I have now had three lessons and two to go. My camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ38, commonly known as a Bridge camera. It is not a single lens reflex camera (I think that is the english word for it). Mine is not one where you screw all sorts of extensions onto the lens and walk around like a professional. It is just point and click, but has so many whistles and bells that you can organise your own photos without doing it automatically.
Actually there are only two of us in the course with a bridge camera, the others are all equipped with their Canon professional stuff. I am just too old to go into it. I just like to walk around with a camera and take pictures. I don't really do photo safaris in foreign countries. Anyhow the bloke doing the course happens to live in my village and he is very good.
So what have we learnt so far. I don't really know if I have learnt anything, but I am now taking photos with the "S" thingy (shutter?) and "M" which is manual; sort of experiments with depth of focus. My cats are the ideal models. Photos follow but as I said we have a new printer from today and at the moment still at the cursing and excitement stage as it needs lots of preparation and fixing until it works properly - we have a network printer. Tomorrow the world will be in order again (I hope). We also learnt that white is not white, but can be sort of greyish, yellowy or goodness knows what. There is even a bell/whistle on the camera for adjusting the white balance according to the light effects, cloudy, sunny, artificial light etc. etc. which I have also been fiddling around with.
At the moment it is a bit of trying out to see what happens. So that is the news from a small village somewhere in the middle of Switzerland from a bewildered english lady that gets on everyone's nerves taking pictures (especially the cats).