I’m taking a photography class!

29 Aug

I’m going to be taking classes again after a loooong time. But these are not just any classes. They are photography classes from shootFLYshoot. I have been looking for some photography classes locally that I could take, but my work schedule doesn’t really allow me to attend classes each week right now. So, I found shootFLYshoot and I’m excited to give it a go!

I used to do quite a bit of photography and knew much more about all the functions on a DSLR camera a very long time ago. I even won an award at a state competition once. If I can find that photo, I’ll share it with you soon, but it was on film (yep, that’s how long it’s been). So, I may have to scan it to be able to share it digitally.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done anything more than take photos on trips or during ceremonies or events with family and friends. Here’s one of my recent favorites from our trip to Oslo this month.
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At the beginning of the year, I made three goals that I wanted to tackle this year (learning to knit = ✓, running under a 7-minute mile = ✓ and taking up photography again). I don’t really like to make resolutions, because I’m a very goal-oriented person. So, I’d rather work toward a goal than think about big life changes to make. Little by little this year I’ve dusted off the old DSLR and decided to get with it. When we went to Oslo, I took over 300 photos and the scenery was incredibly inspiring. So, when we got back, I knew I wanted to continue my search for some photography classes.

I really need to get back to understanding all the functions of my camera in order to use it more efficiently to take great shots and use natural light well. shootFLYshoot seemed like an outstanding online way to do that (plus, the price is right!). The real beauty of these classes is that you can access the videos as often as you want, rewind, re-watch and re-open them as much as you need to review the information and hone your skills. Your account never expires.

So, in the month of September, I plan to take Photography 101 and 102. I’ll be sharing my photos with you as I learn some of the more intricate functions of my camera. Once I finish these two levels, I’ll see if I want to move on to the Photoshop classes next. I don’t currently own Photoshop, and am really considering using Lightroom later this year, but I want to wait to make my decision on any editing software until I have more time to look at the options.

Are you going back to school this fall? Have you ever taken a photography class? What about an online photography class?


Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Photography


6 responses to “I’m taking a photography class!

  1. Mary

    August 30, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Very cool. And you should definitely go with Lightroom. Looking forward to hearing (reading) more!

  2. tlchurcher

    August 30, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Hi Madalena, The link to shoot fly shoot doesn’t seem to work when I clicked on it but I did find it through google. I am actually considering this myself now. Would love to hear more on how you get on.

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      August 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

      So sorry about that! It should be working now. I signed up for Photography 101 and 102 by going to the “Classes” tab on the site. Then, I chose “Photography 101” and there’s an option for you to choose only 101 or both 101 and 102 for a reduced price. I chose to take both, because there are some topics in 102 that I definitely want to learn about. Once you register, you will have a log-in to use at any time and you can access the videos to the classes as much as you wish. To me, that’s real value, because I will be logging in when I have time and may need to stop in the middle of a video to go back later. Your subscription does not expire! How great is that? Let me know if you try it. I think it will be a great resource!


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