Today I had my first-ever formal photography course.
I am indebted to my friend Chris for teaching me how to hold my camera. But now I’m equally indebted to Sophie Pasquet for encouraging me to move outside my comfort zone and actually take control of my camera.
As we parted at lunchtime, Sophie asked me what I’d remember from our lesson. I’d learned so much that I drew a complete blank. “I wish I’d recorded our walk,” I answered. But as I reviewed my photos this evening, the day’s lessons all came back:
Pay attention to your metering.
Remove distracting backgrounds.
Use surprising angles.
Make your photo about one thing.
Move in closer.
Wait for the decisive moment.
Zoom with your feet, not your lens.
But maybe most importantly, I began to overcome my shyness about approaching people. As a result of my time with Sophie today, I met a charming clochard …
… and an astounding artist.
And I’m confident that, thanks to Sophie, my time in Paris will be all the more rewarding.
Merci beaucoup, Sophie!