Hi I'm Jack, weekends are too short, so I love to make the most of the time we have. I also love cooking and occasionally write a blog of the food I love to cook, if you'd like to join me for dinner, click here dinnerwithjack.blogspot.com.au
Published May 15th 2012
I have been receiving heaps of comments lately, both on Facebook and on my food blog, about the quality of my photos. People have been asking what my secret is. There really is no secret at all - it all comes down to two very good reasons, one as important as the other.
Firstly, thanks to my beautiful wife for a lovely birthday gift, I now have a new camera, a Canon 500D, it is a very good camera, and it takes great photos and extremely good video too. Now the bit about taking great photos didn't just happen however, I was scared of the thing when I first started using it and the photos were mediocre at best.
Professional Photographer This is where the second good reason comes in, I figured it is pointless having a very expensive camera if I could barely turn the thing on, so I sought some help from a professional photographer.
After much research on the web and gleaning information from friends etc, I happened upon Ngarie Humphrey of N J Humphrey Photography. She was offering full day camera courses which were to be conducted on weekends in the city.
What appealed to me most about Ngarie's course was the fact she maintained small class sizes (there were eight of us the day I attended) and whilst there was some theory in a classroom situation, the majority of the course was hands on, in and around the streets and parks of Northbridge.
Getting to know your DSLR and LOVING it! The day started as soon as we met at Hartland Camera Repairs in Brisbane Street East Perth, where I was greeted by Karen Boots, Office Manager of Hartlands. Karen introduced me to Ngarie and after a quick hello it was straight inside and down to business.
Once inside, we commenced delving into the world of apertures and f-stops, exposure settings never before dreamt of, I had now ventured into previously uncharted waters, the territory beyond the AUTO setting, away from the green zone, I was about to become the boss, well of my Cannon 500D at any rate! After some easy to understand, comprehend even, instructions from Ngarie, we were all marched off outside to experiment and try out our newly acquired knowledge, focusing on an object and blurring everything beyond into oblivion.
Having gained a basic understanding of aperture settings, we were led back to our classroom to discover the wonders of Shutter Speeds, the speed in which we would acquire our images by, and speed we did to the tap outside, to willing lay flat on our stomachs for the perfect shot of water suspended in this air, an image undetected by the naked eye, gob smacking beauty unfolding before our lenses.
The day continued on in this vain, even through lunch during the walk to Source Eco-Café, the discussion on lighting effects persevered, as the walk presented several photo opportunities along the way - it was interesting and inspiring all at once.
I learnt so much from attending this course. I thought I loved my camera beforehand, now I know I do and why I love it. The course was great not only for learning about aperture settings or white balance, but also just to learn the functions of the camera, it has things I never would had a clue about, nor would have explored, it was all just too hard, the way Ngarie presents this course gives you a great understanding of both photography technique and camera function and capabilities, that in itself was worth every penny spent.
I think if you intend to buy an expensive camera, you should factor in the cost of a course such as this one, or else you may as well save a few bucks and buy a less expensive point and shoot job. I know I am very happy my wife brought me the more expensive option though - it is so much more fun and if you get it right, so much more rewarding.
N J Humphrey Photography
Ngarie addressing her pupils during an outdoor session
Ngarie is currently offering full day workshops commencing in June, if you want to check them out - visit her website. You will find she has a lot more than just photography workshops to offer too, as she is an awesome photographer herself.
Lynda.com was my best friend when learning to use my Nikon - they even have a complete course devoted to my specific camera, D5100 plus as much theory as you can handle. These courses are all over youtube/torrent networks too.