If you’ve been following along with Worthy Pause for a while, you might have noticed that I’ve started trying a lot harder at photography recently.
I had a DSLR for years that I could never figure out. Why? 90% because I didn’t put forth the effort, and 10% because it was legitimately busted (my husband bought this lemon on eBay). I struggled with that thing for a long time until I realized it would never-ever take the dang pictures. And that is why a lot of the early food photos on this blog are embarrassingly bad iPhone pics.
If you’re not embarrassed by your first draft, you’re doing it wrong.
Santa brought me a new DSLR last Christmas (JK, it was my husband again — apparently he’s like a sugar daddy, but with cameras?). And over the last six months I’ve finally learned how to use it like an intelligent human being — thanks in large part to a two-day photography workshop hosted by my IRL friend Melissa Oholendt at LAB MPLS.
LAB MPLS is a gorgeous loft space in Loring Park that hosts workshops from cocktail-making to watercolor painting, all taught by local creatives. If you live in the Minneapolis area, I’d highly recommend these Photo LAB classes (1.0 is DSLR basics, 2.0 is composition and editing). I can’t thank Melissa and LAB MPLS enough for hosting this thing. That’s her in the pic below, looking cute! She dropped all kinds of knowledge on lighting, composition, ISO, shutter speed, post-processing and whatnot.
I walked into the class shamefully clueless about basic mechanics and left feeling like, “WATCH OUT, WORLD. I KNOW WHAT APERTURE MEANS.”
I could kick myself in the shins for not taking photography classes sooner, because now that my new camera and I finally understand each other, we’re in love. Really really in love.
But a two-day workshop isn’t the end of the work, y’know? I am really happy with the progress so far and I’m starting to get a better handle on editing, but in most ways I’m still a total newb. I hope I’ll look back a year from now and be sort of embarrassed by the pictures I took yesterday.
In the spirit of helping other bloggers (or just other people) explore photography in a more serious way, I created a handy guide to the gear and resources I’ve found most helpful as a beginner.