I thought this would be a "fun" class. Which in my mind meant: A class that would mildly stretch your photography skills.
It has been almost 5 years since I bought my first and only DSLR after years of a point and shoot using it's programmed settings of macro, speed, portrait, museum, etc. At the time I purchased my DSLR I promised myself that since I was spending so much money for a nice Canon EOS 40D and lens (18mm-200mm telephoto) I would not revert to the programmed settings. Instead I would learn and work in manual only.
I have kept that promise with just a limited amount of time using the aperture or shutter modes. I am for the most part pleased with my efforts. They aren't always great, but more times than not they are fairly good.
Hence my feelings that this class would be "fun" and I might learn a few things.
What I didn't realize is that it would be hugely uncomfortable and hard. It would mean I had to put the thought into what I wanted my photograph to say instead of seeing something as it was, left as someone or God Himself placed it, and capturing the image as is to speak for itself.
For some reason that put a huge amount of pressure on me and I felt limited with the few "props" and lighting opportunities I had available.
This is what I ended up with for the first week. I can't say that I like it, but I can say I completed the assignment and I learned from it.
|38mm, f/7.1, 1/30, ISO-500|
1. That I don't like being pushed (not really a new thing, but it's been a bit since I've felt pushed)
2. Although we have lots of nice light from the windows all the little panes get in the way for photographing and the winter months mean less time to capture that lighting after work.
3. Shoot using multiple depths of field. I wish I had lengthened my depth of field for this once I looked at it on my computer's screen.
Have you tried something new that surprised you in ways you didn't imagine?