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  1. Danni says:

    awesome! i already shoot in manual but i look forward to brushing up on it. thanks for doing this segment!

  2. Nicole says:

    Im particularly looking forward to this! I just got a Canon 600D for Christmas and thus far have had it on auto only. I know I can do amazing things with it but don’t know how, I’ll definitely be back next week 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    YES! Oh my gosh, yes, I’m so excited. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amy Willa says:

    Oh, Courtney. . . I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! It literally gave me tingles to read 🙂 Thanks for tutoring us! Can’t wait!

  5. Michelle Lubbers says:

    Looking forward to following along! Thanks for taking the time to share your tips and tricks.

  6. jessica says:

    I think you’re a fabulous photographer, so I’m sure this will be great series. I started shooting in Manual when I got my Canon a year ago, and I’ve never looked back.

  7. I am SUPER excited about this! Looking forward to your posts on this! I need to focus more on photography for my blog, and I’d say I take mediocre pictures at best, even when I really try.

  8. I ocassionaly jump out of automatic into manaul, but am so afraid of “missing” that good shot! Must brave up!

  9. Hayley says:

    H! Fellow military wife here (been in 14.5 years next month)….hubby’s actually on R&R now from Afghanistan!

    I got my first slr for Christmas 2007 (Rebel Xti). I shot auto at first and thought I was awesome lol. Then moved to full manual when I wanted to start a biz. Lots of practice, photography forums, etc later I started a biz. But after a while ai got burnt out.

    I just recently (like 2 days ago) upgraded to the 60D. I was going to get the 7D but the price difference wasn’t with the few extra features…..and I was excited about the flip out screen. 🙂

    Although I shoot in manual, I’m excited to see what advice you have. I’m always up for learning and new techniques!!!


  10. Kerri says:

    Thanks, so excited for this!

  11. Anna says:

    I’ve had my Rebel T2i for a year and a half and am just now really getting into learning it. Thanks for doing this as I also believe that I have a point and shoot to shoot in automatic and that I should do more with my pricey camera!!

  12. Ophelia says:

    I found my way here from a friend who recommended your blog. This is exactly what I am looking for! I have a rebel xs since 2009. I have just recently starting shooting in manual in an attempt to get better control over my shots (I was not liking the auto modes). I still switch back to portrait sometimes – mostly because I was afraid of missing “the shot” lol I am hoping to shoot more without relying too much on the flash. Can’t wait to get started!

  13. Kelly Loss says:

    Such a sweetheart! Thank you for sharing your time and TALENT with us! Can’t wait!

  14. Kimberly says:

    I love that you’re doing this! I have a decent camera but I don’t know how to use it. I would love to take it off of auto and really see what I can do.

  15. Jamie Desjardins says:

    Wow, thank you for doing this! I had a Canon Rebel Xsi, and just recently upgraded also to a 7D. However, I am REALLY struggling with it. I feel like everything is just coming out blurry! 🙁 I didn’t have this issue with my Rebel and am starting to question if it is me or the actual camera. Maybe following along with you will help! 🙂

  16. Bernadette says:

    SOOOO loving the thought of this. Tweeted and pinned this and looking forward to at the least watching along if not playing along. I have my husband’s Canon EOS 60D. He used to be a wedding photographer so he’s taught me a thing or two, but on both the “big guy” and my point and shoot (which, actually, has some highly customizable manual like features) I just want to expand on the shots I take. I would love to do less photo editing (although that is super fun) and more capturing the shot straight on.

    Regardless of the gear, looks like you’ll cover some general basic concepts that I can use even if I still refuse to pick up the manual and read it. Yes…eventually…

    Fun times!

    Bernadette @www.b3hd.blogspot.com

  17. Carolyn says:

    This is great and so timely! I just took a beginner class, and feel overwhelmed. I’m glad to have someone break it down, and also have “assignments” 🙂
    Will each lesson be on a Monday? I need to put it in my calendar! 🙂

  18. what a great idea! manual is THE only way to use your camera to the full extent, for SURE.

  19. yeah, good on ya courtney!! i’ll be following along! 🙂

  20. Chris H says:

    I just signed up for the Manual Fickr group can hardly wait to get started.

  21. JSS says:

    I’m excited for your shooting in manual series! I’ve been tinkering around with my Canon Rebel t1i for a couple years, and have gotten seriously addicted to photography within the past several months. My husband got me some great new lenses for Christmas, so I’m all ears when it comes to learning how to better use all this great equipment!

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  24. Lia says:

    I have just purchased my first DSLR camera and would love to do your lessons .. Your site was reccomended by a lady on Clickin Mom’s . Cheers Lia

  25. DeAnna says:

    I found this blog about a month ago and haven’t had the time to sit down and read through it all but I am bound and determine to do it this weekend LOL I hope it isn’t too late to join these challenges and any adivce/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

  26. Kelly-Marie says:

    I’m so glad I have found you as I am trying to switch to manual mode after so many attempts at it, this time I am going to make myself use it from now on. Wish me luck 😉

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