I spent this Saturday afternoon doing nothing but talking about pictures, learning about taking pictures, and… well, taking pictures.
Michelle Hammons Photography has had several ‘Getting Started With Your DSLR’ photo workshops this spring here in Pittsburgh, and I am so so glad I went. I have had my Canon Rebel for three years. I’ve FINALLY become brave enough recently to venture into trying my hand at full manual photography- and then quickly jumping back into one of the preset modes because HI, COMFORT ZONE! So even though I’m not technically ‘getting started’ with my camera, I still have plenty more to learn about how to properly use the thing.
And learn I did. About focus modes (So confusing! But now I get it! I think!) and white balance and reinforcing my kinda-okay-knowledge of shutter-speed and aperture and ISO.
But you want to know the best part of attending this little workshop? It got me excited about taking pictures again. I just haven’t been feeling it lately and I’ve let my cell phone camera do the job of taking pictures for me instead. And that’s fine, I suppose, but this made me realize how much I missed my ‘real’ camera and taking ‘real’ pictures.
So when I ended up at the park on Sunday with the girls and my mom, I took my camera with me.
They weren’t all masterpieces, but it sure was nice to hear that shutter button again.
(If you have a DSLR you’d like to learn to use and you live near Pittsburgh? DO IT.)