Today was what it's all about for me. I went to Maldon to give some tuition to a father and son, both of whom had been taking photos for years, with various breaks along the way, but now with new DSLRs, they wanted a step up in order to get more from their hobby.
We started with a look at the technical side of their cameras, covering the basics and delving more in-depth to look at things such as focusing and metering modes, and generally setting them up to get the most control. After we were all satisfied that we'd covered all that was required, we took a stroll down to see the barges, and put the things we'd discussed into practice.
By 'eck it were cold! None-the-less we spent some time exploring the subjects along the quayside, and then stopped off in the pub on the way back, just to warm up a bit... At the end of the session I was very pleased to hear how much they'd enjoyed it, and how much they'd learned, and the confidence it had given them to explore their cameras and photography further.
Obviously this is a job for me, but on days like this I can hardly call it work, and it's deeply satisfying to know that these two can progress, achieving better results than they would have before, following the session with me. I've said it before, and I'll say it again I'm sure - I love my job!
Here's a few shots that I took today, there's a ladybird in one of them, see if you can find it...
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA 18-55mm WR f/4-5.6 lens @ 50mm, f/8, 1/90s, ISO800, +0.5EV, handheld.
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA 18-55mm WR f/4-5.6 lens @ 18mm, f/5.6, 1/1000s, ISO800, -0.5EV, handheld.
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA 18-55mm WR f/4-5.6 lens @ 40mm, f/8, 1/125s, ISO800, handheld.