I wish I knew how to take better pics.
Umm...can I get a photography class from you?
I've been getting the impression around here lately that there are a great many people here (not just Dan
) who would love to get more into photography. In every trip report, half the comments on the pictures is someone wishing that they could take pictures like that, that they could maximize their camera's potential.
For a long time I've wanted to start a thread on learning photography, starting from the very basics and progressing to more and more advanced topics. I've made a rough outline (see below) of what I would like to cover.
I'm thinking this could even be more than just a simple how-to. Have a question about a certain technique? Always wanted to get a certain 'look' in a photograph and don't know how? Want to know why all your indoor pictures are blurry
? I'd be more then happy to give you my $.02. Hopefully other DDF'ers who are knowledgeable about photography could chime in as well..
This is probably gonna be a lot of work from my end, so I don't want to do it if there's not much interest. If you think this is something you'd enjoy please let me know by posting here.
Here's a rough outline of what I'd like to cover. If anyone has any ideas/recommendations/requests please let me know.
______________Choosing a camera
Point and shoot vs. mirrorless vs. DSLR
Camera specs and what they mean
Which specs to focus on and which to ignore
Balance between needs/price/convenienceLenses 101
- technology, terminology, and specs, zooms vs. primes, basic/advanced/unique lensesLighting 101
- focusing specifically on easy to afford and easy to use setups
Small flash - on camera, off camera, modifiers and accessories
Continuous lighting - fluorescent, LED, and halogen
Basic light modifiers - umbrellas, softboxes, gels, reflectors
Basic supports - lightstands, umbrella brackets, backgrounds, etc.All about accessories
- memory cards, tripods, bags, filters, remotes, adapters, grips, geotaggers, and more)So I bought all my stuff - now what?
What makes a compelling photograph?
Exposure basics - the shutter speed/aperture/ISO triangle
Depth of field
Composition basics - rule of thirds, perspective, framing
Advanced composition - negative space, inclusion and exclusion, compression
Light - natural, golden hour, basic flash usage.Let's start shooting...Kids:
In the park
At homeLandscapes and wildlife:
Birds in flight
Shooting in bad weatherPortraits:
Babies and newborns
Single person - indoors
Single person - outdoors
Artificial light - simple
Artificial light - complex
Close up and macro
Product photographyHow do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Basic)
Shoot out of a plane window?
Shoot compelling black-and-white? How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Advanced)
Star trailsBasic editing concepts:
Layers and masking
So... what do you think?(A quick note on my photographic "record" and where I'm coming from:: I was a salesperson and later trainer in one of the biggest photo stores in the US, and trained salespeople in all topics I hope to cover. I currently work as a product developer for a large manufacturer, where I design and develop photo and lighting equipment and accessories. You could see a small selection of my photography on my Flickr page - click the little globe under my user name to get there.)