Today I want to introduce you to the lovely Dinithi. Born and bred in Colombo, Sri Lanka, she now lives in Melbourne with her hubby and their two daughters. Ayaana and Kiara, aged 6 and almost 3 years respectively, were Dinithi’s inspiration to learn photography properly (her words!)… but it didn’t come easily!
Like so many of our students, Dinithi was interested in photography, and had a DSLR but couldn’t seem to get out of auto mode. And it’s not as though she didn’t try… but nothing stuck.
When her girls came along, she wanted to capture their childhood in the way she envisioned, and nothing less would do.
So with a renewed determination to learn, Dinithi undertook our Enthusiast Photography Course in January 2019. Read on to learn how she went from complete frustration and even giving up, to mastering her camera and developing the eye of an artist…
I’ve always loved taking photos, it was something I really enjoyed and constantly wanted to improve on. We had a DSLR but I always used it in auto mode. But I’d become really frustrated because I could never achieve the visions I had in my head… I’d take a shot and it would always be something else entirely.
So I tried to learn how to use the camera in manual mode on my own by watching YouTube videos and researching on google, but I found all the photography jargon too confusing and intimidating.
I felt really disappointed at not being able to grasp the techniques properly. Very soon I decided I haven’t got what it takes, and I gave up.
But after I had my two little girls the need to take better photos grew stronger.
I really wanted to capture them doing everyday things, to remember those moments that would soon be memories and potentially forgotten. However I had a vision in my head for the photos – I wanted them to look professional, with beautiful light.
So I was determined to give it another go and make my visions come to life with my DSLR.
But then I joined the CLG Enthusiast course and everything changed.
The simplicity of the course was the big difference that helped me finally learn how to master my camera. I never once felt overwhelmed or intimidated with information or jargon during the course.
It was structured so that I could grasp one thing at a time, and then at the end it all falls into place and you get the big picture.
I also love the community, as it’s supportive and unlike many photography groups. You’re encouraged to ask questions no matter how silly you think they might be, and the support from instructors and participants alike really make you enjoy the journey.
It gave me such a sound understanding of the exposure triangle and the capabilities of my camera, that adjusting settings in between shots is now second nature. In fact, my camera has stayed in manual mode ever since completing the course.
Now when I see a scene in front of me I start framing it in my mind’s eye. I see angles, compositional possibilities, and light… most importantly light… in a way I had never seen them before.
Recreating the vision in my mind is not intimidating anymore as I can get out of my camera exactly what I envision, on purpose.
It is safe to say I am forever obsessed!
In between working full time and running after my two mini humans, photography gives me a chance to pause and do something that is just for me. It’s also an outlet to use my imagination and be creative.
Every time I nail beautiful light, or a perfect moment captured exactly how I envisioned it… especially when the images are of my two girls… it just makes my day.
I’m drawn to natural light and unposed moments. I love spending sunset hours at the beach or in the woods clicking away and capturing beautiful memories.
I recently started my photography business Little Wanderers Photography which focuses on capturing real connections of little ones and their families.
Starting a business was not something I had planned. However once I started the course and really got into it, I realised how much I enjoy photography. I am so glad I took the plunge as I really enjoy capturing beautiful natural connections of families.
From a personal perspective it’s very fulfilling as it gives me an outlet for my creativity, something I don’t get to do in my full time job in accounts.
Even after finishing, you get to be a part of a grads community that shares the same passion, and continue learning together by participating in CLG challenges and sharing your best captures.
It is certainly an inspiring community!
We think the best way to show the difference our course makes to our students is to share a before and after shot… please enjoy!!
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