(tech assignment 1 – intro to digital photography, learning camera settings photo by Melissa)
Isabella couldn’t look less thrilled to be my subject for this digital 101 homework!
I have not been in a college classroom since I graduated in 1991 – 23 years ago. (Wait, I can’t be that old?)
So far so good. In some respects I feel like time has stood still and I’m just taking another class. But then I realize that there are subtle changes that have happened in the last two decades. Technology is number one.
I’m taking an intro to digital photography class – I’m not sure I could have done that back in the late 80′s early 90′s. I don’t think this class even existed. My second class is an analog camera/darkroom class that would have existed back in the day but wouldn’t be considered as exotic as it does today. This class is a throwback. Imagine using a film camera with manual settings and developing your own photos. Half my digital class has never even seen a roll of film. How is that possible?
Now I sit in my digital photography class with a Canon 5D sitting on my desk (thanks for the loan Keith), a beautiful iMac on every desk with access to Lightroom and Photoshop, Flickr for uploading files to be graded, the instructor takes attendance with his iPhone, students text and check email. This classroom would not have existed in 1991. That is what is most remarkable about going back to school – how technology has changed the student experience.
I have been back to school 5 weeks now. I’m finally starting to feel like I might be getting to know my cameras and their settings a little bit better. Keith has been so supportive – not only encouraging me to go back to school, but keeping on top of me about my assignments, explaining things when I have questions and just genuinely being excited for me.