Shooting | Take Your Camera Out of Auto Mode

In my four-week shooting mentoring series, students will gain the knowledge and confidence to take their camera out of "Auto" mode. My material is broken up into four segments.

  • Week one is all about shooting in manual mode and taking control of the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

  • During week two we talk about focus, I go into detail on all of the different focus modes and focus areas and guide my students on how to achieve the sharpest image possible.

  • In week three we dive into light, and I cover how to use natural light in multiple ways to enhance your images (both indoors and outdoors).

  • Finally I touch on compositional basics in week four. 

Images from my former students.

Editing | Transform Your Photos Using Adobe Lightroom

In my four-week editing mentoring series, students will learn how to use Adobe Lightroom to transform their straight-out-of-camera images into works of art.

  • Week one covers managing and organizing your photos, and the basics of the Lightroom Develop module, including exposure, white balance, highlights, shadows, and more.

  • Week two goes beyond the basics, and I cover the HSL panel, sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction and effects.

  • In week three, we work through how to fine-tune your images with local adjustments using brushes and filters.

  • In week four, you will learn how to convert an image into black and white, I cover the concept of presets, and even give you some presets I’ve created just for this class!

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Why I teach...

Six years ago, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, Madison. I did not own a DSLR camera at the time, but I knew it was one of those items I was "supposed" to have.  I quickly purchased an entry-level Nikon DSLR camera and put that baby in "Auto" mode for about one year, until I began to get really frustrated with how my images were turning out. In my head, I wanted them to look one way, but I was quickly disappointed when I peeked at the image on the back of my LCD. WHY did it not look like how I actually saw the scene? Why was it so blurry? Why was her face so dark? Why was the beautiful blue sky white? WHAT WAS GOING ON? 

I assumed I needed to upgrade my camera, but then a dear friend convinced me to try shooting a 365 (one photo per day) -- in manual! This lovely person took it upon herself to critique every picture I took for almost one year, and I am forever grateful for her. I quickly realized my camera wasn't the problem, the problem was I wasn't using my camera to it's full potential.  

I'm here to teach you that you DON'T need a new camera to take great pictures, you just need to know how to use the gear you own! I'd love for you to be a part of my course. I know first-hand how amazing it feels to be able to document my children growing up, and it's such a pleasure to teach other mothers to do the same!