Marquita has a party planning business (website) and wanted to be able to make her own high quality photographs for marketing and promotional purposes. She met me one morning in Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa with her Canon T2i and I began showing her how to shoot in manual mode and really take control over the results of her photographs with regard to exposure, depth of field and composition. Marquita was a fast learner and soon was able to change all five of the necessary settings for shooting in manual mode.
The last thing we practiced during our 1-on-1 DSLR photography lesson was a little motion blur shooting. Marquita really liked this effect achieved by using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera while pressing the shutter to freeze the subject but blur the background to imply motion.
Marquita has already sent practice shots of her party supplies and is applying what she learned during the photography lesson to her event party business and is thus on her way to having her new photography skills make money for her. I look forward to meeting her again soon at her studio in St. Petersburg to learn product photography more specifically using lights and photography backgrounds, etc.