Try It Tuesday: Chimpsy

This past weekend, I took a photography class with my dad from the company Chimpsy. Initially, I was drawn to it because there was a Groupon, Dad had gotten himself a DSLR but had yet to take it out of the box, and I use a camera for my job.

With Groupon, things can be hit or miss. Sometimes, you have a miserable experience, sometimes, a half decent one, and once in a while, a really great one. Chimpsy was one of the latter. Granted, I’m a beginner. Additionally, I think each person’s experience depends on their teacher.

Chimpsy offers classes across the nation as well as online. I was thoroughly impressed with the instructor (shout out to Devin!), who not only used the slides provided to him by the company, but illustrated techniques with photos of his own. It made the lesson more personal.

I took the two-hour introductory class – the first hour is used to familiarize yourself with your camera and some basic techniques. The second hour was spent ‘in the field.’ We walked around the block and performed exercises that put the techniques we just learned to the test. I’m a hands-on, visual learner so this style really appealed to me.

After class, a pdf is sent to your email address. While the pdf I received was for the intermediate class, it still held the information covered in the beginner class. Score!

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Family Time

The majority of this past weekend was spent with the JA’s family. His brother came into town and since he only comes in every once in a blue moon, we felt it only appropriate to spend as much time with him as possible.

Friday night we ate crabs. Coming in from St. Louis, one of the main requirements when DA comes to town is to eat real seafood. We were happy to oblige!

Saturday morning, I took an introductory DSLR photography class with Daddy Janks. For Christmas, he got himself a new camera. I use a DSLR for my job and so when a Groupon came up for a 2-hour introductory class, I snagged two. It really helped me understand the basic functions of the camera. I only wish I had a DSLR of my own so I could practice more often! Below are some of my favorite shots – playing around with the aperture.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating, drinking and hanging out with my future extended family. Not exactly exciting, but perfectly fine by me 🙂