Learn to Shoot Nature and Wildlife in Manual Mode

This outdoor workshop is meant for those who would like an introduction to shooting in Manual mode, and for those who have attempted it but need a helping hand. If you tried reading books to learn manual but just get frustrated, then this workshop is for you.

We will be using the Mud Lake Conservation Area, which is a perfect quiet area with many photo-ops to practice photography.

There will be a maximum of 4 participants and one instructor (Myself). All you need is a camera with manual mode capability, don't worry about a tripod for this. Lens choice is up to you, a telephoto is best for bird close-ups.

We will have a short intro where I will highlight the important terminology and basics of using the manual mode (Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, Focus point selection, the light meter).

We will then do some hands on experiments where you will get used to selecting the right settings for different shooting scenarios such as birds, and landscapes.

Then we will go for a walk in the woods around Mud Lake and I will give small assignments and let you try it yourself. I will go around and check your progress and give one-on-one help to make sure you understand what you need to do to get the shots. I will make you see how changing one setting affects the other settings and how the combination of Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO gives you the final exposure.

There will be small birds, squirrels, pretty landscapes, beautiful trees, and each other to practice on. We will of course be feeding the Chickadees out of our hands too! I will have seeds to give to the birds to attract them over for us to practice on them (Ducks, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Squirrels etc).

We meet at the small parking area by the skating rink at Mud Lake on Cassels St.

Directions: Driving West on Carling Ave, turn right onto Britannia Rd, go all the way to the end, turn right onto Cassels and proceed down to the skating rink area. (Not the filtration plant parking lot).

Dress in layers, wear good winter boots, bring water.  I highly recommend wearing snowpants as we will spend some time shooting in the snow, trust me you'll be glad you wore them.

I have much experience shooting wildlife and nature, as well as portraits, sports events, and concerts. All of my previous workshops have sold out and gotten excellent reviews.

The only prerequisite for this workshop, your homework, other than having a camera with a manual mode capability, is you need to familiarize yourself with your camera buttons, dials, and menus-you don't need to memorize them, just go though them a few times and get used to them.  This will make the workshop flow much faster and make it easier to answer your questions and set you up properly.

Please give 48 hours notice of cancellation or no refund will be offered.

The workshop is weather dependent, it will only be postponed in the case of severe weather. A bit of snow or cold will not stop us, so dress for it!

I look forward to teaching you :-)

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  • Tammy M.

    Posted some pictures from today's meet up. I still have lots of practicing to do but I definitely came away from today's session with a new perspective on how to use my camera is Manual Mode. Thanks again Josh for what you've taught me.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Rebekah

    Definitely learned a lot, it was a great session! Loved some of the shots of ducks I was able to get :)

    February 9, 2014

  • R K.

    Hey Josh, thanks for taking the time to show us how to shoot in manual mode. I've got some practicing to do.

    February 9, 2014

  • Joshua M.

    We had excellent weather, everyone was on time and ready to go, and the birdies and squirrels cooperated so we could practice. Thank you to everyone who came out, it was nice to meet you and help you learn to shoot in manual!

    February 9, 2014

  • Tammy M.

    Great time and learned a lot.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Rebekah

    I know it says RSVPs are closed because of the date but do you still have two more spots, Josh? I'd love to join for another session and have a friend who'd also like to come :)

    February 7, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      Hi Rebekah, I opened the rsvp's so you and your friend may join!

      February 7, 2014

  • jane

    Can teens join the event? My son is 13 and is quite interested in photography. We only have 1 camera though. Can we share a camera?

    February 5, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      Hi Jane, you are welcome to bring your son, I can bring a second camera for him to use. If you decide to sign up for the both of you, just pay $60 on the paypal, and send me a message letting me know you're bringing your son so I can fix the rsvp list-Only 4 people are allowed to attend.

      February 5, 2014

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