Cloudy skies made for an almost pleasant temperature during my first of four 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons with Kristin and her Canon T1i in downtown St. Petersburg. She has had her DSLR for over a year, but like many people that take my lessons, had pretty much only been using it in its various auto-modes. DSLRs like to be told what to do, so I quickly got to work preparing her to at least shoot in aperture priority mode, but really to just make the step to full manual mode. It is surprisingly easy to make that leap if one keeps in mind there are only five things that need to be set to make any given photograph.
As in most of my first lessons with a student, we covered a wide range of topics from how to properly change lenses, to discussing what gear she might want to buy next, to creating shots with bokeh before ending with a little motion blur practice. The lively goings on of downtown St. Pete on a Thursday evening (movies in the park) made for an enjoyable atmosphere to practice photography.
Kristin took good notes and asked questions when she needed to so I expect she will absorb a lot of what we practiced tonight. Our next lesson is already scheduled for next Thursday!