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.
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?
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.