Shooting on "M" . . .

Yesterday I took my first of two photography classes.  My goal is to be able to start taking photos with my camera on the "Manual" setting more often.  The teacher is a great guy with many years of experience.  I was a little concerned about the number of students that were going to be in the class but it worked out well.  Most had Canon cameras but a few of us had Nikons which is what our instructor shoots with.  Many different levels of experience.  I sat next to a woman my age who had never used her camera before and in front of me was a seventeen year old young man that was very knowledgeable and already had some great equipment.  Don't you just love to see kids that find their passion early on in life?  I think it's wonderful!! 

A disco ball hanging above my head.

I took a lot of photos around the studio before, during and after class.  One of the things Jimmy told us was to shoot with our image quality set on "raw."  Unfortunately the site where I upload my photos doesn't support photo files of that size so all of the photos I shot after I changed to the "raw" setting can't be opened until I figure out how to do it and, honestly, I don't feel like figuring it out right now.  Lol!  So you'll have to settle for these photos for now.  : )

It really is a great studio with lots of cool stuff hanging on the brick walls.  Next Sunday we have the second of the two classes.  We're supposed to be going outside to work with natural light.  Being an outdoor photographer, I'm really looking forward to that.  : )

Speaking of outdoor photography . . .

The forsythia bushes today.

The forsythia bushes this time last year.  It's been a cold spring so far!! 

I spotted this little lady on our very dirty three season room window. 

Praying for sun.

Signs of life!!  : )

A rather noisy crow.

Two photos from this day a year ago . . .

Mr. Bigglesworth has a tough life, doesn't he?  Oh that face!!! : )

Wishing you all a beautiful and peaceful week ahead.  xo


Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

It's a great opportunity to meet new people as well as learning more skills, sounds like it was lots of fun xx

Elaine said...

You have inspired me.
I have finally dug out and read a couple of pages of my camera manual, and had a play. At least I know how to set macro now - just need lots of practise so I don't forget!
Love that sweet little puss-cat face.

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Oh how wonderful Elaine!! You just made my day!! We can all learn together!! 😀💜💜

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Thank you so much Cheryl!! It was nice to be with people who share my passion with me. 😀💜💜

Sheila said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your class.....and I love the photo of the guitar.
I'd love to be able to take better pictures but I'm not sure Andy would cope if I strated yet another hobby...lol-x-

Luna Crone said...

Wow Gal!!!!!! You are an amazing photographer already! Can't imagine how you will be, after these 2 classes!

Really, you already take great photos! It is wonderful that you want to learn more. But...... Please appreciate your ability NOW. I do!

Luna Crone

susan said...

Love your photos, Wendy. And, I think it's great to take a course to further your
knowledge of something you're obviously so passionate about. Bravo!

sage and spirit said...

I shoot in A (aperture priority) and always in raw. I'm also a total photo geek so anytime you want to talk photography.....