Outdoor Photography Class

These days, as part of my new year’s resolution, I am trying to narrow the gap between wishing and doing. One such thing that I have been wishing to do more and better of is photography. Like all novices, I didn’t waste any time in collecting the fancy gadgets. The follow through however didn’t come as quickly as I would have liked.

For one, photography is HARD even with a fancy camera and fancy software that is pretty much smarter than humans. For second, it requires plenty of time experimenting with different environments, in different lights, with different subjects; before one gets good, one must know what all the buttons are for, you know!

Weekend mornings when Devang isn’t working, is perhaps the hardest time for me to leave the kids and go do something else because it feels like missing out on the cutest party ever. This time though, for the sake of learning a new skill and getting better, I decided to slip away for an hour to check out an outdoor photography class at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh.

It was bitterly cold, but so clear and sunny. Eric, who was leading the class was really approachable and all other participants were patient and knowledgable as well. I got over my fear of asking a dumb question and really got down to the issues that frustrate me when taking a particular picture. Eric was totally amazing in unraveling the mysteries and I even discovered uses for buttons that I usually just avoid.

There were about 5 other participants and we just walked around trying to take pictures of the trees, the birds, and the skyline. My fingers were frozen by the end of it, but I can’t wait to do it again!

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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