6.11 SnapShop {dslr beginners workshop}

I have been laughing so hard reading your comments from yesterday on Noodling. 107 comments on noodling…that alone makes me laugh!

Last weekend I had my third SnapShop of the year…one more to go (this weekend). For those newer to the blog, I teach very basic photography workshops “SnapShops”. This is my third year to teach them. You can find out more how they began and what I teach on my SnapShop page. It does need some updating. I am no longer doing a newsletter or any type of waiting list. The last SnapShop for 2011 is booked and if I do more in in 2012 those dates will be announced at a much later date. I am aiming at releasing an online version in August…trying to write an online class with 4 little ones is HARD!

After some teaching on composition and story telling in the morning we do a little practicing.

A break for lunch and then diving into how to shoot on Manual (aperture, shutter speed & ISO) and other technical stuff…then an outdoor practice session. Our friends’ kids were the gorgeous & handsome models. If they look familiar three of them modeled for a SnapShop in 2o1o and their oldest daughter I’ve somehow conned into modeling several times! I shot all of these with my 24-70 f/2.8 lens. It isn’t my personal favorite, but when trying to teach 10 ladies it is easier to keep one lens on my camera instead of changing out lenses.

1/320, f/3.5, ISO 200

1/250, f/3.5, ISO 200

1/320, f/3.5, ISO 200…….1/250, f/3.5, ISO 200….. both edited with the Totally Rad Action “Pool Party” at about 50%

1/200, f/3.5, ISO 100

1/200, f/3.5, ISO 100

1/160, f/3.5, ISO 200

1/200, f/2.8, ISO 200

1/250, f/2.8, ISO 100

1/250, f/2.8, ISO 100

1/400, f/2.8, ISO 125 both

1/160, f/2.8, ISO 100

1/200, f/3.5, ISO 200

1/125, f/4.5, ISO 200


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  • Angela - I love your choice for models (morning and afternoon!). I hadn’t seen any pictures of their youngest . . . BEAUTIFUL!

  • Sarah - Can’t wait for your online class! I need to be educated on my camera, but seem to miss sign ups for SnapShops.

  • RachelC - Just beautiful!

  • Chrissie - It’s so hard not to pester you about dates for more of these! They are just amazing and so much fun even to read about. =) I hope to get a dslr camera this year so maybe I can come to one if you hold them in 2012! In the meantime, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Leila Marie Lawler - Your photos are so inspiring. I have to start learning!

  • cailan - Those are beautiful kiddos, and of course an online class would be superb…

  • Nicole - Chanting: β€œon-line, snap-shots, on-line, snap-shots!”

    It’s been way too long since I have had any formal training in photography and I always love your photos -I would be interested to see what you are teaching!
    Lovely photos as always… πŸ™‚

  • ashlee - lemley is so cute! They are such a beautiful bunch of kids!

  • kiley - i’m new to your blog…not even sure how i found you now! i would be interested in an online course or e-book!!! please do it! LOVE your photos, your decorating!!!

  • Carrie - What a great way of using your gift! That little snap shop looked like fun. I love the pictures of the ladies taking pictures!!

  • Carrie - love the composition of that last photo especially!

  • Lori - I’m loving those pics!! too adorable…I want the online class or the offline class or even just write notes out on a napkin…anything…to help me take pics.

  • Samantha P - WOW – If my children (who are now grown) had been surrounded by ladies with cameras – there would have been MAJOR craziness, posing, hamming & even MOONING! I love these pics, & they look like a MAGAZINE! GREAT work!!

  • No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane - I need to get better with my camera. I have a brand new NIKON and it’s so big and purty. I know that I could be doing better by it.
    Help this mutha out!

  • Deborah - Beautiful pictures. I definitely want to sign up for your online classes. I have a Nikon D-90 and really don’t know what I’m doing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shannon Phillips - I am liking this post much better than yesterdays. πŸ˜‰ I think I might have lost a little bit of my breakfast on that one. So happy that you are still teaching these.

  • Erin - great idea for a workshop/online help!

    I was wondering in the top picture, I love that corner in your kitchen. is that posted anywhere else on your blog with more detail about it! it’s such a cute space!!

  • Liz - What park are you at??

  • Marit - SO EXCITED for the online SnapShop! My husband just surprised me with a new camera and I feel like I’m just not getting the most out of it.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I can’t believe I was standing in your kitchen. How crazy is that? I can’t wait to send you some pictures! Squeal!

  • Moriah - I would also be interested in the eclass. Thanks and great models. Those are some adorable faces!

  • Lisa Box - I just ordered my first dslr…oh happy day!!! Will definitely be taking your on-line class whenever that’s up and running! πŸ™‚

  • Dana @ Bungalow'56 - Well now I am very curious as to what you favourite lens is? And why? That would be a post I would be very interested in reading.

  • Julia L - seeing pictures of that sweet little answer to prayer just makes me grin from ear to ear!!!!!

  • Kimberly - AWWWWESOME!! CAN NOT WAIT for the online SnapShop! So hoping to be a part of it=)

  • Katie Glynn - I’m completely in for your online SnapShop! I live in Southern California and I’m a regular to your site. I absolutely love your photos and have been so inspired to capture great memories of my 9 month old son. I really want to learn to take better photos so I can continue to capture all the special little moments πŸ™‚

  • Becs - Beautiful photos. Particularly love the composition of the last shot. Loving the sound of an online course!

  • able mabel - I love these posts! It helps me try to figure out my camera on my own until I have a chance to take a class.

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