== Love Photography == Delight in Light ==

Friday 19 October 2012

Photo 101 - Lesson 1 - Getting Started

Ok - let's get started.

Set Up Your Computer

What I would like you to do first is to set up your computer so you're ready for this course - nothing particularly difficult, but it would be good to have a place where you can store all the photos and other things you will be creating as you progress through the various lessons.

So, in a convenient place in your computer, create a folder for the course - you could call it "Delight in Light Photo 101" or something like that. Within that you will create sub-folders for the different lessons - this is Lesson 1, so create a folder called - um, say, "Lesson 1" maybe?

Take Some Photos

Right - I'm sure you're keen to get started actually taking some photos, so let's do that now. Go and take some photos of each of the things listed below (or at least as many as possible). Don't rush it - try to do your best to take some really nice photos. There's no particular number of photos that you need to take, but, once you've finished taking them, I want you to select 2 or 3 of the best ones of each and put those into your Lesson 1 folder.

Here's the list of subjects that I want you to cover:

  • A person (i.e. a portrait)
  • A group of people (preferably have 5 or more people in the group)
  • A landscape (i.e. a view of the countryside, a park, a city scene, or something like that)
  • A flower
  • People engaged in some kind of sporting activity or something similar that involves a reasonable amount of movement and action.

Think About Your Photos

Done? Great.

Now, create a blank document in your Lesson 1 folder. Look at the photos you selected and think about what you like about each of them. What worked out well? Also think about what you wish was better about each of them. Maybe you could get someone else to give you their thoughts too. Note the key points/thoughts about each photo in your document so that you can look back at them at a later date.

Great - that's Lesson 1 done - we'll see you next time for Lesson 2 :)

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