I had been in e-mail contact with Kyle for awhile, giving him tripod buying advice, etc. This morning I met him for a DSLR Photography Lesson in the usual downtown St. Petersburg spot. Even though the calendar said December 22nd, it felt more like May 22nd as the Florida sun continued to shine on full force.
As usual during a first lesson, we covered a wide range of photography topics starting out with my 4-step process for getting the settings right for any given type of shot followed by simply how to best hold a DSLR for maximum stability and efficiency. Kyle kept his Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G lens on his D3100 as we went from making shots with bokeh, to controling DoF for group shots, to how to compose and take shots using a tripod, before ending with some flash portrait practice.
I hope Kyle can put all we covered today to use to produce his best holiday photographs ever. He already had two of his photographs published in a local credit union's calendar, maybe next year he can go national!