DSLR Short Course - Get off Auto and explore story telling

Get off auto mode and create better photographs!

   Watch Promo

What you'll learn:

By the end of this course, you will be confidently photographing on Manual Mode and understanding how to take an accurate meter reading. You will have learned ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and how they interrelate as well as how to get creative shots by adjusting them in various ways. You'll have a clear understanding of composition, natural light for portraits, how to capture great landscape photographs and how to take your photos to the next level with Adobe Lightroom.

You will also complete an assignment and be ready to have your first Gorilla Exhibition (this is super fun, just wait til you get started to find out more)!

Level this course is suitable for:

Beginner or intermediate DSLR users who either don't currently shoot on manual mode, or do, but don't understand how to take a proper meter reading.

You may have just bought your camera; you may have had it for years and never switched it off auto; you may have experimented with AV or M mode but not really sure what or why you are adjusting those dials; or you may have learned photography back in your school days and need a refresher. Either way, this course is for you.

Course Outline:

1 - Introduction to the course and develop your idea for your assignment

2 - ISO

3 - Aperture

4 - Shutter speed

5 - Manual Mode

6 - Composition

7 - Natural Light

8 - Portrait

9 - Landscape

10 - Post Production

11 - Become a Gorilla Exhibitor! - Congratulations, you're now shooting on manual mode!

This course is taught via:

Video lessons

PDF downloadable notes

Quizzes to check you are absorbing all that information

Inspiration and technical tips

Each lesson includes practical tasks to add to your final assignment.


When does the course begin and end?

This course is available to you with full access to all modules as soon as you sign up and pay your enrollment. There is no time limits on how long it takes you to complete the course, so you can do it in a week (if you have a full week free!) or you can do it over a few months or even a year. It's entirely self paced.

Can I do the course more than once?

Hell yes! You have ongoing access to the course, so you can do it once, or as many times as you need to do each lesson to get it to sink in. Also, the way we've structured the course with the Gorilla Exhibitor element means we hope you return to it time and again, when you need motivation to pick up your camera and create another series of images!

What if I don't have a DSLR camera?

This course is specifically designed for DSLR camera users - so you won't get the most out of it if you have a point and shoot, compact camera or phone camera. But how do you know if you have a DSLR? That can sometimes be a bit confusing these days, especially with all the hybrid, bridge, and compact cameras that LOOK like DSLRs. If you're unsure, just drop us an email at learn@withcamerainhand.com.au with the Make and Model of your camera and we'll let you know if it's suitable.

Will I REALLY get off auto mode by doing this course?

If you watch all the video tutorials AND do the experiments and shoots we explain to you in them, then absolutely, you will be off auto by the end. If you don't do the experiments and shoots? Then you'll understand how to be off auto in your head, but the reality of actually shooting will still evade you. Photography is practical and we REALLY want you to be using your camera to it's full potential. So if you really want to learn, dive on in and we'll get you there.

What if the course doesn't meet my expectations?

We are incredibly proud of this course and totally confident you'll love it. BUT, if for any reason you don't, we offer a 30 day money back guarantee. If you are having trouble at any point, just remember we are on hand via email to answer your questions if anything isn't clear. And we are always open to constructive feedback, so if you have ideas to improve the course, please let us know.

Your Instructor


Michelle began her photography career in 2002 in London. She continued to work, travel, develop photography skills and build her portfolio around the world until returning to Australia in 2004. She worked as a photographer in the NSW ski fields in 2004, then after 2 years of studying photography, and a few more years assisting numerous photographers across fashion, advertising, wedding, food and portraiture, she began her business MDP Photography and Video in 2007.

She has since worked with artists like Missy Higgins (video BTS for OZ album + acoustic session music videos), Joe Dolce, The Doctor Blake Mysteries as well as organisations like JP Morgan, Department of Education and Training, Superfriend mental health foundation, all the major banks, Radio Rentals, Chillout Festival, and loads more.

Class Curriculum

  Introduction - get your head around essential camera settings and embark on a photographic adventure
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Become a Gorilla Exhibitor - It's time to stop and celebrate what you've learned!
Available in days
days after you enroll
  August Monthly Motivator
Available in days
days after you enroll

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 and feel as though it doesn't represent awesome value for money and clear guidance, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Get started now!