There’s no place like Venice, there’s no place like Venice…….
Last spring I was lucky enough to take a trip to Venice.
Venice is unlike any other place I have been to. I am sure that is the consensus of most of the people who arrive on the little tiny island with all of its twists and turns.
It is a maze of history and amazing sights. Venice is truly a step back in time with all of its beautiful buildings, canals, gondolas, windows, walls, doors, and cobblestoned sidewalks. Each and every turn lands your eyes upon something worthy of a picture.
There is really no better way to figure out how to use a camera than while traveling.
I was heading to one of the most amazing cities and I was determined to take some amazing photos. So when packing for my trip to Italy, I of course packed my camera. I have a Nikon D80 and a couple of lenses to boot.
I figured I would snap a few photos….just place the camera on “automatic” and I would be good to go. But the budding photographer in me was itching to get out. I wanted to figure out all this amazing camera had to offer. Soooo….no “automatic” setting allowed.
There we were, strolling through Venice…. eating gelato at just about every corner… snapping photos left and right. Next up?
We got lost.
It is not that hard to do, getting lost in Venice. Every corner takes you down a long narrow street and each street is just as beautiful as the last, so before you knew it, you don’t really know where we were.
But I was in no hurry. I was soaking in the surroundings and enjoying taking pictures. Having spent hours of not paying any attention to where I was headed, I realized I was far away from my hotel.
Note….to you future travelers to Venice, it is very difficult to follow Venice maps.
After a few more hours of thinking I was heading in the right direction, continuing to take pictures along the way, I still had no idea where I was. I kept going and miraculously, a few more hours later, I tiredly, eventually, found my way back to the hotel.
Along the way
But an amazing thing had happened for me. I had learned how to use my camera.
I figured it out. I had fun adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.
I would stand in front of a door or window I loved and take a dozen or more photos of the same spot until I got my camera to do what I wanted it to do.
I didn’t know that there was and “art” to using my camera and being in such a beautiful place with nothing else to do but eat, explore, eat, take pictures, eat and take more pictures was a great thing. I finally got the hang of it. Yay me!
Looking back it was being in a place where I had no internet, no phone, and no distractions that I was able to focus completely on the beauty around me and take the time I needed to “find” my camera.
Skills through travel
My trip to Italy will always be a special one, but the fact that I was able to learn a new skill while being immersed in such beauty in Venice makes the trip mean so much more to me.
Each time I pick up my camera I think about my trip to Italy and count my blessings that my camera tutorial was actually in the maze and labyrinth of one of the most beautiful places in the world.Venice will always hold a special place in my heart.
If you ever find yourself in Venice….get lost…..and take lots and lots of pictures.
Have you learned to use your camera while traveling? What has traveling taught you about photography? Or any other skills? Let us know in the comments below!
I am Amy. I love life. I love my kids. I love laughing. I love creating. I love books. I love enlightened conversation. I love training people in a business that promotes happiness through beautiful art pieces and keepsakes. I love chips and salsa. the end.
Amy is the founder of Tiny Touches Ceramic Hand and Foot Impressions