I started a photography class today. We'll be meeting every Sunday for two hours for a total of nine weeks. And at the end of the nine-week period we'll have a photo exhibition! Very exciting.
My teacher kinda looks like Tim Lincecum (a pitcher for the Giants). He acts pretty goofy, but is also very knowledgeable, so it works. His name is Laccone'. He's cool.
Laccone taught us about the "iso" and "shutter speed" and "F-stop." We're only allowed to shoot pics in black and white and not allowed to use the automatic mode EVER. Every picture from now on has to be taken in "Manual Mode." No more snap and shoot for me. Now I gotta actually calculate and do math and shit every time I take a pic. It's actually really fun. It feels great to be much more involved in the picture-taking process. He says, "When you're in automatic mode, you're telling your camera that you don't know what the hell you're doing and asking it to take over." Oh and, we're also not allowed to use a flash. He said, "The flash is for losers. Photography is all about manipulating the light that already exists." He's no joke, Yo. We'll have weekly assignments (pics) to hand in to make sure we understood the lecture, but we don't get graded or anything, it's all for fun. But I'm still taking it very seriously.
After I left the class, I started playing around with the different settings.
Here are a few of my amateur pics:
Manhattan looks gorgeous in black and white, yes?
I still haven't learned about composition or anything. I'm just learning to manipulate light right now. Can't wait to see what my pics look like at the end of the nine-week period!
That's what's up.