This photography thing just got started!

Well, well my friends, just in case you haven’t noticed, here in Italy I’m taking Introduction to Digital Photography through the Lorenzo de’ Medici school in Tuscania. I never thought I’d be taking a photography class!

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I think when you start getting into something and you make it your official job or hobby, the excitements start to dwindle down. Doesn’t this happen with everything? Sports? Relationships? Lol. This makes me sound as if I had commitment issues …. But really.

So a part of me was really excited to start this study abroad experience for the fulfillment of a frustrated passion I’ve always had. Haha! And that is, my friends, taking pictures and being in pictures. I just love the whole picture thing and what it can entail, the capturing of moments you can later revisit. It’s almost as if you could relive them again by keeping a memory on a photograph.

Thank God, we knew our teacher was going to be amazing the second she walked in through the door. Nothing about her gave it away, other than her extremely cheerful and “Let’s get this started” attitude.

Already in four days I can say that I learned and had answered most of the questions I had about taking pictures. That confusing thing about aperture and shutter speed? Done. All those different camera modes I can’t even remember right now? Done. What are all those different lenses useful for? Done.

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Here we were testing depth of field. This is when we need to know how to manage our aperture so we get those nice and blurry backgrounds. Our teacher and the two of us (yes, we are only two in the class!) went out in a little walking tour around Tuscania and we settled in front one of the town’s tantalizing views overlooking the Basilica of San Pietro, which is a church built in the middle ages! It is now a museum.

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We also covered how to do those cool things where you “write” on  your pictures with a flashlight or some sparkly lights?! It’s all done by setting the camero to a really slow shutter speed, so it captures all the light.

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And also, by putting really slow shutter speeds, you can get that effect where you capture blurred movement, which is normally something we try to avoid, but it’s useful to know for…well artistic purposes 😉

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We went on a walking tour around Tuscania the other day with our teacher to practice travel photography (which-ahem- we were already doing 😉 ) and took pictures like these ones!

And..we already have an assignment that’s due next week, to take pictures of shadows, having them be the subject of the picture. 😉

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I’m so excited about what’s to come next!

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