Creating the Image: Photography Basics + Shooting Manual Mode

Understanding ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Mastering Manual Mode!

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Still shooting on the green box? Trying to get “the blur?” Or still fumbling trying to figure out if you’re using the correct settings when taking pictures? Don’t doubt any longer! If you’re a first-time DSLR owner or a budding business owner, this is the photography class for you!

This online, self-paced class is taught by professional Phoenix-based wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer Diana Elizabeth. In under 30 minutes you'll be shooting in manual mode. By the end of the podcast style course, you’ll know which ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings are needed to capture the image you envision.

What is ISO? What should your settings be? How do you get proper exposure? What is shutter speed and aperture? What type of lens should you use?

You’ll also get equipped with insider knowledge on:

  • Equipment favorites and resources
  • The correct lenses to use for capturing the image you want
  • ISO, shutterspeed, and aperture (and how they all relate)
  • Composition
  • Lighting techniques—silhouette, backlighting, golden light, open shade, bounce flash, direct flash, and more!
  • Working with subjects to get the reactions you want—children, couples, families
  • Posing and styling techniques
  • Post processing— what are actions and presets
  • And much, much more!


Taking this course made it incredibly easy to learn manual mode. I was too intimidated to shoot on anything but the green box, trying to understand the different components just seemed too complicated until I took Diana’s course. She truly breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand, the pieces fell quickly into place and now I don’t shoot on anything BUT manual mode. She doesn’t just touch on the basics, she walks you through exercises that help you actually see how those functions change your image. I’m a visual learner, so this really set her apart from some of other courses that I bought. I can’t say enough about Diana and how simple she made photography for me.

Your class has taken my photography skills and confidence to a higher level, which is priceless! I could confidently shoot in manual mode after the first class and am even more passionate about photography than I was before. Thank you for a fun, informative, and beautifully organized class. Thank your for generously sharing your knowledge and experience. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to capture better images!

Just (by taking) the course, I felt like my confidence when taking pictures had boosted! I now walk into a photo shoot confident that my lighting will come out right. I always tried to find and Google information about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and I was always guided to the most complicated manuals and articles. I never really understood any of it. The way you have taught this workshop has made it so easy for me to understand and grasp the concepts. My friends and family are noticing that images are coming out a lot better ever since I started this workshop with you. Once again, I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge. I can’t wait to start your next workshop.

After participating in ‘Creating the Image,’ I learned more about my camera in (the class) than I had since I bought it! After taking Diana’s class, I feel empowered to take my photography to the next level and feel that I have a solid foundation to build upon. Thank you for unselfishly sharing your amazing talent!

Your Instructor

Diana Elizabeth Steffen
Diana Elizabeth Steffen

Hi there! I am a full-time Phoenix based photographer and lifestyle blogger. I've been a photographer for almost 10 years with experience photographing families, couples, weddings, and editorial work for publications. I have a passion for sharing knowledge and teaching and I am so happy you are here.

I have taught hundreds of photographers around the country through my online workshops, and many have gone on to become successful photographers. I am excited to be able to share my passion to teach through this self-paced online course.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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