Last December, as a Christmas present to ourselves, the boy and I finally got a DSLR camera. We had been interested in photography for a while and we were both very eager to learn. I promised myself that I would read the whole manual (haven't done it yet) and that I would play around with those settings and try to understand light. Well... shame on me, 10 months later I was still shooting everything on automatic (regardless of the tutorials and theory I had read here and there, never mind the tips of my dad or the fact that the boy continuously encouraged me to just turn the knob to M already and start experimenting).
So when Michelle (from the lovely blog MY Creative) announced that she was bringing her Eat & Snap Photo walks from London to Paris (if only for once), I totally wanted in. I have been reading her blog for a while now and I find her very inspiring, and her photography beautiful. And a weekend in Paris is something I am always up for. So, on Saturday morning we left home at 5:30 in the morning and by 10:00 we were strolling around, people watching and eating an éclaire.
I met Michelle (and the other participants) at Gare du Nord at 11:15 and we took it from there. Over hot chocolate and lattes Michelle explained us the basics of ISO, aperture, shutter speed as well as a few tips on composition, white-balance... It was really nice to meet other girls who are in similar places, that is, wanting to learn but not really knowing where to start and feeling kind of lost and clueless with all the technical terms. After patiently answering to our questions we headed to the streets and wandered around, walking through cafés and markets trying to capture the little details that make every city special.
The day went by very fast, and I left feeling happy, inspired and proud of myself that I was finally able to lose the fear of the M button and just play. Michelle is about to fulfill her dream of moving to Italy, so hopefully she will be organizing some workshops over there as well.
|I love the French expression: "N'importe quoi"|