It was essentially a basic course on DSLR photography – understanding ISO, aperture, shutter speed, metering, etc., and knowing how to control them in your camera. I knew all that, since I’ve had my Canon Rebel T2i for more than a year and my Canon S3IS for a couple of years before that. I was really more curious about the workshop itself (how it would be conducted) rather than the photography basics.
Surprisingly, at the end of the day, I actually learned something important and photography-related. Our wonderful (she was awesome!) facilitator was professional photographer Stephanie Adriana. After listening to her share her shooting techniques and personal experiences, I discovered that there was, indeed, an easy and methodical way to shoot in Manual mode.
|Stephanie at location shooting.|
|My action shot in "shutter priority" mode.|
So, wow, I can now shoot, quite confidently, in Manual mode! No
more getting nervous and rattled and defaulting to Auto mode when shooting in a
pinch! I would say that’s a lesson that was worth more than what I paid for that
6-hour workshop. The chance to mingle with fellow camera enthusiasts was a
bonus. Getting a laminated cheat sheet from the workshop -- priceless.
Below are some of the photos I shot after the workshop, all in easy-peasy manual mode, without the headache from second-guessing the camera settings (click on any image for a high-res slideshow of all photos). Thank you, Stephanie!
|Our bikes in the driveway on an overcast day.|
|The hot-air balloon ride at Downtown Disney, where we had our location shooting.|
|Mike's Boss bike. Shot with a zoom.|
|Our Blue-and-Glitter-themed Christmas tree.|
|My CD-ripping project workstation.|