How does this work???

July 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I recently taught a class on basic photography...  One of the things I found out, was that people in general have enthusiasm for taking pictures, it is the complication of the process they don't like.  While in days gone by they either had a camera that you pressed one button and left it to the gods, or they had this complicated device that intimidated the hell out of them. 

In my class, which I called Digital Photography on a Budget, I gave them instruction on the general photographic process, then we went over their particular camera, and then worked with the simple software that is on every computer you buy.  I instructed them that in most cases, remember this is a "point and shoot" (PAS) class, the idea was to take all the complication out of the shooting.  To do this they should always check the menu and work with the tools that come with it.  Some of the menus are tough to find and get through, but once you get to them, you more than likely will find gold at the end of the rainbow.  Everything from portrait, to macro, fireworks, night portrait, night landscape and even more fun with facial recognition for kids and pets.   All these are certainly much more refined than the Kodak Holiday Flash camera I recieved as a birthday present so many years ago.  But it was simple and all I had to do was buy film and, until I could afford my own darkroom, have it processed.

The technology aside... it is great to see someone's face light up when they are shown how their camera works and what it can do to make their images better...  Which is why I enjoy sharing photography with people, be it beginners, or professionals.  We all bring something to share and we should share as much as we can...  I will continue to share... Just ask me...



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