Back to School with Digital Photography I

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Some of you may know that I took a photography class at the local community college for the past four months. I really enjoyed learning more about my camera (to be honest a lot of what was covered I learned from blogs and an online course), but what I really enjoyed was having my photos critiqued by the class and professor. It was nice having another set of eyes looking at things subjectively and giving me feedback.

The class consisted of several shooting assignments (example: Depth of Field, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Decisive Moment, etc), six critiques, a test on terms, a paper, and a portfolio of 10 photos. We also had to cut mats for the portfolio and critiques. I'm totally a nerd because cutting mats was one of my favorite parts of the class. I ended up going out and buying a mat cutter :)

Here are some of the images that made it into my portfolio. Some are ones that were critiqued, but I didn't put in my portfolio because they were too similar to another photo.

I ended up with a 98 on my portfolio, so my professor must have liked all my pictures but his favorites were the pear (I really don't know why he loved this picture so much), the picture of fall leaves and the little boy (Josh), and the stop light with the birds.

I'm taking Digital Photography II next semester and I'm totally excited about it. I hear it's a lot harder, but I up for the challenge!


  1. Erika! You're pictures are gorgeous these days! So, I just got a dslr camera for Christmas and I'm trying to learn how to use it. Can you recommend and articles you read online that helped you get started?

    1. Hey Rachel! Yay for a new camera! I love my dslr. There are a few blog posts linked on this pinterest board: (They are towards the bottom). I think the big thing is practice practice practice. Once you understand aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, and can read the exposure'll be on your way!

    2. Yay! Thanks so much! Maybe someday I will be awesome like you :)