So, it was by no means perfect, but I think everyone who participated felt it was worthwhile. I had eight attendees, all with different types of cameras, and we spent most of the class going through the menus trying to figure out how to set the white balance. I knew that was going to be the hardest part – I probably need to start downloading camera manuals to my laptop so that I’ve got a reference for how to use the menu systems. But we eventually found the settings for pretty much everyone, and I brought two tripods with me for them to use and everyone got some nice photos. I brought my laptop with me so that we could display the pictures on a bigger screen.
Seven of the people who showed up had point-and-shoot cameras, which is what I was expecting, but one girl from Fort Worth had a Nikon D200, which is the same semi-pro camera that I use for my roller derby photography. When I saw her pull it out I asked if she’d like to take over the class. But it turns out I was actually able to teach her a couple of things about using it. It was a very gratifying experience.
By the end of it all, I kind of felt like an alien that fed on knowledge had latched onto my face and sucked out a few years of experience – which I know is an odd way of describing the experience, but I really enjoyed it. I think everyone who attended left with a better understanding of how to use their gear. With a little time and some feedback, I could turn this into a class that I could teach at other events.
And I finally got to meet KatKen in person! Turns out she was in my neck of the woods and she came down to Boerne from Austin to check out Kid ‘n Ewe. I love it when I get to meet knitbloggers in the real world. Hi Kat! I’m waving.