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!
|Photography by Laura Rowe|