One of the goals of Angie Baxter’s Love Your Camera workshop is to have everyone go home able to take photos in manual mode.

I was a total skeptic until about 1½ hours in to today’s session I attended with Leigh and Belle. I had my lightbulb moment with understanding the E=MC² of camera settings and zomigod.

Worth every penny.

Though it was weird running around the Sydney foreshore taking photos of Ernie’s favourite bathtoy:


Best part? I can take proper photos with my new camera!

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15 thoughts on “Rubber ducky portraiture 101

  1. Thanks for finally talking me into going (and posting the pic of me with the least chins LOL). Wished I’d done it ages ago now. It was totes worth the money. Now to practise.

    All I managed to get pictures of is crazy chicks with cameras rolling round the ground…and your boobs :P

    Posted on 18 March 2013 at 6:44 am
    1. I will be madly refreshing your blog until you post those pics ;)

      Posted on 18 March 2013 at 9:40 am
      1. I have a big enough collection now that I could do a 3 part series on Rah’s boobs. But we have a mutual understanding. I don’t post her boobs, and she doesn’t post my chins/rolls :P

        Posted on 18 March 2013 at 10:12 am
        1. You obviously don’t care one bit about your stats.

          Posted on 18 March 2013 at 11:08 am
          1. You could maybe commission a sponsored post?

            Posted on 18 March 2013 at 11:41 am
          2. Rah’s silence on this topic could only be interpreted as unreserved consent.

            Posted on 18 March 2013 at 1:06 pm
          3. this convo has srsly made my day. thank you ladies.

            my dedication to creating engaging blog content knows no bounds!

            Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:35 pm
          4. If that were true you’d have posted the boob photos yourself!

            Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:42 pm
          5. you know, I probably *would* except they’re all on Leigh’s camera ;)

            Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:52 pm
  2. I am so excited that you are learning to get the best out of little R2D200! That rubber ducky photo is great! I think you have a natural eye for composition too, which is half the battle.
    I hope you keep posting your photos :)

    Posted on 18 March 2013 at 9:38 am
    1. you are adorable! My homework is to practice with R2D200 for 10 minutes every day, so that’ll increase the chances of having updates for you :)
      thank you x

      Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:33 pm
      1. That’s the key to getting better at anything, I think. Do it every day, and eventually the hard stuff becomes habit. What was the best thing you learned?

        Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:45 pm
        1. understanding the light meter (though simple now I know about it) and that 1600 ISO isn’t the worst thing ever.
          in terms of technique, Angie showed how she gets natural smiles by looking out from behind the viewfinder and grinning at the subject as she snaps. Genius!

          Posted on 18 March 2013 at 5:55 pm
  3. Lady,
    My favourite part was traipsing around in front of the wedding venue taking photos of the rubber duck like it was an A list celebrity. No, no, just kidding, my favourite part was your *special* dancing. You are the dancing queen. Thank you for making me giggle x

    Posted on 20 March 2013 at 7:42 pm
    1. I am nothing if not entertaining xx

      Posted on 23 March 2013 at 2:16 pm