I'm now half-way through my "Rock Your Camera 101" class through Clickin'Moms. The last few days of the class have been far more intense than I expected, there is so much information to cover when you're trying to shoot 100% in manual!
Fussing with all those buttons and dials is all well and good when you're sitting at home setting up a "portrait", but using that information on the fly while chasing your kids around the zoo is a whole other story! I have a newfound respect for children's portrait photographers, and wedding photographers, hmm, and pretty much any professional event photographer out there. Talk about multi-tasking!
But there is definitely something extremely gratifying knowing I selected every setting for the photo above. There's also something extremely satisfying about learning a new skill. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be taking this class and flexing my brain muscles a bit.
In the last few days I've been feeling frustrated and annoyed that my pictures are getting worse rather than better. For the first time in a long time, I find myself actually needing to practice something over and over to get it to sink in. This is not coming easy to me and I'm loving every second of the challenge.
Do you have an interest you haven't explored more deeply? I highly recommend finding a class or a workshop and challenging yourself a bit. It feels great, even when it hurts.