I’ve always been fascinated by photography.
One summer when I was in Maine, a friend of mine was teaching photography, the old school way. She taught us how to adjust the lens and then walked us through the whole develop-your-own-photos process. It was the best Do It Yourself experience of my life. (Okay, maybe it’s been the only one, but I aspire to DIY greatness.)
That summer I spent almost every free evening holed up in the darkroom. Manipulating technical stuff, mixing chemicals, — these words that I’m using, in all of their vagueness, mirrors the fact that I had no idea what was going on — watching my pictures develop appealed to my fixation with process. I was addicted.
…and then that summer ended.
In the real world, without access to a darkroom and no available supplies, it was difficult to maintain my new hobby. I was without the right environment, in part because I didn’t know enough about what I needed to ask for it or make what I had work.
Or not long ago. When I realized the accessibility of online digital photography instruction.
I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. Not only because I have such fond memories of that summer, but because I’ve started using my camera more recently and have continued to find myself frustrated by my completely will-nilly point and click method of photo taking. For cryin’ out loud, I want to know what all those settings do! And what they mean! And how I’m going to dominate the world with my camera!
(Ok…so maybe that was a little over the top…)
But I am learning about ISO, aperture, and exposure which evidently are some of the keys to the Camera Kingdom.
*Darren Rowse at Digital Photography School is the instructor behind the knowledge.