So, off I went to Richmond this weekend with my D5000 and it's stock lens in this snazzy bag.
Taken before I went to photography class...and it shows
The workshop was very basic, which was a good thing. I've read about aperture and ISO, but can't say I was an expert at picking the right settings for every situation. When I get a good shot, it's because I've tried almost everything. It's often a happy accident. For every photo I post on this blog, there are probably a dozen or two that I've deleted after looking at them.
There were a few things that still trouble me, which means I need to do some more reading. The instructor also recommended a few investments that I was eager to make immediately after leaving (they should hold these things next to a camera store or Best Buy...they'd make a mint). Apparently, my 15-55 mm lens is junk. I need a 50 mm lens. I need Adobe Lightroom 3 (no mention of Photoshop really). I need some filter things. I need an external flash and a diffuser.
Another thing that surprised me: the instructor said he always uses the "auto" mode for white balance, then fixes color in editing. When I tagged along with Chris Scott when he photographed the images I used in my profile of Ami Smith, he used a gray card to adjust his white balance frequently. The results were beautiful.
To be fair, the instructor let me put his 50 mm/1.8g lens on my camera and it look some really cool, close up pictures. Food bloggers and crafts people on Etsy must love that lens. But, I found myself wondering what lens is best for design bloggers (maybe something wider?).
I'm babbling right now because I'm a bit overwhelmed! Design bloggers, I'd love to know what lens (or lenses) are you favorites and whether you use Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, or Photoshop to edit you images. I'm confused!