The first set of classes I took were focused on 'camera basics'~ where I learned the basics about my DSLR functions. But I felt that the teacher did an excellent job, and that he covered a whole ton more than I thought could be included in the word 'basics'. :D But it was a wonderful workshop, and I feel very greatful that I was able to participate!
The first project was to take a few pictures using some of the automatic settings. I had many photos in my archives that I had taken already, so I just pulled a couple of those and took them to class.
|Edited// exp. and saturation.|
|My favorite coffee cup. Edited// saturation.|
So these photos turned out pretty nice, but I still edited them a lot to get them looking the way I wanted. Anyway, the next assignment was working with the Av mode~ aperture value. We also worked on setting a custom white balance and exposure compensation. That helped to take care of the need to adjust saturation and exp. which made a big difference.
|SOOC shot // Strait Out of Camera.|
|My little friend Becca :D Edited// exp. and saturation.|
The next class project was getting some use out of the Tv mode~ Time Value. This is a fun setting to work with, because you can create so many awesome shots. Essentially, the mode allows you to choose a fast/slow shutter speed, so you can get really neat photos like this:
|SOOC shot. 1/25 (which is pretty slow, but I compensated with using the flash.)|
|SOOC shot. 1/25 (with flash.)|
|SOOC shot. This is one of my very favorites!|
We also worked on Focus Points. It's very important to know how to use focus points, because that will change the whole look and feel of your photo!
|SOOC shot. I love the perspective of this photo, and the texture of the bark.|
|SOOC shot. The whole focus of this picture is different than the top. Points of Focus!!|
So the second set of classes I attended, Intermediate to Advanced Photography, was very informative as well. Though it seemed that I already knew a lot of what the teacher was saying~ which was a bonus for me. :) This workshop wasn't so much about the different settings on a DSLR as it was about lighting, special effects, the composition of a good portrait, and a quick run through about how to use Photoshop and GIMP. We also went over what equipment is needful/useful. I did learn quite a lot, and I'm glad I decided to go ahead and take these classes too. He didn't actually have us do much as far as taking pictures and bringing them to show the class. But I know now what equipment I need, and I'm going to start building up my skills and such. Very exciting, if you ask me!
Hope you enjoyed this!