with April Milani

Join April in this exclusive course that teaches you the basics of your camera. Learn to make decisions about camera settings that allow you to capture the effects you desire for your images, in any setting. Understand the ins and outs of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Comfortably move from automatic mode to manual mode, releasing the potential of your camera and your creative mind. As you move through this 4 week course, you’ll move from a beginner photographer to a more advanced artist.

With intelligent technology becoming the norm, you may ask:  Why not just let the camera make decisions for me?  While it’s true that on average, the camera can determine what settings will make a correct exposure, the camera can’t possibly know which correct exposure you had in mind when you set out to make an image.   Understanding the components of exposure and how they work together will give you the creative freedom to make the images you see in your mind—the images that express your creative vision.


  • How to use your camera to understand ISO, aperture, and shutter speed
  • How to use any lighting situation to create the images you want
  • How to utilize your camera settings to the their fullest potential
  • How to differentiate between JPG and RAW
  • How to connect to others and create a supportive community
  • Learn how to manually focus your lens


This workshop is broken into 4 different lessons over 4 weeks, all building on one another. Every lesson is written with you in mind. You will have access to a printable eBook that April has written for you with accompanying video tutorials. These materials will be available to you even after the class is over, ensuring that you have the right tools to continue to create and tell your story.

The Nuts and Bolts

Week One – Exposure and ISO

  • Course overview
  • Introduction
  • Learning the basics on your camera
  • Measuring and evaluating light
  • Your Histogram
  • Components of Exposure- The Exposure Triangle
  • Creative Exercise of the week

Size Does Matter

Week Two – Aperture

  • Introduction to aperture
  • Learning the effects of aperture on light
  • Identifying the difference between low and high f-stops
  • Using f-stops to create focal points
  • Depth beyond aperture
  • Creative exercise of the week

From Tack Sharp to Embracing the Blur

Week Three – Shutter Speed

  • Learning the mechanics of shutter speed
  • Utilizing the correct shutter speed for various lighting situations
  • Understanding shutter speed and camera mobility
  • Using shutter speed to filter light
  • Identifying when to use a tripod with a lower shutter speed
  • Stopping or enhancing motion
  • Switch you lens from auto to manual focus
  • Creative exercise of the week

Bells and Whistles

Week Four – ISO 

  • Understanding how ISO, aperture and shutter speed all correlate
  • ISO isn’t just for low light. Let’s explore all light.
  • What about grain? When is is it too much?
  • Capturing an image in any situation
  • Understanding JPG and RAW images
  • Manually focus when your subject is in motion
  • Bringing it all together
  • Creative exercise of the week

How Does the Course work?


Workshops operate 100% online. All our premium course content is available to you 24/7 so you can learn at a time that suits you!

There are no set class times, so that means YOU follow the lesson plan when it suits YOU!


Our team of Instructors have put together easy to follow courses which are offered as a downloadable pdf at the end of your course period, that incorporate comprehensive lessons and complementary video content.


Our All-Inclusive students are guided through each weekly lesson through our Student Forum and will receive invaluable personalized feedback and bonus content on their progress.



April is a retired military wife and homeschooling mom of two wild boys. April is not afraid to go out and try something new, even if she fails. She’s still won because she didn’t let fear stop her. April is human; she makes mistakes; she is perfectly imperfect; she is saved by grace. Her saying this year is, “don’t feed the fears.”

Sign-up For This Course


Get detailed instructor feedback and support and while enjoying interacting with like-minded creatives through our online forum during the course. Share your work, enjoy the challenges and instructor-led discussions in our online classroom which is open 24/7. Access to our Student-led Masters forum upon course completion.



Observation Seat

Get access to our online classroom to follow along with forum conversations and instructor critiques of the ‘All-Inclusive’ student assignments. Observation seat students do not participate in discussions and don’t receive direct instructor feedback. Access to our Student-led Masters forum upon course completion.



Independent Learning

Move beyond static pages and learn at your own pace and independently. Independent learners have access to the online course allowing you to track your progress and manage your time for the course as you go. Learn at your own pace on any device. Note as an independent learner you do not have access to the Student Forum or instructor feedback and critique.


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