While Vic was out on the ocean this past weekend, searching for pelagic birds on a trip with Sea and Sage Audubon, I went to photography boot camp.
Ralph Velasco, a noted local travel photographer, teaches this great refresher course periodically at Calumet Photo in Santa Ana. Ralph also leads frequent photography trips to exotic locales worldwide.
He offers local trips as well, with a day trip to San Diego by train coming up on July 29, and a night shoot of Newport Harbor on July 31. If you visit his website at ralphvelasco.com, you'll find other trips and lectures.
I signed up for this class because I've gotten lazy in this digital age. I have been shooting on auto for so long, that I've forgotten how to really use a camera. Also, I keep switching cameras and it's hard to keep refreshed on how to use each new one that I acquire.