Excited about my photography class

I decided to use the money I received from Christmas (thank you, moms & dads!!) to sign up for an online photography course. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now to help hone my skills and build my confidence.

This particular course has received rave reviews on the photography forum I regularly visit and I was very excited to get started.

I’m also happy to have a buddy to take the course with. A while back on the photog forum, a bunch of us signed up to be paired with a buddy who was at the same (roughly) skill level as us. So me and my buddy Laura (who lives in the northeast) are taking the course together. It will be nice to have someone to turn to for support or to give me a kick in the pants to get out and take pics and practice. ;)

Anyway, I read through the first lesson and already learned a few things that will be SUPER VALUABLE to me in my work.

I did a bit of practicing on Ava with my new skills (shooting in manual mode and using the in camera meter to meter for exposure) and came up with this pic (which I converted to b&w in Photoshop).
She’s got a messy face cuz she was strapped in her booster seat eating lunch. (How else do you expect me to get her to sit mostly still and not run away from the camera? LOL)

I still have to work on my “assignment” (taking pics of several things outside using different manual settings) for lesson one but I haven’t had the time yet. I’m hoping to get to it this week so I can move on to lesson 2. :)