Did you know having two points of contact with your camera will minimize the chance of a blurry picture? What about one way to try and stop your shots from looking blown out is to dial down the exposure compensation? You’ve heard the phrase “knowledge is power”, right?
I only recently became a DSLR user so there is a fine line between the excitement of a new toy and the frustration of not really knowing how to get the most out of it. This weekend I packed up my Sony® a33 camera and joined a group of about 100 photography enthusiasts at Digital Days in San Diego. Digital Days is a traveling photo workshop sponsored by Sony for all levels of photographers to learn more about cameras, no matter what the manufacturer, and get tips from professionals.
The sessions are geared at building your digital photography foundation and were just the kind of knowledge I needed to feel empowered vs frustrated. The sessions range from understanding techniques and terms to exploring scene and manual modes, to understanding things like ISO and depth of field and more. New this year was a workshop for anyone interested in exploring basic video production too.
On of my favorite parts of the weekend was the live model shoot where we got a chance to practice what we learned with a number of models. It included wardrobe changes and varying background colors, jugglers to practice capturing motion, and then there was the ultimate “everyday” challenge, a birthday cake full of candles in a dark room. The instructors Leslie Fisher, Phil Mistry, Mark Reis and special guest Andy Katz were close at hand to provide quick feedback and tips. You can see how I did from my Flickr album from the model shoot.
The Digital Days series travels around the country to 18 cities every year “unraveling the mysteries of digital technology and photography”. The next workshop is Los Angeles but you can see the entire list of cities and sign up on the Digital Days website. Sony Fans get a 30% discount, just use the promo code: SONYSTYLE30. If you have a Sony camera and want to connect with knowledgeable experts who are passionate about photography, it’s a great resource. It’s also a great way to meet other local photo enthusiasts and Sony camera owners. Also, Digital Days is on Facebook so hit their like button and see photos taken by other attendees.
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