Last year, I was lucky enough to get a new camera for my birthday. Most of the photos I take are of Matt (and his friends) playing sports. I usually share them with the other members of the team, parents and school. It has become quite a "tradition" for me to share the days match photos by Sunday evening, and school have started using the photos on their marketing literature, which makes me feel very happy. So my new camera has been put to good use. Although the quality of the photos is due to the lens and camera rather than my skill.
I also have a macro lens which takes great photos of flowers in my garden.
But if I'm honest, the "everyday" lens doesn't get much use and despite my good intentions, I stick with the various auto settings, playing it safe whenever I use my camera.
A few months ago, when glancing through my National Trust newsletter, I saw that they were offering an Autumn Photography class at Nymans Gardens I think it was around £15 for the morning but I may be wrong, but I don't think it was too expensive. I booked on, thinking it would be a fun thing do, and hoping I would get some hints and tips for taking some better Autumn photos. I had assumed that my foot recovery would be slightly further ahead than it is, but I was determined to still go. So my slightly dodgy foot and I set off yesterday for a morning of photography, in the sunshine. Wasn't I lucky! I was just hoping for a dry day (my camera isn't happy in the rain), but I never imagined I'd be walking around in a t-shirt and jeans with my sunglasses on. The only downside was that on such a beautiful day, the gardens got very busy, and they even had to close the car park as they were full!
Anyway, I digress. It was a small group of 9 of us, plus the course leader, an experienced photographer. It was quite scary turning off the auto settings, but with guidance and encouragement, after a classroom session, a group walk, we then set off on our own to take photos before coming back to "The Potting Shed" to discuss and share what we'd achieved, whilst eating a slice of cake and drinking a cup of tea. I learned so much. In fact, I now want to learn more. My camera can do so much more than I thought. I now just need to understand more, and be a bit braver and more confident.
Would you like to see some photos?
Here is a small selection.
If you would like to see all the photos I took, you can follow this link. I know my followers are lovely people and won't abuse it, so will leave the link open "publicly" for a week or so.
Aren't I lucky, another day doing something for myself, and today I took my Dad's wife to a card making class. :) Tomorrow will be a day of catching up with the washing and hoovering before going back to work and school on Monday.
Wishing you a happy weekend.