Me and Tara went to our first photography class last night. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I expected to learn stuff, not to see ALL the new camera equipment out there. I expected to see photographs that made me say "I want to take pictures just like that" or "how'd he do that?" Instead it was more a show and tell. I am expecting more from the next session, it's about exposure.
What I did learn, and I need to research this, is that the UV filters that gal at London Drugs sold me might just be a waste of money. She said that they were to protect my lens from scratches and whatnot. They weren't cheap, but they weren't expensive. The instructor says they degrade the image and we don't need them, real protection filters cost $500. (which is more than my everyday lens, so why would I do that? I'd just buy another lens, but it's less than my other lens, but if spend that much on a filter, I'd never take that money sucking camera out of the house, I'd rather buy different lens anyway) soooo...When I told him I use the filter to protect my lens from dogs, kids, and mountain bikers, veins in his neck popped out and he said I had the wrong camera for that. He said if I was worried about the camera, I wouldn't get good shots, I need to worry about the photo, which I get but I also think he thinks we are there to become pros and buy professional grade cameras, I don't think anyone in the class is going to spend $10, 000 on a camera, so he can just stop there. So he didn't make a good first impression with me.
So my new thing...I might not need a UV filter, which is perfect Tara and I decided the other day that because they are always on my lenses, it's okay to toss the case they came in. Perfect!