DSLR Photography Lesson #6 with Rosa at Westshore Mall!

Rosa wanted to practice indoor shooting, so we met in Westshore Mall

Rosa is the second student now to take six DSLR Photography Lessons with me (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th).  She had some trouble photographing friends and family indoors, despite getting a very nice new lens, a Tamron 17-50mm VC f/2.8, the successor to a lens I use myself.  So to simulate indoor shooting conditions we came up with the idea of shooting in a mall.  I was a little concerned about breaking out DSLR cameras in a mall, but early in the lesson a security guard walked right by us and paid us no attention at all, which was a relief.  

We started out trying to get the best results from the new fast lens she bought by shooting at f/2.8 with no flash and a somewhat high ISO of 800.  These settings, combined with firm camera holding technique, allowed Rosa and I to get acceptable sharpness in our shots, like the one featured above.

Photo by Rosa, editing by me.This lesson was also a first for teaching photo editing also.  Rosa brought her laptop and set it alongside my MacBook Pro on the table above and I showed her how I would go about editing some of the portraits she took.  She had Adobe Photoshop Elements.  It was my first time to use it, but since I am experienced with the full version of Photoshop, I was able to figure things out eventually.  As important as it is to learn about aperture, ISO and white balance, I think it is equally important to learn editing skills too.  I look forward to having another hybrid shooting/editing with Rosa soon.