2/24/09

Photography Class

I taught my first beginner photography class tonight to two wonderful students - both who want to take better pictures of their kids. I originally thought that I would teach lecture style, but in coming up with how and what I wanted to teach in the class, I realized that I really do not think that I could ever be a lectern teacher - I need to be more of a lab teacher. And, when it comes down to it, how do you learn photography but by doing it.

This pinpoints one of the most important things about taking up this wonderful hobby of photography (for me, it is much more than a hobby, but for the average person, that is what it is). You really need to get out there and do it yourself. I am really hoping that these girls don't expect me to regurgitate their manuals - or that I will talk about how "the inverse square law" means this and that - I won't be that teacher. What I want to be is like your best friend who knows something and really can't wait to share it with you - and you really can't help but get excited about it, too.

In reality, I still have a lot of things to learn about photography - a lot of the neat things that this or that lens can do that it's equivalent can't because of how it is made, or what its max aperture is, etc. But these are all advanced techniques that many times you can only learn by doing. There is very little in photography that you can learn just by reading anyway. Very little. What has to happen is familiarity. Very like an athlete who practices a certain move day after day until one day, s/he is faced with the situation in a game/race/whatever, and the moment happens where you either stop thinking and DO it, or you are paralyzed by it. Shooting your first paying gig only on Manual setting is a good example.

So, I enjoyed myself immensely, and hope that my students did as well.

2/5/09

Spousal Communication and Facebook

Better Husband.

A friend of mine commented on a group that I had joined on Facebook "If Your Spouse is a facebook Friend, You Need to Work on Communication!". He actually looked at what the group stood for, or was about. I didn't. I am glad that he pointed out that the idea is to unfriend your spouse. He thought that that was a bad idea, nor because the stated ideal is to keep your communication between spouses real, not virtual, which is admirable. No, it is because it seems to encourage hiding what you do online from your spouse.

I thought about that and I have to agree. I don't want Amber to think that I am hiding my friends from her, or vice versa. Now, I know that there are people for whom the web is addictive -especially apps like Facebook, which can take a lot of time. However, I don't think that the answer would necessarily be to unfriend your spouse. On the contrary, I think that you can come to a greater understanding of your sig oth by being on a social media site with them. Things that you say there can help you see things about your spouse that you wouldn't normally see or feel with your daily filter on.

Soli Deo Gloria
Wade