Online Class

Mastering Exposure


Gain an essential understanding of exposure. Learn to assess any lighting situation, take control of your settings and shoot great photos.

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including Jennifer's gear list
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Closed captioning available (web only)
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Light is the most important factor for your photos — make it work for you with the right exposure. Join Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Jennifer Spelman as she demystifies exposure for photography with foundational skills that will inform every image you make from here on out. During class, Jennifer will teach you to assess the important factors in your photo environment and adjust your exposure accordingly. Then, you'll discover the importance of metering before you learn how exposure can help play up both depth and motion. Want to be prepared even in difficult light? Jennifer will set you up for success in challenging situations and guide you through extremes that can occur in everyday light. Plus, you'll even find out how to use exposure to alter the mood and capture the story you want.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Get Comfortable With Exposure Settings
Mastering exposure is the key to successful photos in any light. Take more control over your camera and learn how the exposure compensation feature makes subtle shifts with big impacts. Jennifer builds your confidence in selecting shooting priority and helps you get out of auto mode.
2. Measuring Light
3. Exposing for Motion & Depth of Field
4. Considering Tone
5. Evaluating Challenging Light
6. Adding Mood With Exposure
7. Exposing for All Situations

Taught by

Jennifer Spelman
Jennifer Spelman
At Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Jennifer Spelman received training from the best of the best in photography — and she never left. Now a regular instructor, she loves working with aspiring photographers to help them develop their skills. Jennifer has also co-instructed the National Geographic Expeditions and taught with the Sun Valley Center for Arts. In her own photography, she specializes in accentuating connections and emotions to create powerful portraits and stories.

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