New DSLR Photography Lesson student Jeff was a referral from old high school friend and one-time photo lesson student himself, Mark. Jeff has an impressive traveling resume and wants to be able to make better photographs on future trips, like one soon to Sydney, Australia. Thus, he upgraded from a point & shoot camera to a new Nikon D3100.
As I went through my four step process of setting a DSLR for any type of shot, Jeff seemed to be catching on quick and soon we were leaving aperture priority behind during the lesson and moving onto manual mode. Having the lesson late in the evening helped hasten our transition to manual mode as the fading light did not allow aperture priority mode to produce acceptable exposures for very long, especially when we practiced photographing moving objects.
Jeff also took a lot of handwritten notes during the lesson, which is something I recommend unless one has a photographic memory!
I look forward to introducing more advanced photography topics in our future lessons.