Free Summer Workshop: Manual Mode

  • September 24, 2011 · 1:00 PM
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*** SEE ALL UPDATES BELOW ***

Sony Plaza Arcade

My dear friend Brooklyn Born has volunteered once again to teach some free photography lessons this summer.

During his lesson back in December, he taught us how to shoot in Manual Mode. Brooklyn would like to follow-up with a 4-part detailed series. The item highlighted in the list below is the feature we will discuss at this event:    

1. Aperture  
2. Shutter Speed  
3. ISO  
4. Manual Mode - that combines all three features  

* Some of you may be wondering about a Photoshop lesson, but it will not be posted as an event at this time.

This will be a great opportunity for those members with DLSR / SLR settings on their cameras and have not attended any lessons in the past, or for those who want to refresh their memory. He may also cover other features and techniques that could help you compose and expose better photographs.

Bring pen & paper, and of course – your camera. Also, Brooklyn advises to review your camera’s manual and bring it to the lesson for reference as well.

I spoke with Brooklyn and we decided to remove the limit of spots so that people who really want to attend are able to.  This is also a great chance for those who missed the first three lessons and would like to catch up.

Do not be late because it will be difficult for me to answer my phone without disrupting the lesson. In addition, Brooklyn does not like to get his picture taken, so please respect his request.

If you have any questions, send me an email or a text message before the day of the event. Please make sure you identify yourself in your message so I know who you are. Thank you!   

*** UPDATE 9/19/11 ***

This Saturday is Brooklyn Born’s fourth and final summer workshop, where we will take the three features we learned: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO – and control them all in Manual Mode!!!

Currently 89 people RSVPed “yes” for this workshop.  Usually we get a turnout of less than 50% of people at our events.  If you are not going to show up, please be courteous and change your RSVP to “no” before the 12noon deadline. It would be nice to get a good estimate of how many people Brooklyn and I will actually be waiting for.

Also, bring a pen, a notepad, your SLR/DSLR camera and very important - your camera's user manual for reference. Make sure your battery is fully charged and your memory cards are formatted. 

This workshop starts at 1pm sharp, so please be on time.  I will not answer any calls or texts after 1pm; this will disrupt the lesson.

Brooklyn and I urge everyone to please review your camera's user manual so you know how to access and change the basic features (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Meter and Focus Modes). We cannot stress this enough!  Everyone has a different camera!

Important: Brooklyn is asking that you do not take his picture; otherwise, the workshop will be cancelled on the spot!!!

I cannot promise more or repeated workshops. Free workshops in general are rare and it all depends on the instructor's schedule and willingness.

As Brooklyn mentioned in his notes on the event page, you will not be a pro at Manual Mode after this workshop.  You must practice, practice, practice!!! Come to our other events and practice, practice, practice!!! If you can’t make it to some of our events, make time for yourself. Refer to your user manual, go outside and practice, practice, practice!!!  Practicing is the only way you will be able to take full control of your camera and enhance your photographic skill.

If you have any questions regarding shooting in Manual Mode, please feel free to post them on our message boards, and our more experienced photographers - like Brooklyn, will be happy to answer them.

*** UPDATE 9/23/11 ***

There is a 60% chance of rain for this event.  So, the new meetup location is the Sony Plaza Arcade on 56th Street and Madison Avenue.  This event will take place, rain or shine!!

~ Sally[masked] 

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  • Leftonred 'Lefty' A.

    Brooklyn Born is an excellent presenter. I always learned something from each session. You are out of your mind if you missed any of these!

    September 26, 2011

  • Phillip C.

    i really enjoyed this meetup. i just wish there was more time. looking forward to having another manual mode meetup !

    September 25, 2011

  • Danielle

    Thanks for the great info and all the help!

    September 25, 2011

  • Greg

    Great Workshop. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us!

    September 25, 2011

  • Sally

    When you post your photos, type in the settings in your captions (f/stop, shutter speed and ISO) that you used to take the photos.

    September 25, 2011

  • Sally

    Thank you to those who came to this event. I hope you have a better understanding of the using the basic features of manual mode (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and how to have total control of your camera. Don?t forget to practice, practice, practice!!!

    September 25, 2011

  • Sally

    Another successful workshop. Thank you to those who attended, and a big thank you to our teacher, Brooklyn Born :)

    September 25, 2011

  • Mustafa

    It was a wonderful event. Thank you Sally & Brooklyn!

    September 24, 2011

  • Sally

    I'm leaving home now. The meetup point is still at the Sony Plaza. It doesn't look like it's going to rain, so once the group is together at 1pm, we might go to Central Park and have the lesson there. So don't be late, and see you all soon.

    September 24, 2011

  • Sally

    Thanks for the link, Kevin!

    September 21, 2011

  • Kevin

    I read PCWorld a few days ago and they've got a nice article on photography with a link to a camera simulator.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/231196/play_with_an_online_simulator_to_learn_camera_settings.html

    September 20, 2011

  • Sally

    I spoke with Brooklyn, and we decided to re-schedule this event to Saturday 9/24/11 @ 1pm. Please update your RSVP. Thanks.

    August 27, 2011

  • Danielle

    Wow, just came here to post the same, but you guys beat me to it! Was looking forward to this, but looks like it will have to wait :-(

    August 26, 2011

  • Jill

    mass transit is shutting down at noon tomorrow (Saturday)... metro north will not be running after noon time

    August 26, 2011

  • Kevin

    I just heard on the news that MTA will be shutting down services at noon tomorrow. I'd suggest postponing this meetup to another date. If it's just a matter of having someone to teach this stuff, I'd be willing to give it a shot.

    August 26, 2011

  • Veronica

    Is meeting Saturday morning and finishing up by the afternoon an option?

    August 26, 2011

  • Sally

    I spoke with Brooklyn, and we would really like to try to hold this meetup this Saturday. I will continue to watch the weather and make a final decision early Saturday morning. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best!!

    August 25, 2011

  • Jeffrey

    I think Hurricane Irene is coming on Saturday.

    August 25, 2011

  • Sally

    In addition to Brooklyn's notes, we are trying to put together some "homework" assignments so that after the summer workshops are done, you can practice what you have learned.

    August 15, 2011

  • Brooklyn B.

    Last but not least, this will not be the end of your learning process. You will not be a pro in manual mode by the end of the class. Sally took over this group to make it a continuous process of learning new things in different situations. It's also way easier to learn and practice with people of all skills who are more than willing to help, myself included. Keep coming to our "events" and you will get better, I promise. Thank you all in advance for coming.

    August 14, 2011

  • Brooklyn B.

    Okay everyone. This one is going to be the final class. Your cameras will be in manual the whole time. If there is anything you don't know how to use on your camera, read your manual or bring it with you. Also, I see 56 people, but we usually get a turnout of 15-25 people. If you are not going to show up, change your RSVP. It would be nice to get a good estimate of how many people we will actually be waiting for.

    August 14, 2011

  • Brooklyn B.

    56 people??? I'm flattered!!!

    August 10, 2011

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