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January 13th, 2004
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First Photography Class
Cool. The instructor is Angela Rowlings, a professional photographer. Among other things, she freelances for the AP and does weddings. She showed us some pictures of hers, a lot of which are on her Web site. A little googling turns up that she is likely a 1993 graduate of Boston Latin, which puts her around my age. She's been teaching the class for about a year.

Our first assignment is to do portraits. Outside, against a plain background, one on a sunny day and one on a cloudy day, with the sun to our backs. And we're supposed to bracket the picture one stop up and one stop down, while keeping the shutter speed at 1/125 second. So, this probably means I'll be doing this at work. My first preference would be for someone I know who works in the same building, so, if you're reading this, feel free to volunteer. Second preference is a co-worker. Third preference is some random person in Copley Square.

Almost everyone in the class has a newer, motorized camera, with the ability to do all sorts of automatic settings. I think I might have the oldest camera in the class. The instructor has moved completely over to digital. She says film still gives you better quality, but the SLR digital cameras are good enough for the kind of work she does (i.e., not fine art museum-quality pieces). A quick look at Best Buy's Web site shows digital SLR cameras starting at $1000 and going well up from there. Um, yeah, I'll stick with my film camera and my $200 digital camera for now. I don't think I'll ever do this professionally, so that'll probably be good enough forever. But we'll see.

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Date:January 13th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
When does this need to be done (says someone who works in the same building but is feeling a little wimpy about standing out in the cold for phototaking).

Speaking of which, how well does your camera function in the cold?

Anyway, I guess I'm volunteering.
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Date:January 14th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC)
I need to have the pictures for class on Tuesday, so I need to have them taken by Sunday if I want to do next-day, Monday if I want to pay the extra dollar or two for one-hour. Theoretically I could do it at Arisia, but I'd rather get it started sooner, since I don't know if I'll be able to get a good mix of cloudy and sunny days.

Hmm, I don't know about cold-weather operation for the camera. I should have asked that in class. I'll see if the manual has anything to say about it.

I'll let you know.
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Date:January 14th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm not at work today, but will be on Thursday and Friday. I don't usually get in until 9:30ish (sometimes a bit earlier, sometimes a bit later), but if you get not other volunteers, give me a call at work or send email.
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