Last week I had the luxury of taking a full day off from work and attending a photography workshop in downtown Minneapolis. I went into the workshop a little skeptical that I was too advanced for what was going to be lectured, thinking I had enough education and experience under my belt to teach the class myself. I surprised myself and walked away with a ton of new knowledge - mostly how to use my camera.
The workshop consisted of a four hour sit and listen lecture and then a 2.5 hour safari outdoors. A vast majority of the class participants consisted of beginners with very fancy cameras. Other than the handful of people with basic point and shoot cameras, I am pretty certain I had one of the oldest Canon Rebels. The class did not teach us that the camera is everything and all that matters, it taught us that if we can use our camera - we have the power. I walked away content and confident that I can use my camera 100% manually and produce pictures that require almost no post processing.
Below are pictures straight from my camera, shot entirely in manual mode -