For our second 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson I met Tim in the usual downtown St. Petersburg spot for 2-hours of instruction on how to shoot with a 50mm lens. He has the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G for his Nikon D7000. This time he also tossed on the external battery grip to his DSLR as well. There was also a piece of new photography gear to debut for him, a BlackRapid camera strap! During our first lesson he commented on mine and I said I could not imagine using the old over-the-neck-style strap ever again (read my full review). BlackRapid if you are reading this I would not mind a FastenR-3 in thanks for referring another customer to you!
Some of the 50mm shooting tips I gave Tim included moving the focus point in the frame rather than recomposing, really paying attention to the background for creating the best bokeh and not always trying to get the whole subject in the frame (read photo tip on this).
In addition to all that his fingers got a good workout constantly adjusting the shutter speed and often the aperture too as we worked exclusively in manual mode today and were often moving from shade to bright light on our tour of downtown St. Petersburg. For our next lesson we will head to The Pier for a lesson focusing on shooting from a tripod.