Last month Brooke's husband took a night photography lesson with their Nikon D3100. Yesterday afternoon I met her for a more general 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson focused on making the switch from aperture priority mode to shooting using manual exposure mode. I think by the end of the 2-hour lesson Brooke had successfully made the switch!
Brooke had photography knowledge, but it was not organized in a way that could be counted upon to produce consistent results when shooting in various conditions. I helped her organize that knowledge and added in key pieces of additional information using my 5-step process for getting a sharp and well exposed shot in any shooting condition. I started by pointing out that since she was already an aperture priority shooter, switching to manual means only adding one more thing to set yourself, which of course is shutter speed.