I am a writer, not a photographer. Photography is something I have had to learn in addition to Photoshop, public relations, being a stylist, make-up artist, and everything else required to run my one woman show. I own tons of gadgets, but there hasn’t been enough time to master every single one. Best Buy hosting these Free Digital Photography Workshops provided the perfect opportunity to bring in my new Nikon (my last camera was a Sony), and learn all the ins and out of the device.
I learned so much during my class. When we arrived, they split the group into two; advanced and novice. The majority of us went with the novice class and learned what all the buttons mean on our cameras. I know that sounds real basic, but trust me there were things on the camera that were undetected and each and every one of us had at least one aHa moment. The class is hands on, and although everyone brought their own camera- Best Buy does provide their floor models if you don’t have your own.
The most important thing I learned was “Background-Subject-Lighting”. Additionally, positioning is also extremely important as where you stand can make a huge difference. If you look closely at the before and after photos you will notice that my photos went from blurry to sharp, hard light to natural, and overexposed and bad positioning on my end to a perfect portrait. My skills advanced quickly as I had Best Buy’s best in photography teaching me. They made us feel extremely comfortable and encouraged us to ask all the dumb questions we normally would have been too ashamed to do.
Once our Free Digital Photography Workshop ended, the staff invited us to try out different lenses on our cameras. The above lens is what I decided upon for future purchase as well as a 40mm for basic portraits.
I had a really great time; this was a great way to start the year. The workshop provided me with encouragement to take this new hobby seriously and get more practice in as it will help me to grow. I also learned that once you have mastered your camera, there will be no need for filters. If you are interested in attending any of the Free Digital Photography Workshops please check out the schedule here. If you don’t see a store in your area feel free to send a tweet over to the Best Buy handle or reach out your local store manager.
Thank You to Best Buy Torrance Store 107 for hosting us 🙂
3675 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505