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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
108 (38.8%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
40 (14.4%)
Mirrorless
21 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
62 (22.3%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
24 (8.6%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
23 (8.3%)

Total Members Voted: 227

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 09:26:30 AM »
Nice are you working with gradus now?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2013, 10:11:22 AM »
Would love to start learning this.
Been dying to learn this stuff! Please share!
Wow! I would love to learn all these things. Its awfully kind of you to volunteer like this!
This would be great if you would be so kind and give up some of your valuable time.
 
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2013, 11:04:57 AM »
This is great! Thanks for taking the initiative on this! I know I'm definitely interested. I'd love to know what is possible to do with a point and shoot like my Elph300 and what I would need a DSLR or manual setting camera for.
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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2013, 11:07:43 AM »
This is great! Thanks for taking the initiative on this! I know I'm definitely interested. I'd love to know what is possible to do with a point and shoot like my Elph300 and what I would need a DSLR or manual setting camera for.

I think this should be part of the beginners course. Learning how to use your point and shoot.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2013, 11:10:02 AM »
looking forward, this is something i really want to learn about , thanks in advance

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2013, 11:11:03 AM »
I think this should be part of the beginners course. Learning how to use your point and shoot.

Or using the features in my simple camera, other than zoom....  ::)

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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2013, 11:11:40 AM »
Or using the features in my simple camera, other than zoom....  ::)

Point and shoots are simple cameras. ;)
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2013, 02:09:33 PM »
This would be amazing, can't wait for you to start / continue...
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2013, 07:15:28 PM »
when r the classes starting? cant wait!

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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2013, 12:31:18 AM »
This sounds really exciting.  :D

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2013, 12:46:09 AM »
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback, I see that there's definitely an interest in this :D.

Based on some of the recommendations here I decided to start with the basics of photography, not cameras, since most people have a camera - they just want to know how to use it better. However, I kept on running into situations where in order to explain a concept or idea I find myself having to explain 'how' and 'why' this particular technique etc. works. So instead of repeating myself over and over again to bring out a point, I decided to go with the original plan and start with the very basics - how a P&S differs from a DSLR, what the specs mean and how the technology works, etc. Once we have that foundation in place I think everything will make more sense. I will however try to keep it short and sweet so that we could get to the meat as soon as possible  ;).

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I've also added a wiki to serve as a Table of Contents. I'll convert each line to a link as we go along.
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« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2013, 01:02:03 AM »
I've also added a wiki to serve as a Table of Contents. I'll convert each line to a link as we go along.

Awesome.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2013, 08:48:07 AM »
I've also added a wiki to serve as a Table of Contents. I'll convert each line to a link as we go along.
Great idea.
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