This summer, I looked closely at my interests, hobbies, and talents. I took time to reflect on what I enjoyed doing and made a goal of learning more (as you may know, I love learning… so there’s always something out there for me to want to learn.) I made a few short-term “happy” goals and a longer goal: to become a better photographer.
I don’t need to be a professional, but photography skills don’t come naturally to me, and my husband’s big DSLR, which spends too much time in the camera bag, is itching to be used correctly. So, I decided that I’m going to borrow that camera and learn how to use it correctly so that pictures that I’ve taken with my point and shoot can start to look more like my friends’ that they’ve taken with their DSLRs.
I may be dreaming, but I’d love to learn to capture the sharp spark of moments like Amy, Marissa, and others do.
In July, I posted a Facebook update asking for recommendations for a photography class and was overwhelmed with the response–there are so many out there, and they all look so great.
By complete luck, Clickin’ Moms emailed me with an idea to work together. I jumped on it. Next month, I’m enrolled in Clickin’ Mom’s First Steps with a DSLR program:
Students will learn basic concepts of composition and how to use natural light to their advantage. They will transition from shooting on the camera’s auto mode and simply pointing and clicking to shooting in semi-automatic modes (program mode, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority mode) and being a mindful photographer. Topics such as interacting with subjects, capturing the details, storytelling, and gaining inspiration will be covered. Students will gain knowledge and grow as photographers in a supportive and inspiring environment. It’s a great fit for anyone who just got a new camera, moms who want to learn to take better pictures of their children, or anyone getting started in photography.
So, October officially becomes photography month, where I’ll be posting my progress… often. Wish me luck! And, please, share any tips you have for using your DSLR.