Do you wish your food shots could look as good as they taste?

This course is SLR camera users with a burning desire
to conquer manual mode.



Many people think that manual mode is difficult to learn. It's quite like driving a manual control car, a great instructor can make it easy. Once you grasp how each of the three 'pedals' work (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), it quickly becomes second nature.

I will show you how to use manual mode with content-rich engaging videos,
assignments and fun quizzes.

And in the mentored version, I will PERSONALLY review every assignment throughout the
4 week course and answer all your questions.


Imagine if you can:

  • Create the photo you want in-camera, rather than after hours of Photoshop

  • Produce bright, light, fresh images -
    say goodbye to dull and flat results

  • Choose the area of focus in your image

  • Selectively freeze or blur movement

  • Feel confident selecting manual mode settings

  • Have your assignment images personally and privately reviewed with detailed feedback by a professional

  • Have all your questions answered


No more false starts, no more confusion, no more overwhelm.

Learn manual mode in just 4 weeks.


This workshop is perfect for you if:

  • You have a digital SLR camera or mirrorless camera that offers manual mode functions to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO

  • You feel ready to learn manual mode and have reached some limitations with auto mode

  • You are a blogger, social media enthusiast, small business owner, foodie, creative professional, chef, or you just want to know manual mode!

  • You want to feel proud of the images you post online, and see your business grow as a result of your upgraded brand image

  • You are excited & motivated and really want to take your photography to the next level

  • Mentored version: You are available to dedicate approx 2 hours per week, in daylight hours to your practical assignments, for four weeks from 10th February 2020.

Catherine Mitchell Corporate Professional

Catherine Mitchell
Corporate Professional

Fran is a wonderful instructor. I have been in both her physical and online classrooms. She has an easy, relaxed, and encouraging style. Fran adapts to suit individual needs and she has been incredibly helpful in developing my novice photography skills.

Sarah Joy Leuterio  Graphic Designer

Sarah Joy Leuterio
Graphic Designer

The course was exactly what I expected and more. In fact it's the first time I have completely understood aperture and shutter speed thanks to the easy-to-digest format. I particularly liked Fran’s teaching style.

Hollie Woodford  Le Cordon Bleu Chef

Hollie Woodford
Le Cordon Bleu Chef

This course is fantastic, Fran is amazing and really helps you understand in an easy way. I didn’t know how to use a camera when I started. Now I feel like a photographer!

Annie Stekerhofs Proprietor Apple Annie’s Bakery

Annie Stekerhofs
Proprietor Apple Annie’s Bakery

Fran's approach to teaching is fantastic, really comprehensive and precise. The practical exercises are fun and make it easy to understand the fundamentals. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their food photography.



What exactly do you get?



STARTS 10 FEB 2020


Exactly what you get:

An online course that can be completed in 4 weeks with me as your mentor, OR complete the self-drive course at your own pace, over any period of time.

  • Individual assignment image reviews and personalised feedback

  • 5 modules of rich-video content full of demos, illustrations and examples

  • Lifetime access to the content after the mentored period of the course is completed, including any future improvements and upgrades to the course

  • Q&A opportunities

  • A range of bonuses including: eBook, Extra Modules + Facebook Group Membership

*Conditions apply to the money back guarantee. Please see below for details.


 Course structure:

I have created step-by-step instructions to help you get the maximum benefit in the minimum time. There is no waffle or attempt to stretch the content. The visually rich videos are concise and to-the-point, with demos, diagrams and examples to illustrate each concept.

This approach delivers you optimal information quickly and clearly, while allowing you time to focus on creating beautiful images via the assignments and testing your knowledge in the online quizzes.

The best part, in the mentored version you can receive my personal feedback on your images, and can ask me any questions that come up during the process. Click on the modules below to see a full course outline.

MODULE ONE - Introduction>

1.1 Getting Started

  • What you will need
  • Where to shoot

1.2 Light Metering

  • Built-in light meter
  • How does the meter work
  • Under and over exposure
  • Using a grey card

1.3 Managing Exposure Overview

  • The exposure triangle
  • Individual Functions of ISO,shutter speed and aperture
  • What is an f-stop?

MODULE TWO - Shutter Speed>

SHUTTER SPEED (Controls movement blur & low light)

2.1 Introduction to shutter speed

  • Shutter speed overview
  • Shutter speed scale
  • Shutter speed's special function
  • Motion blur
  • Shutter priority mode

2.2 Shutter speed Assignment

MODULE THREE - Aperture>

APERTURE (Control the area of focus in your image)

3.1 Aperture overview

  • Aperture Scale

3.2 Aperture Special Function

  • Lens limitations
  • Other things that affect area of focus
  • Focal length and area of focus

3.3 Aperture assignments

  • Area of focus exercise
  • Physical distance exercise


ISO (Shoot in low-light without needing flash)
4.1 ISO Overview

  • ISO Scale
  • ISO secondary feature
  • When to use ISO

4.2 ISO Assignment

MODULE FIVE - Bringing it all together>

5.1 A quick recap

  • The Exposure Triangle - Level 2
  • When to use manual controls

5.2 Manual Mode Assignment



A  FREE  eBook copy of my book ‘ The Ultimate Guide to Natural Light for Food Photography’ . With this book you have  all that you need  to get started with fantastic natural  lighting  for your food photography.

A FREE eBook copy of my book ‘The Ultimate Guide to Natural Light for Food Photography’. With this book you have all that you need to get started with fantastic natural lighting for your food photography.

An invitation to join my  private Facebook group , reserved for students who have completed courses with me.  Every month I set a challenge  and participating students receive individual feedback within the group.

An invitation to join my private Facebook group, reserved for students who have completed courses with me. Every month I set a challenge and participating students receive individual feedback within the group.

BONUS MODULE  -  Optimise Images for Online Use . When you’ve gone to the trouble of producing great images, you want to make sure that they appear at the optimum level online, both for websites and social media use.

BONUS MODULE - Optimise Images for Online Use. When you’ve gone to the trouble of producing great images, you want to make sure that they appear at the optimum level online, both for websites and social media use.

BONUS MODULE  -  Managing White Balance . White balance is a fundamental concept to ensure that you get clean bright whites, as well as providing the powerful ability to adjust the colour ‘mood’ in your shots.

BONUS MODULE - Managing White Balance. White balance is a fundamental concept to ensure that you get clean bright whites, as well as providing the powerful ability to adjust the colour ‘mood’ in your shots.


How does it all work?


1. Once you enrol you will immediately receive a download link for your free copy of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Natural Light for Food Photography’.

2. Within 24 hours you will receive login details for the course membership area. For self-drive participants you will have full access to everything immediately and you can work at your own pace.

3. For mentored participants, you will be able to access Module 1 - Introduction straight away, with the rest of the content delivering on the following schedule; On Monday 10th February you will receive Module 2 which will include instructions for uploading your first assignment images by the deadline of Sunday 26th February.

Each Monday thereafter you will receive the next Module and every Wednesday you will receive private personalised feedback on your assignment images, plus answers to any questions you have submitted.

4. All participants will be able to test their knowledge at the end of each module with the built-in online quizzes.

5. When you have completed the course, you will receive your certificate of completion and access to the bonus modules. Mentored participants also receive an invitation to join my private Facebook Group to participate in ongoing monthly challenges.

6. Finally, you will continue to have unlimited access to the course content indefinitely.



Why choose me as your instructor?

Aside from being an award-winning photography professional I also have lots of experience as an educator. In one of my first jobs I was trained to teach Adobe software at an Apple Centre in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve designed and presented short courses for the International SAE Institute in Byron Bay, and for Le Cordon Bleu in all major cities around Australia.

I trained as a graphic designer and majored in photography. For quite a while graphic design was my profession and photography, my passion. I ignited photography as a career option after scoring a role as a volunteer team photographer on a school building project in Africa. This experience motivated me to study further and subsequently I included photography as a professional service also. Roll forward a decade (and a bit!) and my own creative studio is still going from strength to strength

I love to teach. I love to witness the light-bulb moments that give students confidence. I delight in seeing the joy that producing great images brings. I am proud of the positive impact that producing quality images has for my students, either personally or professionally or both.


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Can I do this course with a phone camera?

No, this course is specially designed to suit people with an SLR, Digital SLR, Mirrorless or other kind of camera that offers full manual control functionality.

If have a phone camera and you’d like to improve your photography I’d suggest starting with my book ‘The Ultimate Guide to Natural Light for Food Photography’ (available in digital and hard copy) which will teach you the fundamentals of natural light. Also checkout my free online course 'Food Photography Crash Course' in the 'courses' section of this site.

Specifically what sort of camera do I need?

Any camera that offers full manual mode functionality ie. the ability to adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Is this course only suitable for people interested in food photography?

No! Actually this is foundational photography training. While all the examples are related to food photography, this course is suitable for anyone who simply wants to learn manual mode. While I’ve deliberately designed the content to appeal to people interested in food, still life and tabletop imagery - the principles that I teach are just as relevant to any genre of photography.

I’m not sure if I’m experienced enough to learn manual mode yet?

This course is suitable if you are comfortable with your camera, you have been using it for a little while on auto mode and have noticed that you’re not always getting the results that you’d like. You could do this course after just buying your camera, but it might be distracting familiarising yourself with the camera as the same time as learning from the course. I’d suggest a minimum of a few weeks of regular shooting with the camera before attempting to learn manual mode

Do I need to be technically-minded to understand manual mode? I’ve heard it’s very complicated.

Absolutely not. Many people have the misconception that manual mode is really difficult. In actual fact the core principles are quite easy to absorb. The reason people tend to get confused is that the numbering systems are contrary to our normal logic. I have created a series of great tips and techniques to simplify all the potential pitfalls. You will be surprised at how quickly you will be confidently shooting on manual mode.

How much effort will it take to learn manual mode?

You will need to put between 1-3 hours each week into the practical exercises. If you’re just in a hurry to understand the concept fully you could get away with 1 hour, but if you’d like to feel confident that you’ve really nailed it, plus you’d like to make some great images in the process, I’d suggest 2-3hrs per week (preferably in one session) is the ideal.

Do I have to do the practical exercises?

You are unlikely to learn manual mode properly from just watching the video content. It is practical effort and repetition that will commit the principles to your memory. If you don’t have time at the moment to do the assignments I’d suggest it’s not the right time to try and learn manual mode.

How long will I have access to this course?

Life happens, and despite your best intentions, you might not get through all the material in the suggested timeframe. That’s OK, because you will have lifetime access to all the content. You can access it and revise and work at your own pace for as long as you’d like. To receive my feedback on your assignments you will need to upload your shots by the supplied deadlines though.

What kind of lenses do I need?

Any lens that is suitable for tabletop size photography. If you only have lenses suitable for wildlife photography, ie. with very long zoom lenses, these would not be suitable. Generally most people buy at least one standard lens when they buy their camera, and this will be completely appropriate.

Do I need a tripod?

A tripod is highly recommended in food and table top photography. You will be able to start the course without one, but when we get to the shutterspeed exercises, you will need a tripod to be able to complete the tasks.

Can I access the training on my phone or tablet as well as my computer?

Yes. You will receive a simple and convenient login and you can access the course from any usual platform that you would view other web content from.

I get nervous when I try to learn something new. Will this course be supportive?

Definitely. The beauty of this course is that you are not alone. You will have personal, individualised mentoring from me for the four week duration. You can ask any question that you like, and only I will see it. You don’t need to feel silly or exposed if you think your questions are very basic. I am happy to answer any queries that you have related to the course content.


I offer a 14 day money back guarantee because I want to be sure that you are 100% happy with your purchase. I have taught countless people manual mode and every student who has completed all the assignments in my manual mode course knows how to use manual mode, and I intend for you to have this positive result also!

Please do your best to make sure that this course is absolutely right for you before your register. There are limited places, and if you decide retrospectively that it wasn’t right for you, someone else might miss the chance to participate.

If you have any uncertainty or questions about the course you are very welcome to contact me via learn @

I can’t wait to see your images and get started teaching you how to confidently use manual mode!


Take your photography to the next level.

I’d love to help you to achieve your goals.

If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact us.
You will receive a response within 24 hours.