One of the main reasons for travelling to Canberra was to attend Tim Coulson's The Nursery - a photo course, given to me by my husband for my birthday last year. I had stumbled over Tim's blog and was pulled in by his honesty and warmth, and amazingly beautiful photos. His course is to teach people to take their camera setting off automatic and start playing with exposure, aperture and shutter speed. Daunting? Yes! And take a look at my first attempt, trying to remember what I was suppose to do ... I let way too much light in and therefore totally overexposed the photo. At this point there could only be improvement.
Tim's beautiful wife, Kesh, stood so patiently for us to photograph her, and this is the photo I took at the end of the photo shoot. There were moments when I was completely bamboozled, and Tim was there with his patience, understanding and skill, and a reminder not to be too hard on yourself day one!!
But even more importantly was Tim's teaching of shooting with emotion. How to make a connection with the person you are photographing, how to notice and anticipate the small, beautiful moments. To feel the love of another person.
I have a lot of hours to put in and the only way I'll get there is if I keep my camera off the automatic setting. So, I'm in for the long haul, but I know it will be worth it if I can create more meaningful photos. It was a lovely day and I so enjoyed meeting all the other women on the course. Thanks Tim!