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Photography.

The whole concept of my camera baffles me. I’ve read and re-read how to books on F-stops and ISOs. Depth of field and aperture. I still don’t get it. I decided it was time to take an actual photography class. With a real photographer. A professional who could explain it in simple terms that even I could understand. Someone I could ask questions and who could critique my work and guide me into taking better pics. I would even welcome a slap on the back of the head every once in awhile when I give a wrong answer after reviewing it for the hundredth time.

Well, it worked. And, I didn’t even need a slap. Sweet!

I took a class at Theia Studios, a local studio. If you are from the area and have an interest in photography or photo editing in Photoshop or Lightroom, I highly recommend checking them out. The owners are fantastic and hands-on and my instructor Jeremy Greer was just amazing. He was fun and friendly and really inspired us to step outside our comfort zone and let our inner artist shine. Not to mention  the fact that he is an incredibly talented photographer. I feel my skills have improved greatly over the past six weeks. I will absolutely be taking the Basic II class with Jeremy in April, and can’t wait.

Last night was our last class. We spent the evening walking around the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Tripods in hand, we walked around looking at shadows and light, storefronts and bars and restaurants. I have walked on those same sidewalks and looked in those stores more times than I can count, but looking through a camera somehow put things in a different perspective.

Here are a few of the shots I was able to capture last night. They are straight out of my camera. No editing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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