When my dad passed away a couple of years ago, he left me his professional-grade digital camera and a bunch of lenses. I’ve used it a lot since then but on automatic mode with the lens that was affixed to it at the time I received it. Mostly, I did that because the whole outfit completely intimidated me: f-stops, ISO, focal length, shutter speed, lots of menus full of choices.
Ack. Tilt. I thought my brain was going to explode. So I set it on auto and used that one lens and settled for whatever the camera gave me even if it wasn’t really the shot I envisioned. Quite frankly, I was afraid of the camera and really didn’t understand how to get the picture I wanted.
Anyway, enter my One Wild Life list. I wrote it down ~ learn the camera ~ and went on my merry way. Well, about a month later, I met a lovely lady who also happens to be a professional photographer. I asked her how she learned to take pictures. And she introduced me to creativeLIVE (free! online learning). It just so happened that roughly 2 weeks from the day I discovered them, they were going to be having a FREE photography course: Fundamentals of Digital Photography.
So I watched, I learned, I took a ridiculous amount of notes. Then I went out and finally to the nerve to go through all the menus and settings on my camera. I’ve been playing and having a blast with it ever since. Plus, I’m sharing something with my dad and get to remember him every time I go out shooting.
Anyway, the course was excellent (John Greengo is an amazing teacher) & I ended up buying it so I can refer to it whenever I need to. If you want to learn digital photography, if you’re intimidated by your camera, if you think all that stuff is over your head, I really can’t recommend that course enough.
Now I’m busy capturing moments in time.
Have you started your Life List yet?