Every story has a beginning... It was a very happy day when I got my first DSLR. It was a a lovely gift from my husband way back in 2010. Only problem was I had no clue how to use it, and although I was very much interested in photography I found it difficult to wrap my head around a lot of the technical settings.
I tried reading the manual but I am a visual learner so that didn't work. Next up (actually many months later and still not a lot of actual photography) was lots of reading on photography blogs and in books. By far the most helpful were a number of eBooks which included lots of photo examples.
But it was still a lot of reading and not a lot of going out and actually practicing what I was reading. I still found the information confusing!
Whenever I would go out to practice I would get frustrated because I still didn't really know which settings to use for what I wanted to achieve in a given shot, so I'd switch back to Auto Mode and hope for the best.
I didn't know anything about which file format to shoot in, which mode was best for shooting different situations, how light was important, what aperture and shutter speeds to use, and had no clue as to what I was really capable of doing with this awesome new camera.
It wasn't until I did a one day landscape photography tutorial (another gift from my wonderful husband), where I had someone actually talking me through the process, then showing me what to do that I was able to really understand how to work my camera.
Reading photography blogs and books is awesome, but it still doesn't beat real life practice with someone who knows what they are talking about, and who can give you immediate feedback.
Photography is an ongoing learning experience. There is ALWAYS something new to try, but understanding the basics is the first and most important step.
My photography story doesn't have an end yet...
Although I have learnt SO much and my skills as a photographer have come a very long way from day one, I am definitely still learning too.
So, why am I telling you all of this?
Because I want to share what I do know with new photography lovers who are just like I was when I got my first DSLR. Excited about their new fancy camera and eager to learn, but with no idea where to start!
How I can help you.
I have recently started taking private/semi private three hour photography tutorials in Melbourne CBD.
If you are brand new to photography here's some very useful things you will learn spending three glorious hours talking photography (and putting it into practice!) with me;
- Switch off Auto Mode and stop using your DSLR as a point and shoot
- Learn all about Exposure and the mysterious "exposure triangle" to understand the technical side of a great shot
- Understand what Aperture and Shutter speed are all about so you can confidently choose which mode to shoot in and start getting creative with your shots
- Learn about which file format to shoot in so you can turn your work into beautiful prints for your home
- Get to know that weird Histogram thing that photographers always seem to go on about
- Get some awesome tips for snapping tack sharp beautiful images of your children or pets
- Practice some of the "rules of photography" so you feel confident when you break them!
I spent many hours putting together a very helpful eBook with all of this info too, which is available below. However, if you prefer a hands on experience I would love to teach you what I know in person.
Here's what one of my clients had to say about the experience:
Thank you so much Zoe for a really informative, helpful and most of all enjoyable session. As an enthusiastic beginner I found it daunting trying to find the time to search for and read all the information out there about how to use my new camera. It was so much more productive and fun to spend a few hours with someone who knew what they were talking about and who could teach me what I needed to know in a practical way.
I particularly appreciated your ability to explain things in a way that was simple and easy to understand and it was great to be able to put it into practise straight away.
I feel like I’m now ready to make the most of my camera on our upcoming trip.
Thanks again. - Simon
If you are interested in my beginner photography tutorial simply enter your details below and I will be in touch to arrange a time and day which suits you best.
3 Hour Beginner Photography Tutorial $179
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