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Gain Control of your Camera

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Gain Control of your CameraLearn to control your camera like a professional. Stop letting your camera do the driving; instead, get out of the green zone and take charge of your photography. In this exciting 4-week online PhotoCourse, professional photographer Todd Morrison will show you how to: 1) Fully understand proper exposure, manual control of your camera, apertures, shutter speeds and ISO settings. 2) Learn the incredible creative tools that all pro photographers use - depth of field and creative use of shutter speeds. 3) Fully realize your artistic vision for each and every photo.

Key Features

  1. Exploring the Shooting Modes on Your Camera
  2. Aperture Priority and ISO Settings
  3. Understanding Depth of Field
  4. Manual Mode and the Proper Exposure

  • Get out of the green zone by learning - step by step - to take control of your camera and the creative process.
  • Learn to use shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings to gain control of your artistic expression.
  • Fully understand proper exposure once and for all.
  • Finally understand depth of field and use this knowledge to your advantage.
  • Designed for any type of photography.

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Todd  Morrison Todd Morrison
Todd Morrison has acquired more than 16 years of experience in the professional photographic industry. Todd's experience includes professional photo lab management, portrait studio management, oil painting, portrait photography, commercial photography, Interior photography, editorial photography and stock nature and wildlife photography. Todd also specializes in training and instruction for Photoshop, Painter, digital photography and lighting.

Todd brings real-world experience and advanced Photoshop techniques to digital photographers. Clients include Epson America and Adobe. Todd also serves as a contributing writer for Photoshop User, Digital Capture, Focus on Imaging, Create, Professional Photographer and Rangefinder magazines.

Contributing Author:
Photoshop World Dream Team Book

"Photoshop for Portrait Photographers and Creating Digital Art" - video training programs by Software Cinema

Trainer and public speaker for the following events:

  • Dpix Conference
  • Photoshop World
  • Epson Workshops
  • PPA Focus On Imaging
  • WPPI Convention
  • Software Cinema Live

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Exploring the Shooting Modes on Your Camera
When you leave the Green Zone on your camera, where do you go? We will visit Shutter Priority, Running Man, The Great Mountain and Flower Power. In lesson 1 of our quest to leave the Green Zone, we will explore all available shooting mode options except two, Aperture Priority (A or Tv, for Time Value) and Manual Mode (M), we will save those for future lessons.
Assignment: Modes and shutter speeds.

Lesson 2: Aperture Priority and ISO Settings
In the last lesson, we learned about shutter speeds and experimented with their affect on our images. Then we let the camera drive using the various preset modes. Now you are going to learn to drive the camera. True sports car enthusiasts would not dream of buying a Corvette with an automatic transmission, they want to shift the gears! You will soon be in complete control of your camera as well, shifting gears like a pro!
Assignment: Working in Aperture Priority and trying different ISOs.

Lesson 3: Understanding Depth of Field
Depth of Field. You no doubt have heard this term thrown around before but what does it really mean? Does it have something to do with football? No, this is a very exciting tool used to give you even more control of you artistic vision. We will take this a step at a time and learn the real meaning of Depth of Field. You now understand setting ISO values, selecting shutter speeds and selecting apertures. Now we are going to learn about Depth of Field.
Assignment: Shoot scenes with depth (close foreground and distant background).

Lesson 4: Manual Mode and the Proper Exposure
Manual exposure, the dreaded M word, everything you have learned to this point has prepared you to take off the training wheels and roll. Now that you are the proud owner of a six-speed Ferrari (I mean powerful photographic tool!), we will learn how to use all of this control to create photographic art. We will now take full control of the exposure and the creative process. Dont misplace your trusty friend the tripod ... from now on you will appreciate the efforts of this faithful companion.
Assignment: Work Manual mode with different ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings.

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 



  • Digital or film-based camera.
  • Camera capable of Manual control of shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings.
  • Ability to upload digital files from your captured images.
  • Sturdy tripod.



Who is this course designed for?
This class is intended for everyone from the beginner to the "junior intermediate".  

I do not understand the terms shutter speed and aperture. Will I be lost in this class?
Absolutely not! We are going to learn about shutter speeds and apertures together utilizing a very visual easy to understand method.  

I have some experience shooting in Manual mode and have a basic understanding of shutter speeds and aApertures. Will I get anything out of this class, or will it be too basic?
Yes, if you do not "Completely" understand the creative use of Manual mode, shutter speeds, apertures, ISO settings and Depth of Field, you will benefit from this class. Upon completion of the class, you will have a new freedom and sense of control over the creative process.  

I always shoot in full Automatic or Program Mode. Do I need to have previous experience shooting in Manual mode?
No. This class will take you step by step through understanding and controlling your camera in Manual mode.  

Do I need to have a digital camera?
No, as long as you have the ability to scan and send digital files in a timely manner for review, you could shoot a film camera.  

Does my camera need to be expensive - a professional model?
No. As long as your camera allows you to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO in full Manual mode you will be fine.  

Do I need anything else?
Yes. A tripod. This is absolutely essential.  

Are you going to teach things you can do in Photoshop in this photo course?
No. This course is not about Photoshop or digital image-editing software.  

© Todd Morrison 

© Todd Morrison 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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