So, besides dogs and reading, one of my passions is photography. I’m a novice photographer with a good camera – which can be a dangerous thing! I’ve had my Canon Rebel XTi for 2 years now, and have had a ton of fun with it. I now have four lenses for it, as well as an external flash and a cordless remote. I’ve shot everything from pets to people to plants to buildings. Even though I’ve gotten lucky and had some good shots, I’ve been wanting to take a class for ages.
Well, I finally did it! I finally took an “Introduction To SLR Photography” class the other night. It was a 3 hour session, and not at all expensive. It was taught by the owner of the local photography shop and studio, and he was excellent. I’ve read many websites and books about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more, and never really understood any of it well. The way that this fellow taught the class put it all into perspective for me, and I can finally try out some of the other settings on my camera, instead of letting it do everything for me.
He had a great handout for us, which I supplemented with my own notes too. He had several examples of how changing one setting can totally change a picture, which was very helpful.
I got home on Tuesday night totally pumped about taking pictures. Last night I took a few quick snaps of my dogs (well, the two youngest) and am pleased with what I got from just playing around. If you’re interested, check out my photography website at http://kladckrs.zenfolio.com. The latest pictures are in “My Dogs 2010.”
Next week I start a 6 week class all about digital photography. It’ll go into lighting, composition and more. I can’t wait!