Shooting on Manual to Maximize Creativity

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All of the greatest photographers use their camera on the Manual setting. The reason is simple – Shooting on Manual maximizes your creativity by controlling the camera to capture images the same way you see them.


Joe Fischer will show you how to instantly assess a shooting condition and setup your camera in a matter of seconds on the Manual setting. Anything longer and you could miss the shot. From there you can add effects and experiment, and in no time you’ll be shooting like a pro.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • • Quickly evaluate your shooting condition
  • • Assess ambient light
  • • Determine your desired aperture
  • • Set the proper shutter speed and ISO
  • • Use the focus system for artistic expression
  • • Differentiate between RAW and compressed images
  • • Avoid using Auto or Priority modes


This workshop provides the core concepts required for intermediate and advanced photography and capturing difficult shots. These are concepts many photographers never adequately learned or practiced under guided instruction but are required to take your shooting to next level. The concepts apply to all photos, including landscapes, weddings, wildlife, sports and action, low-light and even exciting night sky images with light painting.

Required Equipment

DSLR or camera that can be used in full manual settings


Instructor Bio

Joe Fischer headshotJoe Fischer is a landscape and underwater photographer who specializes in the art of low-light and technical photography. His work as an instructor has taken him around the world where he teaches people how to use cameras under some of the most demanding conditions — underwater. On land he specializes in capturing the scenic beauty of California as well as migratory birds each year. Some of his work can be seen on display inside the California Energy Commission building in Sacramento. His current portfolio can be seen at and his underwater photos can be seen at


October 24 2020 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-441-2341
Member $ 95.00
Non-member $ 145.00

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones



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