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Quick tips on random subjects that come up in between classes (will add as we go along):

Food photography tips
Newborn photography tips

Table of Contents (I'll change each line to a link as we go along.)

Introduction

1) Choosing a camera: Point and Shoot vs. Mirrorless vs. DSLR
2) Camera specs: What do they mean, and which ones matter to me?
3) Exposure Basics Part 1 - the shutter speed/aperture/ISO triangle
4) Exposure Basics Part 2 - getting to know your mode dial, and other exposure controls
5) All about memory cards

Lenses 101 - technology, terminology, and specs, zooms vs. primes, basic/advanced/unique lenses

Lighting 101 - focusing specifically on easy to afford and easy to use setups
Small flash - on camera, off camera, modifiers and accessories
Studio strobes
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?
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
Playing sports
At home

Landscapes and wildlife:
"Grand" landscapes
"Intimate" landscapes
Seascapes
Waterfalls
Cityscapes
Wildlife
Birds in flight
Shooting in bad weather

Portraits:
Babies and newborns
Single person - indoors
Single person - outdoors
Families/siblings/groups
Natural light
Artificial light - simple
Artificial light - complex
Mixed light

Others:
Close up and macro
Product photography

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Basic)
Shoot out of a plane window?
Shoot underwater?
Shoot compelling black-and-white?

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Advanced)
HDR
Long exposures
Light painting
Twilight landscapes
Milky Way
Star trails

Basic editing concepts:
Exposure
Contrast
Clarity/sharpening
Color
Layers and masking

Poll

What type of camera do shoot with?

Point & Shoot - basic (Canon Elph style) or Smartphone
106 (39.3%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
39 (14.4%)
Mirrorless
21 (7.8%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
59 (21.9%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
22 (8.1%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
23 (8.5%)

Total Members Voted: 221

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1410 on: February 25, 2017, 11:30:32 PM »
Short, sweet, and useful.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1412 on: March 18, 2017, 10:06:24 PM »
There is also the new XQD card, which so far is used only by the Nikon D4 camera.
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For SD cards, I have always stuck to Sandisk. Now I'm in the market for an XQD card for recording 4K video on a d500, it seems that the only two brands on the market are Lexar and Sony, would you recommend one over the other in terms of quality/reliability?

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« Reply #1413 on: March 18, 2017, 11:16:42 PM »
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For SD cards, I have always stuck to Sandisk. Now I'm in the market for an XQD card for recording 4K video on a d500, it seems that the only two brands on the market are Lexar and Sony, would you recommend one over the other in terms of quality/reliability?

Both are fine, but if they're the same price I'd go with Lexar.
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« Reply #1414 on: March 18, 2017, 11:58:25 PM »
Both are fine, but if they're the same price I'd go with Lexar.
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« Reply #1415 on: March 24, 2017, 03:19:40 PM »
Both are fine, but if they're the same price I'd go with Lexar.
Going back to look at the specs, the d500 records 4K at 144 mbps which is 18 MBPS. Is there any real-world reason not to just use good SDXC cards like SanDisk Extreme Pro that claims to have min write speed of 30 MBPS which is well above the 18 MBPS necessary?
Will the XQD function better than the SDXC, or will they essentially do the same job?