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Teaching a class on modern cameras

While I was browsing photography info on the Internet (I continually search out and read to keep up with the ever-changing technology of photography) I happened on an article in Thefoxmagazine.com.

On the opening page the editors wrote, “Taking photography classes can teach you to develop your photographic vision. You’ll start noticing the smallest details around you and find the beauty in simple things.”

The writer continued on with, “If you think that you may get your smart-phone, take several photos of nature and people, and you’ll understand this profession, you’re wrong. Photography classes give a lot of knowledge and useful information besides just shooting photos. Photography is a bit more complicated than it may seem.”

However, it was this final paragraph that I especially agreed with, “The photographer is a kind of artist, and each artist sees the world differently. Photos of the same things and settings, taken by several people can significantly differ. Taking photography classes can teach you to develop your photographic vision. You’ll start noticing the smallest details around you and find the beauty in simple things.”

I read that one evening while my friend Jo McAvany and I were preparing a one-day session for people that had just got into photography, and were searching for answers to problems they had encountered while trying to better understand their cameras.

Jo had been talking with photographers that had asked if we could make a very hands-on learning session. With that in mind Jo suggested we put together a one-day session that would mainly cover the basic topics of understanding the camera.

Two instructors meant what normally would be mostly a one-person presentation became a class that included one-on-one attention, with Jo and I alternating between lecturing and helping each individual with their cameras.

The technology of photography is going through a major change with the introduction of mirrorless cameras to the packed field of DSLRs. Gosh, the availability of high quality cameras just keeps getting better and better.

For those of us offering instruction, that means we must sort out how to use those different systems. The cameras in our class were equally mirrorless and DSLRs, and a variety of manufacturers; Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony.

We were lucky that all of the cameras being used by those in the class were modern. I didn’t have to spend time with older models with outdated features.

When the class moved outside to try changing ISO, Metering and to experiment with the Manual, Aperture and Shutter modes it was easy for the attendees to compare each other’s camera LCDs.

I enjoy helping other photographers get comfortable with their cameras. The learners in my classes may not realize that I watch them all and am more than pleased when their body language says they just got something, discover that something new worked, finally made sense, and those frustrations they had with their cameras were removed.

They are about to become as in a quote by Alfred Eisenstaedt. “When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”

Stay safe and be creative. These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera.com or emcam@telus.net.

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