This was my first time to teach a DSLR Photography Lesson to a brother and sister. Taryn lives in St. Petersburg, but her brother, Scott, now resides in Amsterdam. So while her brother was back visiting, and since she got a brand new Nikon D5100 as a mother's day present this year, all things fell into place for our lesson this morning, including massive humidity! Scott had had his Canon XTi for awhile, but still was mostly using it in auto-mode. Since he lives and travels around Europe so much helping him during the lesson get the most out of his DSLR will hopefully allow him to one day return to the U.S. with a fantastic European photograph portfolio.
While practicing how to photograph moving subjects and how to make a flash portrait in the shade, Scott used Taryn as a model and vice versa no doubt allowing for numerous outtake photos for each to have a laugh over. We later came across a great egret that was too busy hunting its lunch (lizards) to be bothered much by the siblings getting some wildlife photography practice. I instructed them to get down at eye level to the bird and to also remember to use portrait orientation for some shots, especially when its neck was elongated upwards.
It was a very fun and interesting two hours. While Scott is soon to return to Amsterdam, I may see Taryn again for a future lesson.