The course was held in the Chartered Accountants building on Pearse St, nearly across the road from the Science Gallery (which incidentally has a gorgeous cafe!).
The only gripe I had with the course was the start time. Registration was from 8:30am and it started at 9am (Sharp!). As the directions recommended public transport, it was impossible for those of us outside of Dublin to arrive on public transport before 9am on a Saturday. Even if the course started a half hour later, the start time would be achievable for the culchies! Also we were informed the day before that we were invited to a "dusk shoot" at 7pm. It was a bit late notice for those of us who traveled across the country and/or had made plans for the evening.
Dave McKane of the Institute of Photography guided us through 3 tutorials:
- Use rule of thirds to get interesting shots
- Camera buttons to improve your photography
- Resources on the Web
The morning moved very quickly and it was a bit daunting (especially when you're 20 minutes late) but it was a good format once you settled into it and Dave has an entertaining manner and is easy to listen to. He invited questions from the floor and was happy to repeat instructions.
So what did I learn from the day?
- I need to get a tripod
- Tripods are very important
- I really can't take a picture without a tripod!
- After my tripod purchase, I need to start saving for a Flash Gun. Not only will I look professional but it will be great for indoors and people shots
- I know now about the different functions and when to use them
- I have a lot of practicing to do!
I now have my little booklet to study and I need to do more of the tutorials on the Canon Companion app. Let's see if next weeks photos in Lisbon are better then last Decembers offerings!