I am taking a pretty basic photography class. I didn't realize my knowledge was probably beyond this class but it is a good refresher and practice. It is a four week course and it includes lots of web videos and homework. So over the next few weeks I will share my homework as I participate in the class. Whats neat about the homework is you turn it in and get your work critiqued. If I were in school and getting a grade I would think that sounded awful but outside of school and without the added pressure of a "grade" its great to have knowledgable feedback. So this week we were challenged to change our camera settings to manual mode. Easy, I have already been shooting in manual (insert sigh of relief). Second, we were asked to play with our shutter speed, speeding up and slowing down our shutter speed to capture movement.
Second assignment wasn't as interesting. We played with our aperture or F-stop. Here we were asked to take two photos. Both with two subjects. The first photo with one subject in focus and the second blurred. The second photo where both subjects were in focus. I waited until the last minute (surprise, surprise) so I set this up on my desk and quickly shot these two photos.
The Third assignment was "The Day in the Life of..." Here we were suppose to shoot in manual mode and tell a story in ten pictures or less. I was lucky enough I had the opportunity to shoot my first birth story this week so I drew inspiration for this assignment from this amazing experience... here is a sneak peak.
Along with this class, I am taking a Photoshop class as well. Pretty beginner but a lovely refresher. Its been fun to really spend time learning all the ins and outs and see how other people do things. Fingers crossed this will open a whole new world of opportunities for me as I develop my love of capturing the human soul.