Ditch Auto - Start Shooting in Manual

Ditch Auto and learn how to take fantastic pictures with your DSLR Camera in Manual

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  • Unlock the full potential of your DSLR camera of point and shoot
  • Over 4 hours of content
  • Understand how to configure your camera in many different situations
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Your Outcome

About this course

Why Take This Course?

You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to its full potential. You know that the scary "manual mode" holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don't know where to start.

If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of this free course you will understand what those settings do and be on your way to controlling your camera rather than your camera controlling you.

You made an investment in a decent camera and it's time to start using it's features

In this course you will learn the basics of DSLR Photography and how to shoot in manual mode. My goal is to give you the tools so you can train your brain to think like a Photographer. You will also know how to control your camera instead of leaving it up to Auto Mode to try and to its best.

How Long Is This Course?

So far, the course is just over 4 hours in length. You can watch it in chunks or all at once. It is best to watch it with camera in hand so you can pause and follow along with your camera. All DSLR Cameras are different so your settings may look different than mine.

What Should I Expect?

You should expect to be able to shoot photos with confidence in pretty much all situations. Whether you are taking pictures of your kids for the memories or are considering Photography as a profession, this is everything I had to teach myself in order to understand my camera.

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Course Curriculum


  •  Who am I? (2:31)
  •  2012 Photo Reel (1:22)
  •  Here is what to expect (3:23)
  •  Here is what you need (2:41)


  •  Camera (7:24)
  •  Lenses (14:12)
  •  Lighting (2:48)
  •  Stabilization (9:52)

Getting To Know Your Camera

  •  Basic Features of a DSLR (11:37)
  •  Shutter Speed (5:56)
  •  Aperture (8:54)
  •  ISO (5:52)
  •  Focus Options (7:36)
  •  Camera Menus Part 1 (11:17)
  •  Camera Menus Part 2 (10:12)
  •  Camera Menus Part 3 (4:31)
  •  Image Review (7:24)
  •  Getting To Know Your Camera Section Quiz

Understanding Light

  •  On Camera Flash (13:48)
  •  Off Camera Flash (16:59)
  •  Natural Light (11:31)
  •  Sunlight (5:36)
  •  On Camera Flash Outdoors (2:46)
  •  Off Camera Flash Outdoors (2:00)
  •  Lighting Quiz

Know Your Settings

  •  Nailing Exposure Part 1 (4:46)
  •  Nailing Exposure Part 2 (7:39)
  •  Nailing Your Exposure Quiz
  •  Shooting Portraits (9:18)
  •  Shooting Sports (8:13)
  •  Shooting In Low Light (8:53)
  •  Know Your Settings Quiz

Know Your Subjects

  •  Photographing People (8:10)
  •  Photographing Couples (9:24)
  •  Photographing Kids (13:00)
  •  Photographing Groups (10:58)
  •  Know Your Subjects Quiz

Other Tips & Closing Thoughts

  •  Play - Have fun with it and try new things (6:25)
  •  Editing in Photoshop & Lightroom (10:48)
  •  Ask Questions (4:45)
  •  What's Next? (9:13)
  •  The Ditch Auto Survey
  •  Giveaways & Extras

Your Instructor

Jerad Hill

Hi all, I am a website designer and photographer who has been working for himself since graduating high school. I taught myself website design and development so I could start my own business. In 2005 I taught myself photography and started a photography business as a professional wedding photographer. Since then, I have helped hundreds of companies and organizations market their products and services online. As a photographer, I continue to capture photos and produce video for weddings, events, conferences and more.

I teach because I was taught by so many through blog posts, articles and online videos. Teaching allows me to give back and teach others the way I would have liked to be taught. Many of my courses are free because I believe in giving back.

Frequently asked questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

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