The past couple of months I have been taking a photography class at Crossroads Christian Church in Shawnee, KS. It was taught my a very gifted photographer, who has the spirit of teaching. His name is Ron Morse. I am not able to find a website of his, but here's an article with his photography.
The class gave me challenges that I would not have tried otherwise. It has made me grow as a photographer, even though some of the class was basic settings.
Here's a shot that I did with a shallow depth of field. This was my Canon 6d with 50mm f/1.8 lens. Lens was manually focused to the closest it could be. This was shot at 100 ISO, F/1.8, 1/6 sec. I was using a Manfrotto Pixi tripod, as at the time I didn't have a full sized tripod. I had a white seamless paper, with a mini-LED rope light (which causes the blue line). I was using 1 flash with a grid. Look at the behind the scene photo for more.
Behind the Scene:
Here's another I did shooting very fast shutter speeds with a flash. This was using a drop of water from a medicine dropper. The flash had a gel firing directly down. I had the flash on high speed sync. I shot this at ISO 100, F/4.0, at 1/4000 sec. This is a simple setup, look at YouTube for videos, but it's a lot of trial and error.
Both of these were a lot of fun. Certainly stretched me a bit, and made me want to try new things. One thing I found that I do love doing, and have loved for a while, is teaching people. I love sharing my knowledge. Teaching is just one of the ways you get better.