I recently finished up my photography class with the Cleveland Photographic Society that I have been so excited about lately and I couldn’t be more thrilled with everything I learned! The 12-week class went in-depth on all the fundamental parts of my Nikon camera and the concepts of good composition, lighting and editing of “making” a memorable photograph and I know I have grown so much as a photographer.
With two hands-on field trips, I was able to work with club members and instructors on any issues I was having with my camera and even borrow some of their fancier equipment. We ended the course with a student evaluation where each of us got to show 4 of our favorite photos taken during the semester and everyone offered critiques and advice, which was a great way to see what types of things my fellow students were up to.
The first thing they told us back in August was anyone can take a photograph but a real photographer makes a photograph and we will never shoot in Auto mode again. How right they were! Now, unfortunately, I think I am a bit addicted to my camera and all things photography. And starting my PhotoProject/365 doesn’t help, as I am forcing myself to pick up and use my camera and share a little piece of my life every day. I cannot stop reading books and blogs about photography and I think I may even be driving my husband a bit nuts, as I share with him everything I’m learning.
We covered a nice range of topics over the course and while I am drawn to nature and the outdoors, I also really enjoy environmental portraiture. I have forced my family to sit for mini-shoots for me to practice and I just want to do more! I love the concept of making a connection with a person through a photograph, freezing one moment in time and letting someone’s personality come through my lens.
Overall, I give this course an A+ and encourage anyone in the Northeast Ohio area who is a beginner or even intermediate photographer to sign up for their winter session – it’s completely worth your time and money and you won’t be sorry you did.
Happy shooting, friends!