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Why it’s important to learn how to use your digital SLR camera

When I bought my first digital SLR camera I pined for it for months.  I fell in love with photography when planning my wedding, we were planning a family, and I knew I wanted to be able to beautifully document that baby’s childhood.  So, when my camera arrived I pulled it out the box and began shooting.  I was instantly confused why some of my images were dark or blurry.  I had a vision of what I wanted my images to look like (bright, sharp, and with that beautiful blurry background) but was instantly frustrated because I didn’t know how to get from point A to point B.

Learn how to use your digital SLR camera

I kept practicing and soon I was getting better images.  Ones that weren’t dark or blurry but even when I got those images it was by pure luck…but I still had no idea what I was doing.  I would take 700 pictures to have a handful be decent.

Here are some examples of the images I took of Hudson in 2009 (the first in January and the second two in March):

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Then it all changed for me.  I took a class, and then another class, and another class.  I became somewhat obsessed as I was determined to get better pictures of my child.  And after finally learning how to shoot in manual mode and more about lighting my images drastically improved.

These images are one year later (March 2010):

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Ashley and I teach a one-day class that teaches you the basics of photography, lighting, how to shoot in manual mode, and how to capture more creative images of your child.

Not in Oklahoma?  You’re still in luck.  We offer a recorded version of our class that you can watch time and time again.

Teaching mamas how to better document their families has become one of my favorite things.  It is amazing to watch our students have that lightbulb moment where it just all comes together.  And to instantly be able to see improvement in their images just sets my heart on fire.

A recent student had this to say after she took our class:

“I took pics of my little boy in the snow today and I loved how they turned out! You ladies have changed my world with how I take pics! I’m so appreciative of what y’all have done for me!”