Digital Photography: Level 1

Before we moved to Dubai, my camera-loving and generous father passed along one of his DSLR camera and several lenses. Small problem being that I knew nada  about my new big girl camera – it was left in automatic mode all the time with a few tweaks made on my computer after the fact. (Barr is actually the one with natural artistic eye). Me on the other hand? I needed help…a lot of help.

What a lovely image! (Not by me – via weheartit.com)

After our trip to Cape Town, I decided enough was enough: I needed (and wanted) to learn how to use the technical elements of my camera, glean the basics of intentional composition, and of course, take captivating images to enjoy and cherish through the years. As such, I enrolled in Digital Photography Level I Workshop at Gulf Photo Plus here in Dubai. The course was broken out into four  sessions over a two-week period, and was taught by the talented and kind Imraan Dudhia (definitely check out his work!)

The workshop was small and extremely well orchestrated – my five classmates and I learned about aperture (I can make the background of a picture blurry while keeping the subject clear!), white balance (cooler vs. warmer coloring), ISO (helps with indoor and night shots), metering (backlit stuff, silhouettes), shutter speed (action shots – freezing someone playing a sport or creating those really neat streaky car lights), when to use fill flash, and of course, some important composition tips.

A lesson in aperture and composition

A lesson in aperture and composition

I enjoy the aperture mode - shot taken of our "neighborhood"

I enjoy the aperture mode – shot taken of our “neighborhood”

A lesson in shutter speed

A lesson in shutter speed

Another quick shutter speed shot of Barr the Model

Another quick shutter speed shot of Barr the Model as he multi-tasks to some jams whilst working on something consultant-y

I just liked these colors :)

I just liked these colors 🙂

A lesson in metering

A lesson in metering

Same shot as the previous photo, but the metering is different, resulting in a silhouette effect

Same shot as the previous photo, but the metering is different, resulting in a silhouette effect

A lesson in composition - rule of thirds

A lesson in composition – rule of thirds

While these photos aren’t ideal or professional by any stretch, I’m just pleased to take my camera off of the AUTO mode and experiment a bit – and of course, just to be intentional in my “photography”. To that end, we concluded our last class of the workshop today with the slide and quote below 😉 Until next time…

The first 10,000 photos are the worst? God bless you readers...

The first 10,000 photos are the worst? God bless you readers…

4 responses to “Digital Photography: Level 1

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  2. I also did this course at GPP – the weekend one – over the summer. Absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back and do Level 2!

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