I learned long ago in my scrapbooking career that good pictures are important. As I design pages, especially for catalog work, if I don’t already have the “right” picture, I will take the right picture. Since I can’t afford to have my favorite photographers take ALL my pictures (darn it), that has fostered a desire on my part to become a better photographer.
A few years ago, I bought my first shiny new DSLR camera. It was beautiful! And, even on auto mode it took better pictures than my point & shoot. And, I loved not having to anticipate a kick in Neal’s soccer games. Ah, the freedom! But, I started realizing that even though it was a huge step up, I still ended up with pictures with faces in the shadows, etc.
I had this powerful camera and I wasn’t using it to its full potential. On the recommendation of my cute sister-in-law, I bought this fabulous book: Understanding Exposure. It’s fabulous, I read the whole thing, took notes in the margins, but I was confused. About this time my friend, Natalie, suggested we take a class from Pictureline. We had a great time and for a couple of years, a group of us took a class once a month. I learned a lot thanks to tour amazing teacher, Sasha.
I now shoot in manual mode 99% of the time and will even use RAW. I can tell a HUGE difference in my pictures. But lately I’ve been feeling the urge to get better. Isn’t this what we do in this life? Step-by-step, line by line, precept upon precept improve ourselves?
ENTER Big Picture Classes:
I’m enrolled in this 8 week course and THRILLED beyond words! I’m so excited to refresh my knowledge and take my skills to the next level – AND just in time for Christmas!
Here’s where it gets good for you – REALLY GOOD! My friends at Big Picture Classes have given me the opportunity to have one of YOU join me – on the house!
That’s right. One of you, my friends, will get to take this $139 class for FREE!
Mastering Manual Mode: Reaching your full potential as a photographer
8-week workshop taught by Elisha Snow valued at $139
About the class: You've finally purchased that fancy digital SLR camera and have started shooting pictures in auto mode. You've probably been amazed at the difference in quality, speed and clarity in comparison to that old point-and-shoot, right? If you haven't taken your DSLR camera out of auto mode, then this class is for you! There's so much you can do with your camera, so get ready to be amazed!
In this 8-week class, you'll learn how to reach your full potential in digital SLR photography — exploring what you can do in program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and other creative modes. You'll learn exactly what ISO, shutter speed and aperture mean individually and how they work together to create that perfect photo. You'll delve into white balance settings and focus modes, and learn more about camera equipment, accessories and lenses. You'll get a refresher on some basic (but important!) composition tips and discover some fun and amazing photo techniques that Elisha has amassed throughout her own learning adventures.
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Giveaway Info: The class starts on October 25. That means this giveaway is going to be a quick one!
Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. I’ll randomly select one lucky commenter to take the class with me! I’ll email the winner, so be sure to fill in your email information when you leave your comment. (To be fair, please only enter if you have or have access to a DSLR camera)
If you are not the lucky winner, I hope you will look into joining us! You will love the freedom and creativity that comes with understanding what your camera can do!
I will be sure to share my assignments and progress with you. There are some pre class photos I need to take this weekend.
p.s. Look at the other Big Picture Classes. They have a great variety!