So I had my final photography class last Thursday, and I came home rather saddened by the fact that it was over. I could easily have attended a few more classes; that’s how interesting and informative this course was. It was worth every penny. In fact, I am so pleased with it that I plan on taking another one in the fall.
On our final class, after our teacher got through the lesson of the day, we looked at some of the photos we’d each taken from our field trip. We’d been asked to bring in 20 – 25 images on a memory stick, and to include whatever other images we wanted to share.
Most of my images were from the field trip, but I also added a few from our outing at the Kingston harbour. I’m always a little reluctant about sharing my work because I’m not completely comfortable yet with my camera, although I’m further along than I was before this course.
We looked at the images each of us had taken and commented on what we could have done differently, or how we could improve upon our work. What we learned at that point, basically, is the rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, lines, framing, balance and avoiding mergers, which I hope to write about in more detail in the future – when I’m very comfortable with all this newfound knowledge. And I know what I’m talking about.
I must say that this final class was more enlightening than I expected. I understand more clearly how to take better photographs and what I should be working on to improve. I understand why it’s important to pay attention to small, distracting details trying to make their way into your picture. And I see what skills I should focus on building.
All in all, I had a great time, and I look forward to learning more and more about this wonderful hobby of mine. I’m more eager than ever to get out there and take pictures. So...
...I took the plunge and became a member of Kingston Photography, and I go on my first group photoshoot on July 07 where a few of us will meet at an abandoned motel. I’m really looking forward to this because one of my favourite photography themes is urban decay. I will share some photos of this outing in the future.
So a lot of wonderful things have come out of this single course, and I am very glad that I took the initial step to sign up. It’s been quite an interesting experience so far.