using the Manual Mode, with our sophisticated equipment

Interested to learn photography but not sure if you should buy a camera/ DSLR for your introductory class? 

Almost all photography courses require learners to have their own equipment.

But in Photosprouts, you do not need to buy a decent camera or DSLR to begin your adventurous exploration in the field of photography. 

Because we PROVIDE ALL EQUIPMENT for you.

Photosprouts Photography Workshop provides DSLR cameras and lens for beginners so they don't have to invest in the expensive equipments before diving into the field of photography.

Our students will receive a DSLR camera body (Canon T5) and 2 lens (Canon 18-55 F3.5-5.6; 75-300mm F4-5.6) throughout the workshops. The workshop includes a classroom lecture and a field trip to San Francisco's photogenic spots. 

We believe:

1. one should learn how to use Manual Mode in order to capture great images

2. photography is an art that CONNECTS PEOPLE

3. photography classes should not be confined inside a classroom

Start your coolest photography class ever at Photosprouts!

Christina Szeto, Founder & CEO

3 Reasons Why You Should Use the Manual Mode

How do you fix an image that is too dark or too bright, or too yellow? Use the Manual Mode.
1. Auto Mode cannot handle low light/ backlight conditions

Smart phones or point-and-shoot cameras make it hard to capture correctly exposed photos in dark and backlit conditions. Only the manual mode can fix the problem.

2. Get shallow depth of field or create motion-blurred photos

Using wider aperture allows you to get a shallower depth of field (subject sharp and in focus while the background is blurry).  Sometimes, you want to capture the sense of motion by freezing the subject, or create motion blur by slowing down the shutter speed. Using the manual mode, you get to take control of the situation and create the images that you love. The auto mode won't capture what you want.

3. Fix the problem immediately

If your image is too bright, or the tone is too yellowish, what would you do? If you shoot in the A or S mode, you might want to increase the exposure compensation but then another problem will pop up--your image then gets blurred out. Changing the exposure compensation doesn't not solve the root of the problem because you're "forcing" the camera to slow down the shutter which also captures the vibration. To solve this problem, use the manual mode and be mindful of the secondary effect that each exposure variable brings in.

The Instructor

Christina Szeto is a portrait and lifestyle photographer who is passionately in love with capturing precious life stories. She has also taught the course "Understanding Life Through Photography" in one of the top colleges in Hong Kong--the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She aroused students' interest in photography through interactive activities and trained them to see ordinary scenes with new perspectives. 95% of her students have continued to pursue advanced education in photography or have significantly improved their skills that would be useful in their daily lives and photography careers.

She recently moved to the States, bringing in her unique experience, passion and teaching skills that would help people take photos from a better angle. Christina was raised in a Chinese family and speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Check out her work here.

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