Use Manual Camera Settings to Express Your Vision

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If you bought a camera with manual settings you have probably intended to learn how to turn all the dials and create the images you weren't getting on your smartphone. Since then you may have found the mode has stayed on automatic and not really known where to start with aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

In this session we will describe the function of each control and why you would choose particular settings for different kinds of images and lighting setups. 

The session will take you through the controls on your camera and then involve practical exercises so you can see the effects of different settings and why you would choose them.

When you book the session you will be sent a short questionaire about your experience, camera model and style of photography that interests you so we can tailor the class to the participants and their equipment.

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What you will learn
  • Function of each control and why you would choose particular settings for different kinds of images and lighting setups.
  • Controls on your camera and then involve practical exercises so you can see the effects of different settings
  • Techniques and information on how to use manual camera settings
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an experienced teacher!
  • Experience with your camera
  • Kit with explanations and more exercises

What to bring
  • Your camera with a standard lens
  • Charged batteries and an empty memory card
  • A notebook
What to wear



LUXE learn

Vendor since 2017

LUXE learn has been set up to respond to the current demand for learning new skills from cooking, through metalwork, gardening which don't involve sitting in front of a screen all day.

Many existing courses take a traditional view, presenting photography as it was in the 20th century. Most work is no longer printed on paper and is ever more ephemeral. Today's image rapidly replaced by tomorrow's. These workshops are designed to help you create images that stand out and also for you to identify your signature style and develop a consistent look and feel across your work.

Peter Collie is a photographer with over 10 years experience shooting campaigns for major brands.

Now instead of shooting for magazines and billboards his clients are shooting for social media and e-commerce. The images are smaller and viewed quickly so actually need more impact as we spend less time on each image unless it has initial impact and interesting details as a second level.

Peter has given masterclasses in lighting, camera use, software and workflow for brands like Olympus, Apple, HeadOn and many more. 

He has also written several TAFE courses on 'How to Interpret a design Brief' for Open Colleges and is a casual lecturer at Billy Blue College of Design.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

LUXE learn requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email LUXE learn to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at LUXE learn or organised by LUXE learn must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by LUXE learn.


I agree to give LUXE learn unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at LUXE learn classes and events or on LUXE learn's premises. (For use of LUXE learn marketing materials).


LUXE learn requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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