Want to take better photos?

Wondering why today’s images are such a blast from the past?  I wanted to show a collection of my point and shoot images.  I’ve been tossing around the idea of offering an introductory photography workshop for a while now.  The workshop(s) would be geared toward anyone who would like to take better photos of their families and friends.  I have been taking pictures since fourth grade (my first camera took 110 film and used disposable flash cubes!).  I’ve learned loads and loads along the way and I’ve always felt that anyone can take great photos.  Most people just need to be pointed in the right direction.


I have two different workshops in mind and I’d like to get some feedback from my loyal frecklephoto followers to see if there is any interest out there.


Workshop #1:  My first workshop idea is geared toward people who simply want to learn how to take better candid photographs of their families.  All of the images above were taken with a point and shoot.  You don’t need a pricey digital SLR camera to take great photos.  In fact the top right image above was printed in USA Today.  It was taken in my front yard with a point and shoot.   Our families are growing and changing SO fast-don’t miss it because you feel like you need a bigger, better camera.  I can give you some great tips that will leave your friends and family saying, “Did you take that?!?  This class could be taken with a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR.


Workshop #2:  My second idea is for those of you out there who bought a digital SLR (one of those big cameras that have interchangeable lenses) and have either a) Never taken it out of the box or b) Never taken it off of Auto mode.  While this workshop would be more technical in nature it would not be geared toward teaching you how to use every single button and feature on your camera.  I will focus on the way I photograph children and families using Aperture Priority mode (it’s not that hard I promise!).  We will go over the basic elements of photography (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) in understandable terms and relate them specifically to taking better photos with your DSLR. 



I’m putting this out there to see if there is an interest.  I haven’t completely convinced myself that I have time for this, but it’s something I’ve thought a lot about.  I’m passionate about teaching and photography- it seems pretty natural to put the two together. 


If you are interested in taking one the workshops I described above, please complete the poll below.  If there is enough interest, I’d like to schedule a workshop in June or July.  Each workshop would be about two hours long with shooting time included to practice what you’ve learned.  The workshops will be in the neighborhood of $100 to $125 which will include materials, a meeting location and a few fun extras.  More details to come.

I will be sending out more information via e-mail sometime in May.  If you would like to be included in that mailing please leave a comment below (your e-mail address will be included on the comment form and visible only to me) or e-mail me directly lucylomax@cinci.rr.com.




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April 17, 2009 - 9:25 pm

Amye Kelly - I would definitely be interested, Melissa. And, I probably know a few others who would be as well. Keep me posted! Thanks!

April 17, 2009 - 11:05 pm

Andi Krawsczyn - I would LOVE this. Please, keep me posted! Thanks, Andi

April 18, 2009 - 12:06 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - Count me in! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

April 18, 2009 - 6:29 pm

Meghan Harris - I am so all over this!!!! Sign me up!

April 18, 2009 - 10:58 pm

Lisa B - I would be intersted in both workshops. Please contact me if you decide to schedule. You’re pictures are great! Thanks!!

April 19, 2009 - 10:29 am

Linsey Farroh - I would LOVE to do more editing with you! You have so many cool actions and ideas that enhance your photos! The one time we sat down I learned so many things…would love to do that again!
P.S I check out your blog every week and LOVE it! 🙂

April 19, 2009 - 8:58 pm

Kim - I would love to learn from you and would be willing to make the trip to do it, if Jodi and Matt will have me :).

April 20, 2009 - 11:33 am

Sylvia - Melissa,
I have been al oyal follower since the cincymoms days and would LOVE to get some tips from you on how to use my handy dandy point & shoot! Totally worth the price. Can’t wait to see when you plan to offer the course!

April 20, 2009 - 3:23 pm

nicci - im so in for this!!! finally i can take good pics!!!

April 20, 2009 - 8:55 pm

kelly - Sounds like a great idea!!!!!! I’m in 🙂

April 22, 2009 - 3:33 pm

Dana Darbyshire - I’m in for both. Looking forward to such a great opportunity.

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