It was a most unusual first DSLR Photography Lesson with Daniel last Friday evening. In fact it was the first time I had an entirely indoors, sit-down photo lesson that was not focused on editing digital photos. This was due to Daniel being short on time before he left for a south Florida vacation and Friday's all-day rain not allowing for the usual downtown St. Petersburg walkabout. However, if anyone I had previously taught was more well suited for this type of lesson, then I cannot think of who.
The sit-down lesson style allowed Daniel to ask many technical questions about what settings for what situations. We were able to delve into photography theory quite a bit. There was a lot of info and numbers spoken of, but Daniel says he has an outstanding memory (and I believe him) so I really think he will be able to put all of the above to practical use in the field.
Despite being within the confines of a Panera Bread, we still had the opportunity for shooting practice (see above photo).
I taught Daniel how to use his Canon 70-30mm EF f/4-5.6 IS lens in low light, how to use it to produce a shot with bokeh, how to best it and what minimum shutter speeds he could expect to use and still get a sharp shot. After that we popped up the flash on his Canon 60D to see how that affected the same shots we had previously took.
Once Daniel returns from vacation I look forward to our first in the field lesson and seeing how he applies all that tech and theory knowledge in practical shooting.