back to school i go.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Last night I had my first photography class!
Wait, let's rewind.
Back in June I applied to undergrad as a post-bach student, and got in. I scheduled this beginning photography class and had been looking forward to it since. Yeah, I have a dslr, I take decent pictures, but I have no formal experience, and that really bugged me. How can I take professional pictures for people with no courses? Sure, people pick it up all the time and do phenomenal, but I just really wanted this basic building block of experience before I set out to use those words "professional."
Yesterday was pretty cool. I arrived late (5 minutes to class). I was so embarrassed. I literally wandered around the labyrinth hallway for 10 minutes until I heard people talking. I walked in and I was the last to play the "introduce yourself" game. It was obvious I was the oldest in the class and I stuttered while speaking of my name and interesting fact...in which I said "I love animals" ... I mean did I really just say that? Now my classmates really probably think I am weird. 
After going over the syllabus/supply list we looked at some photos on the projector and that's when I just was overcome with utter joy. It was happening. I am finally going to get this formal experience and will learn how to use my camera.
This class is basic slr (no digital) black and white photography, where we will develop our own photos and learn how to properly use the manual mode. No automatic is allowed. 
The teacher made a comment that stuck out to me the most.."This class is slr black and white photography, but don't worry, all of the skills you will learn with aperture and shutter speed can be applied to digital." Another sigh of relief. I was concerned that with the non digital class, that nothing would overlap, but I was wrong, looks like I'll be learning a lot....oh and spending a lot! Photography must be the priciest hobby of all.
At least my mom is letting me have her vintage camera! Chhh-eck it out!
I'll be sure to scan in my work so that I can share what I am doing and learning! Wish me luck :)
Photography by Laura Rowe 



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24 comments:

  1. Congratulations darling!!! Such a huge step to take in advancing with your dream!!! Way to go!!! I took a photo journalism class in high school and we developed our own photos! I loved that process! It was sooooo fun to watch a blank piece of paper turn into a photo!!!

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  2. Hi! Just found your blog and I love it. Your love story is so sweet and I am excited to read along more with you :)

    Happy Thursday xox

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  3. Heading over to "like" your fb page & check out your past work after this.

    The last photo of you is precious! Love it! Best of luck on your photography endeavors!

    xoxo
    Kristen

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  4. Good for you!! This is so exciting!! You're going to learn lots of interesting techniques:)

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  5. Congrats on going back! And I think it's honorable to have a basic foundation for the art! Adding knowledge to a passion will make for a great outcome, either personal or professional! Good luck in class!

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  6. I'm so excited for you, Britt! I recently went back to school for interior design and it has been a fantastic experience. There's something special about learning more of something you are passionate about. XOXO, Sam

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  7. How exciting! I thought about taking a photography class but the thought of school quickly changes that. :)

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  8. How exciting!! I can't wait to see your pictures. Good luck in class sweet friend!

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  9. Oh you are going to just love your class. I took a 3 credit intro class over at my community college last spring and I learned sooooo much! And being a little older is better! I went back to college at the age of 38 to become a nurse and graduated with a 3.60! I loved college as an older student...you bring so much more with you to class. Best of luck to you and ENJOY!!!

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  10. I've always wanted to take a photography class - good for you!!

    And whenever anyone has to speak in class I think they are so nervous about what they are going to say that they think about that and don't really hear much of what others say :)

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  11. I am so excited for you! I have always wanted to go back to school and take classes like this and ones in graphic design. Make sure to post about your journey!!! And teach me a thing or two! Please???
    Shanna

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  12. Congrats on going back!!! I am too, I start the 27th, and I'm actually taking a photography class also for my Fine Arts requirement :)

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  13. Wow!! How great!!! I look forward to hearing more about all the fun you are having and skills you learn :) Hope you are well! Sally xoxo

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  14. Oh so fun! I look a few of these classes in high school and it was really interesting and I learned so much. I hope you enjoy your class. Can't wait to see some of your work!

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  15. So great!! I am seriously thinking about looking into some classes around my area!! Glad you are taking the next step!

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  16. Yea! How fun. I went to school for photography and still remember it like it was yesterday. I feel so old because out of all the photography classes I took only one was digital. I just a few short years a lot has changed. And yea, film photography is soooooo expensive. It's crazy! I actually loved developing. That's something I miss about the digital world now. I mean it's so nice to have instant results, but it's so cool to see your "art" appear. Best of luck and I can't wait to hear about your journey!

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  17. Sounds like a fun class!! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful photos!! xo Heather

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  18. Congrats and good luck. I'm thinking of going to photography class too. I'd love to learn many things about photography.

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  19. Congrats and kudos for going back to school. I've taken three photo classes over the course of my education and nothing stuck. I am sad about that. I think though you have to be in the right mind set. When I planned to go to school for graphic design every lesson mattered to me. I did nothing "just to get the good grade and get out" I learned.

    You will learn and soak up so much to help in your career. I can't wait to see your projects. I really want to go back to school for web design and photography, maybe this time it will stick :)

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  20. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck on your class! There will be sooooo much you will be able to apply to your digital photography. I can't begin to tell you everything. My husband and I both started out with film, went digital and now my husband is actually headed back to film. Printing the black and white pictures was my favorite part! Watching a picture you took yourself appear on the paper when you put it the chemicals was my favorite part.

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  21. You're going to really enjoy the photography class. I've taken two classes (not nearly as intensive as yours) and I learned so much. It's definitely a great thing to do!

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  22. Yay! So exciting :-)!!!! Glad it was a great first day of class Britt~

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  23. This is fantastic!!! I am definitely envious!!!

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