I love taking photos but…

I love helping people learn how to take their own shots even more.

You may have seen the photos I posted from the Bloedel Conservatory. I went with my friend Lesley who is not a photographer. She takes pics solely with her iPhone. I brought along my usual gear – my Nikon D600 with the 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 lens and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 lens on it for her. I set the camera to Macro mode and showed her how to switch it to Auto if she wanted to. After five minutes of instruction, I turned her loose.

As expected, she took a lot of bad pictures. 🙂 But, once she got comfortable with the camera and with minimal further instruction from me, she took some wonderful pictures!

To be fair, some of the shots above may seem “soft”. I think that’s because the camera was shooting JPGs (I wasn’t sure how many pics she’d take so I wanted to save on file size) but even with that, the combination of the beautiful birds, her eye and the amazing EM-1 camera, she took some really good pics!

I think she’s considering buying a new camera now. 🙂

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