini book / reference guide for each attendee to take home. This includes hints for shooting in bright light and low light settings, where to set your shutter speed, and other tips and tricks you don’t want to forget from the class. Plus, we’ll use the last little bit of class to practice all your new skills. Unfortunately, we won’t have enough time to go over things like Photoshop and editing (maybe another time?!) But knowing how to shoot in manual is the first step, a big step!

The workshop will be held on Saturday August 23…and to kick it off, I’m giving away a free spot! Simply share the photo above with my blog link on Facebook, Twitter, etc, and leave a comment below with the URL and your email address. A winner will be chosen on Monday. You can register for the event below. Can’t wait! XO    <<< CONGRATS ARIANNA!!

Alexa Zurcher




  • Amy

    Genius idea!! If it wasn't Grace's bday party that day, I would come!! You are going to make a lot of people so happy with this class!

  • Petit Design Co.

    Wish I were in UT!

  • Ashley Ziegler

    Dang! I have to work that day! You'll need to do this again for sure!!

  • Rachel Sayumi Porter

    I remember you announcing that you might teach a class like this and I was wondering it you ever did or not! SO bummed I'll be gone.

  • Naomi

    Please do this again for sure! It is little M's first birthday party that day, our stake 5K and a soccer game! I really want to learn this better!

  • Arrows & Apricots

    I would love to go!!!

  • April @ Hansen Love

    Super excited about this!

  • ellen

    Yet another reason to live in Utah. 🙂

  • Emily Meyerhoffer


  • Catherine

    ahhhh! yes! i've been looking for just this! i keep reading about manual and stuff and it's just so confusing and i think i've figured it out but then my pictures don't turn out so i always end up just switching back to auto. 🙁 plus i LOVE all your pictures so learning from you is an added bonus. 🙂

  • Unknown

    Posted on facebook!
    Pinned on Pinterest!
    This class is seriously what I need and have been looking for! I even had the thought after looking through pictures from our zoo trip, that I wished I knew how to take better pictures!!

  • Babbling Brook

    That's great! I'm still learning how to use my camera, it would be so nice to have someone speak on a level that a beginner could understand.

    Sunflowers & Love

  • Rachel B.

    YES! this is exactly what I need! however… I live in North Carolina! I will obviously not be able to attend! 🙁 Is there any way this class would be offered online at some point in the future? or could we purchase that little booklet you were talking about?

  • Apfelblütchen

    I would too love a online class!!!

  • Mrs. Larsen

    I wish I could afford it 🙁

  • Aleisha

    This is such a great price for a photo class. I would love to come. I shared it on Facebook! email: lovelyhappenstance[at]

  • Marcismullings

    I posted on Facebook but I don't know where to find the url! Haha this is why I need classes. Look me up? . I hope I win!

  • Kaytlin Thomas

    If only you lived in California! Would you possibly think of making the reference guide available??

  • Unknown

    Oh I would love to attend this!! And it's right down the street from me 🙂 I posted it on Facebook. Crossing my fingers!!

  • Laurie

    Too bad I don't live closer, this sounds like fun!

  • Unknown

    This class would be perfect for me! Trying to figure out the camera I got two years ago on my own has not been going so well haha.


  • Carrie

    I would love to come to this! My photography teacher made me hate using my camera because I was so confused.

  • Marcismullings

    Okay – so it turns out I did know how to do it – just not from my phone! Here it is:

  • ready or not design

    I WANT TO WIN! bridubois11[at] 🙂

    xo, brielle.

  • Marcismullings

    Who won?

  • Unknown

    yay! i'm so excited!! thank you!

  • Unknown

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to attend a class if you were to do another!!! I have a DSLR and want to learn to use it to capture life's moments… and I admire just how you do that!

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Yay! Totally hosting another one…probably after Christmas!! Stay tuned. xo

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