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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
6) Using ultra-wide lenses





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
122 (36.9%)
Point & Shoot - advanced (Canon S100 or G Style)
52 (15.7%)
Mirrorless
26 (7.9%)
DSLR - consumer (Up to a Nikon D5200 or Canon Rebel)
74 (22.4%)
DSLR - prosumer or pro (Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and up)
29 (8.8%)
P&S, but I plan on getting an SLR or Mirrorless in the near future
28 (8.5%)

Total Members Voted: 275

Author Topic: Learn Photography Master Thread  (Read 362374 times)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1240 on: January 21, 2016, 04:07:34 PM »
Not particularly ;)

Far too oversaturated and the color bleeds.
But how else can I get a deep red?

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1241 on: January 21, 2016, 04:19:13 PM »
Not particularly ;)

Far too oversaturated and the color bleeds.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1242 on: January 25, 2016, 10:26:30 PM »
Anyone here using Kelby recently managed to figure out how to download videos from their player?
They seem to be embedding with jwplayer, and I can't find the actual .flv to download.

Things I've tried already:
Forcing it to use html5 to reveal source: NO LUCK
Trying the popular flash video downloaders available for Chrome and Firefox: NO LUCK. I get a empty .flv file, even if the video is playing before I hit download.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1243 on: January 25, 2016, 10:33:09 PM »
Anyone here using Kelby recently managed to figure out how to download videos from their player?
They seem to be embedding with jwplayer, and I can't find the actual .flv to download.

Things I've tried already:
Forcing it to use html5 to reveal source: NO LUCK
Trying the popular flash video downloaders available for Chrome and Firefox: NO LUCK. I get a empty .flv file, even if the video is playing before I hit download.
Any help would be appreciated.
Most sites where you pay to access lesson videos do a very good job of blocking downloads. Don't hold your breath.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1244 on: January 25, 2016, 10:43:08 PM »
I've downloaded countless lessons. Now if I could remember which downloader I used...
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1245 on: January 25, 2016, 10:52:47 PM »
I've downloaded countless lessons. Now if I could remember which downloader I used...
Recently?
I'm pretty sure JWplayer changed things fairly recently (a few months ago?) and the downloaders stopped working for it.
I don't know if the downloaders caught up yet, but last time I checked I didn't find one that works for JWplayer.

(I imagine this all depends on what security settings kelby is using on the player)

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1246 on: January 25, 2016, 10:56:50 PM »
Found it - Orbit Downloader. I'm not linking to it, as apparently recent updates install garbage that will use your computer for DDOs attacks. Not sure if this is true, but your call.

Recently?
I'm pretty sure JWplayer changed things fairly recently (a few months ago?) and the downloaders stopped working for it.
I don't know if the downloaders caught up yet, but last time I checked I didn't find one that works for JWplayer.

(I imagine this all depends on what security settings kelby is using on the player)

No, not recently.

BTW by definition anything that buffers will store a local file on your computer. The trick is to find that and convert it to a working video file.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1247 on: January 25, 2016, 11:05:50 PM »
BTW by definition anything that buffers will store a local file on your computer. The trick is to find that and convert it to a working video file.
-1/2

some of them now send many many tiny files and the player stitches them together.

And not necessarily is the file always being stored in a format readable by other programs.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1248 on: January 25, 2016, 11:13:40 PM »


Worked like a charm, just downloaded a video.

Was far easier and simpler than my old way with Orbit.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1249 on: January 25, 2016, 11:26:17 PM »
Worked like a charm, just downloaded a video.
Apparently I didn't try very hard last time I looked :P

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1250 on: January 25, 2016, 11:30:44 PM »
Yup! Works great.
You may want to reenable your flash player when done.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1251 on: January 25, 2016, 11:32:16 PM »
Things I've tried already:
Forcing it to use html5 to reveal source: NO LUCK
Worked like a charm, just downloaded a video.

Was far easier and simpler than my old way with Orbit.
That was the 1st thing I tried. I out what I did wrong: you need to disable completely shockwave flash , not just for kelby. than it will default to HTML5, giving you the source.

Next question, the videos I'm downloading are very low res, making it hard to read the words in the video. it's really annoying, esp for the typography class...
Anyone figure out how to play it in Full HD (1080p) in HTML5 mode?
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1252 on: January 25, 2016, 11:42:50 PM »
Also, an easier way to download without opening the dev console is with the "Downthemall" Firefox extension, by filtering by ".mp4" and setting a "DTa Oneclick" filter afterwards you can download a full coarse very quickly.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1253 on: January 25, 2016, 11:47:18 PM »
Next question, the videos I'm downloading are very low res, making it hard to read the words in the video. it's really annoying, esp for the typography class...
Anyone figure out how to play it in Full HD (1080p) in HTML5 mode?

It'll download the res it's playing in. Choose 1080, refresh the page, and download.

ETA: Nope, doesn't work.
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1254 on: January 25, 2016, 11:53:45 PM »
It'll download the res it's playing in. Choose 1080, refresh the page, and download.
When flash is disables, my browsers will not show a option to choose 1080p, it just plays the low res version...
Can you post a screenshot of the Res picker in HTML5 mode?

Attached is the controls I have in Firefox and chrome with flash disabled:
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1255 on: January 26, 2016, 12:01:50 AM »
It'll download the res it's playing in. Choose 1080, refresh the page, and download.
It doesn't let choose res after refreshing page once flash is disabled.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1256 on: January 26, 2016, 12:07:55 AM »
Anyone interested in doing a  photoshoot for a womens clothing line?  It should be free or cheap but credits will go to you. You can get alot of publicity.  Please Pm me for more details
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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1257 on: January 26, 2016, 12:10:05 AM »
It doesn't let choose res after refreshing page once flash is disabled.
I Choose 1080p when flash is enabled, I disable flash, video plays at 720x406 with no way to change.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1258 on: January 26, 2016, 12:14:23 AM »
I Choose 1080p when flash is enabled, I disable flash, video plays at 720x406 with no way to change.
+1
Exactly my point. The obstacle I'm trying to overcome.

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Re: Learn Photography Master Thread
« Reply #1259 on: January 26, 2016, 12:16:26 AM »
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