Joe was visiting Florida from out of state for a series of photography excursions with Rick Sammon. Those were largely about having the chance to photograph unique subject matter like dirtbikes jumping in the air and running horses. Still, I guess I should feel flattered to follow up photography instruction by Rick with my own 1-on-1 style lesson!
What Rick wanted to learn from me was my (patented?) 5-step process for making a well exposed and sharp photo in any given shooting situation. He was already shooting in manual mode, but wanted to get better at it. I told him there is a very exact and repeatable process for shooting still subjects in manual mode. Photography really is science and math, at least as far as getting exposure right. There is no mystery to it. The process I teach tells you exactly if this, then do that in a very specific order. Now composition and making a final image that delights people, that is another matter for practice!
Joe and I plan to stay in contact once his Florida vacation is over for receiving feedback on his photographs he makes as he learns my 5-step process better.