Learning and light painting

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Photography. Hold that camera, set it to auto, take the shot, and you're golden right? Not so much. Having sat on my interest in photography for far too long, I bought a great little SLR camera (a Nikon D3200) and decided to get serious. However, saving for my move across the world to Edinburgh later this year, coupled with the camera purchase, left me rather short of any excess cash. So you can imagine my excitement when I won a basic course in photography with Fast Forward in Cape Town.

I am a giddy student, notebook in tow, enjoying every moment. Photography is a serious art. I knew nothing about aperture, shutter speed and ISO before this, and whilst I always appreciated talented photographers, and their choice of composition, I didn't realise how tricky it is. I have loved learning something new and joining a wonderful group of students on their journey to photography greatness. What I have particularly enjoyed learning is how it is ALL ABOUT LIGHT. If you shoot in good lighting, it's hard to go too wrong. If you think about life in terms of light... focusing on the light (the goodness) the darkness seems to fall away, as naturally and simply  as switching on a light in a dark room. That's some food for thought for today. :) If there is something that you have been thinking about doing or studying for a long time... do it. I can't tell you how truly fulfilling it is.

Last night we had our light painting practical lesson or what was really two hours of fun, playing with flashes and fairy lights and generally feeling like creative kids again. This was the highlight of my week, my choice moment to share with you all with creativity:

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