On a warm and humid Wesley Chapel Florida evening I met Reham for the second time at Shops at Wiregrass for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson. We first met one week earlier where I taught her my 5-step system for getting a well exposed and sharp shot in any shooting conditions. Between now and then she practiced in a variety of settings from an outdoor restaurant to a dark bowling alley! This practice allowed her to come to our second lesson with specific questions and specific photos to ask. This is exactly the way to make progress in learning how to become a digital photographer, by taking what is learned during the lessons, applying it in the field, then returning with questions before learning another photography skill. I was pleased with Reham's practice and progress in just one week!
The photography skill we focused on this time, was actually setting the focus and recomposing as I noticed she centered the subject every time in all of her practice shots. Putting the single focus point on the subject of the photograph, pressing the shutter halfway, and keeping it pressed halfway while slightly recomposing the shot is the technique needed to prevent boring, centered subject photographs. In particular, when photographing a person, the focus should be set upon the eyes, and then recompose from there, as I did in the portrait of Reham above.
I will meet Reham two more times next week to get her as ready as possible to make great photographs during her trip to Paris later this month!