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This past weekend, I attended an open house at the 92nd Street YMCA. I have always heard wonderful things about the place from a colleague, but it was beyond what I expected. They offered free classes from photography, watercolor, oil painting, and jewelry-design to hula dancing for 2 hours, so I took the 2 hour photography session and brought my husband’s SLR camera.  If I could, I would have stayed from opening to closing…

A special thanks to Jim Beecher. He made it extremely clear what all the camera functions do and provided many scenarios of when you would use those functions! His website also includes everything you need to know from knowing how to use fill flash to using the focal lens for different purposes. I couldn’t wait to try everything I learned, so I took a walk to Central Park!

My first attempt was at the Reservoir – I played with the exposure compensation in these first 3 pictures.

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Here, I changed the shutter speed to capture this adorable Canadian Goose at the Reservoir.

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I saw this couple and thought this was a nice composition – used program mode, no changes in the setting.

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Photography is definitely a whole other level for me, but it’s quite fun experimenting when you have an hour or two!  I think I’ll be referring to Jim’s handouts a lot until I get the hang of it – check out his site and you can too!

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