Saturday, 13 March 2010


I sat down with this book, a mug of Spiced Chai Latte and some Bournville chocolate and started reading. I haven't wanted to put the book down. I'm finding it so informative and the style of writing is easy to read. Really enjoying it and looking forward to going and reading some more before bed time.
A couple of you asked about the Moving into Manual class that I mentioned in my last post. I have enjoyed working through it, a lot of the information given I already had a fairly good understanding of but it was putting it all together that seemed to be stumping me. This week, however, it's making more sense and I'm enjoying playing with the different settings and working out the best way of getting the photos I want. I've still got a way to go but I'm feeling a bit more confident now. I have noticed a difference shooting in manual, rather than programme or Av and I think I'm getting a bit more detail in my photos. I may be talking a load of rubbish and it's all wishful thinking ;o) but hopefully progress is being made!
My next step now is to see how I can improve my editing in Photoshop Elements 8 so that my images have the sharpness and crispness that I would like them to have. Anyone know of any good tutorials/classes that it might be worth me looking at?
Now I'm off to read a little bit more before bed.
Have a good evening


  1. Mmmm, Bournville.... :-)

    Can't help you with the photo editing I'm afraid, but I shall look out for other people's answers with much interest! x

  2. Although I haven't yet read through all of the last week of class, I was pretty disappointed in Moving Into Manual because I did have a good understanding of most of what was covered. I really expected more advanced lessons the way the class was billed. Previous photography classes were recommended, but I learned almost all of what was covered in the Photography 101 class at BPS several years ago. Granted, I'm back on manual again and overall I think that's a good thing.

    I think Jessica Sprague's classes on photo editing are excellent. I've learned a lot from her. There's also a free series at 2Peas by Sande Krieger which was also very good. I assume the lessons are still available there.

  3. I'm interested to read Karen's comments on the class here. Photography classes seem so expensive, it can be quite an investment! Good to hear you are enjoying yours though.