So, I signed up for a photography class a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been pumped about it ever since…until last week. It was day one of our class. I walked in and was still excited, told the instructor my name and then sat down and started visiting with another girl there. She had this beautiful Nikon D60 camera. I didn’t know her well enough to rip it away and convince her to let me use it. So I just complimented her on it and then busied myself with my camera. Well, we co some minor introductions. Come to find out, I was the only one in the class with a 35mm camera. Granted, it is a very nice camera but still…it uses the f-word: film. We went through the class and the instructor gave us things to practice. I looked around and felt like those activities we looked at when we were kids, “Which one of these things doesn’t belong?” The class was interesting and I wasn’t at a complete disadvantage….until he asked us to practice during the week and then ‘post’ pictures to their website so he could critique and comment.
Well the week goes on and I put it out of my mind when at work. I struggled with figuring out how I was going to post my pictures, how I was going to fit into this class. I thought to myself, ‘great, I’m going to have to blow a roll of film every week…what was I thinking? How did I not see this was strictly for digital cameras?’ I was very close to not continuing the class. Yesterday I began an e-mail exchange with the instructor who ultimately convinced me that as long as I practice and look over slides, I should be fine. He recommended that I stay in the class.
So, I’ve been home for about an hour and can honestly say I’m glad I went to the class. It was kind of funny because Dustin, the instructor, teased me a few times and singled me out saying he’ll start using film again. As I was walking out after class, a Mom and daughter who are also in the class stopped me and said, “Mary, are you in a hurry?” I said no and walked over to them. She asked, “you have a film camera, right?” I laughed and said that I did. We chatted for a few minutes about my camera and she said that her daughter is taking a class in Europe this summer and it requires her to have a film camera. I teased her saying that if I have gotten a digital camera by then, we’ll work some sort of trade out. We chatted a minute or so more and then parted ways. I walked to my car smiling thinking that I made the right choice to follow through with the class. I love photography and will keep the faith that I will leave this class a better photographer….not just a person who happens to take great pictures….with her preferred camera, and this will make my instructor shudder….but a Kodak point-and-shoot. I’m learning to appreciate my 35mm though….patience in all that we do.