Virtual Photography Class

Thursday night marks the beginning of my 5-week photography class (alongside a sweet friend). This is something I’ve never done before but have always wanted to do (besides in high school photojournalism class, that is…when we still used a dark room). I am super-excited! I love my camera and my favorite 50mm lens, but don’t really know about the “technical stuff” that makes photos beautiful. I want to be able to take beautiful pictures of my kids in the moment without having to doll them up and bribe them with suckers after a photo shoot “if they’re good and smile pretty”. Although I’m sure those days aren’t gone forever. Have you ever tried to take a family photo with a tripod…and two ornery boys…and a dog…and get everyone to look in the same direction??? There will still be a time and a place for professional pictures, but hopefully I can capture those special moments throughout the day. And maybe a few will even be good enough to frame!


I thought as we’re taking this class, I would post what we learned for the week as well as perhaps a few example photos.


Keep in mind, however, that I am a student. I don’t really know what I’m doing. There are much more capable people (like real photographers, for instance) to share this kind of information. But as I learned in my teacher ed courses…the best way to learn something is to teach it! So maybe we can all learn together, right?


  1. I’ve been wanting to take a photography class for a while…so yes, please do share what you are learning so I can learn a few new things too! Thanks!

  2. Definitely share! My 7 yr. old daughter is finishing an online 4 week photo-journaling class…it has been fun!

  3. I would love to see your updates. (I just found your blog on the site) I went to school for Art Education. I taught for a few years and am now a stay at home mommy–if there was ever a better job than teaching art, this is it! :o)

    Anyways, I loved photography, but wasn’t able to fit it in until my senior year of college and didn’t get to take more classes :o/ I learned on my sisters film slr because at the time that was what we were required to use- digital had just started becoming the only thing people could buy… I wish I would have just bought a digital one and dealt with the “if you have one, then you aren’t allowed to do this or that”. I now know all of the “rules” and framing and all of that stuff, but the digital part is so overwhelming! I know what I’m supposed to do with things, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to make those settings do what I want them to do. I would LOOOOVE to hear all that you’re learning so I can put it all together!!

  4. A million thank yous for posting your photography tips! I purchased my Canon over a year ago when my old Sony died, I convinced my husband that with the birth of our 3rd little girl I needed the upgrade to take fantastic pictures. A manual and 2 Rebel books later I still have been baffled at how to use my camera on manual settings. (Of course my mom brain forgot, toddlers outlaw reading unless it is to them and they get to turn the pages!) However, your posts are AWESOME, I was able to practice shots tonight on manual settings for the first time! (tots in bed early thank goodness) So easy to undertsand and I appreciate the pictures too, thank you for helping me feel a little less guilty about my purchase. Can’t wait till daylight to get some more practice in!

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