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After talking to several clients and friends and neighbors and moms and dads and parents and people in general in and around this lovely city of ours, I’ve realized two things: 1) a lot more people appreciate photography than I thought and 2) a lot more people have previous knowledge about photography related stuff.
Then I noticed something.
I see far more DSLR cameras (the “fancy” kind with the removable lens) now than I did even a couple years ago. Sure, maybe I am just paying more attention, but I think it is likely that they are more affordable and the technology is advancing so rapidly that a good camera is just far more accessible to the general public these days.
This made me wonder.
As a photographer, my eye is trained to see things that someone who is not a photographer most likely would never notice. I see a lot of tell-tale signs of cameras being used in auto mode or just general indicators of people not using their super cool cameras to anything close to their capacity. Let’s face it, the technology can be awesome, but it is still technology and it can’t think and apply the creative processes that humans can, which eventually results in the moment captured in a photograph.
Then I reached a conclusion.
If people have the desire and the technology (and, in many cases, prior photography knowledge), why do I still see so many frustrated parents trying to take pictures of their kids? It’s simple. They don’t know how. DSLRs can be intimidating! There are tons of buttons and switches and knobs and abbreviations that can all start to look the same after a while. It dawned on me that people want someone to help them figure this out, so I am here to help! Maybe you bought a DSLR on sale with the best of intentions. Maybe you are just a technology junkie. Maybe you used to shoot film and figured making the digital jump would be no problem. Whatever the case, if you are struggling with basic camera settings or don’t even know what “basic camera settings” means, this is the class for you! Bring someone to watch the kids and let them have a yummy brunch and run and get their wiggles out at Twirl while I teach you what you need to know. I’m even planning to give away a few of my favorite photography related products, so you do not want to miss out!