I read my camera's manual today (I have a Sony DSLR-A300K).
Actually, to be 100% truthful, I skimmed it a little bit.
The technical parts were a bit lost on me. That said, I am proud to say that I now know:
Someday I'm going to take a photography class to get even more intimate with the ins and outs of my camera.
For now, I have the instructional DVDs by Me Rah Koh, a Seattle mom of two and artistic photographer.
Her first DVD - Refuse To Say Cheese: Capture The Story (2007; minutes; $29.99) - is specifically geared to parents and provides an excellent overview of photography as a form of storytelling. Me Ra "hosts" the DVD and she'll make you feel right at home with your camera - even if you are a true novice. She is beautiful, warm, engaging, and encouraging.
Her second DVD - Beyond The Green Box: Understanding Your Digital Camera (2007; minutes; $29.99) - takes the learning process a step further and gives you more specific instruction on using your SLR camera. She will walk you through "scary things" like shutter speed and aperture in conversational terms. My one critique is that I would have preferred that the video exclude her husband's "crazy professor" act. Although meant to inspire humor, I think it detracted from the overall performance. I am sure that he is a genius (and I love that Me Ra calls him her "secret weapon"), but I think his talent would be better suited in other ways. For example, perhaps he could start photography workshops for men?
Not surprisingly, both DVDs were recently featured as a top gift recommendation idea by FOX News. If you want both DVDs (for yourself or a friend), you can save some money and buy the complete set for $49.99.
Better yet, you can attend one of Me Ra's Workshops for Women. Typically limited to 20 participants, the 2-day workshops are $999 and are held at a variety of venues nationwide. The only upcoming workshop listed on her website is in Seattle in January of 2010 (and it's sold out), but I am sincerely hoping that she will plan a Tucson or Phoenix (it's the 5th largest city in the US) workshop for spring 2010. Or, better yet, maybe she'll present at the Mom 2.0 Summit this February. Here's hoping.
YOUR TURN: Would you attend a photography workshop for women if one came to your city? What city/state are you from?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #28 Donita. Congratulations!