Knowing how to use your SLR is not as awkward as it would seem. Imagine that your camera as a box that lets in light. On top of that box is a sequence of controls. These controls allow you to let a light in to the camera sensor so you can take a picture. The amount of light coming in may determine how well you take your shot.
Then the fun begins. First with children, trying to get them when they are playing or interacting with others. Questions they not look directly into the camera and say: cheese, if you photos with cumbersome stilted grins want.
The au natural movement being popularized by uber famous celebrities like Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey is one that has trickled down to pretty much all of Hollywood. In the past you may have seen Jessica Simpson flocking to night club after nightclub with family and friends in tow, where as today she seems comfortable arm in arm with her beau John Mayer alone with no one tagging along. The movement centers on public displays of money. Where once entourages were seen as a status symbol marking a celebrity’s rise to fame, now are seen as gaudy and unnecessary. This seems to be a point Sanjaya missed in the class How to Act Famous 101.
If the photographer is experienced, they will have lots of albums to show you. See if you like their style. Some Host Your wedding at the Smithsonian Washington DC are still old fashion in their ways of photos and others are changing over to the modern journalism look.
When you are taking photos, a good rule of thumb is the idea of less is more. A scattered jumble without a focal point doesn’t add to a picture. When photographing people, try to take shots that your subjects aren’t aware of.
A good training tool is to put your camera in movie mode and some film from your pet, then to it to look at and you will clearly see what a difference it makes, where the light is and how much shade there. When she in run and from the sunlight and shadow, the camera takes a while to catch up, so that it’s more noticeable, and it helps you be aware. Also at the end of the day, you have to add both stills and movie to your collection.
Studio photography is rewarding artistically because you have complete control of your lighting. It is the place to play and learn how light effects the way things look. I enjoy shooting in the studio, I would encourage you to get some lights and have a go, it really is not that expensive these days if you buy second hand gear. I have never brought a new light because the good brands go on forever. Happy days!