I have not taken any formal photography classes. Part of the enjoyment of the hobby for me has been experimenting on my own. I take pictures of the same object then turn a knob or two and then see how the picture changes. I realize how un-techinical this sounds but I'm having a lot of fun with it :) Also, Google has been a great resource for information on photography.
|Aperture set at 1.4|
|Aperture set at 5.0|
Above are examples of the same object being taken at different aperture settings. I have a Canon camera and was shooting in 'Av' mode. And the necklace pictured? I just got it in the mail yesterday from Spike the Punch on Etsy! I have seen her pieces featured on several blogs and love her jeweled neon creations. They seem to go fast when posted in the shop but one of these days I will definitely snag one!