On a sunny Friday Florida morning I met Bob in downtown St. Petersburg for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photgraphy Lesson to help him get off auto-mode on his Nikon D5100 and start taking control over his images. Like many of my students, Bob has had a long interest in photography and owned point & shoot cameras, then decided to get more serious and got a DSLR. Then he realized that shooting with a DSLR is a different world and that auto-mode is not producing the results he wants. Hence, I promote my lessons as getting off auto-mode in 2 hours!
Bob had good photography knowledge already, so as I showed him how to change the necessary settings on his Nikon D5100 to make a well exposed and sharp shot in any shooting conditions, he was quicker on the uptake than average for knowing what to change to adjust final image results. Though there are only five things you need to change, and I can describe what those five are in about 30 minutes, applying that knowledge in real shooting situations still takes a lot of practice, and I think also trust in the system I teach as well as trust in your DSLR photography gear.
I look forward to seeing Bob's new sunset images and more now that he knows how to shoot in manual mode.