It is very rare that I teach anything but 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons, but thanks to a Christmas present gift certificate given to both, sisters Heather & Shanna took their lesson together. Since the both had the same DSLR, the new Nikon D3100, things were greatly simplified and they were also pretty fast on the uptake for learning how to change the basic settings for aperture, ISO, white balance and focus mode. If yesterday morning's weather was nice, then todays's was fabulous. It was very nice to be outside and along the St. Petersburg waterfront talking about photography.
Each sister had the same photography knowledge level (eager beginner), but had done some good prep reading of Rick Sammon's great book, "Digital Photography Secrets." I highly recommend that book to anyone starting out in digital photography. I own it myself.
After showing the sisters how to use aperture and focal length settings to create bokeh using their 55-200mm lenses, we made our way over to Vinoy Park stopping to photograph a grey heron along the way. In the park we finished the lesson with a little landscape photography practice making use of the rule of thirds to best place the horizon.
I look forward to future lessons with both Shanna and Heather.