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A 15 Minute Lesson For The Photography Beginner

This piece by Peter West Carey on Digital Photo School is actually a very good summation of what I would tell someone who needed a quick lesson on using a camera the other advice I would give is don’t be afraid to make mistakes, take chances with the pictures you make and look for a different perspectives on a scene so avoid just taking the obvious postcard picture.

“I was sitting in the heat and humidity of the the Amazonian rainforest inside the 1970’s designed airport at Puerto Maldonado, Peru. We had a few minutes before heading back to Lima and I had been trying to find time to help a young Norwegian traveling on the same itinerary as me.

When he saw my camera a few days earlier, he had the same comment I have head a dozen times while traveling;

“I just bought this camera before my trip and I haven’t a clue how to use it. So I just leave it on Auto.”

If you have uttered this phrase in the recent past, read on. If you have mastery of your camera this post will not likely excite you.

I then told him I’d be happy to help him get a little more out of his camera for the rest of his travels through South America. It’s always tricky making this offer, because some people just want a few tips and some can suck down half a day of sightseeing with constant questions. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to sit down and talk cameras until our time traveling together was almost over.

With just 15 minutes until we boarded and sat in different areas of the plane, I did my best to fill his head with quick tips to take better photos while he headed on to Brazil. Here then is what I told him.”.…more here

If you have more than 15 minutes consider one of our camera courses, we have a new schedule starting in January, full details of our courses can be found on our site

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