From the other side
The 7th February Course is the first one of the year, and what a great way to start. We had a full house, 10 students. We had all ages and vast array of people in our Douglasdale Studio eager to learn and improve on their photography. A few of our students were still in high school whilst others were well settled into their careers and even in some respected fields.
We had one entire family, ok only of 3, but still… Parents and son, all with different interest in photography were all there at the same time.
The experience level of everyone in the class was pretty much the same, hint they reason they were here. Some of our students and used a camera before and were fairly comfortable with how their camera worked, what was where and how or what certain buttons were for. However… The majority were all new and pretty much had clue on how to use their cameras.
We had quite a lot of different interests in subject matter. Some students were just keen to grow their skills and be able to capture good family moments and for holiday snaps. Other were quite keen on learning skills for taking better wildlife photos and learning how to track and correctly focus for animals and quite moving scenes. We had three students who were quite keen to shoot people and scenes in their natural environments.
For me, this was almost 8th time I have stood in front of the class to teach photography. The first class I taught had only 5 people. And I have taught a few were it was one-one lessons. This is always good fun as you get to really interact with the other person and learn about their passion for photography. As much as I enjoy teaching the smaller classes, I do enjoy the full classes as there is always such as good vibe and energy.
For me, teaching the classes is a great confidence builder. It has helped me feel more comfortable in front of people, and taught me new ways to get along with people and interact with them. Being able to share my knowledge and experience in a field of which I have much love for is a true privilege. Helping others gain in experience through my own is some special. In saying that, even though this is a basic intro course, it still allows me the opportunity to learn more and gain more knowledge right down in the basic of photography, as well as growing my passion even further by hearing everyone’s stories.
Each weeks brings new challenges and new skills which we can help our students through. It is always good fun interacting with everyone and meeting new people.
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