I’m a nerd. Now, those of you that have known me a long time will not be surprised by this comment. For those of you that are surprised, let me just say that it’s only because we haven’t known each other that long. I try hard to be cool (who doesn’t??), but my nerdiness does shine through on a regular basis.
Last night was Week 2 of my Certificate in Digital Photography course. On the way to class, I wasn’t as excited as I’d hoped. I’m really, really busy, and I was feeling tired and wanting to go to bed. Boy, am I glad I didn’t skip the class! Last night we focused on Exposure – lighting, shutter speed, aperture (the size of the hole that the camera takes the picture through) and sensitivity (ISO – film speed). You wouldn’t think that talking about that stuff could take 3 hours, but it did. In fact, we went over the allotted course time AND didn’t get through everything.
I think the most exciting thing for me last night was taking a picture with my camera set on Manual. Now, for most photographers (at least semi-serious) this isn’t anything to get excited about. But for me, who’s always used idiot-proof cameras, it gave me a real feeling of empowerment and excitement. Not only did I shoot in Manual, but I understood how and why!
The other simple pleasure for me was the critique of the photo that I submitted for the Week 1 assignment. We were told to take a picture of an ordinary object in an unusual way. I had a lot of trouble with this assignment – I just couldn’t get inspired. On Sunday, while photographing Jack Jack in the backyard, I started taking pictures of an orange tennis ball among the grass and dead leaves. I did a recomposition shot (focussed on the ball, kept the shutter button pressed halfway down, and then re-framed the picture so the ball was in the lower left quadrant of the frame). It turned out well, but I kind of thought it lacked inspiration. Well, the teacher said he thought it was quite good, so I felt good about that.
Next week we’ll be talking about creative composition of photos, and I can’t wait to see what I learn from that!