I will be the first to admit that I was not happy at all after our first class. For at least two weeks I referred to the photography class as "that stupid [censored] class that Amanda made me take." Photography is much harder than I would have thought -- and there are so many elements to it that I never knew about until it was pointed out to me.
Take white balance for example. If you look back at my last homework, the babies were sort of bluish-gray. I never noticed that until I turned in my homework last Tuesday and our teacher critiqued it (not in a bad way of course, just in a matter of fact way). That blueness was due to the white balance being off. Last class was about white balance, so this week's homework was to work on white balance. I think that my babies have much better color this week! A few of the pictures are still a little off, but overall I think it's much better.
This past weekend we took the babies to Aldridge Gardens and let them roam free for a little while so that I could do my homework. Here is this week's homework:
All in all, I think that my photographs have gotten better. And, I hate to admit it, but I think I get better photographs on manual exposure than on automatic. Originally, I had said that I would do my class homework but that I never expected to ever use manual exposure instead of automatic other than for the class. I'm thinking that -- at least for natural light photos -- I'll probably be using manual exposure instead of automatic. As much as I cursed the class, and as much as I cursed Amanda for coming up with the idea of even taking the class (sorry, Amanda), I think I did learn a few things. Over the past week, Gary has made several comments or asked questions about photography that I've been able to answer. I've found myself looking at photography blogs and wondering what settings were used. . . . I'm noticing things now that I never would have noticed a month ago.
Tonight was supposed to be my last class, but our teacher is free next Tuesday night and has offered a bonus class! So, I'll have one more set of homework next week, then I'm out of school for the summer.
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