For my second DSLR Photography Lesson with Malissa (1st lesson) we met at John's Pass Village on Madeira Beach. We started out having a review session on the four primary settings one needs to know how to set for making any given photograph. This time Malissa brought a notepad and took detailed notes as I gave default settings to use for photographing children's sports, how to get a good exposure indoors, etc.
After our chat we walked down the long row of shops along the main street of John's Pass Village looking for a good palm tree to photograph to send to one of Malissa's friends who lives in a much colder climate. This was a chance to show the decision making process for which lens to use (wide or long) and what surrounding foreground elements to include, or not include, in the composition.
We later had a chance to try some wildlife photography as there are many birds hanging out on the boardwalk and this time some dolphins playing just around the pilings also! I suggested that Malissa zoom in tight on a great blue heron sitting on a rooftop, as showing it standing on metal would take the viewer out of nature thinking. So if you can see only bird in the shot, even if you have to compose its feet out of the frame, that is much better than letting some humanmade object intrude.
John's Pass Village on that afternoon provided us with a very good variety of subject matter to practice shooting with. Now with this second lesson of knowledge and her notes I look forward to seeing some of Malissa's improved action and nature shots!