My father and I took the "Nuts and Bolts" Photography class taught by Mary Frost at Campos Photography aka iprintfromhome.com. This class was great. We brought our cameras and our manuals and were taught a few simple techniques to get better photos out of our cameras. It's amazing what a couple clicks can do for a photo.
Our assignment was to shoot in Program Mode and adjust our light. Couple clicks down and a couple clicks up. But mostly, Mary taught us that if we take a photo, to always look at the histogram. The black and white mountain graph. If the black mountain climbs a wall, adjust your brightness. Since last week, I rarely look at my photo, I'm mostly looking at the histogram. This let's me know that I have captured all the information in the photograph and if I need or want to, I can edit the photo in software.