My 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson with Ken was a long time in the making. He first contacted me in November of last year, and at last his schedule freed up so we could meet in downtown St. Petersburg. Ken had some familiarity with photography terms and he did read his Canon DSLR manual. We began the lesson by going over in detail how to change the necessary settings on his specific Canon T3 camera body for shooting in manul mode. Up until then, Ken had been shooting in auto-mode. My introductory 2-hour lessons are designed so that the person never has to use auto mode again and can shoot in manual mode just like the pros do, and really how a DSLR wants to be used.
After having that in-depth tour of his DSLR, we practiced how to control DoF and make the background disappear and create a subject surrounded by bokeh (photography term for out of focus background). We also covered a few shooting tips including favoring shooting flowers in shade rather than the harsh midday sunlight of Florida, and as much as possible when shooting in direct sunlight, to get your back to the sun.
I look forward to seeing Ken's progress when we meet for our next photography lesson soon.