I’ve had two morning sessions with photographer Kaylene Biggs (course details here for those who are interested), and wanted to share some un-Photoshopped pictures that I took as practice.

The group of people taking the course with me consisted of a wide variety of people. Not everyone had SLR cameras — a couple used digital compacts. One of the ladies attending was a midwife I recognised from my time in hospital after birthing Calista. A man was a jewellery wholesaler who needed to be able to take glamour shots of his wares. (He currently pays $650 per photo and figured the $200 course was a worthwhile investment!) Another man works for a local brewery and needed to successfully take photos of machinery for procedure manuals. One lady was a native Mexican who keeps a blog for her family and friends at home and in the States and is interested in putting traditional Mexican recipes (using ingredients found in Australia) online.

It’s been great to get away. I have two more sessions to attend. One will be the “field trip” at Roma Street Parkland — lots of running water, flowers, tame wildlife. I’m looking forward to it!

Rode Road Reserve, July 2009

Rode Road Reserve, July 2009

Rode Road Reserve, July 2009
The flare on this shot happened by accident, but I quite like it.

Rode Road Reserve, July 2009

The course has given me understanding about the functions of the camera, and I’ve gained confidence in changing the settings to suit the situation. Of course, when “the moment” happens, I may not have time to really stop and think, and will just put the camera on auto setting. However, for those “arty” shots I’d like to create, I have a much clearer idea of how to manipulate the camera to create a certain end result.