- Nikon D90 for Dummies
- A set of 3 tutorial books that are funny, and each page has a picture and the conditions and tells you how the photographer got that shot, and what settings to use and etc,
- A manual that will fit in my camera bag and tells me what every button/ switch/ setting on the camera does, and
- A laminated guide that I can stick in my bra if I don't want to carry the camera bag with me when I go to get a shot.
Why, yes! Yes, I do occasionally store things in my bra. Don't act like you don't.
So I have diligently tried to use these books to take photos, but honestly, I was clueless. I didn't have the BASICS. I tried to READ about the basics, but it just didn't click for me. So last fall my cousin Holly made me take a photography class with her. (My whole life, I have been more adventurous when Holly was involved.) The class was taught by Jason Taylor and Alex North, two well-known Gulf Coast photographers.
Their stuff is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Here are their facebook pages, where they both post photos daily:
Here's a quick sample:
Ridiculous, right? So yeah Holly and I took a class with these guys, and it was great! It was a couple of hours of classroom training, and then a field trip. They taught us the REAL basics. ISO, FStops, and Shutter Speed. With their explanations and demonstrations, I GOT IT. It clicked.
I still have sooooooo much to learn. But I am capable of taking a picture with the proper exposure, or understanding why when I don't. My photos have improved, and now I'm getting more shots like this:
|Here is the actual # 375. (The 1st pelican was actually # 334, I liked the composition and exposure better.)|
So now I have all these photos sitting in my "to Blog" folder, and I'm trying to get back in the swing of blogging.
Right now, on Facebook, I have people picking #'s to help me decide what to blog. Lynn's pick of # 375, 3, helped motivate this post. (I have some multiple pics with the same #'s, thus the 1,2,or 3. In this case I only had 1 with the # 375. ) Thanks, Lynn!