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Manual Photography Basics

Date: 3 Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31
Time: 6 – 6:40 pm (EST)
Registration Deadline: January, 13
Format: Online via Zoom

Take your photos to the next level and enter the world of manual mode photography. Via Zoom, you’ll receive guidance and individual attention while learning to shoot in manual mode on your DSLR camera. (It’s not that scary!) The instructor will send a Zoom link a few days before class.

We’ll cover the basics of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and discuss lenses and their uses. Then we’ll move on to compositional ideas, discuss natural and Studio lighting, and explore the use of a few more functions on the camera. You’ll take on photography assignments between class meetings, and we’ll share our learning and successes.

You’ll come away with a solid starting point for manual mode shooting extending well beyond the automatic capabilities of your camera. All sessions are geared toward individual interests and skill levels, although we’ll start with the basics.

A former dancer and an accomplished photographer, Maureen Janson Heintz specializes in photography for theater and dance, actor headshots, and fine art photography with a focus on landscapes, long exposure, and intentional camera movement. She is the resident photographer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department, enjoys headshot photography in Madison, WI, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and continues to work as a choreographer for theater and concert dance.

Website: maureenjanson.com

A DSLR camera, charged battery, and SD card are required. Access to the user’s manual for your camera is helpful (and advised). If you do not have a paper copy of your manual, a quick google search will typically allow you access to a pdf copy online.

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/


To ensure the safety of our students and Staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons for indoor programs and 16 outdoor programs
  • All students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and not attend class.
  • Students and Staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize common areas and touch surfaces regularly.
  • We have optimized our indoor ventilation system to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air.
  • If Leelanau County COVID-related cases are designated high risk, students and visitors must wear a face mask to prevent transmission.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, Staff will inform the GAAC’s new policies or procedures before the start of the course.


starts January 17 @ 6:00 pm
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