In May 2009, I took a camera course. I put the emphasis on camera, because it wasn’t a photo course … it was in order to learn the basics about the DSLR camera. The guy said “it’s so you’ll be able to read the manual and understand what you’re reading”. I thought that was good.
I’d bought the Nikon D60 a couple of months earlier, it was my first DSLR, and really … I could even say it was my first camera. Photography hadn’t even been an interest of mine.
Thought I was thorough before I bought it … I read a lot and compared. The camera was fine — it was a good choice — it was ME who was the problem! I didn’t understand anything, so this course was a godsend for me. I got the basic understanding of what aperture, shutter-speed and ISO did … or so I thought. Now, seven years later, it’s as if I should take the course all over again. At least the part about shutter speed.
In one way, I shouldn’t really have had a DSLR camera. All the technicalities of photography isn’t for me. But once you’ve tried one, there’s no going back. When you know what can be done, you just cannot go back to point-and-shoot.
For the longest time, I used to shoot only in Aperture Priority, but then, at some point, I changed to Manual. When it comes to birds, I still prefer A, because there’s no time to fiddle with the settings. When there’s really harsh sunlight, I set the aperture to ⨍16, otherwise I keep it to 8, most of the time. That’s all fine and dandy — it’s the shutter-speed … I’ve totally lost the grip of that, I don’t know what to set it to.
Anyway, the course was four sessions, and we finished off with a photo walk, along Harbour Passage. It got fairly dark before we were finished, which was a good thing.
I got to borrow the guy’s tripod, shot this, and was immensely proud of it afterwards 🙂
It would’t take long before I bought my own tripod, and a longer lens. At this point I only had the kit lens, which was 18-55mm.