A couple weeks ago when I was worried about how I was going to spend all my free time after Spanish ended and before we departed for post (before we received our travel orders and found out we’d be heading to El Salvador soon), I signed up for a photography workshop: Monuments and Memorials by Washington Photo Safari.Actually I signed up for F-Stops and Shutter Speeds, but apparently no one else did and they had to cancel the class, so I was able to register for the Monuments and Memorials half-day class at no additional cost.Since I bought my Nikon D5100 earlier this summer, I’ve made some attempts at taking interesting pictures. I’ve tried to learn as I go, relying on my camera’s instruction manual, my Nikon D5100 For Dummies book (don’t judge me) and the internets. But that hasn’t really been working out for me.And I really want to be able to take great pictures to document our adventures abroad. So I thought some “formal” instruction might do me some good.I really enjoyed Washington Photo Safari’s Monuments and Memorials photo workshop and think I learned a lot. It’s definitely for beginners (“how to hold your camera”) but I liked that it covered all the important technical aspects of photography — aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, white balance, etc. — as well as some compositional elements, like how to frame a picture and position yourself for the best shot.Also, it was 80% photo workshop and 20% DC tour, which was fun for me since as an area native, I’ve taken for granted a lot of the sights Washington has to offer. Sure, I visited many of the museums and monuments on field trips growing up and have done my share of playing tour guide for out-of-town guests, but beyond going on runs around the National Mall, I haven’t done much sightseeing in the time I’ve lived here.For example, I had never been to the Albert Einstein statue outside the National Academy of Sciences until the photo safari. In fact, I’m not sure I even knew it was there, right at Constitution Avenue and 22nd Street.What? I know. Oh, you knew about it? Whatev.Here are a couple others from the Korean War Veterans Memorial:
Photogs out there: Any photography tips or tricks to share? Favorite equipment or accessories? I am planning to buy a tripod before we leave for post but I want something light enough/small enough to carry on hikes, but sturdy enough to support my camera. And recommendations?