Manual Exposure For Beginners

taught by Mike Fetterer

Course description

Come and learn why turning that dial to the dreaded "M" setting on your camera could be the best thing that ever happened to your photography!

You will learn how to utilize the Exposure Triangle to finally create all of those images that you see in your head. You will realize that buying a new camera is NOT the answer.

Gaining knowledge about how the camera actually works and the proper way to gather light will open all of your creative doors and get you excited about making photos again!

Mike Fetterer
Mike Fetterer
Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Mike's love for photography started at the age of 8, observing the creative artistry of his uncle who was also a professional wedding and portrait photographer. Upon purchasing his first SLR camera at age 10, Mike began to teach himself the art of proper exposure, composition and juxtoposition. In later years, Mike would learn to master off-camera lighting to create the award-winning imagery he is known for. He is currently operating a highly successful photo studio called Fetography Professional Imaging in Moline, Illinois.

Along with being the recipient of WeddingWire's Couples Choice Award for 2015, Mike has earned numerous awards for his wedding photography from GooglePlus and in 2012 was accepted as a member of Best Top Photographer.com, a worldwide organization consisting of the very best photographers in their respective genres. Mike is also a member of, insured through and legally represented by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the most prestigious organization for professional photographers in the industry.


Although his love for photography has brought him to great heights, he is also passionate about teaching. He has hosted many photography courses and educational photo walks from within his own studio in Bettendorf, Iowa for the past 5 years. He has an uncanny ability to explain even the most complex of subjects in an easy to understand, "plain English" manner that has won him favor with all that have taken his courses.

Mike Fetterer
mikesphotoacademy@gmail.com

Reviews (2)

Excellent Job

by Olivia Logan
This was a great course Mike! You explained manual exposure in detail and helped people understand more than just how to set each part of the triangle...you explained what each part does and how it effects the camera. Thank you for offering this course online and I look forward to more online courses hopefully coming soon!

Manual Exposure for Beginners

by Adella Maldonado
I thought it was a very good course, very thorough explaining how to use the manual setting, aperture, shutter speed, and iso. I now know what those buttons are for and how they are used. The class was easy to follow and understand. My favorite part was the hands on with the camera, learning how to adjust the camera to get a bright, clear picture. The quiz made me think esp after I missed one of the questions because I jumped the gun and didn't read it all. I just have a couple request please....I would like to see though how to change the aperture and briefly talk again about the bar and where it should be when taking a picture. For instance, I set my camera at 1/4, F5.6, 1600 and my line on the bar was on the negative side. Should it be? I am also using a wide lens 0.45m/1.5ft. Also, I was trying to take a picture of a lens on the desk, it was trying to focus, but couldn't until I moved back a little bit. Instead of moving back, should I have just changed my aperture or shutter speed? I plan to watch the class over and over so I may have additional feedback or questions in the near future. Thank you for all your help and being a great teacher! I look forward to learning more in the near future.

Excellent Job

by Olivia Logan
This was a great course Mike! You explained manual exposure in detail and helped people understand more than just how to set each part of the triangle...you explained what each part does and how it effects the camera. Thank you for offering this course online and I look forward to more online courses hopefully coming soon!

Manual Exposure for Beginners

by Adella Maldonado
I thought it was a very good course, very thorough explaining how to use the manual setting, aperture, shutter speed, and iso. I now know what those buttons are for and how they are used. The class was easy to follow and understand. My favorite part was the hands on with the camera, learning how to adjust the camera to get a bright, clear picture. The quiz made me think esp after I missed one of the questions because I jumped the gun and didn't read it all. I just have a couple request please....I would like to see though how to change the aperture and briefly talk again about the bar and where it should be when taking a picture. For instance, I set my camera at 1/4, F5.6, 1600 and my line on the bar was on the negative side. Should it be? I am also using a wide lens 0.45m/1.5ft. Also, I was trying to take a picture of a lens on the desk, it was trying to focus, but couldn't until I moved back a little bit. Instead of moving back, should I have just changed my aperture or shutter speed? I plan to watch the class over and over so I may have additional feedback or questions in the near future. Thank you for all your help and being a great teacher! I look forward to learning more in the near future.