Ladies Camera Club

30 Apr 2009

I teach and I learn

I teach one to one photography for people REALLY suffering how to get to grips with their DSLR. I only teach them what I know; I am not a pro pro pro photographer in the sense that I know it ALL. But what I do teach opens up the eyes of each student and has them emailing me their efforts within days of taking a class with me. I teach at a pace that won't freak them out and I make sure they leave knowing full well the 6 basics of DSLR photography - Shutter speed, Aperture, Manual, Raw, ISO and White Balance. The rest, I think is how you learn to compose your shots and create a style unique to you.
This is Raine.
She is such a doll and we had the best day ever. She took to photography like a duck to water - look..... its wonderful seeing people come out Aperture priority and work on full manual. I, myself, don't trust Aperture Priority because I think it can blow out the whites now and again and much prefer Shutter priority if it came to the push. Although 99% I shoot bog standard manual. Wooo, get me.

You know, I love to teach - I really do; I make it fun and I cease the opportunity of presenting a gift of knowledge.
BUT
There are times when I feel the need to brush up on some of my own skills and today I did that with a local photographer. I'm hit and miss on exposure (and I thought Id had it nailed at one point; but that's what you get when you run three cameras with varying outputs) and hate having to rely on photoshop to get me out of a pickle. Its not what a photographer is supposed to do. And seeing as I had a light meter in my possession since April 2006. Brand new and all the way for California. the manual was like reading chinese. maybe it was chinese.and never used the bloody thing cos it scared me; I thought Id get him to teach me.
ITS THE BEST THING I EVER DID.
So when I got home I went round the lounge during the day and night to practice my new found metering skills (I don't trust on board meters as they work on reflective light and that is pooey pants if you ask me).
Before I took this picture it was pretty dark. I was using my old techniques of taking a picture, look at the play back and teak a stop up or down. Not anymore!
My old/new light meter is my new best fwend!I thought Id have fun with this one but I have duel light here coming from the Mac screen and night time lighting. Still, its fun showing off my four ringsIm pretty chuffed with the results but will be more resolute once my grey card arrives in the post. For me, white balance is a bugger to correct or even get right. I want to work on custom or grey card assisted management.

So now I know how to use the flaming light meter and hey presto; photos perfectly exposed.

Finally - want to win this little add from the Prosperity Add on (a Studio Calico speciality, no less), as part of the National Scrapbooking day (2nd Mar)? All you have to do is leave your name in the comments selection below and I will pick a winner sometime after the Bank Holiday.

Oh - really, this is final ok?
Nail Watch.
Those bloody nails! I took this, this morning before the hair appointment to get rid of my yuksvilles roots and came back to these spangly mcwanglies.
hurrah, fully demonstrable nail-ations.

Ok - need sleep....Im off to London (to buy a heat magazine) in the morning. Bank holiday travel so I expect I might not even get there. Tune it 3pm and don't laugh.

104 comments:

Just call me G said...

Ohhherrr look at those nails... lovely... and your hair is looking lovely too... see that smile after your hair was done... lights up your face...

Enjoy London... x

Gina x

Houston said...

Oh you look lovely! Have fun! off to enjoy another Cadbury egg :)

laurie said...

I love the new hair! You look fab! Found your site and I love your pages - so inspiring...

Snowpeople said...
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Patricia said...

Looking pretty! Have fun in London!
xoxo

mama2maya said...

lovely nails :)

Harley Dee said...

I've been following "Nail Watch April '09" since it's beginning!! You absolutely crack me up :D

Lexi said...

WOW--impressed with the nails!! i can never get mine to grow :(
and that add-on.....LOvE!

karen m. (akaliz) said...

do we not have to do a challenge? just leave our name? ok...done!

love the 'ring' photo. very clever!

tg said...

I so wish I could take a photography class from you. I love my DSLR but I am such a novice! Have fun on London.

ramath said...

Have just found your blog via Studio Calico,loved reading about your daughter! Good luck with you nails, I am another one with no luck growing them...
This was the one add-on I wanted and they had sold out of before I got a chance to get(that's what you get for living on the other side of the world,darn time differences!!!)

jeanie nieva said...

lovely nails. ejoy london. :)

Anonymous said...

this kit is pretty. thanks for sharing. :) - gian de la rama

Patricia8 said...

Of course everyone is going to be more interested in looking at your nails than anything now that we've been following the "nail watch"! - not here in USA though sadly - or I would be tuning in to watch - maybe someone will youtube you!

Vanessa said...

love that daschund/weenie/sausage dog!

your nails look great! knock em dead!

and i loooove that add on ; )

Sue Bone said...

Your nails look lovely. Have a great day and no delays on the train.

Miss Natz said...

Have fun in London and wow those nails look lush!!

Natalie x

Scrapping4fun said...

Great photos and what a kit!!! Have fun in London.

Rhian said...

Have fun in london x

beksynormz said...

I'd LOVE to win that, good luck on QVC. Beki xx

Deanne said...

yay to quick growing nails honey :)
fab hair and good luck at QVC :)
have a brill wkend x

Joanne said...

Looking forward to watching you on QVC. Am sure that the nails will look fab!!!

EWhyley said...

woo hoo, yay we have nails! Will keep a look out for them on Qvc later, good luck! X

Sharon Peters said...

Well done on growing your nails - sadly I wont be able to watch you today - at work until 5pm.!

Julia Dunnit said...

I didn't get the camera speak, it's a whole other language; but I DID get your joy at teaching and sharing your skills, and I get your pleasure at a succesful mission on your nails! Go you!

Avina said...

Haha! You are a hoot!

scrapraffe said...

have a good trip to london!

Sonia said...

I'll be watching the show & lovin how your nails & product handling compares to others who 'faked em' just for the day!

Must find rubbish food so I can trade/bribe after school TV off the kids por moi.

Sonia

TracyW said...

Well done on the nails! Hope all goes well in London - I'll miss it as have to take the kids to play badminton!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Ooh get you a proper togger now with your light meter! HEHE!

Enjoy the show, you'll be fab, fab, fab! xx

Anonymous said...

cute nails, good luck at the qvc show
Jo x

Ayesha said...

nails are getting there!!!! and ring typed out with rings very unique!!!

CleverCrafter said...

Fab nails there, I am a bit jealous...I only have 3 weeks left to get mine looking at all reasonable!!

Good luck at 3pm will try and have a nosey if I can

Ali xxx

Terrie B x said...

Hi ...Have a safe journey!!!
`Enjoy` the show..
Your photo`s always look `Fab`..
Lotsa loves:)♥

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty angel,
you know I was pretty ticked off cos I thought I wouldnt be home from school(work!) in time to watch you today. Told you to talk really slowly so that Id hopefully catch the last ten minutes? WELL.............sorted out a day off courtesy of a very grumpy old git of a tractor and tanker driver - he decided he didnt like the look of my car and would modify it on a narrow country lane driving to work this morning. SO...am gonna cosy up to the kittens on the sofa now that Ive stopped blubbering and pay those nails of yours homage! Enjoy xxxx
Sue
The Cardfairy
Cumbria

Fluffy said...

Have enjoyed bowsing your blog
Love reading about your phtography bits!

Enjoy the holiday

Hugs
Tracee x

Anonymous said...

Nice nails Kirsty, much better than the false horrors that some presenters wear. Hope all goes well in London. Sue L

Tip Top said...

See - knew your nails would be ok!! I use grass as a grey card subsitute and I learnt photography by using a Zenith E with no lightmeter and in black and white! I like to do things the hard way!

PS Jacob is obsessed with you - he keeps looking at your photo in Crafts Beautiful.... good job he is only 3.5!! You made a big impression on him!

Have a lovely weekend with the free Monday!

Katy said...

wooohoooo check them nails out, you did good there misses. Looking forward to watching you today.Loving the rak giveaway.

Much Love Katy xx

cannycrafter said...

I so need your help with my camera! I think I need to get one forst!! Lovely pics, as always!
Looking forward to this afternoon on the TV! Hugs!
Caroline xx
P.S. I am out of Scrapbook Apprentice :(

Darcy said...

lol you did good with the nail growth! Looking good, I am sat by the tv in readiness.

Wrightboysmum said...

Fab hair, nails on the mend and a dose of Heat magazine pretty good in my opinion. I would finish off with a glass of wine and a copy of Grazia!
Enjoy London.

Ellepiggo by Vanessa said...

And I thought I was doing brilliantly by using Apeture priority! Hehe - I've been putting off trying out on full manual! Great hair and nails, good luck! :)

Rasmie said...

Oh I checked in just in time - QVC here I come to pay you a visit!
Also, you reminded me - I don't have this weeks copy of Heat yet! The SC giveaway looks soooooo good!

Julie M said...

Well done on the nails - very impressive for one week's growth!!! Have a nice time in London, and thanks for the chance to win.

Julie x

Max said...

Well pumpkin ... just watched the end of your presentation on QVC your nails looked fabby. Looked like a real crafter's nails :)

Luv'n'Stuff
Max
xx

Dragon Lady said...

Nails....perfect.
Hair.....perfect.
Phots....perfect.

I really, really, REALLY must learn to use my camera properly.

katie squirrel x said...

fabbo nails Kirsty! Must work out how to use my camera too suppose.....

Hope you get a slot on qvc again soon - this time to show off your great creations and layouts!

ShellyJ said...

you've been cracking me up! ... great nails :)

Bettythebaglady said...

Kirsty How cool were you and a fire alarm too! Didn't even get a glimpse of the fabby nails. Product looked like fun but didn't indulge. Been way too spendy lately on my pension. Love BettyXXX

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Say Hello to London from me, please! :D

Your photographs are inspirational. I might take the plunge some day and get my camera out of Auto mode. :)

Kirsty B said...

Jealous of your nails - mine are a mangled mess! LOL

elliebabyno1 said...

Looking good babes. Hope you had a good day at QVC. Going to catch up with the show on tape after dinner

Gail said...

Watched you this afternoon on QVC and thought you did a fab presentation. Loved the green cardi (have gone green mad myself lately) and the nail close-up on screen was worth all the worry. Looking forward to Patti's debut on QVC. Well done

The Secret Scrapper said...

Hi Kirsty

Watched the show and thought you were fab!

Didn't think we we're going to see you for a minute when the alarm went off.

Hope you enjoyed it...

Selena x

Topsy78 said...

I watched you this afternoon on QVC and you were great, even the nails looked good too!

Jenny said...

Good luck on QVC - we will all be watching out for those nails! lol Also love the Ring photo - very clever. :)

Jenni said...

Those nails are growing before my very eyes!!
Hope you've had a fab day.
Jenni x

pigglet said...

i am just gonna watch my recording of your show, i am so pleased you managed to grow your nails they look great.
christine

angelcake said...

oh.....can you post more details about how to book a one to one photography class with you please!!!

jackie said...

love the rings on keyboard pics and those nails, wow.

Glinda Green said...

Well done. You didn't seem as nervous this time. I think you nailed it!!!!!!!!

Rachel said...

Looking good kirsty, nails are fab...really enjoyed the programme..

hugs

Rachelxx

becky said...

looking good!

any chance your QVC shows will be available online for those of us across the pond to see?

Belinda said...

Hi Kirsty
I know you were worried about nail-gate but, setting the alarms off was a little extreme!!!! Loved the green ensemble btw I really wanted that CD for making fabby cards, but alas I am Mac so........! You did a great job hell i nearly bought it and it wouldn't even work for me!!!
Your no ! Patti purchaser aka Belinda x

priya said...

Have a fabu time in London!!!! I absolutely <3 your hair!!!

Sandy said...

Fun photog. class to take!! Thanks for sharing your new look =)

Helena said...

Hullo!!!
I saw it!
I was hoovering during the rest and when you came on I stopped, sat down and watched :) gorgeous nails! LOL!

I always assumed that QVC whip you in beforehand and do your nails, since they all (even the men- miracles happen) seem to have great nails and hands.

Why didn't you get a desk?! Must have been a job and a half to balance the laptop on your lap AND talk, show cards etc. ANyway, well done!!

Re photography-

I bought my first SLR in 1987. I was off to Australia to visit family and no way was I going to go with my divvy little disc camera (do you even remember those?!) so I bought a Pentax P30. Aww.... it served me so well. Took wonderful pic's.

Unfortunately I dropped it in 1991 while the flashgun was on it and it tore the hot shoe right off. Well, not quite. It hung on by a thread.... still is. There, in it's blue bag... sniff sniff sff...

Nowadays I have a digital SLR.

But I don't understand all the photo lingo. This is really annoying because back in the 80s I was really interested and used to subscribe to a magazine called Amateur Photographer. It was great for a year or so, but then it gradually had more and more busty ladies on the cover and I realised it was written towards men. This put me off (wouldn't now, would get me writing snotty letters) I felt insulted! And that was the end of my photography education.

Now it is on the list of stuff I must learn... like knitting, lino cutting, collage.......and leaving short comments :)

laura t. said...

so sorry to miss your QVC debut but no doubt you rocked it. thanks for the chance at the lovelies!

laura t.
aka sc user joyfull

katrina said...

your nails look lovely!!

Antonia S-H said...

I'm jealous of your lovely nails and even more jealous of people who can come and get a photography lesson from you - I live too far south!

Kerry said...

Mine grow but then break as soon as they are nice. Must find something to remedy that.

Love the little doggie thingy (ornament sounds so old fashioned).

Starr said...

Nails look great! Hope London was fun :)

Jenny said...

Lovely pictures and new hair do!

Peggy said...

I love reading your blog! I missed out on this kit I would love to win this one!!!!

Peg

Nicole said...

Wow, your nails are impressive! If mine would only grow that much in a week. At the moment their favourite pastime is just splitting...

vcos said...

Hi,great pages,you are really inspiring. I would love to win the kit,lovely birthday pressie for me (21 again!) xxx

Jennifer Larson said...

I loved the LOs you just posted this week with the new kit and can't wait to get it!

amyjk said...

kirsty- your nails (and you) look super! have a great weekend!

naomi_m said...

Hope you enjoyed your day in London.

Gioconda said...

The nails and the hair look fabulous. And the pictures are great.

Anonymous said...

81st comments a charm, Northern Chick!Ive sorted out my craft room spesh!
Missed your show because of work-but your nails "looked fab, darling!"
love to the curlygirl
Lulubelle x

metrochic said...

i've been thinking about sugar covered pillows of deep fried goodness all day because of you. your nails look lovely! HI!

the word verification for this comment is "hinale". as in "hi nail". i shit you not.

Alison5 said...

Hi Kirsty

Gutted I missed you on QVC but I was at work, was gonna watch it online but the boss was in, I was hoping she had a meeting but it was not to be.

Alison xxxx

Ami said...

Your nails are lovely. Happy NSD!!!

susie f said...

Loving the nails...didn't believe the manure would work :)
Lovely pic of Raine, was hoping to catch up with her at Dy's today but maybe she was off taking pics :)
S

Faith said...

Luverly nails. They'll look great whilst your demonstrating.
Enjoy London!
Take care
Faith x

Annette said...

Faqbby nails - well done. The pics are lovely. Like the idea with the rings - and the 'glow' on the keyborad. Sorry I missed you on TV - but had to work!!!

Emma - A crazy crafter said...

I am so gutted that I missed you on QVC. Hope you had a great time and the nails stood the test of time. Glad you are home safe and sound.

Emma xx

DillyDilly said...

Have fun in the big smoke,,,,

Stacey said...

Lovely! Just found your site. Wondeful blog.

Kate said...

Ooh looking good!!

Annie said...

looove it! Love your blog!

Vera said...

light meters and grey cards...all a foreign language to me! Lovely nails, lady!

Anonymous said...

really glad that the white balance thingy is now working, its soo good that feeling when something works better than yu'd expected!

Donna x

cla16e said...

i love ur photos, theyre an inspiration especialy the woodland walk ones but my fave of today is your 'ring' one.

Clare said...

Nice nails and scrapping don't always go together, mine are always ink stained!Hope London was fun. C x

Anne E said...

Great to see you on QVC. Looking forward to seeing your CD on there soon.

Thanks for free butterflies. Must have a play with them and CD tomorrow.

Anne E x

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Super nails, mine need some loving! Too much crafting, not enough hand cream. Would love to win this little bundle of crafting joy, it would certainly get a good loving home, lol! Have fun in London! Heidi xx

Kimber-Leigh said...

your nails are looking good kirsty :)

Laurakate said...

Seriously, your photography inspires me to do better. . . even rings on a keyboard!

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