This can all be summed up with a statement Carole made on facebook:
I had the most amazing weekend. I did the Shiv Verma‘s workshop “Light of Cape Cod”. Going in as a total beginner….I walked away with a wealth of knowledge. I now shoot in manual and learned to be so comfortable with my camera. Shiv was there to teach and guide…and then encouraged us to do it on our own. And that is a true teacher. It was like a lightbulb going off in my head….I got it, I understood it, I felt it, I was breathing it. Thank you, Shiv!