Saturday, January 15, 2011

tryin' to learn me somethin'

Oh my goodness. I learned SO MUCH today and had so much fun being with new friends, figuring out my camera, and learning how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed work together to get the right exposure. I knew a little about each separately but was clueless as to how they all worked together. Check out Amber Herlocker's site to see work from our wonderful teacher. She's in Concord, NC, if you're interested. It actually only ended up being an hour from here.

The below images are from today. They are far from perfect, but I'm proud of them because they were all taken in Manual and I didn't use the flash once. Hooray! They have not been edited at all, except that I cropped a few. I could have fixed some of the exposure and white balance issues in Lightroom, but I really wanted to show what I was able to get straight out of camera. (And I want to have them to look back on as I hopefully get to learn more.)

Sue, you'll never know what this day and getting to learn again meant to me. I am a big geeky school nerd and was completely enthralled with the chance to learn. Plus, you got me out of the house and gave me a "me" day. I really needed it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being Jesus to me. 






To Amber's credit, she told us never to back our subjects up straight against the wall. So that's the first thing I did. Sometimes, when I'm overwhelmed, I'm not a good listener. :)

























A lot of these were over exposed, but I kind of liked them anyway.




Yep, she's the mom to two kids. I know. 





























17 comments:

Macaroni Kid Concord-Kannapolis said...

Gorgeous!! Can you send me the info of the person teaching the class? I'm in Concord, and would love to take it!

Hillary said...

I love your pictures! I think that you did a really great job!

Melissa said...

These are great! I might just have to take a camera workshop class inspired by you! Most of all, I'm glad you had a day to yourself : )

Blessings!

Melissa

journeytoonemore.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

These are awesome! I have really been wanting to take an introductory class too, I have a good camera but don't really know what to do with it. I'm glad you got a day to yourself too!

Sarah-Anne said...

whoa boy! i wanna come to class!
Sarah-Anne

Wanda Wilkinson said...

I can't wait to see Jonah's beautiful blue eyes and handsome face with your new skills. Glad you had a great day. Love and prayers

Laura said...

Nice Job! You're a quick study!! Looking forward to what you can do with Jonah on the other side of the lens. Beautiful...

McCullough Family said...

So happy for you!

Katie said...

me: i can't WAIT until you get to full manual.

Patrice: that may never happen.
just so you know.

me: yeah, but i'll keep my hopes up.

Just sayin'.

Jessica K. said...

Awesome!! Seriously you are talented!! Looks like a fun class to take! I will have to see if I can take one as well here in Germany!!

Soldier Mama said...

I want to take a class now....And, I am so jealous that your streets are not covered in dirty, snow, and everyone is not bundled up in winter gear!

Claire said...

What cute shots! I'm so glad you had a good time!

Cxx

RLR said...

Oh, I would *love* to go to a class like this! Adding to birthday list now...

Laura A said...

WOW- great pictures!! So glad you had a fun day. I need to take a camera class - but mine would need to be the class on "how to not get completely frustrated when NONE of your children will look at you at the same time." :)

Hope you have a great week!

Love from TX,
Laura

CareGiving Daughter said...

Great pictures. I got the Canon D60 for Christmas and I'm taking a digital photography class at the local community college hoping to learn how to capture a good picture and not be afraid to move out of auto.

You aredoing great.

Mommy2Four said...

What a great job you did!

I know learning to shoot in manual was the single BEST thing I ever did to improve my photos! Now I've actually gone so far as to start my own little business!

If you want more practice and learning time....check out the Faith Raider's Simplicity blog E-class (http://faith-simplicity.blogspot.com/p/photography-e-course.html) I took a couple of her courses, and they are really great (and no stress...she's a mom too!)

Really glad you had a "me" day! You deserve it!

Sarah B said...

So glad that you were able to go to the class! I am sure you will just keep learning more!