I've been wanting to take a class for awhile but with my somewhat wonky schedule it was tough to find one that I could get to. Then just before Christmas I stumbled on Matt Ramage's ad on kijiji, the classes were affordable and on Sundays, I could go!
So far we've had one class and I thought I'd share my homework with y'all. They might not exactly be "pretty" pics, and I paid no attention to composition at all so please forgive that. Also Matt wanted the pics SOOC* so the only alteration I've made to them is to add my little watermark (which tends to be fairly inconspicuous anyway) In a nutshell, the assignment was to keep your subject in the foreground sharp while blurring the background as much as possible, by using a low Fstop.
Those first two pics were taken with the lens that came with my camera, it's an 18-105mm VR lens. Matt had recommended a prime 50mm lens as a handy one to have in any kit and said that it would be especially useful for pics like this. I found one for a not too bad price so I got it, and I was glad I did! The next three were taken with it and the difference is noticable.
*SOOC Straight Out Of Camera