I recently signed up for the Photo 101 class with Nicole’s Classes, and my first homework assignment was due yesterday. I absolutely love taking pictures and I have a nice camera (Nikon D5000) that I’ve used on Auto for far too long (i.e. 7 years), and recently decided that I need to learn about all of the features. My friend, Danielle, pointed me to these 4-week online courses and I’m already obsessed. I start my next set of classes in one week – Illustrator 101 – and then will begin Floral Arranging 101 two weeks after that. I can’t wait!

As of last Monday, I only had two lenses, but quickly after starting the courses, I decided that I needed a 50mm lens with a low f-stop number. I did online research, and ended up ordering the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8g lens on Amazon. I am obsessed. Seriously – I don’t know how I’ve been taking pictures without this portrait lens!

I’ve included some of the photos from my homework – which included changing ISO, f stop numbers and doing a ‘day in the life.’ I chose to make Isla my model (no arguments from her) – the day included three outfit changes. She’s a puker!
















  1. look at you! these look professional! i’m in the market for a 50mm too…maybe we can do fun photo shoots when you’re in SF!!

      • SF will Annie + Ailee! I want to come too! Photo shoots will be the cherry on top! I upgraded my lens, immediately after buying my camera kit, to a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3. If you figure out what that means, let me know! I get so lost in the camera mumbojumbo. your shots (+models) are gorgeous.

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