Karen has taken three 1-on-1 DSLR photography lessons with me at the JCP Home Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico as she had a big family reunion coming up in Taos she wanted to be able to make great candid photos of, as well as group photos. She has a Nikon D750, the same camera I have! So it was very easy to show her all the custom settings I use myself on my own Nikon. The first 2-hour lesson was focused on teaching her my 5-step process for shooing in manual mode and getting a sharp and well exposed photo in any shooting conditions.
For the second 1-on-1 DSLR photography lesson we started with a recap up in the JCP Home Studio, then ventured outside as the grounds here are very picturesque. The lily pad flowers were even in bloom! As you can see from the top photo, Karen is not afraid to get on the ground to get the best composition. I showed her how I would photograph the lily pad flowers by getting down closer to their level because if I took the photo as I stood, that is the same view anyone passing by has, and to me, a photograph should show the viewer something that cannot simply be seen by standing at normal eye level.
The same for the turtles below. If the subject has eyes, more often than not you want to shoot at the eye level of the subject. These turtles were enjoying the strong New Mexico sunshine which is great for their cold blooded bodies, but as you can see, not great for a photo as their shells are even after editing still a bit over exposed. I could not pass up making a photo of them though, as it is just too funny trying to imagine one the little one is thinking!