On the first somewhat chilly morning of the year I met new DSLR Photography Lesson student Ron at my usual spot in downtown St. Petersburg. Ron has two Nikons, the D300s and the D90, as well as a bag full of all Nikkor lenses (what Nikon brands its lenses). He shot with film cameras before and knew what photography terms like aperture, ISO, bracketing, etc meant, so in our lesson I showed him how to apply and use them in the DSLR world.
Ron had been shooting in aperture priority mode which is fine. However, he never changed his aperture so I can only guess all his shots were at the largest aperture for whichever lens he was using at the time. I started the lesson with giving him an in-depth tour of the menus and buttons on his D300s since I am extremely familiar with it from shooting with a D300 for years.
Throughout the lesson I got to learn about what an interesting life Ron has lived. He currently runs a super successful home pet sitting & walking business that he said has him (and his wife) working every day of the week! If you need a pet sitter contact me and I will pass your info on to Ron.
We concluded the lesson with a photo critique of all the dog photos Ron takes of his pet sitting clients as well as his other photography interests. I was impressed with his mural and graffiti photo collection focusing on the central St. Petersburg area. I look forwad to seeing Ron again soon for our next lesson.