I love my camera! I have always loved taking pictures but now I love my camera. Taking Cynthia Shaffer's Photography 101 class was such an eye opening experience.
Getting to know what my camera is capable of doing and what all those buttons are for, has changed my picture taking life forever. When I say getting to know, I mean just starting to get to know, just touching the tip of the iceberg getting to know, there is so much to learn getting to know.
I have switched my little baby off that green dial forever. We are full on manual and I am loving it.
The number of bad shots is still outweighing the good shots but the fact that I have control of the the look of the photo makes it totally worth it.
Being in class...for me having the great fortune to be in Cynthia Shaffer's class...made all the difference in the world. I have tried to read my user manual and even checked out DSLR photography for dummies and only came away more confused.
But sitting in a room with a professional explaining what aperture (which is actually F Stop, I know, who knew) shutter speed and ISO are and how to adjust them for the circumstances and then taking shots inside and outside in varying conditions was so exciting.
I look at my surroundings totally different now. I see photo opportunities in places I would have just walked right by before. Old grates, rusty hinges, stacks of bricks, old buildings even street signs are all fair game for picture taking.
I guess you can tell that I loved my class on Saturday and I highly recommend it to anyone who is still shooting in automatic or even semi automatic mode. Even if you are already shooting in the manual mode I am sure you would take away a lot of nuances that I missed just trying to absorb the basics.
I questioned why I needed to take the leap and switch off that green auto button, my photos were just fine for what I was doing. If you are at all wondering the same thing, I say...GO.FOR.IT.
Find a class, fork out the money. It will totally be worth every penny.