My first DSLR Photography Lesson of the new year was with Julie who just got a new Canon 60D as a Christmas present. She chose my 4-pack of lessons so I will have the opportunity to really help her get going with her photography hobby. Today happened to be the coldest day of the season, by far, but as always the sun was still out and shining making it a fine afternoon for a lesson.
Julie claimed to not really have any previous DSLR photography knowledge, but thanks to her great memory and some tips on aperture from someone she recently talked to at a wedding, she already had a working knowledge of aperture, to which I added ISO, WB and focus mode information. I was impressed by how quickly she started to demonstrate skill in adjusting the necessary settings for the variety of types of shot we practiced.
I often give advice to my students as they always want to know what photographer gear they should get next. For those who already have lenses that cover from 18mm to 200mm, I suggest getting a 50mm f/1.8 lens and also an external flash as both are very useful and are in the camera bags of pretty much every serious photographer in the world.
I am looking forward to the next three lessons with Julie and helping her get the most out of her Canon 60D.