Taking a break from her normal Monday morning, Georgia met me in downtown St. Peterburg with her Nikon D3000 for our first of four 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons. We started the lesson by going over how to use her DSLR and adjust the settings that need to be adjusted for making well exposed and sharp images in any given shooting conditions. I believe strongly in knowing your camera well. If you do not know how to adjust your ISO then how can you fix an underexposed image. Of course you need to know what ISO is in the first place and exactly when you should start to increase it. Thus, 99% of the first lessons I teach start with such explanations and camera overviews.
After giving Georgia a crash course in how to use her DSLR in general, we started to get a little more specific ending with some natural light portraits like the one I made of her (above) using a huge Christmas tree as the festive background. Each of our next three lessons will be even more specific as we build on the general photography skills from this first lesson, which was an information packed one!