Intro to Photography

So as a lovely and thoughtful Christmas gift, T bought me a pass for an introductory photography course.  I now have this fancy pants camera so now I should learn how the hell to use it.

The course took place in the small town of Vogt (just outside of Ravensburg).  Here is the home of Photo-Corona Foto Studio owned by Ramona and Olaf.

Not this Olaf - source
Not this Olaf – source

It was a five hour intensive course on the following subjects:

-What the hell is a camera?

-How the hell does a camera work?

-What the hell can you do with your camera besides point and shoot?

Ok so the subjects were not so colorfully named – that was all me.  But we learned how the camera actually works:

source
source

Then we learned the appropriate settings for wide angle vs. telephoto what ISO to use based on amount of light, shutter speed, and aperture depending on active vs. inactive subjects.

The lovely Heike was my model:

Wide Angle
Wide Angle
Telephoto
Telephoto
Perspective
Perspective
Perspective
Perspective
Wide Angle
Wide Angle
Telephoto
Telephoto
Large Aperture
Large Aperture

Oh yeah, and the entire course was in German (obviously)

I was a little intimidated at first but I found Olaf to be an amazing instructor.  By the end of the course he was quizzing us on our camera settings based on the photo ideas he would give us.

Olaf in action
Olaf in action

I had two questions:

Late afternoon, photo of lake Constance and Alps.

Wide angle or telephoto? –> wide angle

ISO? –> 800+

Aperture: small or large? –> small

 

Then, Abner runs by and I want an action photo:

Telephoto

ISO 800+

Large Aperture

I love this frickin' face!
I love this frickin’ face!

I will need a lot practice so that I know these setting automatically but it was such a cool experience and I loved my gift 🙂

Anyway, tune in Friday where I tell you the results of my recent attempts of hitting the slopes…..again…..

Bis Freitag!

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