One of my 2015 personal goals was to get to grips with the manual settings on my dslr camera. I’ve owned my Nikon D5000 for 3 years now and have been using it as a pimped up point and shoot, getting the occasional good shot but if I’m honest was more luck than anything. I’ve always loved photography right from the days of my 110 photo filmed camera, to studying A level photography in college where we learnt how to develop our shots in a dark room and basic iso and films (I’m really showing my age now aren’t I) But photography was, and still is an expensive hobby so I soon replaced my SLR camera with a smaller, quicker basic one and eventually a digital one. So all my knowledge was filed away never to be seen again. Until now.
I know I’ll never be an award-winning photographer but for a hobby and to capture the best possible shots of my family, I needed to refresh those skills and work out just what all these wonderful buttons and menu settings did on my chunky DSLR, and over the past several months I’ve been doing just that. But now I’m ready to up my game so I’ve enrolled on an online photography course where there’s no putting off. I’ve got 4 months left of this year to go from basic, winging it photographer to just-about-knows-what-she’s-doing.
The course consists of 4 classes over 8 weeks, delivered through video tutorials with accompanying notes, assignments and an interactive online forum with the tutor, Michael Freeman, is on hand to answer any questions.
The course I’m signed up for is the Michael Freeman’s Perfect Exposure MasterClass. I began by watching the tutorial, then recapping through the notes. I learnt how to set exposure on my camera to achieve the desired results and how it can change the whole image as opposed to using the auto settings. My shots were nowhere near as breath-taking as the ones we were given as examples and so as a perfectionist I managed to get my assignments in by the skin of my teeth as I trued and tried to find something worthy of submitting.
I did enjoy finding out just what my camera was capable of, however and as the classes are spread out I had 2 weeks to test out all I’d leant and although the pressure was on, the assignments were really useful to really test out what I knew and put it all into practice. That little exposure compensation setting is capable of so much more than I realised and is really going to come in handy during the darker winter months.
I received a complimentary place on MyPhotoSchool photography course, however I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.