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#27 Instructor's Response and Lesson 2

Monday, October 01, 2018

The instructor's response to my photos in Lesson 1 was very positive. He said that he could see that I had a good understanding of my camera and how to operate it. He also said he thought I had a good eye for choosing subjects and for composing photographs.

It feels very good!

I am now on to Lesson 2.

This lesson is all about taking portrait photos (head and shoulders only) of people in "available" light - which means in natural daylight. The whole idea is to avoid bright sunlight. Also, I have to pay attention to the background -- it should not be distracting from the subject.

So I have already begun this exercise, using my full frame camera (meaning the equivalent of a 35 mm). My DH is wearing a brown turtleneck and sitting in a brown leather chair, near the window. It was a perfect background. I asked him to slouch down in the chair so that his face is surrounded by only brown.

He continued reading while I photographed away. There is a light coming from the window illuminating one side of his face a little more. We will see how it all turns out.

The next two exercises for this lesson: to photograph a woman, then a child (I am hoping to get my grandson for that one.). I am visiting with my mom on Friday, perhaps I can get a good photo of her then. If not, I am also seeing my niece soon. She will be a good subject.

The final exercise is to take an alternative portrait of a person. That can be creative - with any part of the body showing or any pose. That will be fun. My grandson could be good for an unusual pose. My 93-year-old mom's hands could be a good idea too. We'll see what I can come up with.

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