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Sing your way to settings mastery. 

Welcome to Manual Mode the Musical

Get ready for the world's first Photography Cringe Comedy.

Derp Drama.

Low-Budget Broadway.

(or whatever you want to call it)

We've created a unique blend of traditional coaching, questing gamification, and musical entertainment to take away the stress and make mastering manual mode + the exposure triangle an entertaining adventure for the whole family

Take the Quest!


Whether you're a parent wanting to take better photos of your family or wanting to introduce your kids to photography, just wanting to pick up photography as a hobby, or are an aspiring photographer with dreams of having a business, manual mode is where your journey begins! Let's make your first impression of the craft an enjoyable and fun experience! 

This course is for you if.....

  • If you've taken classes or have tried to figure things out and for some reason it's just not sticking. Maybe you've tried scrolling through blogs and youtube videos with endless info and numbers trying to pick out which parts you actually need to understand in order to start taking photos

  • If you're wanting to share and introduce the hobby to your children

  • If you're a newbie who is overwhelmed and has no idea where to start

  • If you're a fellow neurodivergent friend who's brain gets bored (or fried) too easily with traditional courses and ways of learning.

  • If you're a business owner or influencer wanting to learn how to take better images for your brand and products

Incorporates all Learning Styles

We incorporate song (auditory) whiteboard coaching with analogies (visual) and hand's on action steps with recorded examples (kinesthetic) to make the process simple for all learning styles. 

Easy Memorization

Our songs were written to explain each fundamental setting on manual mode. With printable lyrics, all you have to do is print them, memorize them and BAM! You'll never forget how to use your settings again! 

To The Point

In this course we use easy to understand creative analogies and leave the technical info out of it. And each lesson gets straight to the point with no extra fluff, which means your whole family including your kids, can join in!

We Make Learning Fun!

The musical comedy broken into 6 segments (10-30 minutes of content per module) makes engagement easy. We promise we won't just vomit a bunch of information at you as you slowly fall asleep! 

Meet Your Quest Companion: Ali

Alexa Machado (that's me, yay!) has been a photographer for almost a decade, specializing in creative composites and fine art. She also teaches photoshop and works as a self portrait product model and spokesperson for brands and businesses.

Alexa's work and comedic viral content has been featured on GMA, Business Insider, the Kelly Clarkson Show, Yahoo, SNHU, and Vanguard Tripods. Besides photography, she has an extensive background in comedic musical theatre and enjoys combining that experience with her passion for photography. 

Alexa plays the protagonist in Manual Mode the Musical (And the other characters too, but shhhhh...) She is excited to guide you on your quest to become a manual mode pro in a light hearted and fun way! 

Join the Quest!

Success Stories

"I cannot believe how much I've learned in such a short time!"

I first of all want to say thank you Lexie Machado for everything that you taught me in this course. Not only am I super pumped that I learned how to use manual I am now super confident about using the self timer. I got my camera in March, and I could not have done any of this without this course. I am very happy to have been a part of this. As you saw on my page, I have taken a few self portraits. I have people wanting to book me for photos! This would not have happened without YOU! I cannot believe that this has happened in just this short time but I am also super excited to see where this will take me from here. I cannot believe how much I've learned in such a short time! You are an amazing person and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me, you certainly have changed my life, in more ways than you know!

Kimberly M.

"It keeps you engaged and anticipating the next part of the course."

When I started this course, I knew the very rough basics of working manual mode to the point I could manage to get by in a sticky situation. Upon completing this course, I feel extremely confident in using manual mode. Not only do I know how to manipulate the settings to achieve the image I am attempting to get, I know why the settings change the image the way they do. That is a big thing for me because I feel more confident when I know why! When you add in the fact this course is taught in musical form, it just gets better! Not only is it entertaining, it keeps you engaged and anticipating the next part of the course. That doesn't even begin to get in how awesome it is to be able to memorize a song to remember settings. I rate this course with 5 stars!

Lauren Hardin

"Loved, loved, loved this creative project..."

Alexa is amazing! She has taught me not only how to use the manual mode on my camera, she has inspired me to remember it. Loved, loved, loved this creative project she has lovingly put together. Look forward to learning way more from you in the future. You rock Lexie!!!

Heather Passant

Sooo Much Feedback!

We've received so many amazing comments, messages and reviews that we can't possibly post them all, but here's a photo from just my first round of launching this course to my small test group! I was blown away by how much of an impact it was making that I printed out all the feedback and framed them to motivate myself to get this project out into the world! 

If you stay committed and do the work, you'll see some AMAZING results!

Are you Brave Enough to Accept the Quest? Start Today!

Count me in!

The Quest!

When Ali finds a mysterious camera in her new house, she accidentally releases a mysterious Gear Guardian who is searching for a photographer to take its photo, and Ali happens to be the perfect candidate.

Despite her protesting, Ali is promptly whisked to the Guardian's "alternate reality" until she can track it down and take its portrait. On her way, she runs into three crazy characters who had tried and failed this quest before her.

With the help of a wacky narrator, hilarity ensues as Ali attempts to teach her new "students" how to properly use a camera in exchange for help to find and appease the Gear Guardian.

If she succeeds at taking a stellar photo, the Gear Guardian releases them all. The catch? If she fails to get a proper photo, everyone is banished to the "alternate reality" forever. DUN DUN DUNNNNN!

With a decade of photography experience under her belt, Ali's "students", and YOU! are undoubtably in good hands!



    The World Famous Legume Chef with a 100% authentic French Accent. Maybe. He is attempting to win a plating competition, but his images are always too dark! With Ali's assistance though, he just might win!


    Shutter Speed

    The Spunky Cowgirl with an affinity for competitive puppy wrangling. Now if only her pup would just hold still so her photos wouldn't turn out blurry! Perhaps there's another way...



    When you meet this flighty Guardian of the Forest, you'll be charmed almost as much as her low budget snakes. Her goal is to achieve the "blurry background look" to take fancy images of her slithery friends.

    The Gear Guardian


    Friend or foe?? No one knows! The Mysterious Gear Guardian only reveals it's identity to those chosen to take the Quest! 

Take a Look Inside!

The course is broken down into 6 modules which includes one daily focus and task each! It's designed to get you started on Manual Mode in only one week - that's pretty cool!

Ready to Join??

Count me in!

Frequently Asked Questions!

  • I'm a beginner, will this work for me?

  • Yes! This course was designed specifically for moms, business owners, and wanna be hobbyists/professionals who are either just starting out with their camera, or are a bit confused by manual mode! This course is also kid friendly but created for all ages. 

  • What software do I need?

  • No software, just the basics: a camera with an SD card, and internet access to access the course material. =) Some of our students go on to take our Photoshop course, but no editing software is needed for this particular class! 

  • Can I download the material?

  • The musical material is copyrighted, so downloads and redistribution of any kind is prohibited. HOWEVER, we include printable lyrics for you to keep, and you'll have lifetime access to the course through the platform! =)

  • What cameras does this course cover?

  • I work with a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon Rebel, but the lessons are relevant for any point and shoot or DSLR camera with a manual setting. (Sony, Nikon, etc) You can even use your smartphone if you like, but you'll need to purchase a camera app with ISO and Shutter Speed settings, and understand that features like aperture and white balance are limited or not available. Students are responsible for finding the button locations on their camera model, but the technique of manual mode is the same for all models.  

  • What's your refund policy?

  • Due to the digital nature of the product, we don't offer refunds. Based on our past success with this course, we doubt you'll regret this purchase though ;)

Let's Get to the Goods!

  • Full length musical with 10 songs and printable lyrics (valued at $39)

  • Coaching modules fully explaining the settings of manual mode (valued at $139)

  • Daily hands on action steps with recorded examples  (valued at $99)

  • Access to my recorded live Q+A sessions + exclusive masterclass just for students  (valued at $125)

  • Robust bonus section covering white balance, self portraits, and focus modes  (valued at $149)

  • PLUS!

  • Access to the dischord chat for peer support

  • Student Discount for other courses 

  • Access to the Affiliate program to earn $30 per referral to the musical! 

Total Value of Manual Mode the Musical is $550

Special Price Just For You -

ONLY $99!!