I want to drastically improve my photography.
February 10, 2010 4:54 PM Subscribe
I'd like to improve my photography (DSLR). I want to learn. I'm in Portland, OR. I could REALLY use some advice!
posted by 2oh1 to sports, hobbies, & recreation (26 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Ugh. I dread explaining this because I'd rather pull my own teeth than explain my vision... but it's pertinent to the question at hand, so here goes.
I'm legally blind. I have an eye for photography, but I'm feeling stuck, as if my skills have hit a plateau and I can't figure out how to reach that next level (corny as that phrase is).
What helped you to master your DSLR? ...beyond the trial and error, naturally. I've been doing that for a few years but I feel I'm progressing too slowly. I'm still using my camera more as a glorified point and shoot. Click my username for links to my photos if you'd like to get a feel for where I'm at, photography wise.
I want to master aperture, shutter speeds, ISO, use of light, etc etc etc. I'm guessing that many people learn this stuff through trial and error. Take a shot. See it on your camera's screen. Change your settings and try again. With my vision, the camera display only gives me a vague idea of what I've captured. I never really know if I got it right until I see it on my monitor at home. I think that has a lot to do with why I don't feel like I'm learning enough through trial and error. I'm definitely developing my eye for photography, but I'm not mastering the camera at all. And I really REALLY very badly want to change that.
I've been thinking about taking a digital photography class (I own a Nikon D50). I'd like to find a class (?) that's walking distance from downtown, where I live. Something on the streetcar or MAX is fine too. I obviously don't drive and I'm unbelievably intimidated about busses because... as I said... I'm legally blind (please, no lectures about blind people and busses). This is also why I'm also a bit intimidated about taking a photography class ("WTF? a blind guy in a photography class?" yeah, whatever) ...but I'll definitely take a class if that turns out to be the best option. I want to learn.
What other options are there?
If classes are the best way... where are they and what should I take?
If you have other ideas, I'd really love to read them.
And if you've mastered this stuff and feel the desire to wander around downtown/Old Town, etc for a photo walk... HECK YES! Let's go.