Manual Exposure Photography

If you own (or want to own) a nice camera but only know how to shoot on automatic, then this workshop is for you!

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Learning the basics of photography can be overwhelming not because the information isn’t available, but because there’s TOO much information available. You can go online and ask a simple photography question and get 30 different explanations and end up even more confused than when you started. Ahh!


What Will I Learn? I’m glad you asked! I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about adjusting your camera settings in different lighting situations while having complete control over the exposure and creative look of every image that you capture!

7 Easy-To-Follow Segments. This workshop is broken down into 7 easy-to-follow segments that take you step-by-step through each topic with video demonstrations. So it’ll be like we’re together in person, only better you’ll be able to go at your own pace and hit pause and play as many times as you’d like!

Learn From A Pro. I’ve been a professional photographer for over 12 years and I’m teaching you the exact settings that I adjust on my camera during every photo shoot. I’m also telling you which settings you can completely ignore.

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  • Re-watch the segments as many times as you’d like.

Downloadable Cheat Sheet - This workshop includes a custom designed awesome Cheat Sheet so you can quickly reference how to adjust your camera settings in different lighting situations. Throughout the workshop, you’ll fill in the blanks so the Cheat Sheet is specific to YOUR camera!

BOTTOM LINE - If you want to get past automatic mode, make the most of your equipment, and have full creative control over your images… then this workshop is for you!

Your Instructor

Arica Dorff
Arica Dorff

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: I’m a Photographer, Teacher, Pet Painter, Hot Tea Drinker, Animal Lover, and Ukulele Player.

WHERE AM I FROM? I was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, and moved to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Shortly after college, I discovered my love for photography and opened a luxury pet & family studio.

I love teaching and naturally began offering in-person and online photography and business workshops, speaking at photography conventions, and mentoring aspiring photographers from all over the country.

WHERE DO I LIVE NOW? After 9 years as Las Vegas’ top pet photographer, I sold my business and relocated to beautiful Washington State.


  • Teaching Workshops
  • Creating Pet Paintings
  • My annual 5,000 mile Pet Photography Road Trip
  • Hanging out on my 3 acre farm
  • Cuddling with my Bloodhound, Gracie
  • Hiking & Mountain Biking with my husband

Thank you for visiting my workshop site! I look forward to being a part of your online educational journey! If you’d like to see my Pet Photography work or Pet Paintings, visit www.aricadorff.com.

Talk to you soon! - Arica Dorff, Cr.Photog

Class Curriculum

  Segment 1 - What equipment do I need?
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  Segment 2 - Pay attention to light
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  Segment 3 - Understanding Exposure
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  Segment 4 - Adjusting the 3 "ingredients" on your camera
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  Segment 5 Part 1 - Built In Camera Light Meter
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  Segment 5 Part 2 - Built In Camera Light Meter
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  Segment 6 - The good stuff that every photographer should know
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  Segment 7 - Controlling the artistic look of your images
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Will I have access to the entire workshop even if I choose the monthly payment plan option?
Yes! Both payment options (Monthly or One-Time Payment) gives you immediate access to the ENTIRE workshop. Login 24/7, hit pause and play, and re-watch the segments as many times as you’d like!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What equipment do I need for this workshop?
You’ll only need 4 things – a camera, a lens, a battery for your camera, and a memory card. That’s it! If you have your camera instruction manual, that’s a bonus. If not, you can always look up your camera instruction manual online.
Can I download the training videos and watch them offline?
Yes! Under each video you have the option to download the videos to your computer. So you can watch the training videos through the workshop website OR offline anytime on your computer.
If I don't own a camera yet, which camera should I buy?
I dedicated an entire segment to answering this question (Segment 1)! In Segment 1, I give you camera suggestions and information about selecting lenses that are compatible with your specific camera. But the short answer is, you will be able to complete this workshop and capture amazing images with ANY digital camera that has the ability to shoot on Manual Mode (meaning that you can adjust your Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO manually).
Can I email Arica if I have questions?
Absolutely! The point of this workshop is for you to get results, so if you’re struggling with anything, please email me at arica@aricadorff.com. Send me pictures that you’re taking and tell me what the issues are that you’re facing and we’ll work together to get you back on track!
Why this course over other training options?
You can learn photography the fast way or the slow way. The slow way would be to read hundreds of articles online, get overwhelmed by all of the information, and end up more confused than when you started. You could also attend months of classes at your local college, but most of us can’t find 20 minutes a day to workout, so months of classes probably won’t happen any time soon. The other option is to learn the fast way, right here with my online workshop. I created a step-by-step system for you to follow so by the end of this workshop, you’ll be confidently adjusting your camera settings in all different lighting situations and you’ll have complete control over the exposure and creative look of every image that you capture! Basically, I created the most awesome short-cut for you and left out all of the extra stuff that you don’t need to know that tends to confuse and overwhelm people. Photography is supposed to be fun, not frustrating. I look forward to being a part of your photographic journey!
How long is the workshop?
Throughout this workshop I give you “homework” so you are practicing everything you’re learning. You’ll also be hitting pause to figure out settings on your camera and to jot down notes on your Cheat Sheet. So how long it takes to complete the workshop is going to differ for everyone. But if you watch the workshop from start to finish without stopping for practice shoots or to take notes, the workshop is 3 hours long.

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