It’s one of my New Years’ resolutions this year…to figure out how to actually use my new camera and lens. I’ve been using the Canon Rebel with a 50mm 1.8 for so long I am totally intimidated by what the 5D Mark III can do. So, I’ve challenged myself to take a photography or editing class each day for the next month on Skillshare and complete the projects, which includes uploading it to the class webpage. I’m hoping that there I’ll get some constructive criticism on my work and start to feel a little more at ease with sharing my photos publicly. One thing I’m really trying to work on is not being such a perfectionist. I have this horrible tendency to pick apart every detail to the point of getting absolutely nothing done. Holding myself accountable to a daily project will, hopefully, force me to use what I have on hand and just create SOMETHING, whether it’s perfect or not (and it never is).
Today’s class was DSLR Photography for Bloggers by Lindsay Ostrom, who writes Pinch of Yum (if you haven’t checked out her blog yet it’s a definite must!). She did a really great job explaining aperture, shutter speed, and ISO…which isn’t new to me, but it was great to have a little refresher because I tend to shoot in Av mode. I definitely feel more comfortable shooting manual after today’s project and am so excited about the range of new possibilities it gives me. Probably the most helpful topic she went over was lighting. She detailed several layouts for lights and reflectors in order to achieve different looks in our photographs. I’m pretty excited to use her backlighting technique soon because I wasn’t able to use it in this project. We were supposed to set up a party scene and get 3 shots using 3 different settings so I chose to do a Pancake Party, because I’m like a pancake-making-pro, and because who doesn’t like pancakes?!
If you just happen to also be in need of some camera courses, I highly recommend Lindsay’s class. You can check out her intro video HERE or if you just want to show my project some love, head over HERE and click the little heart!