WEEK 1 CB:BA 2016

I’m busily immersing myself in finally learning the basics of my camera, thanks to the 2016 Camera Basics Beyond Automatic Mentorship. 
This first week one we are experimenting with and learning about Shutter Speed Priority and Aperture Priority.  Being a total newbie to understanding the technicalities of the art, I’m frequently referring back to our glossary and taking notes like a college freshman,…but if I’m ever to move beyond “Auto”, I’ve got to keep my nose to the proverbial grindstone.
Happily, I’m discovering that I’m enjoying this learning experience more than I could have imagined. Instead of my usual point and shoot and see what happens, I’m learning to shoot with intent. And thanks to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers , I’m doing it with the most helpful group of wonderful mentors and mentees I could ask for. Everyone has been most helpful, welcoming, encouraging and patient.  I’m not typically patient with myself, so this nurturing environment is a true blessing.

Thankfully, my Google Photos auto uploads have given me a couple of surprises, this one, a GIF of my teddy bear, Patches…in various phases of Aperture priority.  

I’m excited to see what’s in store for us next week, and even more excited to keep practicing the basics I’ve learned this far, and keep shooting for those stars!  Have a great week everyone! 🙂


  1. Remember the bad old days when you had to pay for film and development, so that each wasted shot cost you like fifty cents, and you had to wait till you exposed a whole roll, and then had it developed, before you knew whether your shot was any good?

    I love digital.


  2. Thank you Ricardo Williams !  I’m starting off fresh….no real knowledge about the inner workings, just a vague understanding, so this has been both scary, and exciting! 
    Oh, and btw, your Calendar, is hanging in our office breakroom….EVERYONE loves it. 🙂


  3. Do I ever! Stephen L ….yes, digital is the bomb. 
    But you know, sometimes I miss winding up those old rolls of film. I still have my old 1981 Minolta XG-M. 🙂


  4. BobbieZen That is awesome that you are enjoying it… this understanding will allow you to play a lot more with your photography… getting more of the results that you want instead of the results that the camera is giving you. Also, If you have any questions at any time feel free to contact me, I am happy to help.

    Thanks for the feedback about the calendar, I am glad people are loving it. You can bet I will have another calendar (or two) ready for next year!  A couple of my calendars made it all the way to Panama… 🙂 Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it and I am glad that people are enjoying the calendar 🙂


  5. You’ll rock this, BobbieZen​. I’m looking forward to your progress and the graduation album. Don’t forget to compare these with those you shot before the program.


  6. Coming from you, that means so much to me, Eve Aebi .  I’m already noticing a difference when comparing to older automatic S.O.O.C. shots.  Amazing what just a little bit of knowledge can do. 🙂


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