I first met Lisa back in October of last year when she visited St. Petersburg Florida and wanted sunset portraits made. She told me she visits Florida regularly and we stayed in touch in the meantime and thus we setup a 1-on-1 DSLR photography lesson for this morning. She got a Nikon D5200 in December and had only been using the automatic modes for making her nature and sunset landscape shots. Lisa did have a lot of photography knowledge though, and really wanted to learn what was essential and how to apply that to actually using her camera. In this way I taught her my 5-step process for producing a well exposed and sharp shot in any shooting conditions shaping her existing photography knowledge into a system she can use every time she presses the shutter.
We concluded the lesson with a demonstration of how her 55-300mm lens is much, much better than her 18-55mm at producing a photograph with a shallow DoF and very nice bokeh. It is just about choosing the right lens to produce the desired stye of shot and not forcing something to do what it is not good at. I look forward to seeing Lisa again on her next visit to Florida and how her photography improves between now and then.