On an increasingly warm Saturday morning I met Mary in Lettuce Lake Park for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson with her Canon T3i. We met in the visitor's center to sit in air conditioned comfort at first as I introduced her to both her Canon DSLR and also my 5-step process for making a well exposed and sharp shot in any shooting conditions. Mary took notes during this time (which I recommend) as I spoke about the default settings I start out with for daylight and also indoors.
After this we moved outside and onto the boardwalks that are the best feature of Lettuce Lake Park. There was no lack of wildlife to be seen starting with a good-sized alligator, then a cottonmouth snake on a branch and of course a few turtles and fish. There were rumors of a very large banded water snake, but we never saw it ourselves. The shadows and changing light out on the boardwalk allowed Mary to practice getting the exposure correct in manual exposure mode. I taught her to use the meter in her viewfinder to help get the correct shutter speed, and then when necessary to increase aperture in really shady spots.
We never got a chance to use her 75-300mm lens, so we will be meeting again soon to see the world more close up through her telephoto lens.