Since buying my new DSLR camera earlier on this year, I've been using it on the automatic setting. I don't know the first thing about photography, but I'm determined to learn. When I saw an offer on Groupon for a beginners photography session I decided to give it a go.
The date was set for Saturday just gone. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't very good, dull and drizzly, but the session still went ahead. There were eleven of us beginners who met in a hotel just out of the centre of Leeds. We had a master class in Exposure, learning about ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture, before heading outside to put in to practice what we'd just learnt.
Afterwards, we headed in to the centre of Leeds to learn, and have a go at, Composition. Our first task was to look at Camera Angle and take photos from other angles other than head height. There were some good subjects in City Square, though you had to be quick before they flew off.
These birds were more obliging, metal sculptures which were on, what I think is, the front of the Norwich Union building.
Next, we headed off through Leeds towards the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre. Here, our aim was to use a technique whereby you frame objects within other objects. These were my attempts.
Finally, our last task was looking at The Rule of Thirds, positioning the subject off centre.
I was pleased that I managed some photos without having my camera set on automatic, though I have to say that I did feel quite conspicuous taking photos in the centre of Leeds and in the shopping centre.
The session was supposed to last for three and a half hours, but it ran over by half an hour. I was never going to learn everything in this time, but it's given me a start, and I now feel a bit more confident about taking my camera off the automatic setting and having a go myself.