I met new DSLR Photography Lesson student Marcia for a rare Saturday morning lesson in downtown St. Petersburg. She has owned a DSLR for awhile, having previously shot with a Canon 30D before getting the new Canon 7D. She is even personal friends with Scott Kelby! Marcia has a bag full of gear: 3 lenses, a tripod, external flash, etc. but for the first lesson we concentrated on the faily standard focal range of 18mm to 200mm which was covered entirely by her Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
I taught Marcia my 4-settings method of producing the correct exposure for any given type of shot ranging from midday sunny widangle shots to being able to eliminate a distracting background to produce a good looking portrait anywhere. Despite the strong sunshine, thunder rumbled from somewhere so we concluded the lesson under the safety of the big kapok silk-cotton tree beside the Museum of Fine Arts. Presumably the museum put up the new swing hanging from one of the tree's large branches which makes for a nice prop for portrait practice. Only using her external flash for for a few minutes, Marcia realized we could have an entire lesson just on it. I said that is exactly right, as the first lesson usually covers a broad topic range, with each subsequent lesson focusing on one particular area of photography.
I look forward to seeing Marcia's photos of her poodles and travel related images she likes to make.