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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 (39.1%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
39 (14.1%)
Mirrorless
21 (7.6%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
61 (22.1%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
24 (8.7%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
23 (8.3%)

Total Members Voted: 226

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: May 12, 2013, 06:44:36 AM »
wow! thats  lot of info to take in
thanks for your time ( now i see what took so long..)

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« Reply #91 on: May 12, 2013, 08:30:45 AM »
Thank you so much.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: May 12, 2013, 01:13:28 PM »
Thank you for all this info. Now I need to reread it several times!
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« Reply #93 on: May 12, 2013, 01:43:04 PM »
Thank you for all this info. Now I need to reread it several times!
+1 I'm gonna have to read that again. and then again.
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« Reply #94 on: May 12, 2013, 02:36:45 PM »
Wow that's a ton. I learnt so many new things already.

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« Reply #95 on: May 12, 2013, 03:54:04 PM »
Great writing! To be honest, I was sure I wouldn't last too long reading but you have the amazing talent of making things interesting without sacrificing the 'boring' details.
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« Reply #98 on: May 12, 2013, 07:02:18 PM »
Thank You so much! I think it will take a couple of days until my head stops spinning to read it again
One question I just bought the Nikon Coolpix s9300 (BTW the little I can see its the best I've ever had especially considering th $100 I spent on it) I can't seem to figure out what sensor it uses can you let me know?

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« Reply #99 on: May 12, 2013, 07:15:06 PM »
Thank You so much! I think it will take a couple of days until my head stops spinning to read it again
One question I just bought the Nikon Coolpix s9300 (BTW the little I can see its the best I've ever had especially considering th $100 I spent on it) I can't seem to figure out what sensor it uses can you let me know?

1/2.3" CMOS.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: May 12, 2013, 07:16:43 PM »
1/2.3" CMOS.
that the same as saying f/2.3?
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« Reply #101 on: May 12, 2013, 07:24:03 PM »
that the same as saying f/2.3?

No, the 1/2.3" refers to the physical size in his camera (that works out to about 0.43" diagonal). F/2.3 would refer to a lens aperture, which is the size of the lens opening. In this case the f/2.3 doesn't refer to any physical size; it's the result of some complex math of the opening relative to the sensor size.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: May 13, 2013, 03:51:06 AM »
1/2.3" CMOS.
and if I may ask what is your opinion of the camera in general in regards to PandS

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: May 22, 2013, 10:37:58 PM »
thanks so much im actually starting to know how to use my d5100.... whens the next lesson coming out!?!

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: May 27, 2013, 12:34:36 PM »
How do i take good sunset pictures. I have an option on my d5100 for sunset. Its great. But i would like to take the sunset with the sund and the colors but i want to have the blue sky ontop. Te sky sometimes is so blue is amazing yet when i try either the sun gets to white to compensate for the Blue or the blue gets to dark to compensate for the sunset.
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