Photography is one of my favorite hobbies. My family especially my granddaughter is one of my favorite subjects. I actually bought my Canon DSLR camera when she was born in 2010. I took pictures but mainly in the automatic settings. I dabbled with manual but could never quite figure it out. The pictures were nice but I wanted more control over settings. I wanted a picture that captured what I was seeing not what the camera decided to see.
One of the blogs I follow Burgh Baby has many posts that give great information about photography. Michelle is a talented photographer and she also teaches a class which you can read about here. I took the class in February of 2012 and have been shooting in mainly in the manual mode since that time. If you live in or near Pittsburgh I highly recommend taking her class when she offers another one. I learned to have fun with my camera.
I recently decided I needed to learn more. I wanted to discover more about staging and lighting. I also thought it would be nice to find some other people who liked photography. I could have read books but I am a hands on learner and do better with an instructor. I received a catalog for non-credit courses for our community college. I found a few classes on photography and chose Photography 101. It is an 8 week course for 3 hours 1 night a week. Trust me, sitting for 3 hours after a full days work can be difficult and evening coffee becomes your friend. I have learned new things and next week will begin to take pictures. The nicest thing is I have met a few new people who have photography as their hobby. We plan to meet and practice our skills in the upcoming weeks.
I feel everyone needs to do something they find relaxing and enjoyable. I have a few hobbies but photography is probably my favorite. It allows me to create a visual memory of people, nature or events in the way I see and even experience them. What are some of the things you do for relaxation and enjoyment?